Leathery Fig Fruit (Dry)
The past two years my Brown Turkey fig has produced plenty of fruit. It stays on the branch and ripens. However, the fruit is dry. No moisture inside. The tree is in a container, but I believe that the roots have grown through the bottom and are now in the ground. It sits on the groung in the yard. In the past the tree provided wonderful fruit. I realize I probably need to get it in the ground, but due to being an older lady, I've not been able to dig the hole, or have anyone dig for me. Is there anything I can do to salvage my crop this year? It is loaded, and I would certainly like to have them ripen and be good.
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I don't think the fact that it is a container is the issue, so that does not need to change.
Dried fruit on the tree is normally caused by disease, which is introduced by the Dried Fruit Beetle. They crawl up into the fruit and bring disease. They can overwinter in the ground, which is why you have had this problem for many years. This article will help: