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Aubergine 'Meatball' (Grafted)

Solanum melongena | Egg Plant

Half-hardy Annual

What is Half-Hardy Annual?

Really meaty fruit

Sweet flesh

An excellent meat substitute for vegetarian dishes

Grafted plants crop up to 75% more, thanks to the best varieties being matched with the most vigorous rootstocks

Grafted rootstocks offer faster growing & stronger plants for bigger and better harvests!

Grafted plants have improved resistant to soil borne diseases

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Aubergine ‘Meatball’ really is the meatiest of aubergines. Large, globe-shaped  fruit up to 13cm across with very dense flesh which only have a few seeds making the flavour sweeter than other varieties. Aubergine ‘Meatball’ combines the very best traits of both heritage and modern hybrid varieties. Height: 70cm (28"). Spread: 60cm (24").

Please note: Your plant may include a grafting clip. Leave this in place and it will fall off naturally as the plant grows.

Plant height and spread is seasonal therefore we list by pot size rather than a defined plant size. The height and spread of the plant delivered will vary depending on the season, meaning arrival images are an indication only.

 

Height Up to 70cm (28in)
Spread Up to 60cm (24in)

Half-hardy Annual

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full sun

Flowering Months Harvest Months
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3 Peat-Free Postiplug Plants (KC7415)
1 x 9cm Peat-Free Potted Plant (KC4705)
3 x 9cm Peat-Free Potted Plants (KC3115)

Pot up plants and grow them on in warm, frost free conditions until plants are well grown and all risk of frost has passed. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions over 7-10 days before planting out in their final positions. For indoor cultivation, pot on into larger containers or plant 2 aubergines per growbag. Outdoors, plant aubergines in rich fertile soil at a distance of 90cm (3’) apart, in rows spaced 90-120cm (3-4’) apart. Grow aubergines in a sheltered position in full sun. Planting through black plastic mulch will help to warm the soil, control weeds and save moisture.

Aubergines grow best at temperatures of 25-30C (77-86F) with high humidity levels. Stake aubergine plants as they increase in size and pinch out the main growing tip to encourage a bushy habit. Water regularly to prevent buds from dropping. Once the first flowers have set, feed aubergines every 2 weeks with a high potash tomato feed. Restricting the crop to 5 or 6 per plant will produce the largest fruits. Harvest aubergines by cutting them close to the stem from August onwards, when the fruit appears fully coloured and shiny. Harvest regularly to promote further flowers and to extend the picking season.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes, etc. are delivered at the appropriate time for planting or potting on. Delivery times will be stated on the product page above, or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

Orders for packets of seed incur a delivery charge of £2.99.

Orders which include any other products will incur a delivery charge of £6.99.

Where an order includes both packets of seeds and other products, a maximum delivery charge of £7.99 will apply - regardless of the number of items ordered.

Large items may incur a higher delivery charge - this will be displayed in your shopping basket.

Please see our Delivery page for further details, and more information on different charges that may apply to certain destinations.

For more information on how we send your plants please visit our Helpful Guide on plant sizes.

Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. While the majority of our nursery plants cope well with slight delays in intransit, sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this for some of our smaller plug products and tender bedding and vegetable lines, which do not respond well to the extra journey time. So regretfully while we offer the majority of our live plant offering nationwide, we are unable to ship plugs, begging plants and tender vegetable plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3.

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