Small brown turkey figs - Knowledgebase Question

Palm Harbor, Fl
Question by mhonig
October 18, 2008
I have a 3 year old brown turkey fig. It has grown quite large and was very green. It had many figs, but they were all very small,about the size of a grape, and only a few seemed to ripen. Any thoughts? The tree is in the open so it gets plenty of sunlight.

Answer from NGA
October 18, 2008


It may have to do with maturity of your fig tree, or variety. Most cultivars of fig trees produce two crops, a spring breba crop on last season?s growth, and a summer or fall, main crop on new wood. Pruning can affect fruiting. Some varieties of figs remain green so color is not an indication of ripeness. As your fig tree matures, the fruit should grow larger and ripen on a regular schedule. Don't feed your fig tree - this can encourage lots of lush growth at the expense of fruit. If you're patient with your tree, you will eventually get full sized fruits.

Best wishes with your fig tree!

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