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The RdB that I cut the air layer off last week, had 4 figs just below where I cut it off.  2 days after cutting off the air layer, the 1st fig turned completely purple.  The next day, another turned purple.  Now 3 are purple and the last one is starting to.

Below is the first one, that I picked today.  It could have used another day, I think, but it was getting soft and I was afraid the birds would get it.

I tasted fair for a 1st year plant.  I'm sure it'll get better with age.  I'm excited that these are ripening at all.  The next one is a little bigger.  I'll let it stay on the tree a little longer.

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I am drooling. That looks really ripe.
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Your hands are huge!!! Or is that fig really small??? Just playing, looks good! Im noticing alot of people on here let a first year fig hang on to its fruit. Ive read other wise. Does it really have a negetive impact on the plants to let them fruit at such a young age?
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lol.. it was tiny.  About the size of a Nickle.  Sorry, I forgot to include a scale in this one.



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Im noticing alot of people on here let a first year fig hang on to its fruit. Ive read other wise. Does it really have a negetive impact on the plants to let them fruit at such a young age?


I read that too, and the first year took off almost all of them. But did leave a few to ripen. Most were very good and I regretted pinching off so many. This year I'm letting the plant decide. If it puts on fruit, I'll let them stay - unless my instinct says 'that's too many' or 'this tree really is too small' and will remove some.

I also think it depends where you live and your climate. Here it's very mild and I have a long ripening season so the odds are better a fig on a small plant will ripen. But if you live where it gets cold in winter, you might have to take more drastic measures and remove them.

Or if in general you want more vegetative growth faster. Existing leaves produce sugars for growth. That potential can be directed only towards more root/stem/leaf growth by removing all fruits, or, if not, to fruits plus those other vegetative plant parts. Your choice.


Nice fig by the way. I have RdB with fruit on the first time as well. Nowhere near ripe yet however. Plant less than a year old, but I'm keeping 'em. :)

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Here's the next one. It was a little bigger than the first and tasted a little better.  I think I'm really going to like this one next year.  I remembered to add the "Texas" quarter for scale. ;)

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Im noticing alot of people on here let a first year fig hang on to its fruit. Ive read other wise. Does it really have a negetive impact on the plants to let them fruit at such a young age?


I read that too, and the first year took off almost all of them. But did leave a few to ripen. Most were very good and I regretted pinching off so many. This year I'm letting the plant decide. If it puts on fruit, I'll let them stay - unless my instinct says 'that's too many' or 'this tree really is too small' and will remove some.

I also think it depends where you live and your climate. Here it's very mild and I have a long ripening season so the odds are better a fig on a small plant will ripen. But if you live where it gets cold in winter, you might have to take more drastic measures and remove them.

Or if in general you want more vegetative growth faster. Existing leaves produce sugars for growth. That potential can be directed only towards more root/stem/leaf growth by removing all fruits, or, if not, to fruits plus those other vegetative plant parts. Your choice.


Nice fig by the way. I have RdB with fruit on the first time as well. Nowhere near ripe yet however. Plant less than a year old, but I'm keeping 'em. :)


I had one put on a fig a couple weeks after rooting, while it was still in a cup.  Of course, I pinched that one off.  All of my trees have grown so aggressively, I figured it was safe to leave em on.

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Sweet! Thanks for sharing. :)
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Way to go, brother!  It looks delicious.  Mine doesn't have any yet.  I guess it will be next year for that one.  I did pick one the very near ripe KRMK dark's this morning and took it to church for Lacey.  I had to beat her off the tree yesterday but promised the first ripe one to her.  She said it wasn't very sweet so the other 3 will stay on the tree longer.  Oh and good thing you used the TEXAS quarter in the picture b/c Meghan watches for things like that....lol.  Just teasin' ya, Meghan.  =)
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Looking good James.  It looks almost purple inside.  That Texas quarter did wonders for your picture.  Makes the other fig look so puny in comparison. 
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I had one put on a fig a couple weeks after rooting, while it was still in a cup.  Of course, I pinched that one off.  All of my trees have grown so aggressively, I figured it was safe to leave em on.


Yes. Same here. I wouldn't let a fig develop while it was still rooting or at any time before being moved up into a gallon or more. And also it has to be actively growing. In other words, use common sense.

But figs grow fast here, and it doesn't take much time for most of them to move past any vulnerable stage.

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This one was a little more ripe than the previous ones, but still not quite done.  My 6yo daughter prefers this one over the LSU Tiger one I posted.  It's not nearly as sweet, but has a very nice flavor.

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Very nice, thanks.

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