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  • Fig Pollination and Ripening Time

    Curios if anyone else hand pollinating figs has noticed them ripening earlier than non-pollinated ones.

    I am making controlled crosses using the process described in this paper, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5126050/, which is very similar to the process Millennial Gardener describes in his YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNNtWwaFYCU

    What I have noticed is that the pollinated figs are ripening at least 1-2 weeks before other figs from the same branches of the same trees. The example below is from a relatively large potted Red Lebanese Bekaa Valley tree. So far I have only seen this on three of my earlier ripening trees, so not enough to draw a firm conclusion on, but was curious if others have observed anything similar.

    Once you have a persistent capri-fig tree, hand pollinating is actually not that hard, so if there was an advantage in ripening time I would hand pollinate more.

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