Bagging figs to protect against insects

creekweb(6,7)August 2, 2011

Anyone here have experience enclosing growing figs in plastic bags to protect against insect damage. I am already seeing stinkbugs feeding on my maturing figs and am wondering whether this technique, which can be used on some other fruit such as apples and pears, might also be applied to figs. It does get rather warm inside the bags, but this usually does not damage the apples - I wonder whether figs would fare as well.

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

Figs grow well in hotter climates than apples. So I think they'd take anything that apples would in regard to bagging and heat.

    Bookmark   August 2, 2011 at 10:23PM
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I know that figs do well in hot dry climates, but do they remain disease resistant in very hot humid ones that the environment in the bag would simulate? When looking at why certain fruits such as peaches fail bagging, I don't believe that it is the direct action of the heat on the fruit, but the increased virulence of fungi in the hot humid environment of the bag that destroys the peach.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 3:12PM
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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX


You might be right. What I'd be concerned about is mold getting in an open eyed fig. Try a few and find out.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 3:30PM
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Try using a small paper bag instead of plastic.
Put the bag over the fig and gently wrap the open end around the neck or stem and tie it with,,,,,ok, I can't think of it but you clip the laundry on the rope with it. Sorry LOL ( tip of my tongue )


    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 8:28PM
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Yes, I've seen references for using paper bags on figs for insect protection with good results, and I can see how the figs might do better in paper than plastic. Unfortunately though, the particular pest that I'm targeting - stinkbugs- are specialists at getting into tight enclosures and a clothes pinned paper bag wouldn't keep them out. Plastic ziplock bags can be fitted very snuggly around stems and would stand a better chance.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 11:12PM
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I live in the outskirts of Sacramento, CA and I have 4 fig trees being that one is the Kadota Greenish Yellow when ripe the others; 1 Mission (purple) the other two also purple large fruit and the birds start having fun already. I really have to be fast getting them off before completely ripe. The Kadota very seldom gets attacked by the birds! Take for whatever is worth but here are my 3 cents....LoL
Best of luck to everyone

    Bookmark   August 12, 2011 at 2:09AM
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I live in South Florida and the hot humid climate (similar as in a plastic bag) makes figs spoil and crack, so a plastic bag is not advisable. Painting the trunk with some old latex paint helps protect from most of the climbing insects. The worst enemy to my figs are birds!

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 12:35PM
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I was thinking to bag some figs not to protect against insects but to make them ripen especially our temperature dropped to mid fifties, The only predators I have is a tiny birds. I bagged one fig as an experiment

    Bookmark   October 8, 2012 at 3:26AM
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bear_with_me(8 Pacific NW)

I'm wondering if anyone has results on bagging figs. I read one article from Hawaii that was promising.

Theory can go all sorts of directions. I would love to hear about results.

I will plan on bagging some in 2015. Little early to do it now - 18 degrees outside. :-). Planning gets me through the cold days.

I can see bagging being especially helpful for Brunswick, which ripens late and gets moldy. If it speeds ripening, maybe I will get more of those sweet figs. I could also see benefit of paper bags to deter birds. Or find some mylar or use aluminum foil maybe.

The bags wont deter ants but I have tanglefoot arpund the trunks for that.

I made bags for apples using zipper sandwich bags, polyethylene. Cut the corners for drainage. I can set some aside for figs. I read newspaper can be made into bags but in my clinate rain would be an issue.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2015 at 3:58PM
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eileenaz(9, Sunset 12)

I've had success with those nylon foot socks used for trying on shoes- breathes much better than a baggie. Big boxes of the footies can be purchased cheaply, and you can even wash and reuse them. Dollar store knee-highs are another option.

    Bookmark   January 12, 2015 at 2:17AM
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I'm pretty new to figs so I cant speak from experience, however a lot of the fig growers on the F4F forum are using organza bags with success.

    Bookmark   January 20, 2015 at 9:51PM
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