Aubergine Growing Guide

Solanum melongena


Crop Rotation Group

Solanaceae (Potato and tomato family) 


Warm, fertile, and well drained.


Full sun.

Frost tolerant

A semi-tropical plant; cannot tolerate frost.


From midsummer onward, drench with a liquid feed every two weeks.


Single Plants: 40cm (1' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 35cm (1' 1") with 45cm (1' 5") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Sow indoors 6 weeks before last spring frost, or buy seedlings in late spring. Transplant to larger pots if needed. Plant out in late spring, when the weather is settled and warm.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Stake plants to keep them from falling over when they become heavy with fruit. Mulch to keep soil lightly moist.


Use secateurs to cut fruits from the stem. Perfect fruits have shiny skins and only a few immature seeds inside.


Use cloches to keep plants warm. Remove covers when plants begin blooming so the starry purple flowers can be pollinated by bees.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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