I’ve been looking for ages to answer a question but not found the answer yet, maybe someone can help. How wonderful to meet a fellow fig lover from half way around the world, and in beautiful New Zealand at that. This seems a shame as the fruit are always plentiful and large. Zones 8a and warmer are perfect for Figs, providing the hot, dry summers and cool winters they prefer. This year I’m going to try covering the tree with white remay, a light garden fabric that won’t weight the tree down and lets light in. The only answer I have to help ripen figs is to initially plant the trees against a south-facing wall where summer rays can concentrate the heat units a bit more. But, we are usually milder than the Netherlands, so fingers crossed. name of fig that produces twice a year, turn yellow when ready to pick then a week later turns red or purple. About covering the tree, is it newly planted? I do still have about 10 green figs and I will take your advice and wait until they hang on the tree before picking and hopefully beat the birds to the punch. Hi Cheryl, if you’re canning them you have the choice of using sugar syrup as a preservative and it can be light, medium, or heavy. Now I will know when to pick them (prefferably before the birds do). When you get the figs home, keep them at room temperature if you plan to eat them within a day. Thank you! Thanks for the information. Is there anything at all I can do with these figs or should I just say forget it? I want to make sure I harvest my “crop” at just the right time! I, too, had a bumper crop this year! I have a lot of figs but they are green. Fig 3. Enter your email address, and you'll receive a new post when it becomes available. and bring it out of the weather in the early winter. On the question of ants, I’ve heard wood ash sprinkled around the bottom of the tree will deter the ants. Tom http://tallcloverfarm.com/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?p=351&approved=1#comments-form, Thank you for sharing about how to tell if/when a fig is ripe. Claire. Place your figs in a colander and rinse … I just don’t want to lose all of this bountiful harvest before I can use them. Thank you for your posting! Thanks for asking Patti. What time of year? I in Eugene area and want to know figs are ready to eat in mid – June yet ? The skin develops what looks like a crackled glaze under the surface. You’re a guru:). So far they have not learned how to build stick bridges. It was perfect for an inexperienced gardener and proud brand-new (just picked it up today!) Pinning. This summer, I didn’t make liquor – just pies and froze fresh cherries. Learn how your comment data is processed. It’s good to know the difference. Wait until the figs are ripe to harvest. So if it dies to the ground, the new growth of the current season will still produce figs. And check with your neighbors, there has to be a fig lover in the ‘hood, who looks forward to that tree’s bounty, too. Hi Tom, Light syrup: 2 1/4 cups sugar and 5 1/4 cups water make 6 1/2 cups syrup. You can transplant it in late fall when the leaves have been off for a while and before the ground freezes. You’re bound to harvest those. It’s difficult to identify figs without a photo of the leaf, the fruit, and the fruit cut in half to expose the interior. Did I get another variety of fig tree and not Black Mission? The trees have been grown organically, too. I was wondering if I could get permission to use one of your fig pictures in my blog -that is if you took the photo yourself. It could be that it was watered too much. The ginger adds a nice zing to the sweetness of the figs. Unfortunately, figs don’t ripen off the tree. After a mild winter, a small ^breba^ Fig crop will be produced on twigs that grew last year. Although wrapped, I never managed to keep the “peas” over winter, but this year (mild) I have a dozen “spring” figs, about 6″ circumference, but horizontal & hard. Thank you for sharing this, I do have a question though, what do I do with figs that aren’t rip? I am now the proud owner of two (2) unripe (according to your information) figs which I trust will ripen before I have to bring the plant in the house to avoid the frost!!!!!! after halfhour surfing with my question “can figs be too ripe”, your photos and text gave me a very satisfying answer. This time of year, the tree wants to go dormant. I use a product called tanglefoot, a super gooey substance that ants and other crawling insects can’t walk over without getting stuck. It’s a green fig, very flavorful and easy to grow. The number of fruit that have set and presently sizing up, Im really happy with (so far) Danielle, once the fig is burrowed into by anything, its days are numbered and it begins to rot. Still a lot to pick but some are still plain green and sticking upright..I wanted to beat the Birds to them but I sure dont want to kill any birds either so I guess its gonna be early bird gets the worm ( aka Fig ) Kia Ora, We are in New Zealand (North of Wellington) and have just found out that we have a very productive fig tree on our property. Thanks! A fig should really be soft; while it may not look its best, it will taste so much better. Hi Dan, Figs will perform okay in a pot but much better in the ground. John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ shares his technique for getting unripe figs on a tree to ripen up faster. Susie, thanks for bringing that to light. Hi Tom. I like them really ripe for fresh eating and a little less ripe for salads, or broiling with bacon and goat cheese. That makes perfect sense. Eva, your location three hours south, makes all the difference. It only happens once every 5-10 yrs. Like the person above this post, I just moved into a house with 2 fig trees out back. As for the birds, try covering the trees with a row cover fabric, or sections of tree. You should check it out! That’s how she rolls. Product Information. I live in Port Arthur, Texas on the Gulf Coast. You can’t expect to get ripe figs if you’re trying to grow a fig that isn’t suited for your climate. It’s against a south wall. You have many options when growing figs, even if it means going for a container tree you move indoors in cold weather. My thorn-less blackberries got hammered with rain right when they were coming in, consequently I’m going from 100 gallons of the beauties down to just 8 so far this year, huge, huge loss for me. I never expected fruit so soon but I now have about a half dozen that suddenly appeared a few days ago. (Time to grab the snips and go crazy!). Excessive fertilizer results in lush leaf growth at the expense of the fruit crop. Kadota type figs have a great honey flavor in both the breba and main crops and go by many names, including: Banana, Dottato, Janice, Trojano, and others. Is it normal to have so many fallers? I’m so glad I found this page! So you’ll likely just get one viable fruiting off of last years growth, and those “peas” will appear after the breba crop is picked. In the U.S., Figs typically peak from July through first frost in the South, and from August and later in the North. Thanks for linking up to Cottage Flora Thursday’s! Unfortunately the sunniest spot will also be the coldest, windiest spot this winter. A common occurrence to happen when growing figs, is they ripen at different times or struggle to ripen at all. Sharon, you are not alone; my trees suffer from the same fate. They generally do best in full sun for at least eight to 10 hours a day. In some warmer climates the figs go dormant and ripen when spring returns, but my experience in the Pacific NW is it rarely happens around here. The fig tree is no longer dormant, so it is trying to produce food for growth and fruiting, which means it will continue to produce leaves. I’m still waiting for mine to ripen, fingers crossed. I’m a Bulldog buff, writer, grower of fruit, maker of pies, kitchen alchemist, and seasoned hammock tester. They’re being covered with a mix of compost and peat moss which is still not damp. I have a mission fig in the greenhouse and it stays green until the ripening begins and then changes color to a rich purple black and then droops down when fully ripe. These pale green to pale yellow figs are sometimes called "white figs" for their light … And I found a new fruit I like! This is completely anecdotal and I don’t have facts to back it up, so here are some guesses. And prune height if you wish to maintain a certain vertical height. Yes, of course, feel free to use the photos and thanks for sharing the photo credit of Tall Clover Farm with your readers. I would wait until the trees are leafless and dormant in late fall, winter or early spring before budding out. Just look in the left menu bar for the figs pages: https://sites.google.com/site/kiwifruitsalad2/, I recently moved into a house with a fig bush in the yard. and I want to know what to do with the figs once I harvest them if i’m able to. Beautiful figs Clearly your figtree is very cooperative, lucky you. Hi Zeke, You could give it a try and place it in a sunny window or by a sunny sliding glass door and give the figs a couple weeks to ripen and see what happens, but I doubt they will ripen this late in the season. Usually a little later say in early July, but of course each area is different in ripening times. BTW we lived in Bellevue from ’73 to ’80!! Mike, Welcome Mike, and thanks for the kind comments. What I would recommend is planting another variety, Chicago Hardy fig. Will they eventually ripen? If you try to grow a variety that really needs high heat in a colder zone, odds are high that you’ll have fewer ripe figs. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Great post — although I was expecting to see little fig newtons growing right before my eyes…I really enjoyed catching up this week. Hi! No icing is needed but a thin icing can be used if desired. Rappahannock Cook & Kitchen Gardener » I Do Give A Fig! As for water, make sure you don’t waterlog the area, but wait between periods of drying out before watering again. It’s full of figs this year–2 years after she purchased it for me. Hi Howie, Here’s how I deal with ants on figs and other fruit trees without using pesticides. Hi Amy, there’s not much you can do at this point. The inner flesh is great… but do you eat the whole thing, like with some other figs? Kehau. We have had great delicious figs most of the summer. From a Kiwi. , How to apply Freezing in Syrup Rinse and dry off the figs to get them clean. Thanks for the heads-up. Unripe figs are still firm. Mine are the same kind as yours and drooping and dripping just like that. So, the problem I’ve been having us that June bugs (the really loud green bugs) are burrowing up into the over ripe ones I missed, and now I’m nervous about the hole at the bottom of the fig letting in little gnat like creatures.