Brown Turkey Figs Not Ripening

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Q: We planted a Brown Turkey fig two years ago. The first season it had four rudimentary fruit. There are lots of green figs this year but they do not seem to be ripening for us. We’re hungry! Any advice? 

A: My friend Rob waited and waited and eventually his figs ripened …because he had a Black Mission fig, not the Brown Turkey he thought he’d purchased. Are the figs growing near the tip of branches? This indicates that they should be ripe now and are not those from early spring’s breba figs. It wouldn’t be uncommon for ripening to be weird on young plants. It takes a while for the ripening hormones and energy storage process to become integrated.

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