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    Lardman is offline Rooter
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    Default Why doesn't my fig - give a fig?

    I've even tried threatening it with the compost bin but it refuses to fruit.

    Brown Turkey in a large (18" square) pot in the greenhouse, 4ft tall and more bush than tree but after 3 years I am still figless. I've even tried nipping the tips out but still nothing.

    Am I tilting at windmills ? Does it need to go in the open ground where I will have to wrestle the tree rats and flying rats for any fruit it produces.

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    I believe they like to be root bound, so the pot is probably the best place, sure someone with more knowledge will be along soon my late Aunt used to grow them and I know it was quite a wait for the fruit to be ready.

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    I grow them in that size of pot in a cold greenhouse, and they fruit ok. I don't remember how many years they took to come into bearing but i am fairly sure it was before they were 4 ft tall. But if you are confident it is true to name, I think the best advice is just to hang in there and wait for it to come good.
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    Mine's in a 12" gap between 2 boundary walls in the front garden. It took a few years to get going then it went crazy. The figs grew, ripened and within a day were infested with wasps - just alongside where I park my car.
    Wherever a branch touched the soil, it rooted and spread along the walls - its now about 10' long . I've given up on the figs - I keep it cut back as a "hedge".
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    Lardman do you have any photos?

    How and when do you prune it?

    Do you pinch out the tips?

    When you look into the leaf nodes do you see any little bumps and if so, how many?
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    age could be a factor. some take 5 years before fruiting. too much nitrogen , or watering is most likely problem. Remember the plant doesnt need a sofa and widescreen TV, it needs a coffin next to it to remind it, its about to die. At that point you'll get the biggest harvest you've had. The motto is treat them mean , keep them keen.

    My turkeys in the living room window... cos i like fig juice all over my floor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffybunnyuk View Post
    a Remember the plant doesnt need a sofa and widescreen TV, it needs a coffin next to it to remind it, its about to die.


    Had you considered maybe your name is a misnomer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluffybunnyuk View Post

    My turkeys in the living room window... cos i like fig juice all over my floor.
    That's not what my chooks leave when they're in the kitchen.
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