Barren Fig Tree

by Bonita
(Valdosta, GA)

I have a fig tree in my yard that does not bear fruit. I've been living in this house for 3 years and during that time I have never seen fruit on this tree. I know it's a fig because of the leaves.

Why doesn't it make figs? Does it need another tree to pollinate it?


Most of the edible figs do not need cross pollination. The Smyrna fig needs to be pollinated by caprifigs but these only grow in hot, dry climates so I don't think that's the type of fig you have.

This is most likely a fertilizer problem. I have grown figs in pots that would not bear until I sprinkled the soil with a little horticultural lime.

Figs like a soil that is slightly alkaline. Try sprinkling some lime around the tree and watering it in. You can do this at any time of year.

If you haven't been feeding this fig tree since you've been living in this property, it might be a good idea to fertilize it in the spring. Use a fertilizer with a high middle number since you are trying to induce fruiting.

The following articles may be helpful.

Fig Tree Care

Pruning Fig Trees

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