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Ten years ago I was given a fig tree that hasn't done much but grown a bit. I have now discovered a handful of fruits on it and wonder what do I do now? Just leave them till ripe (no idea how a ripe fig looks like on a fig tree). Not sure what the variety is, but I remember that my friends got me it from Wilco
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  • B3B3 Posts: 18,677
    If you have squirrels, what to do with the figs will soon cease to be an issue😕
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 378
    Luckily I don't have squirrels in the garden (to my knowledge)
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,734
    Swedboy said:
    Luckily I don't have squirrels in the garden (to my knowledge)
    Then it stands to reason that your figs aren’t yet ripe 😊 
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,242
    You can tell when they're ripe by looking on the end...if it starts splitting, then you know it's ripe. If they overwintered on the plant they may be ready to eat soon...otherwise they will ripen next year if it is this year's crop. Sadly all of mine were enjoyed by the squirrels but the tree has many new ones thanks to the warm weather. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,102
    Most fig trees are "Brown Turkey". When the fruit is ripe, it swells considerably over a few days, turns from green to slightly flushed, becomes soft, and is usually easy to remove from the tree. One surefire way to get ripe figs is to grow them in a greenhouse or conservatory. You don't need a huge tree for this to work, just one stem about four feet tall. Now is the time to take cuttings if you fancy going down this route......it's one way to protect your fruit from wildlife.
  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 378
    I wish I had the space for a greenhouse.
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  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,102
    With the weather warming up, I'm wondering if any of us will need greenhouses in future.
  • SwedboySwedboy Posts: 378
    Very True
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 71,734
    We’ll need them for the cold spells between the hot spells ... not to mention for the very wet spells when seedlings are at risk as happened to the brassica crop in the Fens this year. 

    The ‘weather’ isn’t going to be warmer ... it’s going to be more erratic so that means colder and wetter too.  
    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







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