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2017 Breba Figlets

Some though not all varieties of fig trees, if protected from low sub-freezing temperatures over winter, can produce first crop (breba) figs on the previous year’s limbs. (The typically more numerous main crop will develop later on new limb growth and begin ripening a month or more after the brebas.) First crop breba figlets begin to appear before leaves bud out or with the earliest leaves, in late March or early and mid April here in growing zone 6b. Fig fruit takes about 3 months to grow and ripen once it appears on limbs, so first crop figs here ripen throughout July, sometimes beginning in late June. Some of this year’s breba figlets below, in the midst of development, as they appear now at the end of the second week of April:

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