Q. For the first time in the five years it has been planted our fig has some green fruit on it. I usually prune it about now, but I hate to remove that fruit. What is your advice concerning pruning and fertilizing?

A. My advice is to quit pruning your fig, especially in the fall. Figs bloom and set fruit early in the growing season. It sounds like you have been eliminating the fruit before it has a chance to be set. Stop pruning and fertilizing for several years so the plant can produce some figs. The fruit you see now (late summer and fall) is often set on Brown Turkey but rarely ripen. 

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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