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Fig Trees - Second Crop

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i have two quite big fig trees in my garden, both planted in the ground but with their roots constrained by growing pits made from 2ft paving slabs.

They've fruited once already (very nice) and now they’re covered in dozens and dozens and dozens of unripe fruit - a second crop.

It’s September now...there’s some warm weather still to come, but the sunlight is starting to fade and everything is starting to slow down. I’m hoping to get the second crop to ripen. Is there anything I can do to maximise my chances? Feeding, pruning, thinning out the crop, etc.?

(I’m in central London btw)

Thank you
Alan
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  • AmphibiosAmphibios LondonshirePosts: 158
    Hi bigalyx please video - looks like you remove the 2nd crop. 
    https://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-harvest-figs/

  • bigalxyzbigalxyz Posts: 12
    edited September 2019
    Thank you. Ordinarily you’d be absolutely right. However I know a second crop *can* ripen here. It’s in a very sheltered spot, against a wall, and the growing season is a bit longer here than in most of the UK (eg. I pick lovely ripe olives from a tree every autumn). Last year I was picking figs until the middle of November! But 2018 was an unusually hot summer so I doubt that’ll be a regular thing.

    So with 2019 being a more average year I’m wondering if it’s better to have a small second crop that might ripen compared to a huge one that won’t.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    In the past my tree has kept most of the second crop over winter and it ripened in the following summer...I think it would be a waste to remove them. If the tree can't support them it will drop as many as it has to.
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • bigalxyzbigalxyz Posts: 12
    edited September 2019
    Yes if they don’t ripen I could leave them over the winter. I don’t suppose they would survive a sharp frost, but sharp frosts are rare here so I *might* get away with it...
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    I'm in South London...they did fine last winter. Good luck. They were helped by the warmth from a wall. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,458
    I take it neither if you have squirrels! They've been biting and discarding mine . Obviously haven't worked out if one tastes bad, so will the rest.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Unfortunately I have lots of squirrels 🐿😩

    Every year they take almost my entire stone fruit crop. They don’t seem quite so interested in the figs although they probably do steal about half of them.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    Yep they ate most of my overwintered ones this year...the little blighters. Unlike last year. Thinking of dragging the plant inside my summer house to protect it from them...so far they haven't touched it. 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
  • B3B3 Posts: 21,458
    I'm surprised they don't go for tomatoes or have I just been lucky?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • amancalledgeorgeamancalledgeorge South LondonPosts: 2,302
    They haven't touched any other produce in mine...now if only they stopped digging in all the wrong places 😂 
    To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow
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