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Aug 12, 2016 4:01 PM CST
For the second year in a row, my fig tree has yielded plenty of figs, but they are all hard. Last year they never ripened. What am I doing wrong?
Thank you for any help
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Aug 12, 2016 4:33 PM CST
@Figman Your general location and zone would be helpful. Plants grow/behave differently under different conditions. Do you know what species of Ficus you have. There are over 800 species of Ficus.

Could you post pictures of the tree and fruit?
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Aug 12, 2016 4:41 PM CST
I have the same problem every year. Lots of figs but most of them just sit on the tree, green and hard. They ripen one at a time - suddenly puff up to twice the size and turn yellow, then when they droop, they are soft and ready (and the squirrels eat them) Rolling my eyes. . This seems to happen after a rain storm most often. So maybe some extra water will push them to ripen?

What variety is your tree, do you know? Mine is 'Celeste' and I have had at least one person tell me that this variety commonly has the problem.

Where are you located? If you would fill in your profile, your location will come up in each of your posts. Weather can have a big effect.

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