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Post by DiCasS » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:36 pm

I've got a bumper crop of figs this year - well 3 in all :lol: They seem to be at a standstill, not changing colour, size and still hard and green. When should I be picking these? Is there a right time? I'm quite excited at the thought of eating my home grown figs, just wish they would ripen.

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Re: Figs

Post by Conifers » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:46 pm

Doubt that they will ripen now, they need much more summer heat than Britain gives, other than in really exceptionally long, hot summers.


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Re: Figs

Post by Springy » Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:55 pm

Hi Di!
I've got two that I've been waiting to ripen too. Still green so I'll be interested to know when to pick them. There is loads of smaller ones from this year though! icon_cheers


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Re: Figs

Post by DiCasS » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:10 pm

I noticed the small ones starting to grow on mine as well. This is the first time I've had 'proper' figs on it and was hopeful of juicy fruit this year.

Conifers, can't they be picked and put somewhere to ripen, say like green tomatoes???

I remember, we were on holiday, walking up from the beach, and there was a fig tree, absolutely laden with fruit. We used to pick these on the way back to the hotel, the taste was absolutely superb. I don't expect them to taste like that here (if they ever ripen) but thought they might be nice.

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Re: Figs

Post by Springy » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:22 pm

Have you squeezed them to see if they are soft Di?? My plant is about 6ft away from the lawn so I don't want to damage plants by walking through my border to check mine unless I can be sure that they are ripe.
A friend of mine had some on his plant last year. They looked minging but actually tasted really nice!


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Re: Figs

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:25 pm

Conifers wrote:Doubt that they will ripen now, they need much more summer heat than Britain gives, other than in really exceptionally long, hot summers.

I got loads of ripe figs each year from my ex-fig tree. Probably 20-40 fruit per year.


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Post by DiCasS » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:29 pm

Just posted and it's gone :shock:

I'll check tomorrow Springy, but last time I felt they were still quite hard. Not so long back either, just days.

Kris, when were yours ripe? I thought I was doing well with my three :lol:

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Re: Figs

Post by Springy » Wed Aug 14, 2013 8:32 pm

Springy wrote:Have you squeezed them to see if they are soft Di?? My plant is about 6ft away from the lawn so I don't want to damage plants by walking through my border to check mine unless I can be sure that they are ripe.
A friend of mine had some on his plant last year. They looked minging but actually tasted really nice!
Oooops! Just re-read and saw that yours are still hard Di! :oops:


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Re: Figs

Post by DiCasS » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:29 pm

Had a squeeze of the figs today, not as hard as I thought they were, but definitely not ready to eat yet. Still hoping :D

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Re: Figs

Post by charliepridham » Thu Aug 15, 2013 9:40 pm

If its Brown Turkey 2-3rd week of September is normal down here but with your hotter summers maybe sooner, its quite obvious when they are ripe
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Post by Kristen » Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:55 am

Yorkshire Kris wrote:
Conifers wrote:Doubt that they will ripen now, they need much more summer heat than Britain gives, other than in really exceptionally long, hot summers.
I got loads of ripe figs each year from my ex-fig tree. Probably 20-40 fruit per year.
Me too. Mine is planted against a South-facing wall though, which is probably necessary in the UK. (Roots are usually constrained too). And old stockings over them to stop the Wasps eating them ...
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Re: Figs

Post by ourarka » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:45 am

Don't pick yet - figs don't ripen off the tree. They will ripen over the next few weeks. We have a Brown Turkey and even last year we had loads of ripe figs inflate Aug and early Sept so this summer will definitely provide some. They are ripe once soft to the squeeze, or often have a little bead of nectar forming at the end. Be patient and enjoy - they are about my favourite home grown fruit!


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Re: Figs

Post by GaryW » Fri Aug 16, 2013 6:55 am

With Brown Turkey they're not ripe until they're brown :D


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Re: Figs

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:03 am

DiCasS wrote:Just posted and it's gone :shock:

I'll check tomorrow Springy, but last time I felt they were still quite hard. Not so long back either, just days.

Kris, when were yours ripe? I thought I was doing well with my three :lol:

Di

From about late August I think? I don't really like figs so let the neighbours take them. Often they were over ripe by the time I noticed them.


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Re: Figs

Post by otorongo » Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:09 pm

The fig trees around here are loaded with fruit. I was visiting a friend in the countryside in April and her tree had lots of small, unripe figs.

No idea when they're supposed to ripen, but from what others have said they do ripen in the UK, or the warmer parts of it anyway.


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