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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
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.

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.

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

Edible vegetable, popular variety.

other notes:
Old variety introduced about 1910.
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