Eggplant Plants

Too Many Eggplants, but All Very Small


Anonymous added on April 4, 2011 | Answered

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
Answered on April 5, 2011

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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