Aubergines (eggplants) are becoming popular vegetables to grow at home - thanks to new cultivars more suited to the British climate and their delicious fruit. Sunshine and warm growing conditions are the key to success.
Although aubergines can be grown outside, they rarely do well except in mild areas or during very good summers. As a result they are better grown in a greenhouse or growing frame.
Stake and tie in plants as they grow. When plants are 30cm (12in) high, remove the tip from the main stem.
Water regularly and feed with a high potassium liquid fertiliser every two weeks once the first fruit has set. Mist the foliage regularly (at least twice daily) to with tepid water to discourage red spider mite and help fruit set.
Cut each fruit from August onwards when they've grown about 15cm (6in) long and the skin surface is still shiny.
Supplied in a 10.5cm pot