Eggplant flowers falling off

Eggplant    Sydney

The flowers of my eggplants fall off as they bloom without developing into fruit

Posted by: Subhash agrawal (2 points) Subhash agrawal
Posted: March 26, 2014


It is autumn in Oz (days getting noticeably shorter, the summer heat is over), and the egg plant season is over. Certainly no chance to grow pumpkin at this time of the year - it's too late. Try again late winter for pumpkin, and early spring for egg plants. If you plant too late (early summer), plants may suffer from heat stress during the time the fruits develop, which reduces the harvest.

Posted by: Carina Moeller (5 points) Carina Moeller
Posted: March 27, 2014

David Hughes commented,
Thanks for this relevant and local information. And welcome to PlantVillage- wonderful to have you here.
over 6 years ago.

Eggplant flowers typically fall off (called blossom drop) for two reasons.
1) No pollination
2) Too stressed because of little water and too much heat

This plant is wind pollinated so the reason that would not happen is because of very humid, sticky air.

I suspect that it has been too dry. You guys (in Sydney, thanks for providing a location) are having a massive heatwave. I suspect that is the cause.

Provide more water if you do not have a hose pipe ban

Posted by: David Hughes (55 points) David Hughes
Posted: March 27, 2014

Subhash agrawal commented,
thanks david. i will try this and inform. in fact i have same problem with my pumpkin plants. i will try for them also.
over 6 years ago.

Maybe you should do some pollination to the plant by shaking them or finger brushing if you don't have enough wind to do it !

Posted by: reem (9 points) reem
Posted: March 30, 2014

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