Eggplant Plants

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  1. Why Are Eggplant Flowers Browning and Falling Off Plant?
  2. My Eggplant Flowers Keep Falling Off
  3. Is There an Available Fungicidal or Control for Bacterial Wilt of Eggplant?
  4. Eggplant
  5. Eggplant Over Year Old
  6. Too Many Eggplants, but All Very Small
  7. Eggplant Seedling Problem
Asked by Hezz on November 28, 2010
Why Are Eggplant Flowers Browning and Falling Off Plant?

Eggplant flowers browning and dropping off. Why?

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
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Asked by Anonymous on December 11, 2010
My Eggplant Flowers Keep Falling Off

I was just wondering why my eggplant bush is flowering but only keeping six flowers on at a time and then falling off.  Could you tell me why and how to fix it?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by herlo on January 4, 2011
Is There an Available Fungicidal or Control for Bacterial Wilt of Eggplant?

I am currently searching for a fungicide or effective microorganism to control bacterial wilt that infected my eggplant field. i wanna know if there are products available in the market today that can control bacterial wilt instantly.

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Heather
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

I do not know of any product that can combat bacterial wilt, unfortunately. The typical recommendation is to pull up the plants and either solarize the soil to kill the bacterial wilt or do not plant nightshade plants in the infected soil for at least 2 years.

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Asked by Anonymous on February 10, 2011
Eggplant

What do I use to stop bacterial wilt?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Once a plant is infected with bacterial wilt, there is no cure. If you have soil that is contaminated with bacterial wilt, you need to either make sure not to plant anything from the nightshade family (e.g. eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes) for at least 2 years or you can solarize the location. Here are directions for solarizing: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-solarize-garden-beds-to-eliminate-garden-pests-in-the-soil.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on March 26, 2011
Eggplant Over Year Old

I live in southern Nevada. I had an eggplant in my garden last year, which got really big and flowered like a dandelion and then blew away. Will it get fruit again, or should I tear it out? It looks very healthy.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

That does not sounds like an eggplant. Is it possible that something else is growing where the eggplant was planted? Can you send us a picture? We can identify it from a picture.

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Asked by Anonymous on April 5, 2011
Too Many Eggplants, but All Very Small

This is the second season of my eggplant bush and it’s producing a lot of fruit but they are all very small and light colored. Last year, the plant produced 1-2 eggplants at a time, but they were big, bright purple, healthy eggplants. (Planted from seed late last summer) In addition, many of the flowers are drying and falling off. What am I doing wrong, and how can I make the plant healthy again? Some of the small eggplants are falling off the stem with a light touch. I am considering trimming the plant so it’ll help the remaining fruit grow bigger. Will that help?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It sounds like a pollination problem. If the flowers are not properly pollinated, the fruit will be small and deformed. This article will help you with understanding about pollinators:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/insect-pollination-process.htm

This article explains how you can attract them to your garden: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/beneficial/creating-a-pollinator-garden.htm

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Asked by Anonymous on April 6, 2011
Eggplant Seedling Problem

I have grown four varieties of eggplant from seed. They were fine until a few days ago. Now they are all getting a wavy, tan spotting on the leaves. The large and smaller leaves are being affected. No brand new leaves and irregular spotting that tends to run together on other leaves. It is spreading to all the eggplants, whether touching or not. I have them close together for the lighting. A fan moves some air. Cow pots were used and some had compost added to the potting soil. I am afraid it is a fungus and have started a cornmeal tea regimen. Please help with any info.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It is a fungus, but there are several that it could be. The most likely culprit is early blight, which cannot be cured easily. This article tells more about early blight: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/vegetables/tomato/early-blight-alternaria-tomato-leaf-spots-yellow-leaves.htm

While the article focuses on tomatoes, eggplants are in the same family and are affected by the same diseases. I would recommend neem oil as an organic fugicide: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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