Aubergine Bonica
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Aubergine Bonica Seeds, average packet contents :  15 seeds

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Aubergine Bonica is an early maturing variety, its oval fruits are a deep purple to black colour. Fruit size is 12x7cm - a reliable tasty variety that performs well in difficult growing seasons.

Pick the fruits of Bonica from August onwards, or when fruits are at least about 12cm long and the skin surface is still shiny, as once they lose the shine they start to become bitter.

Aubergine Bonica Sowing Guidelines
When to Sow Seeds: Feb, Mar, Apr
Germination Temperature: 21C +
Cover Seed: Lightly
Time to Germinate: 12 - 14 Days
Frost Hardy: No
Spacing Between Plants: 50cm
Row Spacing 50cm
Plant Height 60cm

General Aubergine Growing Tips

  • Sow the aubergine seeds in cell trays and place in a warm position (ideally a heated propagator). Once the seedlings are through transfer to a warm, but light position to prevent the plants becoming leggy.
  • Grow on till the plants are considered large enough to pot on into a 9cm pot. Again keep in a warm and light position for a couple of weeks to get them established. As they fill the pot gradually harden the plants off to prepare them for planting out.
  • Transfer the aubergine plants to 30cm (12in) pots of good compost in April (if you have a heated greenhouse) or early May (for a unheated greenhouse). Aubergines can also be grown in the ground, spacing 60cm (2ft) apart. Stake the plants as they grow.
  • Remove the growing point when plants are 40cm (16in) high to encourage plant to bush out.
  • Water regularly and feed every 2 weeks, move over to a tomato fertiliser once the first fruits have set.
  • Misting the foliage down with warm water will deter red spider mite and to help flower set.
  • Aphids and Whitefly may be a problem, use of SB Plant Invigorator will usually sort that out.

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