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I believe my fig tree has mutated or evolved. Last year this tree starts to show a couple duplex fig in one node. This year, about 50% of the nodes has 2 figs, and 1 node even have 4 figs. 

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last year's post: http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/two-figs-per-node-6447465


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Wow!
You are going for a record!

Do you live close to a nuclear station?

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Jim, I like your many sets of twins.
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greenfig,
I live 5 miles west of NYC.

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Grasa,
I like this high yield tree too. I'll propagate this tree and see if the new tree is also a heavy producer.

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OMG!!!

Jimmy,

This can be a fig of Giness (or however they spell it)Book of Records.
I am kicking my jaw as I walk...

What variety is it and what kind of fertilizer are you using and how often.

I hope we get to see the ripening progress as it happens :)
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Hi Aaron,

This is a tree left from previous owner when I bought the house, I transplanted from the side yard to the backyard. I believe it was propagated from another neighbor's mother tree. It didn't die back in the past few years except last year. So I can only harvest main crop this year. I do have some ripen ones.
I didn't fertilize it for a year.  But two years ago, I cut down a maple tree and sprayed the mulch around the tree. I didn't water them neither.
Really no one ever get 4 figs in 1 node? how to apply for the Guinness record?

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Interesting...can it be the Maple shavings?

You could go online site for the Geness and see if they have contact number... you might also want to take video clips as they ripen. And... Yes, I think it's pretty RARE to see such a bunch all on one node.
If nothing...it can be a great art documenting it all.
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Hi Jimmychao,
I have some trees with 2 figs on one node . And that is already rare.
The problem still is that on those nodes, one fig will take it all, and the second barely really grows to be something edible.
My Sultane and my BT both did that, and on those nodes one of the figs fell to the ground after some time.
So for now, I haven't had twins figs both ripening.
Now to have 4 figs on one node, that is really unusual for ficus carica. Is that tree a ficus carica ? Can you show us the leaves ?
The internodal spacing looks weird to me .
By the way, just wondering : how far are you form the nearest nuclear plant :) ? Do they glow in the dark ?

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I forgot to mentioned that when I transplanted this tree years ago. I split the mother tree into 4 small trees. and planted them 3 ft apart. The other 3 trees grow normal. Only this one in the middle is doing this. I wish they glow in dark. I am 5 miles west of NYC. Yes, there is a nuclear plant in Hundson river about 50 miles north. If the radiation is the case, there are a lot of fig trees in NYC area.
The duplex fig grows equally and ripen as normal figs, although the size is a little bit smaller than the single fig. You can check the pics in my post of last year.

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Hey Jimmy, Hopefully, this tree  is a very rare occurrence, could start a whole line of Figs! Thanks for posting! : )
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Nice figs Jimmy. That is exciting.
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Jimmy, this is a definite rare phenomenon, could be the tree had a coupled node that has gone un-noticed to naked eye and each node giving doubles...I have taken a cutting (and growing) from a Capri fig that gives all couplets (doubles) so...anything is possible.
And, I know your tree is not exposed to radiation contaminants...otherwise they would have teeth on them and try to bite you, LOL
Would be great to see the tree duplicating the same phenomena on different locations and branches.

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here's what the cutting from Capri looked like  when I took it from the tree.

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Hi Jim,

Did the cuttings also form multiple fruits?

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Hi Jimmy.

 I wanted to take the opportunity to say thank you. I have some very nice plants from your, last year's, ebay listing.

 I am trying to grow out cuttings from a tree that has been producing in clusters with some large figs. One was very big and this person's favorite fig. I was told it is an RBD but it is way too early to tell, I just up-potted one.

  If it grows the same it will get a better reference after the source. An older fig collector's favorite fig he kept from his collection. I have seen pictures of the "clusters" of figs and am quite excited to see if it is true.

 Jimmy, does your Nursery have a retail operation/store?

Thanks again, Mike

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Mutant! That's crazy Jimmy! Do you know if the mother tree did multiples before you split it? Or any indication of the variety or origin of this fig?


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Thanks for your interest of this tree. This 4 figs in one node did not repeat in 2016. And it did not happen on other nodes of the same branch. So I don't think the mutation is permanent, instead, it might be some environment factors or events that stimulate the fruit buds to duplicate then duplicate again. It's like identical twins. But they don't necessary give birth to identical twins.  
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