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    That's interesting Devon - I've had tiny figs on mine, but they don't ripen. My fig is in the sunny side of the garden in a pot. I might stick it in the greenhouse, or take it up to the allotment's greenhouse or polytunnel. It would be nice to have a fig or two after four years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SarrissUK View Post
    That's interesting Devon - I've had tiny figs on mine, but they don't ripen. My fig is in the sunny side of the garden in a pot. I might stick it in the greenhouse, or take it up to the allotment's greenhouse or polytunnel. It would be nice to have a fig or two after four years!
    The other thing I do is, I pinch out growing tips on the new growth at 5 or 6 leaves (about now) which may encourage fruiting. Having said that, this year I am leaving a couple unpinched to see what difference that makes.
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    Jayell, if that's a question for me: no. I just let the tree do its own thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by devonuk View Post
    II get new growth in May on which figs are just now appearing, and those new figs ripen in October.
    Same here with trees in the ground. Except the figs ripen in September.
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    I was asking Lardman. Sometimes nipping out the growing tips at the end of June can encourage fruit to form and they should have enough time to mature before the frosts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    I was asking Lardman. Sometimes nipping out the growing tips at the end of June can encourage fruit to form and they should have enough time to mature before the frosts.
    I tried pinching out just the growing tips and pruning the branch back 4" or so last year, about now, might have been slightly earlier but definitely when the sap was flowing, It's mature enough to fruit and carried a couple (2-3) the first year I had it but they didn't ripen and I've had nothing since.

    I've killed 2 cutting trying different watering and feeding techniques, I'm missing something - probably obvious.

    From what I've read, the bottom node here should be a leaf and fig, but nothing has developed in previous years from them.

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    This video suggests to induce fruit formation ease up on the nitrogen.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Mr7baVUzK8

    also say 90-120 days after pinching till ripe fruit - guess I had look at pinching out soon
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    Here is one of my potted figs, mini figs on a shoot which I pinched at 5 leaves a couple of weeks ago, unpinched shoot with bulges which should be figs but too small to tell (focus not brilliant). Pretty clear victory for pinching.

    Edit: wrong order - unpinched is middle photo, pinched on right.
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    ^Good experiment. Thanks.
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