The Q&A Archives: Fig Tree

Question: Is there a way to stop a fig tree from producing fruit? I've been told there is some kind of spray. This is a lovely, older tree providing shade but it's creating a mess and attracting critters eating the figs.

Answer: Sometimes a growth inhibiting hormone (gibberellic acid) can be sprayed on the open blossoms of fruit trees to keep fruit from forming. But, with your fig tree, there's no practical way to apply growth inhibiting hormones because fig flowers form from the inside out so the spray won't reach the female parts of the flower. It may be than you'll either have to put up with the messy fruits, or you'll have to remove the fruit as it forms, but before it matures enough to ooze sticky sap. Wish there were more to suggest!

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