Will early pinching promote earlier crop?
Last year I was frustrated due to the lateness of several of my trees. I lost a fair number of figs to the chill and rain in October and November.
This year seems better already, with warm weather moving blooming of other trees 2 to 3 weeks ahead. The figs are earlier too.
I usually pinch at 5 to 6 leaves to promote fruit formation. I'm wondering now if pinching at 3 or 4 buds would move them forward a little more. I don't mind if I have fewer figs, if those that do ripen form a few weeks sooner and therefore not waste them to mold. PLus, the head start will give them more warmth and sun, maybe, for more sweetness of the later figs.
Or, will the early pinching just mean no fruit? I didn't pay attention las year to where they formed, so I don't know if they were in the first couple of nodes.
Another good thing this year, looks like there will be more brebas. In my cool climate, some of the brebas seem better, probably because of the sun and warmth and long days in mid summer.