We now have 9 fig trees but only 1 that’s much of a producer. There are three in the orchard that I think are duds. They haven’t done much of anything.
We planted 4 new ones this year and I think at least three of them might be good producers. But there’s the one big one!
They all freeze back every year . . they seem dead. We wait for something to bud out and then we see little shoots coming from the roots so we cut back all the dead wood and start over from nothing.
Each year the above shown tree gets bigger and bigger before the first frost gets it. As of today, it’s about 10 – 12′ wide and probably 8 – 9′ tall and has produced more figs than ever before.
Yesterday I got 24 figs .. only made it in the house with 11 but Vince wasn’t coming home for lunch so I had figs for lunch . . fresh off the tree.
We share a few with the birds. The grasshoppers get a few. The chickens eat a lot of them.
There are literally hundreds of green figs that will not have the time to ripen before the first freeze gets them. Sad! They will turn brown, get hard and hang on to the branches. They will not fall off til probably March and sometimes when we cut the branches back, those hardened figs are still on there. Last year I began picking them off just because it reminded me of what could have been . . but never was, but there were so many, I gave up. I supposed instead of looking at it as what I could have had and didn’t get to have, I should look at the big strong branches and be happy for the figs we did get and even though the tree will have to be cut back almost to the ground, at least we’ll get wood for smoking our meats through the year.
We love our figs and I’m not sure if all 9 trees become good producers . . we still might gobble them all up and wish for more.