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Q.will a male fig tree ever produce edible fruit?

Zone 93611 | Anonymous added on July 12, 2020 | Answered

Desperately needing help!! I believe I have a male fig tree. for the last three years it produces fruit…large….plump….and then they just fall. they are super dry inside. before they fall off tree even. i have watered it…fertilized it….sang to it (JK). it saddens me because that is one of the reason why we purchased the house. i am desperately just wanting to confirm that it is indeed a male that will NEVER produce edible fruit so that i may cut it down. It’s beautiful and the base of the tree is over 24″ in diameter. But when it drops all the fruit, i have about a month long dirty huge ugly messy mess. then a mass amount of leaves that just fall. its a very large tree. i do get tree rats and again wish to just get rid of it…..if i can confirm that it is indeed a male. thank you.

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Answered on July 13, 2020

I'm afraid that is an older variety and a fully female fig. Most of the modern figs are self fertile and contain both flowers. You can obtain fruit if you plant another tree. As long as you have the pollinator wasps in your area, you can get fruit set from both trees, once you find another that is a little more "modern" and domesticated.

This article will help you with fig care: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/how-to-grow-figs.htm

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