Aubergine - Orlando
These attractive, virtually spineless, dwarf plants yield an abundant crop of 'baby' fruits, 5cm in length. Aubergine Orlando produces finger-length aubergines that have beautiful dark-purple skins and are not at all bitter tasting. Aubergine Orlando is excellent for growing in the greenhouse or on a sunny patio in containers.
Sow seeds February to April. Place seeds on the surface of a free-draining compost and cover with about 6mm of compost or vermiculite. Place in a propagator at 18-21C until after germination, which takes 10-14 days. Maintain temperature about 15C. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle into 7.5cm pots. Plant in final position when plants are 1cm high, 45cm apart. For indoor crops plant into growbags or pots. Feed plants weekly with a high potash tomato fertiliser once first fruits have set. It is not necessary to pinch out growth or side-shoot. Harvest fruits regularly to promote further flowers and to extend the picking season.