Solanum aethiopicum growing shrub of the genus Solanum also known as Ethiopian Eggplant or Akati, Solanum aethiopicum is annual to perennial, perennial Solanum aethiopicum suffers or die due to the cold of the winter, in regions where a little less cold, also vegetative reproduction can maintain high-quality seedlings in the greenhouse to next season, can grow in mediterranean, desert, subtropical, temperate or tropic climate and growing in hardiness zone 10b+ as perennial 5+ as annual..
Flower color purple or white with yellow stamens,
Solanum aethiopicum fruits
Fruits picked up when it’s unripe before it’s fully grown, the rind can be is red, white or yellow sometimes stripes, and the shape can be round or round lobed, inside the fruit is white or light green.
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Requirements for Solanum aethiopicum growing and care:
Warm weather, ground full of nutrients, full sun, trellising (sometimes the fruit are heavy)
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it’s possible to use in vegetative reproduction
Difficulties or problems when growing:
to grow something that can be bought in the market will be more
Pests and diseases:
Aphids, leaf miners, slugs
End on the winter beginning of the spring, in cold area in spring
How to prune:
All the season
Size of the plant?
50-100 cm, 20-40 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Spring / Summer / Autumn 30-50 days from planting
General information about the flower
Little purple pink flowers with yellow stamens, 3-5 growing flower blossoms
Thinning the bloom:
If thinning happening should check the root, watering and try to hand pollinate
Pollination is done by:
Fruit harvest season:
Starting 120 days from sowing, summer / autumn
Fruits pests or diseases:
Slugs, worms, birds
What can be done with big quantities of Solanum aethiopicum fruits?
Eat fresh, cooked, sauce, juice and much more
Work requirements on the fruit:
Trellising (sometime the fruit heavy for the plant)
How long does it take to bear fruit?
1-2.5 month from planting
Ripening of fruit:
Picked up when it’s unripe before it’s fully grown
Grow from seeds
Not require special condition, also possible just to threw some seeds and it will grow
Saving seeds until sowing:
Cold and dry place
End of the winter (after , start of the spring
Depth of Sowing:
Conditions for seeds germinate:
Full sun, 20-25 C can be more or less but this is the best temperature
Watering requires for Seeds:
Average amount of water, the soil should be moist
Condition of seedling:
Full sun, more than 20C, the sprout is very delightful to bug need protection in the beginning
Do the seeds require burying?
How to make Vegetative Reproduction in Solanum aethiopicum?
The best time for vegetative reproduction in Solanum aethiopicum:
Spring – beginning of the summer
How much time does it take to grow roots in vegetative reproduction?
What is the treatment for vegetative reproduction in Solanum aethiopicum?
Warm, Moist, and should put the cuttings in glass of water and change the water every 2 days