Who's nicked my figs?

ObelixxObelixx Posts: 11,000

When we arrived in October we found a large and very healthy fig tree with not a single fruit so, after leaf drop, I pruned away all the low branches trailing on the ground and all the weak, broken and crossing stems higher up and gave it a pep talk.

It responded by producing hundreds of little figs, most of which had swelled to about 3cms by last week.   Lots of excitement as we love fresh figs.

Today we noticed there isn't a single fruit left of any size.  No fruits on the ground and no visible insect pests.   Could it be mice or pigeons?  We have two dogs and two cats so you'd think not unless the thieves come at dawn before they're up and out.

The Vendée, France

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  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,913

    Wasn't me!

  • B3B3 Posts: 5,361

    I had one  measely fig and a squirrel nicked itimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 11,000

    That's hard B3.  No squirrels here.

    The Vendée, France
  • B3B3 Posts: 5,361

    It was- rock hard!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 11,000

    So were ours and some were still only pea-sized.  It's bl**dy frustrating.

    We have a baby in the wilderness part of teh garden.  I'm tempted to dig it up on the autumn and plant it in a fruit cage!

    The Vendée, France
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener LeicsPosts: 6,568

    I only had one, 'onest! image

    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 600

    My bet would be it's been birds.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 11,000

    Hope you didn't get a tummy upset Bob.  They were rock hard still.

    I suspect birds too Mary as we have wood pigeons and turtle doves about and lots of small brown jobs.  Too big to net so it'll be a fruit cage in the potager and a new fig tree just for us!

    The Vendée, France
  • floraliesfloralies Posts: 153

    This is very strange because we have a large fig tree that always produces loads of fruit. A couple of weeks ago when I looked there were plenty forming but now they have all disappeared. The birds don't usually nick them until they are ripe in the autumn. Very strange indeed!

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 11,000

    Curioser and curioser!

    The Vendée, France
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