Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) flowering and fruiting dynamics depending on
pistil type as well as way of pollination and flower hormonization
Department of Hydrobiology and Ichthyobiology
Agricultural University in Lublin
Dobrzańskiego 37, 20-262 Lublin, Poland
The experiment was carried out in three unheated plastic tunnels
in 1998-2000. The aim of this study was observation on flowering
dynamics and estimation of the effects of flower's heterostyly and
two ways of flower pollination (self-pollination and using
bumble-bee) as well as flower hormonization on the fruiting
dynamics of three cultivars of eggplant: ‘Black Beauty’, ‘Solara
F1’, and ‘Epic F1’.
Eggplants began their flowering in June in three years of study.
The most intensive flowering occurred in July 1998, and in August
1999 and 2000. ‘Black Beauty’ produced the greatest number of
flowers with medium-styled pistil, ‘Solara F1’
and ‘Epic F1’ - flowers with high-styled pistil.
The first fruits were set in June from flowers with long-styled
pistil. The best fruit setting for every combination was observed
in July and August during the abundant eggplant's flowering. For
all pollination ways, the greatest number of fruits developed from
long-styled flowers. Plants, whose flowers were pollinated by
bumble bees and hormonized, set a great number of fruits from
flowers with medium and short-styled pistils.
Kowalska G., 2006. Eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) flowering and fruiting dynamics depending on
pistil type as well as way of pollination and flower hormonization. Folia Horticulturae 18/1: 17-29.