New life: Fig trees


Wednesday 08 April, 2015 by Uncle Spike

After looking at the state of the lemon trees, here’s some good and bad news regarding our fig trees. We have numerous wild green fig trees that grow around here in the hedgerows. Most produce small and hard fruit compared to the cultivated varieties – for example, our green figs are normally twice to three times the size.

Our black fig tree seems pretty healthy this year, and has already started to bear fruit, which will ripen in late summer, early autumn (much later than green figs). The bark looks a little blackened, but copper sulphate spraying last month will help it combat bark diseases and lichen. I love how the fruit and the new leaves appear at the same time on a fig tree (see the new fruit near my little finger)…






However, for our best green fig tree, it’s been a different story. It didn’t fruit that well last summer, but there again, many didn’t around here – just down to climatic variations last season. During winter, the fig trees are bare and look pretty much dead – however this one actually was. Once I dug it out, I found the roots had rotted, so it probably died some two years ago, and just lingered on since then.




The joints may have also been wet and the freeze split the bark in numerous places.






Almost all the branches were brittle and dry – this tree was very much dead.




No worries, I removed the tree and added it to the pile for next winter’s firewood, and in went a replacement. They are notoriously quick growers, and so I will be expecting the first fruit next year.

By the way, the dead tree was only six years old, and from a much smaller sapling than I just planted- that’s how fast they grow!




7 thoughts on “New life: Fig trees

  1. Colin Huggins says:

    Ah “Spikey Mate”, I must have been derelict not reading about your lemon grove of trees.
    Had a laugh at one thinking lemons are more or less restricted to one area.
    Of all trees I reckon the citrus species are the hardiest. Here you can find them growing up in the tropical north, in the outback (desert like conditions), up in the snowy mountains region and way down on the southern island state of Tasmania.
    My grandparents would say: “Anyone with a garden who doesn’t have a lemon or orange tree is a “nut case” !!! ha ha.

    Figs!! Well I can’t recall having had anything to do with fig trees. There are a couple of them up my suburban Brisbane street in a yard of a home of people of Italian heritage. I believe that all people along the Mediterranean sea are fig lovers and I could be wrong – Wasn’t the original laurel of ancient Olympic Greece, made of the fig or olive tree???

    Now grab a drink – horror of horrors – I don’t like figs!!! So you can cross me off your list
    of potential fig thievery – ha ha.

    I can see far better what you mean from last nights “fire” replies, that undergrowth green as it is now, when dried out, could be truely called a fire bomb! No wonder you have your “Jandarmas” and ever vigilant farmers.

    Nice and sunny here after all our bloody rain. Also the temperatures have dropped – not to your extremes of course – but down to 20 Celsius at night. For your amusement – that is what I call COLD! ha ha.

    Aussie Col
    PS: You do have my e-mail address ex- from Linda B ( Colorado) ????


  2. Gorgeous greenery .. and yes they do grow quickly. 🙂

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  3. dayphoto says:

    Well, that was interesting…they are fast growers and producers. Now I am wondering if I could die and linger on for a few more years…if so would I be a ghost or me but only dead. 🙂



  4. sozsatire says:

    You think you have problems Spike. Our fig tree is still only about a metre high after 6 years, and thus far, has yielded one solitary fig that had to picked using a powerful magnifying glass.
    Maybe our London climate just isn’t conducive to growing exotic fruit 🙂
    Had a decent crop of raspberries mind!

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