Vegetables and Fruit forum: Eggplant seedlings--stunted

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Name: Meg
Central Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Maryland
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wordywombat
Apr 8, 2018 12:49 PM CST
I planted some prosperosa eggplant seeds this year, and they are growing quite slowly. I have four plants, and one of them seems to be just not thriving. The leaves have holes in them and are curling a little. Of the other three, one is going great guns, while the other two are average. They were started in seed starter, and transplanted at the same time into larger cups. They get weak fertilizer every ten days or so. They are in a warm place with adequate light.

Is this normal, for some plants to just fail to thrive? This is only my second year doing seeds, and my eggplants (black beauty) bore fairly normally last year.
Name: Meg
Central Maryland (Zone 7a)
Region: Maryland
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wordywombat
Apr 11, 2018 2:19 PM CST
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I decided a picture would help. I just took this. The first one has holes in his leaves, the leaves are smaller, and he is less sturdy. The next one has huge leaves, with one that is a little malformed. The difference is a little less noticeable now--but they have developed far differently.

I guess seeds are like people--you nevah know what you are gonna git.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 17, 2018 7:41 PM CST
How are they doing this week ?
Holes in the leaves suggests some insect ? aphids ?
Name: Ed
Crenshaw County, South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Intheswamp
May 25, 2018 5:16 AM CST
Meg, just curious as to how your eggplants are doing now. I'm starting some late ones.

I planted a couple of tomatillos this year from the same seed pack. One plants towers over the other one in height and it's leaves are 2-3 times bigger than the smaller one. They're growing side-by-side and were germinated and started the same way. I guess there must be some variance within a seed crop.
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