My fig tree in a large pot had 20 figs this year -usually has 5 or 6-
but they fell of when nearly ripe. My daughter says it is because I
didn't water it in the hot weather. I thought figs liked it hot and dry
- am I wrong? Now that its leaves have fallen I see I have about 60 new
medium sized green figs. Do I remove these to make room for next year's
crop or leave them to overwinter?
On Nov 13, 3:32 am, Patricia Thorpe <Patricia.Thorpe.
Anything grown in a container will need regular waterings in warm
weather regardless of how 'drought tolerant' the plant is supposed to
be. That's one of the basic differences between container gardening
and inground gardening. Uneven watering - allowing the pot to dry out
too much between waterings, then soaking it - will stress the plant
and often allows for premature fruit drop. Access to adequate soil
moisture is essential when the plant is forming and developing fruit.
Next season, make sure watering is monitored more carefully, keeping
the potting soil evenly moist, niether too wet or too dry. You should
get a better crop to harvest :-) And site the container where it get
reflected heat - the heat is good and will help the plant set and
ripen fruit better. Just keep it properly watered. :-))
And ignore the leaves. Edible figs are deciduous plants and it will
lose that foliage soon, to be replaced by new growth in spring. These
are pretty tough plants and can tolerate being killed back to the root
system with cold and resprouting easily. But depending on where you
live, you might want to move the container to a protected location for
Figs have 2 crops a year, the spring (breda crop) and the autumn (main)
crop. If you have 60 figs on it now, those fruit could be your main Autumn
crop. It's hard to know though given that we can't see it and don't know
when the 20 figs fell off.
In fact having just written that, it'd make sense to me to say that the 20
figs that fell off were your Spring Breda crop and your 60 remaining figs
are your autumn crop that haven't managed to reach maturity.
People who grow figs in tubs are all warned about fig drop should they dry out.
solved this problem by putting large 1.5" or so holes in the bottom of the 20
pot and I place them on bare dirt. During the growing season the figs put down
into the bare dirt and get surrounding water. In fall when I move them into the
heated garage I prune the top and then rip the pots up which "prunes" the roots.
I do, however, water the figs faithfully. The leaves which are usually standing
straight out will show a bit of limping.
After leaves drop the breba crop can pop out any time and they look greenish 1-2"
long pencil thin with a little bulb on the end. They always pop out when the
longer and/or after a warm spell. Even in the 45oF garage the figs have to be
watered. They drop easily. I have to be careful moving the figs out because the
breba drop if bumped.
The little round ones are main crop. I wouldnt remove anything. I removed my
one year. sheesh.
On Sat, 13 Nov 2010 11:32:51 +0000, Patricia Thorpe
Somewhere between zone 5 and 6 tucked along the shore of Lake Michigan
on the council grounds of the Fox, Mascouten, Potawatomi, and Winnebago
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