Eggplant Crossing With Eggplant? - Knowledgebase Question

York, PA
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Question by idoc7
September 7, 1998
My Burpee purple blush eggplant (fruit is white with pretty purple blush on shoulders) also has bright yellow eggplant growing on the same plant along with the purple blush fruit. I planted it next to a traditional purple eggplant. Did the 2 egg plants cross with one another to produce the sunflower yellow fruit?

Answer from NGA
September 7, 1998
What an oddity! "Crossing" only affects seed production and hence the subsequent generation of plants, so a cross of the two plants in your garden would not explain your yellow eggplant. There are some varieties that do produce yellow eggplant, and perhaps one of those is included somewhere in the parentage of your hybrid -- occasionally a plant will exhibit an odd branch or "sport" which performs differently from the rest of the plant. Perhaps this is why you have two types of eggplant on one plant.

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