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Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:07 pm    Post subject: Anyone here grow aubergines?  Reply with quote    

I'm having my second bash at growing aubergines this year in the polytunnel and although it's going better than last year, I still seem to have trouble getting the damned things to actually grow on the plant and stay on there to full size.

All seems well, then suddenly the growing fruit, without warning, will start rotting at the stalk, or the fruit itself starts to collapse. I don't understand why. Some of the leaves also go yellow and die for no reason. I'm growing them in large pots of compost and water them carefully every day. Any thoughts or advice?

Also, I'm not sure how much I should pinch them out. I have quite a few shoots growing on the plants constantly. But I gather that one should pinch them back to sustain just a few fruits.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pinching out is nonsense IMO. Aubs don't produce huge amounts of growth unnecessarily. Not too sure on feeding either, water and heat are the two things that they really like.

Don't know why your fruits are rotting though. Is the soil too wet?

joanne



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How near are they to tomatoes - they really don't like each other - having said that I grew Aubergines last year in the same greenhouse as my toms and I got a really good crop - this year they are looking as big and healthy but I don't have any fruit at all

It could just be this funny weather we've been having - they are quite temperamental

Joanne

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I haven't been feeding them because I can't find anyone who says they should be fed. I did wonder about the pinching out...and only did it rather pathetically a couple of times.

It's virtually impossible to over-water in the polytunnel because it's so hot in there. I water the pots every night, but by the next evening the pots are nearly dry again...

Mary-Jane



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Location: The Fishing Strumpet is from Ceredigion in West Wales
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

jocorless wrote:
How near are they to tomatoes - they really don't like each other....

....they are quite temperamental


I hadn't thought about the tomatoes - there are squillions of them in there with the aubergines! And yes, I do find aubergines damned temperemental too

Oh well, I'll have to have that additional polytunnel now Gervase. No argument.

Bernie66



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mary-Jane wrote:


Oh well, I'll have to have that additional polytunnel now Gervase. No argument.


Its a must I think

madmonk



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
Mary-Jane wrote:


Oh well, I'll have to have that additional polytunnel now Gervase. No argument.


Its a must I think

Good idea and room for a ferret.

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

madmonk wrote:
Bernie66 wrote:
Mary-Jane wrote:


Oh well, I'll have to have that additional polytunnel now Gervase. No argument.


Its a must I think

Good idea and room for a ferret.


Look - I don't need Gervase coming home and saying "Of course you can have another polytunnel darling...as long as I can have a ferret or six" thank you very much!

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How do you cook your aubergines? I've always found them to be a tasteless and rather pointless veg. - sorry.

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
How do you cook your aubergines? I've always found them to be a tasteless and rather pointless veg. - sorry.


The only two ways I like aubergine are in curry or pakoras. Tried them loads of other ways but can't say I liked any of them

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We, (oh alright then), Gervase uses them in Mousehackers and curries.

Blue Peter



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Got a few appearing on my plants outside, but not many. However, I don't think that any have fallen off,


Peter.

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Blue Peter wrote:
Got a few appearing on my plants outside, but not many. However, I don't think that any have fallen off, Peter.


Must be me then. A failure as an aubergine grower, as well as brassicas.

Fee



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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I'm growing them for the first time this year, and have just noticed my first propar fruit growing, so I'll hold fire on commenting just yet, wait and see what happens to mine first

My plants aren't very big, but they've started to bush out quite a lot. It;s not a surprise though, the soil down there seems pretty lacking in any nutrient, so it's all practice for next year down there this year really.

I took some pictures down there today, so here he is in all his glory:





It's a fruit I tells yer!

dododumpling



Joined: 14 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 06 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It's my first year growing aubergines - and I'm pleased to report some success! I'm growing these: http://seeds.thompson-morgan.com/uk/en/product/gww0065/1 and have a couple of aubergines on one plant, one of which is a reasonable size (probably as big as it's going to grow on a dwarf plant).

Two of the plants are in pots, two in a growbag. I water them (almost) every night and feed them once a week with the same stuff I use for tomatoes and courgettes.

I don't know what the aubergines will taste like but they are so pwetty!

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