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Q.My Fig Tree Transplanted From Small Seedling Growing Out of Brick Garden Wall

Gail added on January 31, 2011 | Answered

This seedling was transplanted into the ground approximately 1 1/2 years ago. It’s about 6 feet high, has not bore any fruit, and  the leaves look exactly the same as my fig trees that I propagated from a fruit bearing tree from nearby. Could I have a seedling produced from bird dropping seeds of fruit it has eaten? My other propagated fig which I have put in the ground seems to be producing fruit and it is only about 30 cm high and hasn’t been in the ground very long. Could someone tell me if the one that is not bearing fruit is ever going to or not? If not, I will pull it out and plant the other propagated one there.

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Answered on February 1, 2011

Commonly fruit trees that grow from seeds take much longer to reach fruiting maturity than trees grown from cuttings. It is entirely possible that what you described happened and this tree is "volunteer" fig tree that grew from seed.

Fig trees from seed can take up to 6 years before they bear fruit (ones from cuttings normally take 2-3 years before fruiting).

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