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Why didn't my aubergine plant develop any fruit?


By Andrea

Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

Hi I grew an aubergine plant and had high expectations of it producing lots of fruit. It grew into a very healthy specimen, had lots of flowers, of which I removed some of them so as not to weaken the plant too much. However I have not had one single aubergine! All the flowers have dropped off - I grew it in a large pot and kept it in the greenhouse. Any ideas what went wrong?

On plant Solanum melongena (Aubergine)



From what I can gather, you probably needed to pollenate the plant manually with a small soft paintbrush, the fruits would not have set simply because the flowers did not self pollenate.
Next time, when the flowers are in full bloom, get a small soft paintbrush, like an artists watercolour brush or similar, and go from flower to flower gently brushing around the center of the blooms, stamen? stomata? it's late and my brain forgets! lol.
Basically transfer polen from flower to flower getting it all mixed up, not forgetting to go back over the first flower you brushed when you're done.
This is all theoretical of course because I can't stand aubergines so have never grown them! lol, but the thoery is the same for lots of plants, it's a process that would normally be carried out wind or by the insects that are lacking in your greenhouse, bees, moths, butterflies, wasps etc.

Hope that helps, better luck next time eh?

Stewart ;-)

4 Sep, 2007


Thanks very much for that! Better luck next year.

4 Sep, 2007


Hi, I grew lovely aubergines (Black Beauty) in the greenhouse last year, and did exactly the same this year, but got same results as yourself. I think it has just been down to the weather. I didn't pollinate the flowers myself last year, the flowers and fruit developed by themselves, just fed weekly with general tomato/cucumber/pepper type liquid feed. Perhaps next year...........

11 Sep, 2007

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