Give a fig

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

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

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