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Medium_dpp_0002 Our Eggplant skins have a texture more like a rockmelon with streaking and surface cracking (see photos)

Newly planted in early December and just starting to fruit now the Eggplants (young and mature fruit) are producing fruit as shown in the photographs. The first few eggplants harvested were normal soft purple skin but now 98% of the crop (from 4 plants) are all having the same problem. Internally the fruit is fine with just the hard/deformed skin making them unpalatable. The vegetable garden bed was prepared with Cow Manure, compost, and blood and bone and liquid fertiliser applied a couple of times whilst growing. Last years crop (on plants now discarded) started to show the same problem towards the end of the season. Thank you for any assistance with this problem.

Submitted: 05:34PM, 21 Jan 2017
Answer: Hi Mark,

Thank you for contacting Yates.

The thicker skins and cracking on your fruit is due to the higher temperatures that we have had recently and the lack of water to the plant to cope with these extremes.

The best way to prevent this from occurring is to give them a good amount of water and some additional water during the hotter weather. Giving them a nice deep water in the morning of the hotter days really helps them along.

Good luck with the rest of your harvest.

Kind regards,

Stephanie
Yates Horticulturalist

Answered: 05:50PM, 21 Jan 2017

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