The number of seeds in your packets of Tomatoes, Eggplants and Peppers is ridiculously small. 25 to 30?
This is my “go to” eggplant because I don’t have to peel the skin and the flesh stays tender and sweet. Each plant produces many eggplants. They are delicious just cut in half and grilled.
These little plants germinated quickly and thrived while in the greenhouse. But after I transplanted into the garden, they quickly were attacked by bugs...neem oil didn't seem to help. Organic 10-10-10 didn't help. I grow organically, so my options are limited. They are very stunted and seem vulnerable. I wish I had gotten a hybrid with some disease resistance. I'll give them another week, and then I'll pull them if they don't perk up. The adjacent tomatoes *both hybrid and heirloom* are doing great, so I'll be rethinking using eggplant heirlooms.
I bought seeds as a gift.
The plants survived a horrific flea beetle attack just as the flowers started opening and after a few days of soapy water and tlc came back to produce many lovely small eggplant. These are free of the bitterness that some eggplant have. They are wonderful grilled.