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Solanum melongena 'Bonica' F1 Hybrid
Aubergine 'Bonica' F1 Hybrid

Solanum melongena 'Bonica' F1 Hybrid Aubergine 'Bonica' F1 Hybrid
RHS Award of Garden Merit
£2.69 0820009108 Category: Seeds > Vegetable Seeds
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Solanum melongena Aubergine 'Bonica' is an enduringly popular, French bred RHS AGM variety, producing flavoursome, long, oval fruits with beautiful glossy purple skins. 'Bonica' is early ripening and continues to crop heavily throughout the season. These tall plants are ideal for growing in the greenhouse, but will also do well in patio containers if supported with stakes or canes. Height: 70cm (28"). Spread: 60cm (24").

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Awards RHS Award of Garden Merit
Berry colour Black
Botanical name Solanum melongena
Common name Aubergine 'Bonica' F1 Hybrid
Drought resistance N
Flower colour White
Flowering time Summer
Foliage Deciduous
Foliage colour Green
Fragrance N
Habit Upright
Plant type Vegetable Seeds
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Time to maturity 1 - 2 years
Ultimate height 0.6m - 1m
Ultimate spread 0.6m - 1m
Useful/additional information Sow aubergine seeds from February to May for indoor cultivation or March to April for growing outdoors. Soaking them in warm water for 24 hours before sowing will assist germination. Sow seeds on the surface of a free draining, moist seed compost and cover with 6mm (¼in) layer of vermiculite or compost. Place in a propagator or seal the container inside a polythene bag at constant temperature of 18-21C (65-7F) until after germination which takes 1-14 days. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, carefully transplant them into 7.5cm (3in) pots and grow on at a slightly reduced temperature. When all risk of frost is passed and the soil is warm, harden off and plant aubergines in their final positions. For indoor cultivation, pot on into larger containers or plant 2 aubergines per growbag. Outdoors, plant aubergines in rich fertile soil at a distance of 9cm (3in‚¬š¬ž¢) apart, in rows spaced 9-12cm (3-4in‚¬š¬ž¢) apart. Grow aubergines in a sheltered position in full sun. Planting through black plastic mulch will help to warm the soil, control weeds and save moisture. Aubergines grow best at temperatures of 25-3C (77-86F) with high humidity levels. Stake aubergine plants as they increase in size and pinch out the main growing tip to encourage a bushy habit. Water regularly to prevent buds from dropping. Once the first flowers have set, feed aubergines every 2 weeks with a high potash tomato feed. Restricting the crop to 5 or 6 per plant will produce the largest fruits. Harvest aubergines by cutting them close to the stem from August onwards, when the fruit appears fully coloured and shiny. Harvest regularly to promote further flowers and to extend the picking season.

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