I think it is called an American eggplant based on my internet search. It should produce the big purple fruits. I planted it with my other vegetables this year and that was probably mid to late April. The plant looks healthy and has nice leaves, but no flower has been seen. I initially put a little 13x13x13 around it not long after planting, but haven't added any fertilize since. I put some grass clipping around the base and water every other day or so. It gets approximately 6 hours of full sun each day.gardenvt wrote:What variety are you growing? Did you fertilize it? Does your fertilizer have a lot of nitrogen in it? If so, give your plants some bone meal which will beef up the phosphorous necessary for blooming.
I use the same fertilizer that I use for tomatoes (same family of plants) and they like that a lot - 5-6-5. I plant mine in containers because it isn't as warm as eggplants like here but yours should be producing by now.
I'm in Vermont and I started my plants in mid-March and planted them out May 27. They are 18-24" tall now and still growing. Ours have lots of blooms and a few eggplants will be ready to harvest in about 10 days or less. I am growing Beatrice and Rosa Bianca.
It's odd to not have even flowers by now beings how you are in the deep south. I've been picking eggplant for a few weeks now and put them in the ground around mid March if I recall correctly.Brown Thumbs wrote:I still don't have any blooms or fruit on my eggplant. Posted this last month and everyone basically said have patience. It's now July in Mississippi and I sure would'a thought it may at least a bloom by now. The plant is about 18 inches tall and looks healthly. I'll just keep watering it and waiting.
I made my post one day too soon! We finally have a bloom; I noticed it yesterday afternoon when watering. It appeared over night and hopefully will develope into our first fruit of the year. How long does it usually take an eggplant fruit to grow before ready to pick?gardenvt wrote:BT, eggplants tend to close up a bit at night. It is an interesting habit.
My plants get about 7 hours of sun - not much more than yours.
Since they aren't blooming, it wouldn't hurt to try some of the bone meal. It might be all that is needed. If that doesn't work, maybe try something different next year.