View Full Version : Figs - which ones don't need wasps?
08-12-2008, 12:32 PM
I saw a fascinating program on the life of a fig tree awhile ago. If I remember correctly, some figs require wasps in order to develop properly. In this case, the wasp goes inside the developing fig, lay eggs, and then gets dissolved by enzymes.
So...does anyone know which fig varieties do NOT require wasps?
08-12-2008, 12:46 PM
This would probably be easier for someone buying TREES rather than FRUIT to know, but grafted trees and trees that are self-fertilising and propagated by cuttings rather than male or female trees won't need the wasp. Celeste figs are a nice variety that doesn't require a wasp. Black mission and brown turkey are other varieties that aren't supposed to require a wasp, but I'm not 100% sure about that.
It's a teeny wasp anyway, not the big scary kind you don't want in your yard because it may sting you. But Calimyrna figs, which I really like because they are juicy and have seeds that are both soft and cruncy, always require the little wasps.
08-12-2008, 12:51 PM
Wasps! Figs! That's freaking brilliant! I love all the weirdness in nature. I love the way great white sharks look when they come up out of the water and open their mouth. It's like, that looks awesome! Nature is a freak
Google: Extreme Shark Petting
08-13-2008, 10:21 PM
Thanks for the tip!
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