Fig Trees

wabikeguy(7 AB)November 12, 2010

My trees (Violette De Bordeaux, black mission, and kadota) are still putting out figs, and it's mid November.

Most of these trees were only cuttings this time last year. The Kadota and one of the black missions are two years old.

I have left the larger ones, but started nipping off everything smaller than a dime. And every week...more of the little guys keep popping up.

Is there any point in leaving them? Will they over winter and then ripen next spring? We are in Lake Havasu. Last year it only froze once for about 6 hours.

Also, the VDB's have all been very small. These guys are first year trees....could that be the problem?

Thanks...........Dave

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agility_mom(z9 AZ)

I was hoping that someone would answer this. I also have a young Kadota that is still making figs.
Since nothing was posted, thought I would just let it go and see what happened.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 12:23AM
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thisisme(az9b)

Some will make it and some won't. Closed eye figs tend to over winter better. This is because open eye figs tend to sour. This happens because an insect enters the eye and deposits yeast inside the fig. When the yeast ferments the figs sours and becomes unpalatable. During the winter the open eye is seen as a nice cozy place for insects.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2010 at 12:01PM
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greendesert

I have the same problem, my Turkey Brown that was chewed to the ground by a dog last year is now about 5 feet tall and it has a bunch of figs on it. I sure hope they do ripen. I'm thinking of trying the oiling trick.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 1:11PM
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thisisme(az9b)

greendesert the oiling trick as you call it has its limitations. It only works on figs that are at the stage of development where they are just starting to swell or later. Also temperatures still have to be warm. My guess is you are fast running out of time as it will not be warm here much longer.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2010 at 1:30PM
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