What To Do For Eggplant Blossoms Drying Out And Falling Off
Eggplants are one of the most popular vegetables in India. They have been cultivated for centuries and they are considered as a very nutritious food. However, there are some reasons why eggplants don’t produce flowers.
There are several causes for this problem. One of them is that the eggplant fruit contains toxins which cause the plant to die. Another reason could be because the eggplants aren’t fertilized properly or even if they are, it doesn’t result in proper development of flower buds.
There are many ways to grow eggplants without having any flowers at all. You can either use seeds from the eggplants or you can take care of the cultivation yourself. If you want to grow your own eggplants then you need to know about various methods which will help you in doing so.
Growing Eggplants Without Flowers
You can try using the seeds from the eggplants. These seeds are easy to cultivate and they contain all necessary nutrients for growing your own plants. It is easy to grow eggplants without flowers since the plants don’t flower every year.
Using seeds from the fruits will ensure that the plants bloom every year. You can also grow them from the stem if you cut it off and plant it in a fertile soil. If managed properly, you can successfully grow eggplants without flowers every year.
The best way to ensure that your plants don’t produce any flowers is by using ‘potassium nitrate’. This is a chemical which is used to prevent the plants from developing their own seeds. The plant stops flowering and produces more leaves instead.
The only thing you have to do is mix the chemical in water and pour it into the soil of your eggplants.
Why Do My Dwarf Eggplant Leaves Curl Up?
Dwarf eggplants are a new type of eggplants which have smaller fruits. They are extremely delicious and rich in nutrients. Their leaves curl up sometimes which is a very common problem in eggplant plants. There are many reasons for this issue. Some common ones are:
Not Enough Water: The leaves curl up when the plant doesn’t get enough water from the roots. In such a situation, make sure that you pour water directly into the roots of the plant and not over the leaves.
Too Much Water: Eggplants don’t like too much water either. This is why you should only pour water into the soil and not over the leaves.
Insufficient Sunlight: The eggplants need a lot of sunlight to grow well. If they don’t get enough sunlight, the plants start curling their leaves as a protection method. Make sure that you place them in areas with a lot of sunlight.
Pests: Aphids can cause the leaves to curl up. These green insects suck the nutrients from the leaves and cause them to curl up as a defense mechanism. You can easily get rid of these by using some insecticides.
Too Much Heat: Eggplants are generally grown in areas where there is a lot of sunlight. They generally don’t like the heat. The leaves curl up to protect the plants from harsh sunlight.
Place them in a cooler area or put some shade over them to avoid this curling issue.
How to Know If My Eggplant is Rotten?
Just like other fruits, eggplants can also get rotten. It becomes soft and mushy when it goes bad. However, a rotten eggplant doesn’t necessarily lose its color. It may even turn dark purple or brown instead of becoming pale or discolored. The easiest way to find out if the eggplant is rotten is to check its smell. If it smells bad then it’s surely rotten!
There are many methods to test if an eggplant is bad or not. Some of them are:
The Squeeze Test: This is the easiest way to test if the eggplant is good or not. Take the eggplant in your hand and press on it gently with your fingers. A good eggplant will be firm, while a rotten one will be soft and mushy.
The Tap Test: Take the eggplant in your hand and give it a quick light tap on a hard surface. A good eggplant will make a solid sound while a rotten one will make a dull sound and may even have some soft spots.
The Blade Test: Take a knife and cut the skin of the eggplant in half from top to bottom. If the knife leaves a mark on the flesh then throw the eggplant away.
The Sight Test: A bad eggplant will have a dark discoloration or even dark spots. It may also have soft spots or even a mushy feeling.
How to Store Fresh Eggplants?
You can store fresh eggplants in the refrigerator for 2 – 3 days in its original packaging. You can also store it loose in the refrigerator as long as it is not exposed to too much air.
You can freeze eggplants, but remember to blanche them before freezing them. Eggplant can be kept in an airtight container for 3 – 4 months in the freezer.
How to Cook Eggplants?
Eggplant is a healthy and delicious vegetable. You can cook it in many different ways.
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