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botanical name:
Solanum melongena 'Black Beauty'
Solanum melongena 'Black Beauty' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Aubergine 'Black Beauty', Egg Plant
family:  Solanaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 1.20m
width: 0.75m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: purple
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: 5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
White flowers in summer followed by large oval very dark glossy black-purple fruits, produced relatively early. Good flavour. Shrubby habit. May be perennial in warm climates, but normally grown as an annual.

cultivation:
Deep, rich, fertile, moist, well drained soil. Warm position in sun or part shade, needing a constant temperature of about 25 to 30°C to produce good fruit. In cold areas best grown under glass. Plants take about 20 weeks to fruit.
Pinch out growing tips to encourage bushy growth.

propagation:
From seed, sown at about 21°C in spring.

usage:
Edible vegetable, popular variety.

other notes:
Old variety introduced about 1910.

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