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Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors' (Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors')

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skill rating
4 hours care
per year
0.5m
Max height
0.5m
Max spread
1-2 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors'

Other names

Eggplant 'Chinese Ancestors', Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors'

Genus

Solanum Solanum

Variety or Cultivar

'Chinese Ancestors' _ 'Chinese Ancestors' is a shrubby, prickly perennial often grown as an annual with white flowers in summer followed by a mixture of long and slender, as well as small and round fruit in various colours of purple, white and green. This variety can be harvested in late summer until autumn.


Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors' is: Deciduous

Habit

Climbing, Irregular

Flower

White, Pale-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse whitefly , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails Aphids , Glasshouse whitefly , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors' (Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors') will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks, Greenhouse

Cultivation

If you live in a mild climate and want to plant outdoors, ensure you select varities that will grow outside. Select seedlings that are dark green and sturdy. Pepare the ground in winter, working it over and adding manure or compost.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors'

Other names

Eggplant 'Chinese Ancestors', Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors'

Genus

Solanum Solanum

Variety or Cultivar

'Chinese Ancestors' _ 'Chinese Ancestors' is a shrubby, prickly perennial often grown as an annual with white flowers in summer followed by a mixture of long and slender, as well as small and round fruit in various colours of purple, white and green. This variety can be harvested in late summer until autumn.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Climbing, Irregular


Colour

Flower

White, Pale-pink in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Aphids , Glasshouse whitefly , Red spider mite (box and other) , Slugs , Snails

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors' (Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors') will reach a height of 0.5m and a spread of 0.5m after 1-2 years.

Suggested uses

Add to salads, Beds and borders, Flavouring food and drinks, Greenhouse

Cultivation

If you live in a mild climate and want to plant outdoors, ensure you select varities that will grow outside. Select seedlings that are dark green and sturdy. Pepare the ground in winter, working it over and adding manure or compost.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors' (Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors')

Common pest name

Cassava whitefly; Cotton whitefly; Sweet potato whitefly; Tobacco whitefly

Scientific pest name

Bemisia tabaci non-European populations

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

5

General biosecurity comments

Non-European populations of Bemisia tabaci pose an additional risk to European populations due to the potential for introducing non-European viruses.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors' (Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors')

Common pest name

; Black wood of grapevine; Female sterility of tobacco; Fruit woodiness of tomato; Maize Redness; Mal azul of tomato; Metabolbur; Metastolbur; Parastolbur; Purple top of potato; Stolbur of potato; Stolbur of tobacco; Stolbur of tomato

Scientific pest name

Candidatus Phytoplasma solani

Type

Phytoplasma

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Phytoplasma which potentially affects a wide host range; determined by the feeding behaviour of vectors. First UK outbreak in 2014; on strawberry; a host not specifically regulated in EU legislation. This legislation should be reviewed to take account of this and other developments.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Solanum melongena 'Chinese Ancestors' (Aubergine 'Chinese Ancestors')

Common pest name

Apple root knot nematode

Scientific pest name

Meloidogyne mali

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Unknown

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

UK (along with certain other European countries) received potentially infested trees in 1992; but these were destroyed at the end of the trial period and targeted surveillance has failed to find any trace of the nematode. Main impacts are on elm; apple and mulberry and industry should source such material carefully.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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