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Figs #921770
08/30/17 09:57 PM
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I have a fig tree on my patio. Have had it for years. This year even though it's got a lot of figs they are not getting big or ripening. Largest are about the size of dimes or nickels and completely green. They should be the size of quarters or half dollars and taking on a brownish tone. FYI, they are on an automatic watering system. Thoughts? Thank you.


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Re: Figs [Re: BigJohnfromNY] #921857
09/01/17 10:03 AM
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I know nothing about fig trees.

Is the auto watering new?
If existing...
... flow rate change?
... does it take into account any rain fall, and adjust accordingly?
... washing out any fertilizer?

Prolly not much help...notnew...


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Re: Figs [Re: notnew2diy] #921906
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Originally Posted By notnew2diy
I know nothing about fig trees.

Is the auto watering new?
If existing...
... flow rate change?
... does it take into account any rain fall, and adjust accordingly?
... washing out any fertilizer?

Prolly not much help...notnew...


Thanks for the reply NotNew. So here are the answers:
Auto watering not new. Installed by me 6 years ago. It also has a fertilizer injector on it. Flow rate has not been changed. No rain sensor.

Have had the tree for about 10 years. Brought with me from old house to this one. Some years lots of figs, some years fewer BUT always fruit to pick. This year, quite a few, just not ripening.

The only thing I can think of is cooler nights this summer.

Even though you say you know nothing about figs, I really appreciate the fact that you read my post, thought it and took the time to respond. Thank you.


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Re: Figs [Re: BigJohnfromNY] #921920
09/02/17 12:32 AM
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Over all, I'd say a crappy season. BUT! Have you ever amended the soil? What about pruning?

An old apple trick was to whack the heck outta of the trunks of poor producing trees with a chain. Seems if the production of fruit/reproduction is threatened they muster up.

Maybe it's time you stop babying it?


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Re: Figs [Re: BigJohnfromNY] #921928
09/02/17 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted By BigJohnfromNY
I have a fig tree on my patio.


This statement implies, fig tree is in a container.
If yes, is the tree root bound?

You moved it from place-a to place-b,
does the tree receive the same amount of sunlight?

Like mama-pup says, could just be a bad year.
My pear trees, every other year produced a bumper crop.

My pleasure...have fun....notnew...


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Re: Figs [Re: mommapup.] #922001
09/03/17 04:31 PM
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Thanks mommapup. It's been pruned. Do it every year to control the size. As we live in the NE I need to bring it in for the winter. Re: treating harshly.... Doubt I could do that. It's like family. smile I'm betting on weather.


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Re: Figs [Re: notnew2diy] #922002
09/03/17 04:39 PM
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Originally Posted By notnew2diy
Originally Posted By BigJohnfromNY
I have a fig tree on my patio.


This statement implies, fig tree is in a container.
If yes, is the tree root bound?

You moved it from place-a to place-b,
does the tree receive the same amount of sunlight?

Like mama-pup says, could just be a bad year.
My pear trees, every other year produced a bumper crop.

My pleasure...have fun....notnew...


Yes, in container and, yes, could be root bound. Will check next year when I bring it out for the new season.

Tree is in the same spot every year.

As I have nothing to lose, I'm stepping up the water and different type of fertilizer.

Thank you again and enjoy the long weekend. FYI, here in Connecticut it's cold and rainy today.


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Re: Figs [Re: BigJohnfromNY] #922125
09/05/17 08:36 PM
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So, to close out the thread, ran into a neighbor and fellow gardener yesterday. They also have fig trees. Turns out they are experiencing the same problem. I guess Mother Nature does as she wishes and I'll just have to be patient. I hope we don't have an early frost. Thanks for reading and replying.


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Re: Figs [Re: BigJohnfromNY] #934540
03/08/18 10:00 PM
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Have had a full grown fig tree for 14 years. Was full grown when I got here. Has given a good crop every year.....except last year (17). Had a lot of browning leaves, and didn't draw much bird, squirrel, deer, or bee action. Ate quite a few, but it just didn't put out last year.

Pruned it this winter, don't know if it needed it. Some say adults shouldn't be pruned.

Is filling out this year with bright green leaves, but it did that last spring also. We shall see.


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Re: Figs [Re: kerk] #934545
03/08/18 11:44 PM
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"Has given a good crop every year.....except last year (17)."....

Did you get a cold spell when the tree had blossoms?

I have a 30 yo apple tree, outside, always produces.
Flowered nice. Cold spell in spring.
All looked good, ended up with 5 total apples.
Had to buy apples to make apple sauce.
Neighbor had similar results on his much younger apple trees.

Have fun...notnew...


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