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Anyone had any luck with growing aubergines outside?

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VivaLeBeaver Wed 05-Jan-11 18:36:38

DT Brown catalogue says that Moneymaker variety is more reliable for outside cropping than most. Does that mean they'll still be the size of a golf ball?

meltedmarsbars Thu 06-Jan-11 22:04:06

I've only grown them successfully in a porch - and that was in London.

Takver Fri 07-Jan-11 09:26:48

I've grown them outside - but we are in west Wales which is fairly mild, and it does depend on the summer. You don't get anywhere near the crop that you get in a tunnel/greenhouse, but the flip side is that they are less inclined to get mildew. IMO I would say more that I get many fewer fruits, rather than them being tiny.

TBH if I wasn't doing it for work I wouldn't bother with them if I didn't have an indoor space, especially since you need to get them to a decent size before planting out which is really hard on a windowsill.

The two I've had most success with outside are De Barbentane, and Morden Midget, but I've never tried Moneymaker.

VivaLeBeaver Fri 07-Jan-11 16:44:31

Thanks for the advice. I'm up North so maybe not going to happen. Will have to work out if I can squeeze them in the cold frame. Thanks.

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