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Should I remove half grown figs in winter?

My fig tree is still covered with half grown figs, should I remove them or leave them to fall off on their own. Had a good crop this year.

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Hi Amanda,

    Alas, the half-grown figs won't make it through the winter, so you might as well gently pick them off now, before they rot and drop.

    The ones you need to leave on the plant are the small, round, firm, bright green ones: these are the ones which are called "embryo figs" and which will develop into fruits next year. If they look like small hot-air balloons with ribs along their sides then they are the "second crop", as it were: in a hot climate they would continue to grow and ripen but here in the UK they are just a waste of the plant's resources.

    Hope this helps!

  2. Grower


    Thanks Rachel,
    I will try to get them off, they are the second crop as they average about 2 cm in size.

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