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annedz
Oct 21, 2016 9:52 PM CST
my large healthy fig tree produces plump looking figs but when they opened up there is nothing inside. How can I rectify this?
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 21, 2016 10:32 PM CST
Welcome!

I am assuming edible fig. Can you post a photo of what you are seeing inside your figs?

Can you also share where this fig is located?
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Oct 23, 2016 9:33 AM CST
I agree
But figs require a little wasp type bug to pollinate the fruit ! The imature fruit is an inverted flower. It needs the little flys to go inside hole in bottom to pollinate fig. ๐Ÿ™Š
You ever go by a fig orchard and wonder why they little bags hanging in the trees ????
The bags have the wasp flies inside !
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Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Oct 23, 2016 9:55 AM CST
Philip you are kind of right but only certain figs need the fig wasp to produce the figs we call common figs don't, my thought is you have what's called a carpi fig. It's the male fig that the fig wasp pollinates the female figs with. If that's the case you'll never get edible figs from it. The figs that need the wasp to produce figs will drop their fruits if not pollinates so that's what makes me think you are growing a carpi they don't drop but instead are dry and white inside. If that is what you are seeing I'd suggest either grafting a common fig on it or digging it up and replacing with a common fig.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 23, 2016 3:56 PM CST
Daniel is right but its caprifig and (I thought) only occurs in wild populations of fig trees. But they do have something inside - its just not edible.

So... Photos and location please.
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Oct 24, 2016 10:23 AM CST
@edibilelandscapingsc
Wow ! Learn something every day and you never grow old ! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
So ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜• a capri fig. There are male and female trees. Is that right?
And the other figs are self-pollinating? I just never heard of a capri fig. I figured all figs were created equally !!! ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜„
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 24, 2016 10:50 AM CST
Caprifigs are usually few and far between - too many wasps trying to pollinate the female figs will cause them to burst and rot. Figs that need caprifigs are not usually found in home gardens (unless your house was build in an old fig orchard).

But Annedz said they had a mature common fig. Common figs produce two crops a year and don't need a pollinator.
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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Oct 24, 2016 3:41 PM CST
I have an edible Caprifig but they are not common as far as I know there are only 2 named figs that are edible Caprifigs this is Gillette
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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Oct 24, 2016 3:49 PM CST
DaisyI said:Caprifigs are usually few and far between
anyone that grows figs from seed will almost always get a Caprifig thats why in CA they are s common in the wild birds eat the pollinated figs and disperse the seeds

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Oct 24, 2016 9:44 PM CST
And I will stick with that: Caprifigs are few and far between.

AND that's way I said "occurs in the wild". Smyrna figs, which are commercially grown in CA, need Caprifigs to set fruit BUT there are very few Caprifigs in a field of Smyrnas.

Most Caprifigs come up from seed in wild populations. Most home gardeners grow figs that don't need pollinators because we don't grow our figs from seed. Figs grow incredibly easily from cuttings.

Daisy (formerly of California)

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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Oct 24, 2016 10:36 PM CST
Thanks for the info Daisy you are right most farmers only have 1 Caprifig tree per 10 or 15 Smyrna type and hang the caprifigs in the the Smyrna trees. At the same time even common figs can be pollinated and in most cases it changes the look of the normal non pollinated common fig. More seeds and larger fruits are very common after pollination. A few of my fig friends are growing some from seed that they hand pollinated. Hand pollinating figs and growing out seeds is a new thing some of the more northern fig collectors are doing. I wont be planting any fig seeds I have my hands full with my 120+ named varieties and over 600 fig trees total.
Daniel
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