Posted: 07/09/2012 at 18:32
Plumstone, I think you inadvertantly gave incorrect advice in your post. The figs that will develop and ripen spend the winter as embryo figs no bigger than a tiny pea in the leaf axils at the top of the branches. If you rub them out as you advise you will not get any figs the next year.
The figs that should be removed from the tree in autumn are those that develop in the spring/early summer, which have not had time to grow to maturity in this country, outdoors, where they are really on the edge of their range. They will have the typical fig shape but they are small.