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I have a Brown Turkey Fig which I planted in a sheltered south facing house wall. It gave me numerous figs last year and I also have a crop of numerous small figs which I presume would have grown fully had we had a more tropical climate. What do I do with these small figs as I presume they will not grow any larger and will they be detrimental to my next crop in the summer?
Denise a second crop usually develop in late summer so leave these figs intact - any that survive the winter will ripen this year.
How small are the figs currently on your tree Denise?
At the end of the summer I remove any unripe figs that are bigger than my little fingernail - these will not ripen.
Small pea-sized figs will overwinter and ripen the following summer
Denise..........I have heard varying ideas on whether to remove the small figs or not.
When I had them in southern Europe, it wasn't a problem but someone told me recently that their neighbour (in Yorkshire I think ) consistently removed all the small ones in Autumn and enjoyed a good crop. Be interesting to know if anyone has any experiences on this subject as my present tree, which I had to drastically prune last year, is the first I have grown in the UK.
As to bird predation I agree with Verdun......they don't take the whole fruit but just peck away at any fruit which is part ripe. Our local starlings seem to have worked out a rota to cover every Fig tree in the village