The Q&A Archives: Brown Turkey Fig in Central Texas

Question: Hi,
In your answer to my earlier question about my BTF in a large ceramic pot--you said that it would take 5yrs to produce fruit. However, when I first bought the tree, it had about 20 small figs already on it. They fell off after transplanting it to the large container. Why did it have figs on it when it was so young, if it takes 5yrs to produce? How can I force production of figs this year??

Answer: No doubt your tree was grown under controlled conditions in the nursery before you purchased it , which may have included applications of growth regulators. It might also be that your tree is flowering but not producing fruit due to some stress (although I'm not sure what that stress might be). The only thing my research reveals is a potential for nematodes in the soil in your growing region. This can stop a fig tree from bearing fruit. Aside from that, I'm at a loss to suggest anyting else. Here's a publication that might help you determine just why your tree is not fruiting:

Best wishes with your tree!

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