Thursday, August 21, 2008

What is the deal with my eggplant?

Since my accidental all-night watering about a month ago, the eggplant have really turned on the blossoms. I took the hint and have been trying to keep that bed plenty moist, and have gotten a bit of help from some recent rain.

However, every one of those blossoms so far have ended up on the ground, leaving behind tiny stubs that are absolutely no good in a pork stir fry or breaded and smothered in tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.

So tell me gardeners of the blogosphere, what am I doing wrong? Still too little water? Too much water? Too hot? And whatever it is, is it the same story for my peppers?

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Blogger Lewru said...

What I've found about blossom drop is that it can be caused by temperatures that are too low or too high, too little or too much nitrogen, too little or too much humidity, lack of water, lack of pollination, insect or disease stress, or too many tomatoes already set. So basically, everything. Let me know if you get something more specific!

August 21, 2008 12:22 PM  
Blogger Eric said...

I am going to say water given the recent rains on top of what you have been giving. I doubt it's too much water in general, just too much water for a plant that wasn't used to it yet.

August 21, 2008 1:06 PM  
Blogger Annie in Austin said...

Are the eggplant flowers opening before they drop, Kelly? Or are they falling off before they can be pollinated?

My peppers flowers weren't getting pollinated and were dropping - I think the insects were arriving after the heat frizzled the flowers. An artist's brush used early in the morning coaxed a few peppers from the plants.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

August 21, 2008 5:38 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Thanks for the input everyone. I'm going to keep up the watering through the fall and see how they like the cooler weather. I've actually gotten at least one pepper set, so I'm hoping to find a few more soon.

August 30, 2008 11:09 AM  

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