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Old 04-18-2008, 02:21 PM
 
Location: When will Hell Freeze Phoenix, AZ
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I Live in Phoenix, AZ. I planted my Turkey Fig back in the spring of 2003 and we've had great (copious) amounts of figs until this year. Usually by now we have tons of figs slowely ripening. Not a one on the tree and no signs that any will show up, either. In Phoenix leaves start popping out in Feb 'cause it warms up earlier here. It is very healthy looking, lots of nice green leaves and lots of new growth. Just no figs. Is it time to fertilize? If so what do I use? Thanks!
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:35 PM
 
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Are you watering properly. Many problems exist from overwatering. What is your water schedule and how much water are you giving it? How about fertilization? Have you done that and what did you use? What do the leaves look like?
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:36 PM
 
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I'm trying to remember, but I think over-fertilizing reduces the amount of figs you will get. So don't fertilize yet.

Did you cut the tree back during the last year?

Otherwise, just be patient. Sometimes the figlets don't appear with the first flush of leaves. I suspect you'll get figs eventually.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:43 PM
 
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Phoenix soils have a low fertility rate, therefore a proper water and fertiliztion program is needed.
Here is a good site for answering all of your fig tree needs:
Home Garden Figs
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:50 PM
 
Location: When will Hell Freeze Phoenix, AZ
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I water 1-2x a week but we also have the runoff from the evap coolers running to it, too. The soil is never too damp around the tree. I don't think I've ever had a problem with over-watering anything here. The leaves are dark green, and there's several inches of new growth. I did trim it in December like I always do. It is now as big as the roof of the house.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:52 PM
 
Location: When will Hell Freeze Phoenix, AZ
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Oh, and the only type of fertilizer I've ever used is burying the innards of the fish/the fish skeletons and any pets that die in the house get buried around the tree. Haven't done anything with fertilizer in quite a while, tho, as far as commercial stuff...
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:37 PM
 
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Fish stuff is good. You can buy fish emulsion, low in nitrogen to fertilize. Any low nitrogen fertilizer is good. I would highly recommend NOT letting the run off from the swamp cooler to water your tree or any other plant. Evap cooler water is extremely high in salt content and that is very detrimental to your plants. it can burn off your feeder roots as they are trying to grow. The desert areas of Phoenix are already high in salt content and you don't want to compound this problem. Right now, on an established tree, you should be watering once every 7-10 days deeply. That means you need to slowly water your plant until water reaches at least a depth of 24 inches out at the drip line. Here's a rule of thumb secret; when you water, take a piece of re-bar at least 2 1/2 feet long and push it into the soil at the drip line. When you meet resistance that tells you how far down you've watered. So if it goes past the 2 foot mark you've overwatered, if it goes less then you need to increase your water time.
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:11 PM
 
Location: When will Hell Freeze Phoenix, AZ
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Fig update: I see the fig buds coming in now and hopefully will have some yummy figs later. Thanks all for your help!
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Old 04-22-2008, 02:25 PM
 
Location: California
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Studies have been conducted and confirm that a new strain of a new mitochondrial virus is among us and is affecting fruit tree's. The cause? The AID's virus has evolved and has spread into the plantae kingdom.
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