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mr_bird

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This is my BTM6 fig that always rot before I can eat it. This time I pick it before it turns too ripe, and put it in fridge to get rid of the latex.
It tastes good, very sweet, a bit too sweet for my taste, but nevertheless a good fig. I think it is very similar to brown turkey since it is named Brown Turkey Modified.
Large fig rots easily in Malaysia. So this is a big surprise to me and I don't need to send it to fig heaven anymore. The tree itself is over 2 years old, and it was the first fig tree that I got.

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Congrats and thx for sharing.  Any fig that ends up in your belly is a good fig.


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mr_bird, I was curious about USDA growing zones in Malaysia, so searched for a map and found out that most of Malaysia is Zone 13, with small areas of Zone 12 and Zone 11 on mountainsides. https://davisla.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/south-east-asia-plant-hardiness-zone-map.jpg

Congratulations on successfully growing a fig in a very challenging climate! Are there many insects in Malaysia that get inside figs and cause them to sour?

Some fig growers in Arizona say that if you put underripe figs on a cooling rack indoors for a day many of them will get a little riper. Since your fig tasted good when harvested early, perhaps you can experiment by picking a fig that is slightly underripe and letting it sit indoors on a table or kitchen counter for a day to see whether the fig continues to ripen and the latex is gone. 

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crademan, in malaysia we have a year long supply of insects. Most of my figs are either soured, inside cavity full of mold, or both.

We have plenty of rain, so mold is a serious issue. But we also have plenty of sun, so growth is not an issue. I should take a photo of my 2 year old potted tree so you guys can see how fast they grow here, although some varieties thrive better than others. Currently I'm growing 9 varieties and have found 5 to be prolific.
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BTM6 and Brown Turkey is 2 different fig although their name almost same. BTM6 almost similar with Red Khurtmani

Crademan, beside rainy season, it actually a perfect place to grow fig. We can have big tree in just few month, and we can have fig within a year depend on variety. The challenging is always rain in here and too humid. There are 3 main insects that make figs sour. Fruit fly larvae, beetles (lots of beetles. some of them eat figs and some of them suck fruit sap) and ants (will eat fruit and in some case which fig have bigger ostiole and space in it, it will bring fungus). There are some other insects but most of them I dint know what their name are. I think most problem in here are from birds, squirrel and in some place civet and monkey

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mr_bird. Arizona has a constant population of dried fruit beetles that get inside figs. Many fig growers here buy organza bags that are made to hold candy as party favors and cover each fig with one to keep insects out of the figs while they ripen. 

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crademan, I am actually using that organza bag to cover my figs, however, small ants can still invade my figs and bring in the mold. Or sometimes it just soured without being infested by ants. Air here can be very humid, I guess that's why
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Sorry to hear that ants are such a big problem in Malaysia. They defeat most human attempts to eliminate or even reduce their numbers. I'm sure you've tried lots of ways to stop them. There is a sticky product called Tanglefoot that is supposed to create a long lasting barrier to ants. Here's a video showing how one person applied it to a tree. https://youtu.be/ZqCGLTfVEUg
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