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Old May 13, 2017   #1
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I had some mystery plants come up in my garden. I think they're eggplant seedlings. There are about 5 or 6, I think, all in one area, so I'm thinking a stray eggplant got itself planted from last year.

I planted 2 varieties last year, both bought as plants. One was supposed to be Ichiban, but the fruits never got more than 4" long, the other was "Patio Baby", I believe from a bonnie plant. That plant got dwarfed by some tomato plants so it barely grew and only made 1 teeny tiny little eggplant barely the size of a grape tomato. I know I didn't harvest that tomato, and all my extra plants were pulled up and left in the bed for longer than I planned, so anything could have dropped and gotten buried in the debris and left to germinate. I can't imagine these seedlings are from that tiny eggplant though. Probably from whatever was supposed to be ichiban.

If they are eggplants even, what do you think?
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Looks like eggplants to me. If they weren't good last year they may be worse this year.
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they look like egg plant to me, too and can I say.... Amazing? I have a hard time getting them to germinate on heat pads in the greenhouse and never outside in the garden. congrats on that. if it is a patio baby the fruit only gets to about the size of an egg. ichiban you should pick at about 4 -5 in if I recall correctly ( and you don't... I went and looked it up. it is a 10" fruit. I must have been thiking the hansel and gretel series.... which I have grown). they look to be small enough to dig and transplant. make sure you water them about an hour before you want to move them leaving a nice root ball of soil with them. then put a paper tent over them to reaclimate and grow roots for a few days. then put them somewhere they will get full sun and about 2' of space to grow.
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The ichiban were either crosses or mislabled. They would grow to 4 or 5 inches and stop, if I left them in the garden longer, they'd get slightly bulbous like this one here.

They actually happen to be growing in possibly the only spot I could plant them in this bed, so I'll probably pull the smallest ones and let one or 2 grow right where they are.
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those just look like patio baby eggplants.... probably mislabled.
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They would be good put in a salt brine.
I used to buy the little white ones from a Korean market.
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That's probably why they didn't grow too big, the plants were maybe 1.5 - 2 feet tall. They came from a local nursery that used to be really good, then changed owners several times and now they sell hybrid tomatoes and Cherokee purple, like every other place around here.

I'm not a huge eggplant fan, but I like them sautéed with zucchini, so they can stay
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