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Article: Uncommon Nutrition from the Common Fig ~ Ficus carica: barren fig tree

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ZEZE49
Newbury Park, CA

March 3, 2009
6:53 PM

Post #6216639

I planted a fig tree in my Southern California garden about 9 years ago. It gets afternoon sun, but only filtered morning sun. It has grown very well, has lovely foilage, but alas---only manages to produce a few small green figs of which only a handful even begin to grow and turn slightly brownish-purple. (I don't know the species--only that a friend gave me the tree, which came planted in a nursery-type black plastic 5 gallon pot.) I have only actually eaten one fig from this tree, and it was a pretty poor specimen. I have tried pruning back the branches in the fall, NOT opruning them back--and no luck. Any ideas what the problem is?

wind

wind
Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

March 3, 2009
10:57 PM

Post #6217639

Hi, I'm by no means a fig expert - perhaps it may be a case of not enough sun. I believe almost all Ficus carica cultivars require full sun. Cuttings can be rooted easily. Maybe you could root a cutting and plant a new tree in a spot with full day sun...just a thought.

Happy & Healthy Gardening,
~Diana

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