How do I care for my grafted pepper and aubergine plants?
Posted by Dobies Staff on 18 December 2013 12:44 pm

Check the plants are moist when they arrive and grow on in 10cm (2.5") pots using a good quality potting compost.  When planting ensure that the graft is well above soil level to prevent the scion rooting into the soil which would reduce resistance to soil borne diseases.   Maintain a temperature of 16-18 °C (60-65 °F) and provide a cane support. 

Once the roots fill the pot, transfer into 30cm (12") pots or plant in the greenhouse border 60cm (2ft) apart.   (These plants are not suitable for growing in growbags due to the strong root system). 

Grafted peppers and aubergines are vigorous plants and as the fruits start to set, start feeding twice a week using a liquid tomato fertilizer, damping down the pathways on hot sunny days to increase humidity.   Misting the plants with water will aid fruit setting. 

The plants can be grown on a sunny patio once the danger of frost has passed in early June but the best results will be obtained when grown in the greenhouse.

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