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LAS14
Aug 22, 2016 12:48 PM CST
Every year I plant 6 eggplants and always get fruit. Some years lots, others not so much. This year, however, my plants had NO FLOWERS. Not just no fruit, but no flowers. The nearby squash, cukes, tomatoes and peppers had the expected fruit. Any ideas?

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Newyorkrita
Aug 22, 2016 4:12 PM CST
Did you use a high nitrogen fertilizer on them?
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Weedwhacker
Aug 22, 2016 8:43 PM CST
The same thing happened to me last year; I was kind of assuming it was because of our very cool summer. Or, it could also just be related to the variety...
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Aug 23, 2016 7:53 AM CST
Hmmm. Interesting question, LAS, thank you for asking!

Now you have me wondering! My eggplants didn't make any flowers this year either. The plants are still sitting out there, not one single flower all summer. I have no idea why, the plants are sitting right next to my most productive tomato plants; in a raised bed with plenty of organic matter. The leaves have the usual flea beetle damage.

I was thinking it was something I did, maybe I didn't plant them at the right time or maybe the seeds were bad... but now I'm rethinking. What could it be? Shrug!

Hi Sandy! We did start out with a cool summer this year but it got hot right around July 1st, then really hot up until this week when we finally got some rain...

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Philipwonel
Aug 23, 2016 8:52 AM CST
I agree . It could be variety....BUT ! Just maybe the plants aren't mature enough!!!
And dont give em to much nitrogen.
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Newyorkrita
Aug 23, 2016 9:23 AM CST
It really is odd as eggplants should be easy.
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dyzzypyxxy
Aug 23, 2016 11:32 AM CST
Sometimes you can "stress" a plant into flowering by withdrawing water a little bit - i.e. don't let it entirely wilt, but if you've been watering every day, ease back to every second day? It's getting late in the season for this plant to be just beginning to flower, I think there's no harm in trying.
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LAS14
Aug 24, 2016 11:23 AM CST
I was told elsewhere that eggplants are sensitive to sudden cold snaps. Weather has gotten much more variable in the last few years, and I know we had days of unseasonable cold (as well as unseasonable heat). I bet one of those snaps happened at just the wrong time.

Thanks for all your responses.

LAS

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