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SF Bay Area, western peninsula
JoeJoe123
May 5, 2020 12:43 AM CST
I have a mature fig tree that produces a one-two reliable crops yearly. I had trimmed this tree back last fall.

There are many figs of the first crop growing now but lately I am seeing some fruit on the ground. When I cut these open, they are dry and fibrous.

Can anyone tell me what is going wrong and how I can fix this?

P.S. I have been trying to add some images but this functionality does not seem to work for me. I have tried uploading PNG and JPG files but neither shows up in the post. I am also not seeing any error messages telling me what is happening to the images, which would be helpful.










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oneeyeluke
May 5, 2020 12:03 PM CST
If you have had an especially long spell of excessive heat or drought, the quality of the fig fruit will be compromised, resulting in fig tree fruit that is dry inside and woody.
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JoeJoe123
May 5, 2020 6:06 PM CST
oneeyeluke said:If you have had an especially long spell of excessive heat or drought, the quality of the fig fruit will be compromised, resulting in fig tree fruit that is dry inside and woody.


We have not had excessive heat or really, much in the way of any heat. The winter rains were down compared to last year but I have been watering the tree regularly. Perhaps it needs more water?

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 5, 2020 8:06 PM CST
The first crop of figs isn't usually of a quality you want to eat. Its the second crop that ripens in the late summer you want. When I had fig trees, I never even attempted to harvest the first crop - it was for the deer and the peacocks.
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JoeJoe123
May 5, 2020 11:39 PM CST
DaisyI said:The first crop of figs isn't usually of a quality you want to eat. Its the second crop that ripens in the late summer you want. When I had fig trees, I never even attempted to harvest the first crop - it was for the deer and the peacocks.

Hmmm. That isn't my experience with this tree over the past 8 years that I have lived here. I've had this problem before but never got motivated enough to look into it.
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Philipwonel
May 6, 2020 9:29 AM CST
Hi there Joe !
They didn't get pollinated. The tiny little wasps that pollinate them were probably not hatched out early enough. The tiny wasps go inside the immature figs and pollinate them. The farmers buy hundreds of bags of the wasps, and hang them all around there orchards to insure pollination.
When you see small paper bags hanging in the fig tree orchards, it's not some joke on the farmer by some kids. The farmer hung them up there himself.
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JoeJoe123
May 6, 2020 12:26 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Hi there Joe !
They didn't get pollinated. The tiny little wasps that pollinate them were probably not hatched out early enough. The tiny wasps go inside the immature figs and pollinate them. The farmers buy hundreds of bags of the wasps, and hang them all around there orchards to insure pollination.
When you see small paper bags hanging in the fig tree orchards, it's not some joke on the farmer by some kids. The farmer hung them up there himself.
Enjoy your fruitπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ˜‹ !!!
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Not sure I buy that Philip. Smiling

I looked closer at the tree today and noticed that there are a lot more of these dried out looking figs AND leaves also. But they only occur on one side of the tree, the side that is closest to where the sun beats down most of the day. They look and feel dried out to me. So I am going to try and water the tree more.

It is kind of disappointing here that I can't post photos here and there doesn't seem to be any kind of active administrator to help resolve the problem. Can anyone recommend other plant help forums to try? Sad
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 6, 2020 3:21 PM CST
Most Figs (including the ones we all grow at home) are parthenocarpic, they don't need a pollinator to produce fruit.

Was your winter unusually dry?
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JoeJoe123
May 6, 2020 11:40 PM CST
DaisyI said:Most Figs (including the ones we all grow at home) are parthenocarpic, they don't need a pollinator to produce fruit.

Was your winter unusually dry?

I think the figure is about 30% less rain than the average.

Any idea on how much to water the trees (I also have an apricot and a plum tree)? How do I know enough is enough?

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