"chinese eggplant plant" info?(unusually large)
I grew some chinese eggplant plants this year(14 plants).
I started them late, but they have begun producing nicely.
My question is:
"What's up with one of the plants which is twice as big as the others and is not producing eggplants?"
The huge anomalous plant has gotten flowers, but instead of producing eggplants where the flowers were, it has grown round balls with sharp spikes on them(1.5"-2"). Here's a picture:
I assume they are seed pods, but will they be worth saving, or would they just grow more plants that do not produce eggplants?
I'd kind of like to yank that plant since it is casting shadow on the smaller plants that are producing.
All what's growing came from the same seed packet:
Botanical Interests brand
"Eggplant Ai Qua, Ai Gua
Long Purple - Japanese/Chinese
Intresting how it looks like Durian Fruit.
Durian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Here's a pic of it towering above the others.
The other chinese eggplant plants are all uniform and producing fruits normally, but this odd one is towering above the others, growing those spiked balls, and not producing fruits.
Also, the flowers on the big plant are much longer and more "trumpet-like".
It does have the "oak" leaves like the smaller plants have, but they are larger.
On the good news side, it's in the same family as eggplant, peppers, potatoes and tomatoes.
Bad news side, it's a jimsonweed or thornapple, a Datura spp. Poisonous: don't sniff the flowers. Doesn't matter which species.
Eggplant seeds come from the actual eggplant vegetable. You'll see the seeds, lighter in young fruit, darker in more mature ones.