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Eggplants?

Post  shannon1 on 4/18/2011, 4:33 am

Anyone have advice about growing eggplants aside from the need for heat and lots of water the only thing I know is 1 per SF and support. Avice would be most welcome. They will be covered by super-light insect barrier to keep the pests off. Are they pollenated by wind or do they need bees?
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Post  dizzygardener on 4/18/2011, 2:12 pm

Sounds like you've got everything you need to be successful: Warmth, water, and pest protection.

Eggplants are wind pollinated just like tomatoes. They don't need the bees, but it may not hurt for you to help them along. A good shake and light tapping of the flowers will suffice.
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Post  LeainRoswell,GA on 4/18/2011, 6:21 pm

May I ask what you mean by super light insect barrier and where you bought it? I planted eggplant last year and only got one eggplant. The leaves on the plant looked like lace they were so eaten up, but I love eggplant so I am trying again this year and any help would be more than welcome!
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Post  The Cat's Other Mother on 4/18/2011, 10:05 pm

What kind are you planting? I'm in your area, and I had great luck with the Ichiban eggplant last year, though I had to fight the flea beetles with Neem. I'm planting three more this year, and three Ping Tung eggplants. I am liking these much better than the Black Beauty variety.

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Post  kjenkins82 on 4/18/2011, 10:38 pm

I have one plant each of Ichiban, Ping Tung, Black Beauty and Casper. If I'm lucky enough to get a few eggplants it'll be fun to experiment with the different types. With any luck we'll all be swapping recipes in a couple months! Smile

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Post  quiltbea on 4/18/2011, 11:42 pm

I use lightweight insect barrier over my crops and it works great.
Last year my cabbages were barely touched by insects and were lovely when harvested.

I got mine from johnnyseeds.com where I also got the heavy-weight row cover to place over plants to protect them down to 28* against frost.
I didn't have a good year for eggplant last year.
I only got a couple from each plant which surprised me.

Here's one of my Casper eggplants.
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Post  shannon1 on 4/18/2011, 11:46 pm

I have 1 black beauty and one Ichiban II so far but will be planting more if all goes acording to plan. The Ichiban II I planted 2 wks ago has just started to show the first signs of branching and also has buds at the top, should I pinch the buds off and let it send it's energy to the new tiny branches? The casper looks great I hope I can find some more different kinds to try. Very Happy I get mine from gardens alive here is what they say about it. "Super-Light Insect Barrier
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This lightweight row cover is an excellent all-season insect shield. Our customers confirm field trial results, in which Super-Light Insect Barrier stops crop damage from Mexican bean beetles, cabbageworms, cabbage maggots, carrot weevils, Colorado potato beetles, cucumber beetles, flea beetles, leafhoppers, leafminers, squash bugs, squash vine borers and other pests.

Translucent polypropylene fabric transmits 95% of sunlight but causes almost no heat buildup, so you can leave covers on all summer without harming heat-sensitive plants. (Remove covers at bloom time for crops that need insect pollination.) Cut to any size. Lasts one or two seasons."
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