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    I only got one ripe Peters Honey this year but a lot left on the tree
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    Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana
    Buffalo WV Z6

  • #2
    At least you got 1

    I heard some folks say that they still got ripe fruit after the leaves dropped. Maybe that will be the case for you as well.
    Kevin (Eastern MA - Zone 5b/6a)

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    • #3
      I, like Kevin got nada. Have to close to a hundred on the tree, but no go.We got to figure out a way to give this one a head start next year.
      Last edited by DaveL; 10-29-2015, 02:59 PM.
      Dave- Waterford, Ct. Zone 6a

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      • #4
        I wonder if they might ripen quicker if half of the youngest fruit was removed.

        I had thought Peters honey was a fairly early ripener. Mgginva's lists have it ripening mid to late August in 7a.

        Will you guys be disposing of those fruits or will you try to make some sort of preserve out of them?
        Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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      • #5
        I read that Peter's Honey needs more heat than some other varieties. It might help to have reflected heat, or grow it in a pot so that it can finish ripening indoors. Best of luck to you.

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        • #6
          Congrats.

          IMO, pruning to remove younger figs (that will not ripen) earlier in the season or reducing/pruning the quantity of "fruiting branches" would help ripen more figs on the tree while also utilizing the 30 - 60 - 90 days fig ripening rule of thumb, http://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-ho...-ripening-figs . Good Luck.
          Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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          • #7
            I have my PH in a large container, here in zone 9. It ripened brebas in July/August, and they had red interior. I thought it must've been mis-labeled, or was a Peter's Strawberry. Then in September, main crop started ripening and they were totally honey colored interiors. Still eating them, they continue to ripen, even though we've started getting cooler nights. A very good fig, and ripens over a very long period here.
            Gary USDA 9A
            Sebastopol, CA

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            • #8
              My Pete's Honey was loaded with figs on the end of the branches and I took about half of them off. Most of the ones that were left ripened. It went from pot to ground last Tuesday, still has a few fruit on it.

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              Mara, Southern California,
              Climate Zone: 1990=9b 2012= 10a 2020=?

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              • #9
                Growcrazie, how old is your tree and how long has it been in the ground? Also, did it start making figs late? It may just still be figuring out the timing of it all.
                I would do as Pete suggested though and thin it some in the futre, both fruits per branch and branch numbers. All spindly smaller branches gotta go, maybe limit it to 5 well placed evenly distributed main braches. All the figs that come after the first flush, I would remove next year. Maybe after a couple more years in the ground it will get the timing down and you won't have the thin out as many figs. Looking at your picture it seems like most of those figs are nowhere near the swelling stage, maybe you are feeding it a little more than it needs..sometimes growth can delay ripening.
                Herman has some good advice on F4F about what he does to limit growth and fruit load to help production of ripe crop for his in-ground trees. I believe he is in the same zone as you.
                Calvin, Wish list is to finish working on the new house, someday.
                Bored? Grab a rake, paint roller, or a cordless drill and come over!

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                • #10
                  it has been in the ground about 3 years and I have never fed it. It did start growing late, last year it was the only in ground fig I got fruit from. I need to learn how to prune to increase production. Thanks for the advice and I will look for Hermans post.
                  Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana
                  Buffalo WV Z6

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