Why A Fig Tree Is Not Producing Fruit

by johnah on November 20, 2020

Fig Trees Are Not Producing Fruits Because Of Some Problem With Their Leaves Or Fruit Or Both?

Figs are fruits because they bear edible fruit. There is no problem with their leaves or fruit or both. If there were, then the fig would have already produced fruit! That’s why it’s called “fig” (fruit) rather than “fruity.”

If You Have A Fig Tree And Its Fruit Is Not Bearing, What Do You Do?

You don’t bother trying to force the fig tree to produce more fruit. The reason why your fig tree doesn’t bear any fruit is because its leaves are damaged. To get rid of the damage, you need to prune back the leaves so that they’re smaller and less obtrusive. This will cause your fig tree to start producing new leaves again.

How To Prune Your Fig Tree For More Fruit Production?

First, you’ll want to remove all the dead branches from around the base of your fig tree. Then, you’ll need to cut away some of the old growth at the top of each branch so that it doesn’t interfere with fruit production. Finally, you’ll want to trim off any diseased parts of your fig tree so that they don’t affect fruit production. After you’ve completed these three steps, you should see an improvement in your fig tree’s ability to produce new leaves and then new figs.

How To Make Fig Tree Fruit?

You can’t really make a fig tree start producing fruits. “Making” something happen that isn’t natural requires human intervention. You can’t make the sun rise or set. It has its own schedule that it follows and it doesn’t care what you or I want. You can’t make a flower bloom either. It blooms when it’s good and ready and doesn’t care about our schedules. In the same way, you can’t “make” a fig tree produce fruit before its time. It has its own internal cycle of growth and that’s that. You can try all you want to “force” something that isn’t natural, but you’re not going to get anywhere.

If You Have A Fig Tree And Its Leaves Are Not Producing Any Figs, What Do You Do?

You ignore it while it’s not bearing any fruit and wait. Once the fig tree has new leaves, the leaves will produce new figs.

When Do Fig Leaves Start Producing Figs?

It could take as much as a year for the new leaves to start producing figs or it could take more than that. You just have to wait and see. All you can do is hope that the fig tree starts to produce again when it’s ready. Fig trees don’t all produce at the same time so you’ll just have to be patient and wait.

Why Does My Fig Tree Not Produce Any Figs?

It’s not unusual for a fig tree to go for years without producing any figs. The tree just isn’t ready to bear fruit. The tree might not have enough light or it might not have enough water. It could also be the case that you’re over-fertilizing your plant. If you’ve been giving it too much food, then it won’t produce any fruit because all of its energy is going towards growing more leaves and branches! Instead of fertilizer, you should just give it water and maybe some compost. Let nature take its course.

Caring For Fig Trees

How Do You Water A Fig Tree?

The easy way to water a fig tree is to give it a good soaking with a watering can or hose. Figs prefer “keep moist” conditions rather than “drowned” conditions, so don’t over-water your plant! You can also use a drip irrigation system.

How To Care For A Fig Tree In Winter?

In winter, fig trees slow down on their growing speed. They don’t need as much water during the winter as they do during the summer or spring. Water your plant only when the topsoil is dry and never let it stand in water. You can feed your tree with some balanced fertilizer in the late fall, but only do this once or twice a year. Remember, less is more when it comes to fertilizer.

How To Give My Fig Tree More Light?

If you’re growing your tree indoors, you might want to consider placing it in a south-facing window where it can get as much light as possible. You can also place a 60-watt bulb in a lamp and place the plant within 2 to 4 feet of the bulb.

When Should I Transplant My Fig Tree?

You should only transplant your fig tree if it’s in a pot that’s too small. Otherwise, the tree should be left in its original pot and the whole thing transplanted into the ground. Wait until there’s no more danger of frost at ground level. Dig a hole twice the width of the pot and as deep as the pot. Carefully take the tree out of its pot and place it in the centre of your hole. Carefully backfill the hole, tapping the sides of the hole to help settle the soil. Be sure to keep the planted fig at the same level it was before you transplanted it; don’t let the crown of the tree be buried or left exposed. Add topsoil and mulch around the tree. Water thoroughly.

How To Care For A Dwarf Fig Tree?

Dwarf fig trees don’t need to be staked, but they do need some help when it comes to pruning. Pruning encourages new growth and lots of healthy foliage. Wait until the tree is two years old before you start pruning it and then prune in the summer. Cut back the larger branches by 1/3 to 1/4. Make your cuts just above a “node” or thickenings in the branch.

How To Prune A Fig Tree?

You can prune fig trees any time of year as long as you cut above a node. Be cautious not to cut into old wood, which is wood that has already grown. If you do this, you’ll sacrifice new growth for the year. Look at the branches and find where a new shoot or bud is and cut back to that spot.

How To Start A Fig Tree From A Cutting?

Take a 4-6 inch shoot (or piece of cane) and cut it off just below a node or thickenings on the cane. Remove the leaves and stiff centre vein from the cutting. Place the cutting in some water for 10 days to 2 weeks until a pronounced “bud eye” appears. Then plant the cutting in moist, fertile soil. Cuttings will take 6-12 months to produce roots and new growth.

How To Start A Fig Tree From Seed?

With figs, the fresh seeds are the best to start, not the dried seeds. You have to get the seed out of the fruit, which can be a challenge in itself. The easiest way to do this is to score the skin of the fruit with a sharp knife and soak the fruit in warm water for 24 hours. The skin will become soft and you can just peel it off. Scoring the fleshy fruit can also help the seeds come out more easily. Place the seeded fruit in a sealed plastic bag and leave it in the refrigerator for 48 hours to soften the seeds. Then place the bag in a warm location (70 degrees F) for two weeks. The seeds should sprout, after which you can plant them.

How To Care For A Fig Tree?

Fig trees need lots of sun–at least 6 hours a day. They also need well-drained, porous soil with added nitrogen and organic matter. Fig trees don’t do well in cold weather, so if you live in a cold climate you may want to build a shelter over the tree or move it indoors for the winter. Make sure the tree doesn’t dry out but don’t try to keep it soggy either.

When Is The Best Time To Prune A Fig Tree?

Always prune trees early in the year–early spring or late fall. Cut back large limbs by a third to a half. For smaller trees, use your thumb as a guide–cut back no more than the length of your thumb. New shoots will grow in within a few weeks.

What Is The Best Way To Water My Fig Tree?

Water the tree whenever the soil feels dry about 6 inches down. Check daily during hot weather. Don’t let the tree dry out or let the soil get water-logged. If the soil is wet, you can remove the mulch and let the soil dry out a bit. Thoroughly soak the soil again when you reapply the mulch.

How Do You Get Your Fig Tree To Produce More?

Figs need cross-pollination with a similar type of fig tree that flowers at the same time. Plant another variety of fig tree nearby. You can also shake the tree gently to help with pollination. You can also hand pollinate by using a small paintbrush to transfer the pollen from the stamen to the stigma of the flower–just be careful not to get any bees angry in the process!

How Can You Control The Fig Trees’ Spread?

Prune the roots when repotting to control spread–just be sure to pot in a much larger container. Spread can also be discouraged by keeping the roots bound in their own shape with planting wires or by bending growing branches around a circular form. Alternatively, cut long roots shorter and bury them in the soil.

What Do You Feed A Fig Tree?

Figs need to be fertilized for best growth. Use an organic balanced fertilizer or an Azalea/Rhododendron food. You can also mix your own fertilizer with fish emulsion–one part fish emulsion and one part garden soil.

How Do You Transplant A Fig Tree?

Fig trees do not transplant well. Be prepared to lose a few limbs when you do it. It is better to plant new trees rather than moving an established one. If you do need to transplant, dig a wide circle around the root system and gently lift the tree roots out of the soil–avoid breaking or tearing any root. Place a board beside the hole that is the same diameter as the root ball and as deep. Gently place the tree into the hole and pack soil around the roots, just covering them. Fill in with more soil and surround with mulch. Water well and stake the tree until it is established.

Fig trees can be grown in large pots but they will not fruit unless they are at least 4-5 feet tall or taller.

What Are Some Common Problems Of Fig Trees?

Scale insects, aphids, and webworms can all infest fig trees. Pick off by hand or use insecticidal soap. Wilting leaves can indicate poor drainage. If the fig tree doesn’t recover, it may indicate that it is not suited to the climate. Pests such as slugs, snails, and earwigs love to eat young fig shoots. Try using a beer trap to deter them or use cardboard squares with edges buried around the tree–slugs and snails will hide under the cardboard at night and you can dispose of them in the morning.

My Figs Have No Flavor!

What Gives?

Your fig tree needs at least three or four seasons to properly produce any fruit. Usually the first ripe fruit will not have good flavor. The second year will be better and the third year the figs should taste great!

Do I Pick My Figs Green or Wait For Them To Ripen?

When the fig is yellow it has a better, more natural flavor. It’s skin might even turn a bit purple. Green figs are not quite ripe, but will ripen if left on the tree for a day or two. Pick green to save for later. Ripe figs that have turned brown should be eaten right away. Don’t waste these delicious morsels–they won’t last long on the tree!

What’s The Best Way To Store Fig Newtons?

Fig Newtons can easily become stale if not stored properly.

Sources & references used in this article:

Early domesticated fig in the Jordan Valley by ME Kislev, A Hartmann, O Bar-Yosef – Science, 2006 – science.sciencemag.org

Vicarious selection explains some paradoxes in dioecious fig—pollinator systems by A Grafen, HCJ Godfray – … of the Royal Society of London …, 1991 – royalsocietypublishing.org

Why do fig wasps actively pollinate monoecious figs? by E Jousselin, M Hossaert-McKey, EA Herre, F Kjellberg – Oecologia, 2003 – Springer

Why do fleshy-fruit plants of the mediterranean scrub intercept fall-but not spring-passage of seed-dispersing migratory birds? by CW Edgerton – 1911 – … of the Louisiana State University and …

Host sanctions and pollinator cheating in the fig tree–fig wasp mutualism by I Izhaki, UN Safriel – Oecologia, 1985 – Springer



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