I have one eggplant plant that I planted about 2 months ago. It is about 4 feet tall and has a large number of flowers. Should it have started to bear fruit?

I live on the Gulf Coast in Texas.

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  • Cherie, welcome! Have some of the flowers fallen off or are they new? While you wait for answers, please take the tour and browse our help center to learn more about the site and the Stack Exchange system.
    – Stephie
    Jun 18 '16 at 17:20
  • What is your pollinator situation like? You might want to get out there with a paintbrush...
    – Ecnerwal
    Jun 18 '16 at 17:45
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    And how's the temperature range at the moment?
    – Stephie
    Jun 18 '16 at 18:51

Yes, if it's anything like the varieties we grew (commercially, in a hothouse), looking at the size of the plant it should have started bearing fruit. Do you know which variety you are growing?

There are a few possibilities why it might not be getting fruit, potentially including lack of a pollinator, although many varieties are, I believe, self-pollinating; and weather extremes. I've not seen it, but plants don't like temperatures above 30c/86f or so.

You might also want to prune the tree back drastically, which sends a signal to it to produce more fruit and will provide better yields.

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