By about 36 days, my Patio Baby Eggplants were big-leafed and healthy and producing buds. But the buds weren't developing into flowers.
But the buds stalled right here:
I know eggplants need a lot of nutrients, and I kept upping the nutrient level, but still didn't see any change. Then I remembered that last year, when I successfully grew fairy tale eggplants, I only had 2 plants in my Farm. This time I was trying to grow 4 of them. Soooo ... reluctantly, I sacrificed 2 plants and conducted a rinse and refill.
Down to two plants.
The very next day, I had flowers! I hope this is due to the action I took and not that I needlessly killed 2 plants one day too soon!
Hoping to report back with actual dwarf eggplants soon!
My two plants look healthy and are producing lots and lots of flowers. I hand pollinate them, and then ... nothing. I have yet to see a single fruit. The flowers fall off -- not just the petals but the entire flower. I keep upping the nutrients, but still no eggplants. I might keep this up another week, but if I don't get any fruit, I'll have to chalk this up as a failure.
I'm beginning to see that I was ridiculously lucky with my fairy tale eggplants last year. They were the first crop I put into my new Farm, and I knew absolutely nothing that wasn't in my AG instructions. Looking back, I can't believe I grew actual eggplants!