Hi, I am new to the forum, in fact any forum any where, so if I don't follow protocol, please forgive me. I've looked at this site as a resource but can't find an answer to this question. I have planted 2 types of eggplant and I don't know which is which. (Black Beauty and Bambino)
Before you think I am a complete idiot, I created a "seed map" when I planted the 6 seeds in the peat pots, but one day I tripped and dropped them all out of the plasic holder. My "seed map" could no longer help me.
Now they are in the garden, growing well, and three look similar and one is different. (2 did not come up or survive the fall.) The three are a darker green with purple stems on the top growth. They have purple flowers already and one has a tiny eggplant. I am thinking that these may be Bambinos. The other plant is a lighter green, has bigger leaves, and no flowers yet. Is this the Black Beauty?
First pic is a Black Beauty Eggplant. It is a large fruit.
Second Pic is a variety called "Beatrice" which may be about the size of your Bambino. It is a much smaller fruit than the BB.
Third pic is the Beatrice bloom
Fourth pic is the Beatric plant with fruit and blooms
The Black Beauty eggplant is significantly larger, with much larger leaves.
Hope this helps. Post pics when you can.
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Found this pic for you in the Dave's Garden Plant Files. It is a picture of full size BAMBINO Eggplants, juxtaposed next to cherry tomatoes.
Just fyi, The Black Beauty eggplant in the picture above is about 8 lbs. of eggplant. That tube is 10" long...
You should pick your eggplants while they are still shiney. The more dull they become, the more bitter they become. Keep track of the number of days they've been out, and compare to the recommended number of days to maturity. This will give you a clue as to when they are ready to be picked.
Thanks so much, Linda, for your help and advice. I'm pretty sure now that I have the plants identified.
I noticed that your 5 gal. bucket has a cover. Is the pvc pipe a way to get water into the bucket or is the plant stem growing out of the pipe to provide strength to the stem? Or is it just sitting on top of the bucket? :)
My only disappointment this season was the "blown" Brussels Sprouts that wouldn't stay tight. I didn't know they need soil that's as hard as concrete! My container mix, is very loose and fast draining...I might try again in this upcoming season.
We're gearing up for the Fall/Winter gardens on the thread below. You might consider "watching" the thread, and our progress to get some ideas.