Eggplant- Slim Jim.

Eggplant- Slim Jim.

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Slim Jim is a terrific dwarf aubergine variety from Italy – an award-winning all-rounder in the patio vegetable category. Its dark-purple foliage and clusters of long, slim, purple fruits make it a perfect choice for ornamental and decorative gardens. Even though the variety’s origins are not clear, most accounts agree that it is southern-Italian in origin and was first introduced by Italian seed company Fratelli Ingegnoli. Aubergines originated in Asia, being recorded first in the 6th century Chinese agricultural treatise Qímín Yàoshù. The plant was introduced to the Mediterranean region by Arabs in the Middle Ages. Aubergines have a somewhat unusual reputation in Italy – historically, it was thought that the whole plant could cause insanity. The name melanzana is derived from mela insana, meaning ‘insane apple’!

LATIN NAME 
Solanum melongena

NAME 
Eggplant

VARIETY 
Slim Jim

QUANTITY 
30 seeds

PLANT SIZE 
Height 70 cm 
Width 45 cm

CONTAINER SIZE 
Height 30 cm 
Width 30 cm

COMPANION PLANT 
Basil, peppers, okra, mints, thyme, catnip.

SOWING 
Indoor Mar-Apr 
Outdoor May-June

TIMING 
Germination 10-30 days 
Harvesting 90-12 0 days

SPACING 
When sowing 3-5 cm; Depth 0,5 cm 
When transplanting 30-40 cm

GROWING 
Sunligth Full sun. 
Soil Well-drained, moist and fertile soil. 
Watering Regular watering, even twice a day. 
Feeding Heavy feeder.

CARING 
Expert tip Eggplants are a bit slower to germinate than many other plants. They require a temperature between 25° and 30°C. When the young plant reaches 15 cm in height, cut the top off to encourage branch production and increase future fruit set.

SUPPORTING 
Pollinators
Although eggplants are self-pollinating plants, pollinators will increase fruit set. 
Pests
To prevent a whitefly attack, grow aubergines with a sacrificial trap crop such as bell pepper to divert pests away from the plant.

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