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  1. Which variety has the best taste?

    When will they start to bear fruit? I’m considering buy a 2-3 foot tree to start with instead of cloning a friend’s tree.

  2. I haven’t tasted all varieties, so I can’t say which has the best taste. Maybe someone else in the internet can mention the best taste. My favorite is the Brown Turkey fig.

    They start to bear fruit almost as soon as each leaf grows out. It’s on a per leaf basis. The fig will appear next to the base of the leaf stem. You’ll begin to see a little green bump form. Depending on where you purchase a fig tree or who raised it, keep in mind that you might not see figs appear anywhere from 0-3 years after you transplant it.

  3. Some animal chopped down one of my smaller fig trees.
    The tree had a small 1/4″ diameter trunk and I had recently changed it’s soil with a bigger pot and then set it out in the yard. The next day I looked out the window at around 10am and all the trees were looking healthy. I walked away and came back around 4 hrs later. The small tree was chopped down. I thought I was seeing a mirage at first. I couldn’t believe what I saw.

    This was so frustrating. I can’t figure out what did this. Maybe a curious rabbit or a desperate squirrel? I think animals do the strangest things during a heat wave.

    So, I took emergency measures. In my hands, I had 1 half of a tree without roots but with leaves. And 1 half that was a stump with roots in a pot and no leaves. So, I decided to send both of these to the refrigerator for a forced hibernation.

    I transplanted the rooted half into a smaller pot with the same moist soil (not adding more water) and then encased it into a large ziploc bag. Off to the refrigerator!

    For the leafed half, the leaves were still crisp. But I cut them all off anyway. Next, I followed the instructions under rooting from summer cuttings: http://figgiriggi.com/2010/04/07/rooting-from-clippings/

    Now I’ll wait 2 weeks, remove from the refrigerator and then see how things turn out. Maybe I’ll end up with 2 fig trees as a result.

    • The unfortunate part of this story was that I was planning to give this tree to a friend by the end of this month, but now they won’t have a tree until next Spring.
  4. I have a fall cutting that grew leaves and is now sprouting some figs. I was going to transplant it outside next month. Should I wait until these ripen. before I transplant it?

  5. in march i ordered 2 fig trees and received what looked like sticks. to my amazement i now have 2 trees with 30-40 small figs. I’m afraid they are going to drop off before they finish growing and ripen. should i be doing anything to save them

    1. There is nothing you can do to save the figs. I suggest that you wait and see if the figs mature. If they don’t, they’ll most likely shrivel up and you can simply snip them off of the branches to help prevent fungal infections. Sometimes a young tree will grow a first batch of figs that won’t ripen that year, but should have ripe figs for the next growing season. If you haven’t already planted the tree in the ground, it’s too late in this season for planting the trees and is recommended to wait until spring otherwise it might not grow it’s roots out. In about a month from now, the leaves will turn yellow and begin to drop as the trees prepare for winter hibernation. I am personally taking a risk to air layer a fig tree at this time in the season due to a late order that came in a month ago.

  6. I thought I’d add to this discussion about a late term air layering project that was a success and I may add it to the air layering page. This July, I received word that a friend of my mom asked for a fig tree for next year. I was about to leave for a vacation, so I decided to give it a try. Air layering in the middle of the Summer I thought was unusual. So, I went and did it anyway just to see if it would work. By the 2nd week of September (6 weeks of air layering), I checked and saw a lot of roots. I cut off the branch and transferred it to a pot. I followed the instructions that you can find in my Air Layering topic, along with covering it with a plastic garbage bag for a week and leaving it under shade. After that week, I cut off all of the limp leaves, removed the plastic bag and then set the cutting under a fern that provided shade. 2-weeks go by and I noticed little leaves beginning to form (September 25th). It’s certainly nice to see that this is evidence that the roots have taken hold inside the grow medium, but the young branches won’t have a chance to grow before winter sets in. It is now the start of the Fall season. In about a month from now, I will be moving the cutting into the garage where it will lay dormant throughout the winter.

    edit: When the time came to move the cutting into the garage for winter storage, the leaves didn’t fall off on their own. I had to cut them off to force the tree into hibernation. I left the tiny little branch that began to form that had the leaves sprouting from it.

  7. Hi Tom.

    I live in So Cal and planted a mission fig in a half oak wine barrel. I used really good soil and compost tea. But now I see black spots developing on the leaves. I think maybe it accidentally got too much water as I watered it before I left for Xmas and then my gardener also watered it when he came.

    What should I do?

    Ps. I am an artist too!

    1. Hello fellow creative person, It does sound as though you may have over-watered your tree or the roots are too hot. I suggest you poke a moisture content meter into the soil to see how wet the soil is. In the meantime, what you can do is stop watering the tree. Using a soil moisture meter, you can accurately gauge how much long to let the soil dry up.

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