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Mature fig tree that doesn't fruit. Can anyone help?

Hi, I have a fig tree, in a large container. I have had this plant for many years: and it produces beautiful shiny green leaves which I love. But no fruit? Has anyone any ideas for me?

Comments (4)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Hi Pat - Containing roots in a pot is said to encourage fruiting. So it shouldn't be that.

    More likely, it's the potting compost you used. If the nitrogen content is high then it will be putting all its energy into growing - hence the shiny leaves. You can reduce the nitrogen levels in the pot by adding mulch, which will help draw the nitrogen out.

    Or it may be lack of pollination. Figs tend to fruit better if you have two or more to cross pollinate.

    That apart a position with as much sun as possible and consistent moisture (not getting too dry or too wet) will help bring on the fruit.

  2. Grower

    Pat Oliver

    thanks Jeremy, it may make sense about the cross pollination: as there are no other gardens by me with a fig tree. I will also add a much, and will let you know how I get on. Thanks for the advice Pat

  3. Grower

    Lynn Mann

    maybe moving to a larger container as well.

  4. Grower

    Susan Perry

    I find a follicular feed produces more fruit !

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