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Post  JonRigby2005 on 5/6/2010, 1:40 am

So, I planted black beauty eggplant for the first time. This is in ground and due to finances was unable to amend my soil to my liking. They are growing great/fast, and full of blossoms, but, and its a big but, before or right after polination the plant drops the blooms. I think it has to do with the sandy soil not holding water(needing to water to frequently), but thought I would ask for some insight. Everything else is doing great except my scallions, and nothing else is dropping blossoms.

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Post  ander217 on 5/6/2010, 8:34 am

Are you raising tomatoes, too? If your tomatoes aren't having blossom drop, then it's probably not high temperatures or lack of water, two things which can stress eggplants into dropping blossoms. They don't like a lot of nitrogen, either, so it's probably not your soil.

Do you have high humidity? Sometimes when it is very humid, the pollen cakes up instead of dropping as it should, and the unpollinated flowers fall.

You might try hand-pollinating a few flowers and see if they stay on.

My eggplants always seem to go through periods where they will not produce, and then suddenly I may be inundated with fruit. I do remember one year in which I picked only five eggplants from three plants so I'm obviously no expert. I think they are just picky as to heat, moisture, and humidity, and when condition are finally to their liking they reward us.

Good luck.
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Post  JonRigby2005 on 5/6/2010, 11:17 am

I'm in Tampa, FL so the humidity is high. I have a dozen tomatoes which are doing fantastic. The eggplants are covered in blossoms, show their pretty flowers for a couple days then drop em. I will try hand pollinating, thanks for the response.

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Post  chocolatepop on 5/6/2010, 12:45 pm

ya know, I was wondering about pollination also. I had this problem a few years ago and was told to hand pollinate or "shake shake shake"
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Post  nancy on 5/6/2010, 4:06 pm

A guy at work just brought me a baby eggplant (black beauty). (He also brought me a cherry tomato, a beefsteak tomato, a green pepper, and a banana pepper!) I hadn't really planned on eggplant and I don't really know what to do with it. How big will it get and how many squares does it need? My book is at home, so I will look it up tonite, but thought I would ask for personal experience, too. I'm quite excited about it!
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Post  ander217 on 5/6/2010, 5:06 pm

Mine usually grow about the same size as pepper plants. I planted mine one to a square.
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Post  camprn on 5/6/2010, 7:55 pm

My eggplants last year wanted water, a LOT of water. I watered them more than the tomato plants. I love aubergine. I can hardly wait for it fresh!!! Very Happy
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Post  Toastie on 5/6/2010, 9:55 pm

I am having a different problem with my eggplants and squash they just are not growing.
My cherry tomatoes are growing nicely, but my big tomatoes are not holding their flowers.
Should I start watering every day. Right now I am using a Mardi Gras cup of water every other day. Should I change this

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Post  JonRigby2005 on 5/6/2010, 10:35 pm

If your tomatoes are dropping their blooms, and it's not too hot (shouldn't be there yet), in my experience one problem can be too much nitrogen.

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Post  HawaiiAl on 5/7/2010, 12:34 am

it depends on if your compost is high with nitrogen, your plants may need calcium you can make your own its better than store bought. look up aspirin water on the net, may help you.
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Post  Toastie on 5/7/2010, 7:52 am

So if I side dress with some PNK fertilizer I should not add any with the nitrogen in it

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Post  HawaiiAl on 5/7/2010, 1:04 pm

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Post  al on 5/15/2010, 2:25 pm

@Toastie wrote:I am having a different problem with my eggplants and squash they just are not growing.
My cherry tomatoes are growing nicely, but my big tomatoes are not holding their flowers.
Should I start watering every day. Right now I am using a Mardi Gras cup of water every other day. Should I change this

I water every morning. Lots of water and try to keep it off the leaves. I do not think you can over water in raised beds. I also feed each plant 1t of feed each week, watering it in. So far so good all plants are doing great.

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Post  JonRigby2005 on 5/15/2010, 5:42 pm

It's hard to overwater period when it's 90 degrees out there, I can't seem to water enough. That florida sun doesn't play around.

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Post  Toastie on 5/18/2010, 10:09 pm

Well I upped my watering any my gardening exploded. The eggplant and squash are doing great except for the ones planted at teh end of the rows
Unfortunately I did not have Mel's mix and I am worried about my beans (the lower leaves are turning yellow with brown splotches)

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Post  WardinWake on 5/18/2010, 10:33 pm

Jon:

If you edit your profile you can add your location. That way when you post folks will know where you are and that can help them to answer questions you have.

God Bless, Ward.
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