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    LizzyM is offline Germinator
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    Hi there, can anyone help? I have never grown figs before, but got a small plant last year for christmas. Over summer about 15 figs have grown, but they are still green although probably the correct size. Does anyone know if they are likey to ripen at this late stage? I have read that I should pull them all off and throw them away, giving the plant chance to fruit again for the next crop. But I have also read that I could ripen them if I moved it to the greenhouse, which I could easily do. But I dont want to stop the plant fruiting again if I leave them on. Also, could I take them off and let them ripen off the plant, like you can do with tomatoes for example? I would be grateful for any advice on this as I really would hate to waste the lovely figs that are on the plant if there is any chance of saving them.

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    Hi,
    If your greenhouse is warm its probably the best place for the fig. Brown Turkey is common fig in this country and I leave figs the size of peas on the plant over winter, as this is next years crop. Unfortunately, figs can be a hit and miss affair.

    Andrewo

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    Hi Andrewo

    Thanks for the advice, i've removed the large figs and put the fig in my greenhouse to see how it goes, sorry for my delayed reply to you.

    Liz

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    Hi,
    Let me know how it goes, figs are so hard to grow in this country, the only place I have ever seen them done well is in Cambridge near a museum in a small courtyard.

    Andrewo

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    I bought a fig tree this autunm and there are no baby figs on it at the moment. Does that mean that i wont have any yummy figs this summer? Catriona

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    The tiny embryo figs should be on the plant now and these need protection during the winter. Ideally cover the plant.
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    Figs are unusual, sometimes you can see the small figs, the size of a pea or they are actually waiting to burst forward from the small nodules of the branches.

    Just remember to keep the roots constrained in a pot and to fan train the tree, it helps later on for ripening, harvest and even decoration.

    Try and get it on a south facing wall or fence. Protect it in winter.

    Andrewo

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    Thanks, it is in a pot and inside for winter as i have a roof garden and no greenhouse. Heres hoping they are just hiding and will be plentiful this summer.

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