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Figs are small and hard; what to do?

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Hello Jessica.

I am writing you in hopes that you can help me figure out why I am having trouble harvesting figs from my fig trees. I have three trees that are 4 years old and they are planted in direct all-day sun. They [the figs] get to about 1 inch, the size of a quarter, and then they turn rock hard. I haven't been able to eat any of the figs since I owned the trees. I cover them [the trees] every winter and do what I am supposed to, and I still have no luck. They get watered and fertilized plenty. I am an avid gardener and have never had a problems with my gardens except for these fig trees. I would appreciate any insight you can give me. I have read magazines and have used other various resources to help solve my problem but have found nothing. I would appreciate any help or advice you can give me. I hope you can help me. Thank you so much. -- John Cuda, St. James

Hi John: That's typical for newly planted figs (mine produced walnut-sized, hard fruit for two years before producing an edible crop). While four years is a little long (three is usual), I wouldn't worry just yet, as your tree might have been younger when planted. If you're sure sunlight isn't the issue, then just let them be for another year and see how they do.

Good luck!

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