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Oct 28, 2016 10:26 AM CST
I have a fig tree that has at least one hundred small green figs. However, they never seem to ripen. Is there anything I can do or what might be the problem?
Name: Philip Becker
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Oct 28, 2016 11:24 AM CST
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Name: Karen
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Oct 28, 2016 12:56 PM CST
Here is that other thread about figs.
The thread "fig trees" in Ask a Question forum
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Oct 28, 2016 7:59 PM CST
Hi and welcome, xyz. I have a similar problem with my 'Celeste' fig. Um, sorry that thread we posted the link to has no discussion about figs not ripening.

What I've noticed that works somewhat is alternately watering heavily, then when some of the figs plump up, and change color withhold water for a week or so to make them ripen. This has only worked for maybe a handful of figs at one time, but then once they ripen and the squirrels (or once in a while, me) have eaten them, I repeat the cycle.

I know I've asked our resident fig expert, Daniel, about this problem but I'll give him a shout out to see if he has any new ideas. @ediblelandscapingsc I'm pretty sure that he suggested to me to try a different variety of fig . . . Different types do better in different climates.

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Oct 28, 2016 9:17 PM CST
@xyz Please let us know where you are located. There could be several things going on. My first thought would be you are loosing new growth from winter die back. Since breba figs aka your early crop is produced on last years growth you are left with main crop figs and celeste's main crop along with many others take forever to ripen.

Another issue could be fig rust causing you to drop leaves thus dropping your breba figs as well and again you're stuck trying to ripen the main crop.

If either one of these sounds like the issue growing a different type would be an easy fix if you let me know where you live I can give you suggestions on what will work in your area.

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