Fig tree

Cap'n Fishy

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Spotted what must surely be a fig tree (?), growing over the Water of Leith. Presumably it has self-seeded from a seed that came down the river? It's in a totally inaccessible spot, coming from the base of a high wall. It's got a good crop of fruit on it, though I'm not sure how you would go about harvesting them... need waders and a ladder to get at them...

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I was on the Water of Leith walkway when I took the photos, so it's not exactly hidden from public gaze! However, good luck to anyone who manages to pick them - they deserve them if they get them. 😜
 
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do they ripen up there Col? Ours stay pretty small and hard unless it has been a warm year (count this one out!)
 

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do they ripen up there Col? Ours stay pretty small and hard unless it has been a warm year (count this one out!)

I have no idea - first time I have found one growing in the wild here. They are a good size - as big or bigger than the ones in the shops.. I will keep an eye on them.

Nearby is a damson or bullace (not sure) tree that sometimes produces a good crop, but I have never managed to pick any for doing some gin...

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They fruit better if they have restricted roots and that certainly has, I have have some set in the open and some in containers and I get plenty of fruit.
Take care when pruning as the milky sap is an irritant.
 

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I knew a guy in Jersey who had a fig tree, he used to put small polythene bags on the fruit to help ripen them
 

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Keep an eye on it and get in first! Figs like lots of water, abundant sun, and a constrained rootball (or they just make foliage) so you're onto a winner there.

Aye, the only problem is that I think my abseiling days are behind me! 🥴
 

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