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Fruit on ficus microcarpa

PostPosted: October 7th, 2017, 12:03 pm
by billyc89
Trimming back a few of my figs today and found a few little fruit. I always thought they never set fruit in a pot... Has anyone else's set fruit before? I don't think it's due to stress as it is immensely healthy. I never had any fruit on mine in when I lived in qld and find it odd that one would set fruit this far south (Hobart, TAS). By the way, it is a 3 year old cutting grown plant.
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Re: Fruit on ficus microcarpa

PostPosted: October 7th, 2017, 12:14 pm
by rodm
Hi billy,
Had the same last year on a willow leaf fig. Thought it was a problem; experts said it is a good sign meaning the plant was healthy. Hope yours is to ;)
Cheers RodM

Re: Fruit on ficus microcarpa

PostPosted: October 7th, 2017, 1:40 pm
by billyc89
rodm wrote:Hi billy,
Had the same last year on a willow leaf fig. Thought it was a problem; experts said it is a good sign meaning the plant was healthy. Hope yours is to ;)
Cheers RodM


Thanks for the info Rod! Just thought it was weird as I swear in one of my books it says ficus bonsai never fruit.
Cheers


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Re: Fruit on ficus microcarpa

PostPosted: October 7th, 2017, 2:51 pm
by melbrackstone
They fruit if they're happy and healthy! Well done!

Hobart!!! :hooray:

Re: Fruit on ficus microcarpa

PostPosted: October 7th, 2017, 2:51 pm
by dennismc
Hi Billy

It is not all that unusual for bonsai figs to fruit. The native fig, the sandpiper fig can fruit at least twice a year in a bonsai pot.

I did notice that in the pictures there appears to be aphids on the tree. This does need treatment.

Dennis Mc

Re: Fruit on ficus microcarpa

PostPosted: October 7th, 2017, 3:58 pm
by billyc89
dennismc wrote:Hi Billy

It is not all that unusual for bonsai figs to fruit. The native fig, the sandpiper fig can fruit at least twice a year in a bonsai pot.

I did notice that in the pictures there appears to be aphids on the tree. This does need treatment.

Dennis Mc


Thanks for the info Dennis, yes aphids - as well as broad mites and scale are a constant problem as I have to keep them in a glasshouse at my work to keep them happy. Stock quite often comes in infested. So much so that everything gets sprayed once a month with a strong systemic insecticide!!
Billy


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