Fig trees

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nuria Courtin

Hello

We have 2 fig trees in large pots that need to go in the ground, they don't look happy..
My question is before we put them close to the house... do fig trees attract wasps and hornets? ( I am very allergic to them)

Tuesday 16 August 2011 07:14:48 am

miyo stevens

Hello, I find what I think are wasps on many things that flower. Just yesterday I saw some small wasp-bodied insects on the flowering mint. They are also pollinators. Figs don't have flowers (that I'm aware of)and I've not seen wasps around my figs. I have a hard time letting them ripen on the tree I love them so much. I think if I let them get really REALLY ripe on the tree to where they were oozing fig nectar the wasps would love it. But that's not happened here - even though I do sometimes wait until the fig will crack before I pick it.

Tuesday 16 August 2011 10:12:27 am

Linda Gilkeson

The delights of ripe figs are almost indescribable...but yes, when they are dead ripe on the tree they would attract some wasps. The skin is so soft that I often see wasps tearing little holes to get at the sweetness. Unfortunately, figs will not ripen off the tree so you do have wait until they are totally ripe before picking them. A good idea to have a non-allegic person do the picking if it is a year when there are lots of wasps (usually only every 4 or 5 years).
Happy eating!

Thursday 18 August 2011 05:01:17 pm