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~ Seed for Very Early AUBERGINES ~

plant pictureBack in 2002 we started our aubergine trials. We asked many collectors around the world for their earliest & most reliable varieties to try out, and grew them together to compare them.

The 'best of the best' are offered here - these ultra-early aubergines give you a good chance of a decent crop in the variable UK summers. We've had really nice letters from people who haven't been able to grow aubergines until they tried these varieties.

Aubergines are a little slower growing than their near relatives the Tomatoes & Peppers.
The key point is to start them off early with some heat and then grow on in a greenhouse/polytunnel.

Josie says "this one's my favourite" ...

When to sow aubergine seed? You must start it going really early, under cover, and keep the
seeds warm until they germinate - for example in a propagator or in your airing cupboard.




PLEASE NOTE IT IS NOW TOO LATE TO SOW AUBERGINES FOR A 2014 CROP!
and it is best to wait to buy next years seed in the autumn, when the new harvest is in.



De Barbentane plant picture
A great medium-sized cylindrical black aubergine from France, with firm white flesh. We have always found it quick to get going and the plants are very sturdy.

This variety was bred for outdoor growing (in France, mind you, so we in the UK are really better off growing it under cover) and it does not require the same high temperatures that glasshouse aubergines are used to.

Earliness, consistently high production and good flavour make this one of our favourites. If you only grow one, try this one!

Long black fruit, white flesh.

Order AuBN - 25 seed 2.20



Ronde de Valence

An old and resilient variety that makes round black fruit. They are spherical , sometimes gently ribbed, and it usually does well under cover in the UK.

Round black fruit, white flesh.

Order AuRV - 20 seed £1.79



Saving your own Aubergine Seed:

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Ben demonstrates: Here you can see the seed squidged out of a very ripe fruit - this is best done in a bowl of water -
then rinsed through a sieve, and tapped out onto a plate to dry.

Aubergines do cross quite a lot, so you need to grow only one variety - or isolate plants (or branches) with a net cage.

Basic seed-saving instructions are included with your seeds, so you can do this yourself.
There are more detailed home-seed saving guides (printable) over to the left of this page,
in the box titled 'SeedSaving', with sheets on drying and storing your seed too.
And of course, seed-saving is only possible because these are all real, non-hybrid varieties.




The Real Seed Catalogue is produced by The Real Seed Collection Ltd , a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
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Our Unique Guarantee:
We think these are the best seeds you can sow.
We will immediately refund or replace if you are in any way less than delighted with them, even including the flavour of the resulting crop!

Due to daft seed laws, some rare veg seeds can only be supplied to members of our Seed Club. But membership costs just one penny per annum. When we process your order, you will be charged
a penny for a year's Seed Club Membership. For more details see our terms and conditions.

Gardeners Should Save their Own Seed:
Because none of these seeds are hybrids,
you can save your own seed for future use: there's no need to buy new each year.

Saving your own is easy. You will get great seed, and great vegetables adapted to your local conditions.
Do have a go - read the seedsaving instructions we provide with every order, and also on this site.

~ We have sent out over 65,000 sets of home seed-saving instructions!~

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