Saturday, November 09, 2019

I don't give a fig

Or, more accurately, I don't get a fig. This is our sorry little fig tree that doesn't produce figs. You may already know the sad story: we planted the fig in 2006, it froze to the ground in 2012, re-sprouted and grew again, and almost every year since, has suffered a spring freeze and lost its leaves. I've tried covering it with garden fabric, but the leaf buds are just too sensitive. I think we got about a half-dozen figs from this tree one year. One. Year.

At least it's pretty in the fall. The tree produces more leaves after the spring buds freeze.

I know that figs grow here. We see beautiful fig trees all over the place. Our mayor two houses away has a good sized fig that produces a lot. Friends a couple of towns over have a very nice tree and always seem to have a surplus of figs which they share with us, and for which we are grateful. So why can't I have my own figs? Maybe I got duped and bought the wrong variety. I don't remember what variety this is or where I bought it, but it was local.

If you're interested, type "figs" in the search box on the upper left of the blog and you can read about our fig experiences.

10 comments:

  1. Walt, did you try to make cuttings in your greenhouse from the fig trees you're talking about?

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    1. Sounds like a good idea! A cutting of one of the mayor's trees!

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  2. Sorry. I don't give a fig. We once had a prolific fig tree. We didn't hate the taste but didn't really bother with figs. A neighbour did and used to collect all the fruit. Getting late now on Saturday night, fig it. Must go to bed.

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  3. It takes figs a lot of time to grow, keep the faith or try a new variety.

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  4. I remember your fig experience. So sorry. But a dozen figs isn't bad. That's nearly half a fig per year. My parents had the same experience with a cherry tree. One year, it was finally covered with cherries. My mother was so excited. Then it was covered with birds. They left us one cherry in those 8 years.

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  5. Some trees are just duds. The one time we had a fig tree (in our former house, espaliered on a south-facing wall), it produced figs within a couple of years.

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    1. Yes, planting a new fig tree or two close to the shed wiuld be the best bet; and would hide it from view!

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  6. chm, elgee, no I haven't tried that. I'll read about it.

    andrew, hehe...

    evelyn, it's been 13 years already!

    mitch, yes, the birds can get to the figs as well. Aaack!

    chris, we thought that might be a solution, but neither one of us wants to dig it up at this point.

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  7. Would it (or a replacement) have done better on a south-facing wall, with the extra warmth and maybe some protection from winds?

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  8. What a disappointment.
    I read vegetarians don't do figs as in them are some sort of incorporated wasp or insect I hope this is wrong.

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