Was it get killed in winter back to ground level and have to put new
growth from the roots??
If so that's the cause, otherwise I have no answer because I'm having
a record harvest this year with some of mine over 2 inches long.
Did you have an unusually big crop last season? If so, it may be your tree
taking a rest. To prevent this 'biennial' (every second year) behavior, thin
fruit early in their life cycle to take a load off the tree. By the way,
holds for almost any fruit tree.
"Flowers: The tiny flowers of the fig are out of sight, clustered
inside the green "fruits", technically a synconium. Pollinating
insects gain access to the flowers through an opening at the apex of
the synconium. In the case of the common fig the flowers are all
female and need no pollination."
I live in the South East USA and I've never seen a flower on a fig
bush/tree UNTIL I cut open the ripe fruit.
Figs are self pollinated in my area. I just don't see that as the
problem unless you are in the Mediterranean.
This is from a website of a professor of Biology at the Imperial
"Phylogenies of insects and their host plants
There are several hundred species of fig trees (Ficus species) found
throughout the world and each has its own unique species of
pollinating wasp. The fig is totally dependent upon the wasp for
pollination while the wasp is similarly dependent upon the fig fruits
for the development of its offspring. Consequently this relationship
is an obligate mutualism. In addition, each fig species also supports
a number of non-pollinating wasp species whose offspring develop in
the fig fruits but provide no pollination service."
You don't have to live near the Mediterranean to live in a
Mediterranean climate. Most of California has a Mediterranean
That writer knows not of what he writes. That's just not the case in
the SE USA. In 70 years of eating fresh figs right off the bush and 60
years of making fig preserves and fig syrup, I have yet to find a wasp
or wasp larva in or on a fig. What I have found are yellow jackets,
ants and gnats where some were left until they were over ripe and
split, but that's it.
Warning on losses in bee colonies
Crisis could worsen, boost food prices, House told
Published: Friday, June 27, 2008 at 4:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 27, 2008 at 3:44 a.m.
The Press Democrat, 2006
Honeybees are declining rapidly, experts say.
WASHINGTON -- A record 36 percent of U.S. commercial bee colonies have
been lost to mysterious causes so far this year and worse may be yet to
come, experts told a congressional panel Thursday.
Food prices could rise even more unless the strange decline in honeybees
is solved, the lawmakers were told.
"No bees, no crops," North Carolina grower Robert Edwards told a House
agriculture subcommittee. Edwards said he had to cut his cucumber
acreage in half because of the lack of bees available to rent.
The year's bee colony losses are about twice the usual seen following a
typical winter, scientists warn. Despite ambitious new research efforts,
the causes remain a mystery.
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