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Eggplant Questions

Post  manitoak123 on 6/19/2010, 8:42 am

I have finally been successful getting my engplant to grow and bear fruit. My questions....

How do I know when they are ready to harvest? I know that garden grown eggplant will not get as big as the eggplant you see in the grocery.

Do I thin the fruit to get larger ones, like watermelon and pumpkin? There are more than three eggplant on one plant.
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Re: Eggplant Questions

Post  camprn on 6/19/2010, 8:47 am

The should be shiny and firm. Here is some more info. You have very happy plants! flower
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Re: Eggplant Questions

Post  Blackrose on 6/19/2010, 8:47 pm

That was a very good link camprn. Thank you!

I have a question that wasn't covered in that link though. I know that Eggplants are wind pollinated, not insect pollinated. Would it be worth it to try and pollinate the flowers manually? Or should I just leave it to pollinate on it's own? I have one flower so far on my eggplant with a couple more starting to form and I really want a nice healthy fruit from it.
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Post  quiltbea on 8/15/2010, 10:54 am

Thanks for the site posted. Its very helpful.
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