How to keep brebas from falling off?
Each year my fig trees have lots of brebas, then most of them fall off. My spring is long cool and wet, summers short and dry, with limited heating spell and cool nights, then fall comes all too soon, chilly and wet. Because of that, the main crop is often late and I lose a lot of them. I would like to get as many brebas as possible, because they would ripen in the summer, and not spoil on the tree.
Problem is I don't know how to encourage the trees to hold on to their brebas. Currently I have a Desert King, covered with baby figs. This is a newer tree so I don't have experience with it yet. Also a Lattarula with many, and there are a fair number on my Brunswick, Chicago, and Petite Negri.
Thoughts I have had-
Prune off the branch tips.
Remove all baby figs except one, from each branch.
Fertilize with - what? Low nitrogen plant food? Miracle gro for tomatoes? dolomite lime?
The trees are kept pruned to under 8 feet tall, with open center like a bowl, for maximum sunlight in this cloudy climate.
Is there any success with any method to keep brebas?