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Aubergine / Egg Plants .... Do you have much success ?

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  1. Webmaster

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    I've grown them each year, and never seem to have much success.

    I have always grown them in a polytunnel, and they have always been looked after. I've had fruite off of the plants, but only 2 or 3 decent sized Aubergines per plant in the year, which to me, isn't worth the work involved (and space) for such a measly return.

    What has been your successes (or not), and if you do well, how do you grow them and what variety do you go for ?

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    I grew them for only two years, about 30 or 40 years ago, and grew them in the greenhouse. The results were similar to yours and I came to the same conclusion. I also experimented, at the same time, with growing okra and peanuts. Both grew but not with sufficient success to make me want to do it again.
     
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    • NigelJ

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      I grew them fairly successfully in Essex ( 20 years ago) in a greenhouse. 2-4 good fruit per plant. Required a reasonable summer. Discovered they don't freeze well.
      Tried them in Devon for the first few years I was here and nothing. Decided they needed more sunshine than I got in a typical Devon summer.
       
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        Same here. Less than 3 good fruit each plant, either in GH or outside. Not quite worth growing.
         
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          I grow them every year, about six plants and as above I get 3-4 good sized fruits. These we generally make into Mousakas and freeze. Funnily enough I pulled one out last night for tea tonight.

          But I always get more fruit than that, another 3 or 4 from each plant after main harvest, they just vary in size so are used mostly in Rattatouile, and again frozen.

          They do need a long season and I will be sowing mine this weekend, actually a couple of weeks later than normal.

          Steve...:)
           
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            I'm going to try growing a couple in Autopots this year, as I've seen the difference that has been made to yield on lots of other veg types grown in Autopots
             
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              I grew them last year in a self-watering container. The plant was outdoors on the deck all summer enjoying the sun. At the end of the season it was so large I had to tie it to the railings to support it. It produced so much fruit that we did not know what to do with it.

              The photo is only one harvest, as there were multiple harvests during the season.

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              I gave up trying to grow them as they're such a white fly magnet.
               

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