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Question: I have a Brown Turkey Fig tree. A fig turned brownish and fell off the tree. I tasted one and it didn't taste like it was ready. Then I waited until a fig was ready and it didn't taste good, either. I have it in the sun and I haven't planted it in the ground yet. I was waiting until next spring. I do have some green figs that are not ready and I need your help. Do I need to put fertilizer on it and if I do what kind?

Answer: The usual reason for unripe figs dropping from the tree is lack of pollination. The pollination process is quite complex; it is done by a wasp. As long as your tree is otherwise healthy, you may simply have to wait for ripe figs until these little wasps discover your tree and visit it when the little green figs are just forming. Some fig trees will develop only 50 percent of the figs so don't be too disappointed if you have a large crop but not all develop fully. Don't fertilize your tree. It will only encourage lots of green growth at the expense of fruit. When you plant your tree in the ground, make sure it gets all day sunshine.

Best wishes with your fig tree!

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