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aprilbyril
May 12, 2020 2:27 PM CST
Hi, all....

Not a big forum person so I hope i am posting in the right spot...

So first garden ever, not pretending to know a thing. I have jalapenos, okra, squash, cukes, bellpeppers and tomatoes doing ok.

The eggplant is what I'm confused about, i don't know what to look for to see if they're successful at all. I have googled so many things to find out what to look for for a growing eggplant and can't find it.

See pics....what do i look for? Are they trying to produce? Crossing Fingers!

Planted in late April. North of Houston, SE TX

THANKS IN ADVANCE :)

Confused

aprilbyril
May 12, 2020 2:28 PM CST
oh crap, did my pics even post?
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
May 12, 2020 2:41 PM CST
aprilbyril said:oh crap, did my pics even post?


Hilarious! No they didn't. Just go to the green button below and select Upload an image, find where you have it stored, select and open it. You can do more than one photo. If you preview your message to make sure it appears the way you want, be sure and use the button below to actually send out to the forum.

Hope this helps.
Donald

aprilbyril
May 12, 2020 2:52 PM CST
Thank you, Donald

Did this work? Crossing Fingers! Thank You!
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
May 12, 2020 4:46 PM CST
aprilbyril said:Thank you, Donald

Did this work? Crossing Fingers! Thank You!



It sure did. The photos look fine. It's been many years since I've grown vegetable garden plants and eggplant was never in the group. My sister had a garden with them. If I recall correctly they had to have some time to develop as plants before blooming and producing the eggplants. That would make it still a bit early. Overall I'd say your plants look healthy, but something (caterpillar or grasshopper) is chewing your leaves pretty badly. Do you know what may be doing that. Sometimes chewing insects can be voracious and really damage a plant. I grow a larger container of fennel as a host plant for Black Swallow Tail butterflies. If I don't control the numbers, there end up being too many caterpillars and they run out of there food supply and expose themselves to predators because they've eaten their cover. You'll want to identify and figure out what steps to take to control the pest if it's one that do extensive damage.

That's my two cents. I'm going to tag some people here in the hopes they will see your post and respond with more current and better advice. They are regulars posters in the Texas Gardening area. @gardenfish @pod @kittriana @piksihk I think most of these members would have growing conditions more similar to yours and all have a lot of knowledge. Good luck with the garden Thumbs up .

Donald
Name: Kristi
east Texas pineywoods (Zone 8a)
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pod
May 12, 2020 5:00 PM CST
Thanks @needrain for the vote of confidence. Whistling

I am growing eggplant for the first time this year. Late starting the seeds so there is no comparison to yours.

Your plants actually look great but I didn't see blooms. Have you had them bloom yet?

I suspect it will take more time. I don't recall the pests that bother eggplants. Was it flea beetles?

Now I need to go read up on them.

And Welcome! @aprilbyril
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 12, 2020 5:03 PM CST
Welcome! It's been a long time since I've grown eggplant, but here goes; your plants look very good, but I do see some clear damage by possibly a chewing insect, which would indicate a caterpillar or grasshopper. I'm thinking a moth caterpillar instead of a butterfly, maybe a cabbage moth? In your third pic, where the stem of the leaf is clipped off, I'm not so sure. Caterpillars usually eat the leaves to the spines, but don't typically clip the leaf off through the stem.
Eggplants are heat loving plants. They will flower, a very pretty purple flower, that is where the fruit will be. We've been having some unseasonably cold weather in spots throughout the South, so it may be a while before it blooms. Inspect the plant frequently to try to catch the chewing culprit. Dump in a bucket of soapy water to kill caterpillars, and if it's a grasshopper, catch (try) it and step on it!
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Name: Lynda Horn
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gardenfish
May 12, 2020 5:04 PM CST
Yes flea beetles are a problem with eggplants. They are very small, round and black and move very fast. They leave little shot holes in the leaves.
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Mother Teresa
Name: Kristi
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pod
May 12, 2020 5:06 PM CST
Good information! Thank you Lynda.
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Name: Lynda Horn
Arkansas (Zone 7b)
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gardenfish
May 13, 2020 1:38 AM CST
You're welcome! I normally never have flea beetles in my garden, but let me grow eggplant, and they show up!
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