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’!
Packet contains 30 seeds
PLANT SIZE Height 70 cm Width 45 cm
CONTAINER SIZE Height 30 cm Width 30 cm
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.
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