stephen lowe wrote:I'm not an expert but the figs in the pictures look immature to me. How easy were they to harvest? What is the texture like? In my limited experience the figs need to be almost falling off the tree before they are all they are cracked up to be
Ken W Wilson wrote:Some kinds of figs need to be pollinated by a specific kind of fig wasp. If you aren’t in a traditional fig growing area, you might not have them. Not sure if an unpollinated fig can develop that far. My Hardy Chicago doesn’t need a pollinator.
Is this the first year?
There are some species of fig trees that aren’t usually grown for the fruit because it’s very poor quality.
Marco Banks wrote:Obviously, that fig is being pollinated, otherwise you wouldn't have such a nice big lovely looking fruit. That's not the problem. The tree itself looks really healthy and lush. My guess is that you got a bummer plant from the store.
I've got 3 figs and they all do well. We live in the same region.
If you chop it down and start over, I'd go with the variety: Improved Brown Turkey. It grows well in our area, it fruits generously, and it tastes wonderful. If you want that real "figgy" tasting fig, the classic Black Mission Fig is the one to get. If you want something sweet, Kadota is a good variety -- almost like honey, it's so sweet. Personally, I don't like figs that are cloyingly sweet. Brown Turkey meets somewhere in the middle --- not too sweet, and not too figgy. It's a great fig to eat fresh, to dry, or to cook with.
Figs are cheap. And they are super easy to propagate, if you want to get a cutting from someone. So if you don't want to buy one from a nursery, you can grow one yourself. My advise: buy one from Armstrongs. If it's bad, they'll take it back.
Best of luck.