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botanical name:
Solanum melongena 'Bonica'
Solanum melongena 'Bonica' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Aubergine 'Bonica', Egg Plant
family:  Solanaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 0.90m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: mauve
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:
Abundant crops of very large, oval, glossy very dark purple fruits. Compact bushy habit and early ripening. Sturdy, vigorous grower.

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

other notes:
RHS AGM

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