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So i went to look at a house that was up for auction one day
there was a fig tree, and, i couldnt resist taking a cutting.

its been in this container since i got it several months ago.
i was happy to see it put out leaves almost right away
i didnt expect fruit this soon...

is it normal for them to fruit this fast, or this small ?





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figs = Black Mission, Celeste, 2 un-named, and 4 cuttings started

guava, papaya, mango, fig, mulberry, jujube.......,
white, black, and mamey sapote....,
Cherimoya, lychee, longan, several psidium/guava relatives, Jaboticaba, citrus, Jamun, natal plum,
and about 100 more...

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I have three different potted trees that produced figs on a little tree. Florea, Black Bethlehem, and St Rita. All were 1 foot or less, with multiple branches.
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Yes it is normal...fig plants are too dumb to know that they should wait until they are 18 to make babies.....


Seriously, yes, they often fruit when mere sticks.   I have seen figs coming out before leaves on rooting cuttings.  Not a bad idea to remove the figs when that small so they can focus on growing.

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Not to hijack...does this mean the fig tree will be very productive in the future.
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I think it means the plant is a strong grower, and will continue to be as long as the conditions are kept the same, and no disease or virus shows up.
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Would it be better long term to take off any fruit on a plant that young so that energy goes to root?

I would assume that considerable energy is spent in the process, thoughts?


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Would it be better long term to take off any fruit on a plant that young so that energy goes to root?

I would assume that considerable energy is spent in the process, thoughts?



Yeah, i normally do with other plants
and i am sure fig is the same

curiosity  got the better of me though
i wanted to know what the fruit looked like, take pics etc...
since i have no idea of the variety.
I have a 3 fruiting fig trees now, so no big rush for me.

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New Orleans La.
zone 9

growing subtropical food-forest
figs = Black Mission, Celeste, 2 un-named, and 4 cuttings started

guava, papaya, mango, fig, mulberry, jujube.......,
white, black, and mamey sapote....,
Cherimoya, lychee, longan, several psidium/guava relatives, Jaboticaba, citrus, Jamun, natal plum,
and about 100 more...

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I start my cuttings each winter using my 3 cup method.
It is very common for a fig or 2 appear even before leaves.
After their first winter indoors and put in ground in march I would say 60%
try to put on figs their first year.
Just keep pinching the figs until you get a good root base established on the tree.
Then let it go to town producing figs.
I usually leave 3 or so figs on a tree that has been in ground 2 winters.
I pinch the rest so the tree's energy is used for vegetative growth.
At 3 years old I only pinch if they are stubborn to  produce on their own.
My green greek took 4 years to produce, but I let it grow to a 4 foot bush
and it finally decided to produce this year.

Different varieties mature at different rates.

Doug

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Early last year I grafted a 2-bud Lattarula onto my Strawberry Verte. 
Last month I picked 4 ripe figs off that 1' branch!?! I'm glad I didn't
snap off the immature, pea-sized figs because one-by-one they grew and ripened.
Maybe grafts are different; perhaps the parent tree
has super energy.

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How 'bout this...


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I've actually had cuttings start making figs, believe it or not.  CUTTINGS!  Before leaves, before buds, before roots, they try to make a breba crop.  Stupid sticks!  It's not uncommon at all, but I usually pop them off, as quality on small plants is usually sub-par.
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I have had cuttings try to make fruits as well, but twisted them off. The one time I let a 3 month old rooted cutting ripen a fruit it matured okay, but the coloring was off from the mother tree. And the taste? Oh my goodness it was nasty. Never again, I just played because I had a bunch of that variety and was curious, otherwise would have pinched to conserve energy.
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I had trees fruit and then yielded nothing the following season. I've noticed that when a tree is growing aggressively yield decreased or was non existant.


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The smaller the pot the earlier they fruit. probably the root constriction has its effect.

Violeta in 10 gal didnt fruit this year at all,  On the other hand the one in a 1.5 gallon gave 2 figs - were very good too.


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