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    Thought mine were not going to fruit either. Been flowering for 2 or 3 weeks, but last night noticed a few fruits forming. Fingers crossed.
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    I’ve not grown them this year but last year I grew them in a tunnel and never had a problem with the fruit setting. I just tickled the stamens with my finger every time I passed.
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    I'm also growing aubergines in grow bags. I have 6 plants. One has a open flower and I'm trying to pollinate it by tapping it and using a paint brush. It's been open for about 5 days now and it looks like it's going to finish its bloom soon. I don't know if I've been successful. I've been misting and today switched to a high potassium fertiliser to increase the flowering as all the other plants have created flower buds and then they just fell off, didn't even have a chance to pollinate.

    This year is a good attempt to grow Aubergines as its been incredible hot in the UK, so now or never

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    Actually, actually... in my part of the world, it's believed that aubergines and sweet peppers don't like it very hot. No idea how they manage in those greenhouses down south. Lots of misting perhaps. Anyway, if anyone has aubergines and peppers in pots in greenhouses in this very hot weather in the UK, you might do well to move them outside for wind and insect pollination.
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    SP: I guess what is called hot in the UK would be called cold in Spain?
    I think they like something like Thai climate, approx. 28° and wet.
    Anyway, I had them outside last year and no fruit. This year is better and it looks like the sonic toothbrush is working (better than any other method). But I have problems with pollination with other plants too, there is lot of bees and insect but they are picky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoop Puss View Post
    Actually, actually... in my part of the world, it's believed that aubergines and sweet peppers don't like it very hot. No idea how they manage in those greenhouses down south. Lots of misting perhaps. Anyway, if anyone has aubergines and peppers in pots in greenhouses in this very hot weather in the UK, you might do well to move them outside for wind and insect pollination.
    This is my first full year in greenhouse. I have 6 sweet pepper plants, 6 chilli plants, 2 jalapeņo and 4 aubergines. All in troughs in greenhouse. All in shading. These plants are huge ....my aubergine plants are at least 3 feet tall and only just started setting the veg about a week ago. I did do a thread on this as they too were flowering and dying off. I hand pollinated the ones in the front and although they were the slowest to set they are now setting. The ones in the back were pollinated by bees (keep door and windows open all the time) and I believe I have some ready to pick now. My peppers are also 3 feet tall and I have picked 3 huge peppers per plant so far.

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    Results of sonic toothbrushing:

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    A month or so outside has made all the difference

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    Only 7 or 8 fruit in total (on two plants) but if they ripen fully, I think I'll be pretty happy with that!

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