Give a fig
It may seem like sacrilege, but my plan is to remove small fruitlets on my fan trained fig tree (Ficus carica ‘Dalmatie’) before they get any bigger as they are unlikely to ripen in the colder weather. this will allow the plant to divert all of its energy into producing fruit for next summer.
It’s a different story in warmer climes, where fig trees can have two or three crops a year. In Italy, the figs that appear as tiny round growths on bare branches in early spring are known as the breba or first crop. these swell over spring and are generally ready to pick in late July or August. In Mediterranean parts a second crop of embryonic figs appear around the same time as the first are being picked and are known as the main crop. there’s another good reason why it’s worth nipping them off. Figs that are left on the tree often rot in situ. this isn’t usually a problem, but there is a slight chance of decaying fruits infecting branches, causing dieback. As frosts are rare in my part of the world I’m going to leave a couple of the larger ones and hope for the best.
I’ve noticed several smaller fruit developing in the axils between leaves
There is a chance that rotting fig fruit can cause dieback of branches