Posted: 25/05/2015 at 15:18
I had Black Opal last year.
SIDE SHOOTS: I left 2 on, which both went on to produce fruit on them as well as the main stem.
DROOPY LEAVES and DISCOLOURED LEAVES: Mine did that. It seems to be the way they are.
In all, the plant didn't grow much and didn't produce much fruit. Not that it mattered because I didn't like them much. I preferred them roasted to raw.
Good luck everyone! Hope you all get better results and like them better than I did.