AUBERGINE. Egg Plant (Solatium melongena)
This must usually be grown in Britain under glass in pots as our summers are seldom favourable enough for the fruits to ripen outdoors. Seeds should be sown in rich lightat the beginning of February, potted up singly in small pots, and later moved into 6- or 7-in. pots.
Thefor the larger pots should be two parts loam, one part each of decayed manure and leaf-mould, and some sand. The tops of the growing shoots are pinched out when the are about 6 in. high.
The best table varieties are “Early Long Purple” and “Dwarf Purple.” The white-flowered varieties, and some of the striped varieties are rather more decorative on the greenhouse shelf.