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How do I get better figs?

 
Honor Marie
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Location: San Francisco area, USDA zone 9
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My fig tree produces from June until November. The early summer figs are watery and start rotting the second they reach full ripeness. The late fall figs are sweet, better color, better in every way.

Is this a known phenomenon? Is there anything to do to make it better? I'm thinking of picking most of the baby figs in the spring and throwing them away to see if that will help.

I don't know the variety of fig, but they are giant and green outside, light pink inside. The tree throws off hundreds of figs each season. There is way more insect pressure in the early summer than the fall. Fall is still hot here, but with occasional cold days and nights.
 
William James
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Location: Northern Italy
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The same thing happens to my figs here.

My logic is this (i have no idea if I'm right):
Figs originate in the middle east and western asia. What are the chances that in those areas they go through two cycles of fruiting?

Where you are and where I am, the warm weather doesn't last long enough for the two cycles to bear good fruit, so the first cycle is lame.

William
 
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