Post by pepperhead212 on May 29, 2021 14:24:06 GMT -5
I didn't get the eggplants in until fairly late - 5-16 - due to the very cool first half of May. Then, it got very warm (until this weekend!), so they took off, and on 5-27 I found my first eggplant blossom, a Neon, which surprised me. Usually Ichiban is my first, but the Ichiban seeds did not germinate well, so I had to plant some more, and the plants are way behind the Neons and Haris. They are starting to get some more growth to them, but it will be a while before they get some blossoms. First eggplant blossom so far, on one of the Neon plants. 5-27 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
Post by pepperhead212 on Jun 27, 2021 16:50:59 GMT -5
All of my eggplants have at least one formed, even the Ichiban, which was way behind the other two, yet is now caught up! This didn't surprise me, because it is usually first, somewhere in mid-June, when I don't have to start a second batch of seeds. I am still wondering if the Hari is going to be what I have always gotten, as the blossoms are a light purple (not as dark as most), whereas before, they have been white. I see it is green, but I'll see if it is as large, and productive. The Neon is an F3 - unfortunately, they stopped carrying this anywhere a few years ago, so I saved the seeds, and it is definitely a hybrid. Last year, the F2 seeds I grew produced almost identical fruits, but someone I shared them with got one with black fruit, which he thought produced better than the one with purple, so he saved that, and I saved mine, to see what the F3s would be like. Haven't heard from him, but mine are turning out white! (They look sort of greenish, from the leaf reflection) Go figure. This is why saving hybrid seeds is hit or miss. Fitrst Hari eggplant - 6-27 by pepperhead212, on Flickr
I have one just about ready to eat! It's a new one for me this year, Mitoyo. It's a very deep purple. And the stems and tops of plant are even purple. It's supposed to be sweet enough to eat raw. We'll see. I think the plant is supposed to be purplish, next to them are Black Beauty which are the normal green.
Here's the Mitoyo. So pretty. Fried them both up, they are mild! Didn't try any raw, (it says they are sweet when eaten raw) I've never eaten eggplant raw so wouldn't know what to expect. The flesh seems to have a slight greenish tint. I give it a , I'll grow it again.