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My brown fig plant is full of figs but will they have time to ripen before winter ?
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Sat Oct 01, 2016 9:56 pm
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Post Re: Fruiting fig
Hi there,

my fig tree is full of ripen figs as well, I'm in the south of Netherlands.
Interestingly, the figs have hardly grown for months but since a week they grow and ripen very fast.
When they begin to change color the ripening occurs very fast. Since the birds like them as well I am now collecting them and keep them inside next to a window. That way they will continue to ripen and are ready to eat in a few days.

good luck!

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Sun Oct 02, 2016 11:30 am
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Mine are equidistant Deane, I give them extra water and see them mature faster,

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Sun Oct 02, 2016 12:33 pm
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I can never get mine to ripen before winter, so it's a strictly ornamental plant for me


Sun Oct 02, 2016 6:16 pm
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garytheflounder wrote:
I can never get mine to ripen before winter, so it's a strictly ornamental plant for me

Arr I see well it's in my front garden which is north facing so I doubt mine will ripen either ,maybe if it was in my south facing back garden it mite ,I don't actually like figs anyway unless dried


Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:20 pm
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Most of those won't ripen any further, and will just sit there. You should knock them off before next season as they will only take strength and effort from the tree and the new fruits that will form the next spring and ripen in August/September.
In an autumn when the temps remain high a few remaning fruits could ripen, but they won't be sweet or juicy and the skins tend to be thick and tough so not worth the wait.

I've had a good crop this season, with all of the best fruits ripening around mid August till beginning of September. If only we lived in a warmer and sunnier climate the next crop would be great around mid October, but... :(

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Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:14 pm
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Andrew in Germany wrote:
Most of those won't ripen any further, and will just sit there. You should knock them off before next season as they will only take strength and effort from the tree and the new fruits that will form the next spring and ripen in August/September.
In an autumn when the temps remain high a few remaning fruits could ripen, but they won't be sweet or juicy and the skins tend to be thick and tough so not worth the wait.

I've had a good crop this season, with all of the best fruits ripening around mid August till beginning of September. If only we lived in a warmer and sunnier climate the next crop would be great around mid October, but... :(


Two years ago it was still in a pot and I took the whole tree in my porch, as they matured within two weeks.
Last year I got the tree wrapped in bubble plastic outdoors and matured them after three weeks, so it can with tools :wink:

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Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:34 pm
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As mentioned mine do fine here in south of the Netherlands..
I've had a small crop early summer/june and a big crop right now..more than I can eat anyway and they have never been so sweet as this year.
Actually, I was seriously considering replacing the tree with another one as I figured I had a cultivar with not very tasty fruit but this year has proven me wrong fortunately:)

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Post Re: Fruiting fig
Figs are funny creatures, the flower is inside the fruit and can only be pollinated by fig wasps that live in warmer climes. About September or October, remove every fig larger than a pea. Be brave, just do it! These new babies will grow and ripen in the long season between April and late August the following year.
Figs would usually produce at least two crops a year in hot climates, but obviously not here in dear 'ole UK. Bear in mind, they fruit on new wood.
Mine is now 20 years old in a large 'Smithy' container, out all year round. I keep her cut back fairly hard. Protected container and tree in the harshest frosty weather. I always have a reasonable crop between late August and September. The don't seem to do much until a week or so before they are ready to be harvested. Then, whoosh!, they swell and change from green to purple in about a week taking me by surprise every year. Wasps will be watch closely so beware... :lol:


Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:46 pm
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Just seen this post whilst flicking back through some old topics. Some contrasting advice. The tiny figs at the end of the season are embryonic figs for next years crop. I NEVER remove them and each year get a great crop of delicious figs. I have just had a look at mine and there are masses of them already starting to grow with the warmer weather. The advice about wasps is good - you must be ready to pick them at ripening time. My wife makes a delicious fig tarte tatin with star anise flavouring with ours - the most delicious cake ever!!!


Fri Apr 21, 2017 6:57 pm
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I'll just add my two pennyworth....don't pick slowly ripening figs in the hope they will ripen in the fruit bowl like other fruits will, they wont! They will just stay green and then go mouldy. Let them ripen on the branch if they will. It must be a peculiarity with figs, I can't think of any other fruits that won't eventually ripen in the fruit bowl.


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