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  • Preto ripening question

    I have a Figo Preto that was rooted last year, it struggled badly and grew poorly and woke up weeks after the rest of my plants this spring. It is growing nicely this year, and just popped out 3 tiny figlets. Is there any chance of these (or one of them) ripening before the winter? I have read that Preto takes 100-120 days to ripen- that takes me to end Oct-early Nov. I could do the fig shuffle with it since the first frost is usually mid Oct. I'm kinda doubtful but had hoped to be able to try it this year. Probably it would be smarter to take them off and optimize growing this year, hope for a sooner start next year.

    Pic of the little figlets:
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    Ed
    SW PA zone 6a

  • #2
    If it were me I would take some or all off. You could leave one on and hope for a long, warm Fall.
    Steve
    D-i-c-k-e-r-s-o-n, MD; zone 7a
    WL: Nantes Maroc

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    • #3
      As Steve said, you might leave one on, but it's kind of late for Preto to ripen in time. Attached is a pic from 6-28-14. I left 4 on, and they ripened from mid-October to end of October. I did shuffle.
      For your sake, I REALLY hope you get one to ripen. It is a gem.
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      Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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      • #4
        Thanks guys!
        I'll do the smart thing and rub them off.
        Ed
        SW PA zone 6a

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        • #5
          I have done the same thing with several of mine. My season is to short to ripen anything that forms after July 1 so they all get removed. It's disappointing but there is always next year. Are you able to start wakening the Preto up early next year, possible avoid this issue? Sun room, heated greenhouse?
          Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

          “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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          • #6
            The Preto woke up abnormally late, 5 weeks after my first figs started leafing out - it was a runt that rooted late, grew poorly and looked sick all year. After it finally woke up, I up-potted it and it is growing almost as well as the others this season. The figlets have been eliminated, plan to up-pot it again into a 5g SIP later this month, and hope for the best next season. It is one of only 3 varieties out of the almost 40 2nd year plants I have that will not give me figs this year (others are Raspberry Latte and St Anthony), so I will be patient with it.

            I wish I had a greenhouse or a good sun room. I will have to do the fig shuffle with these again next year to get an early start, like I did with the rest this season.
            Ed
            SW PA zone 6a

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            • #7
              I do the garage shuffle as well, I'm looking forward to the day I get a green house.
              Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

              “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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