Fig Tree

I Believe I Have a Caprifig

Rosebud added on June 9, 2015 | Answered

I believe I have a caprifig, based on your article. If I plant a female fig near the male fig (caprifig), will the fruit on the caprifig become edible? I read your article on why my ripe figs may be dry inside, and I believe I have a caprifig! My local tree farm says that the fig trees around here (?) are self-pollinating. Based on your advice, I wanted to buy a female fig to place near the caprifig, but they know of no such thing. I have another fig tree on my property, far away from the caprifig, and it is a Mission fig that produces excellent fruit. In advance of next season, can I simply place some rooted cuttings of that tree near the caprifig or what? THANK YOU SO MUCH for your help and advice!!

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Answered on June 9, 2015

A Caprifig would not bear fruit, they only have the flowers.
So if your tree is bearing figs, it would be another variety.
I do agree with what you found from your local nursery, that you most likely have a fig tree that was sold for home gardens.
So most likely self pollinating.
You can propagate fig trees but it would need to be flowering to provide the adequate cross polination.
This would take some time.
Here are a few more articles to read!
I love when we as gardeners, grab hold of a particular interest!

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