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LSilva

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Purchased a melanzana fig tree about 2 years ago. Tree grows nicely its strong and tall.
But every year it drops all its figs.
This year I brought it out of garage as always after frost danger is over. I now have 2 figs in it already about 1.5 to 2 inches,

Is this tree worth keeping or should I cut it and save the root and graft other types on it?
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It would help to know the source of your Melanzana fig tree. This would then answer your question about figs dropping. Until we hear from you, don't discard your tree just yet.
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It was purchased from a local fig guy, he grows and sells tons of different figs varieties. Spoke with him last year and he had same problem with melanzana last year but wasn't sure why.
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I had one that originated from Bill's it produced few brebas and dropped all the main crop , I couldn't get a bigger crop of brebas so I composted it.
There are other different Melanzana and they are productive . I have other varieties that originated from Bill's and they are all great,
I would call the person that you received the fig from he may have a suggestion

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LSilva

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Mario. That's where mine came from too, I did speak with him last year,
So would the tree be good to graft other varieties on it? Or should I cut my losses and burn the whole thing
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I had a melanzana from Bill too. It dropped all the figs for a few seasons and was trashed.
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Thank you all for your input. I asked about the source of your Melanzana and for good suspicion. Mine also originated from Bill's Figs. In one or two seasons it produced some of the most beautiful, best tasting brebas but I had to give it up because the brebas were few and it dropped the main crop. I had a forum member get angry at me because he was so infatuated with the photo of this fig and wanted an air layer. He could not understand why I discarded it. Here is a post of the photos from that tree. Don't get me wrong, it was a highly productive tree but all of those figs ended up on the ground. Bill is an awesome guy. It just seems to be this particular variety that did not do well for me.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/melanzana-breba-6967460?highlight=melanzana&pid=1288060809
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Nothing bad to say about Bill he is a good guy I'm still doing business with him

I think I'll save the root/trunk and try grafting different figs on it. Maybe a frankenfig tree.

It'll be my mad scientist project
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Thank you all for your input. I asked about the source of your Melanzana and for good suspicion. Mine also originated from Bill's Figs. In one or two seasons it produced some of the most beautiful, best tasting brebas but I had to give it up because the brebas were few and it dropped the main crop. I had a forum member get angry at me because he was so infatuated with the photo of this fig and wanted an air layer. He could not understand why I discarded it. Here is a post of the photos from that tree. Don't get me wrong, it was a highly productive tree but all of those figs ended up on the ground. Bill is an awesome guy. It just seems to be this particular variety that did not do well for me.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/melanzana-breba-6967460?highlight=melanzana&pid=1288060809

If a fig needs pollen to ripen....... how big does the fig get before its able to get pollenation ? Some figs drop when they ate still very small.

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Mine all.dropped while still very tiny. Looked like dry cork inside when I cut one open.
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Where are you growing it? Is it possible the main crop needs the wasp?
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I'm in NJ. And yes I considered the wasp. As some melanzanas are self fertile others are not.
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