However, any kind of stress slows ripening. If the plants are excessively vigorous, stop fertilizing them. Pick them with the stem still attached. Eaten fresh or dried, they are an ideal food source for increasing energy, strengthening immunity and aiding the digestive system. Make sure your tree has adequate water, as drought delays ripening. By taste, ripe figs are sweet with a … Warmer zones may see more than one crop in a season. It depends on what zone you are in. ketchup or location in the state, altitude and varieties planted greatly affect the dates, Harlean,I can't tell you "when" exactly that you'll have ripe figs, but I can tell you what to look for so you'll know when they are ready. Editing a comment. Once a fig tree begins to ripen figs each season, it will continue to ripen figs for 2 or 3 weeks or 2 or 3 months depending upon the cultivar and growing conditions. For eating fresh, pick figs as soon as they ripen. Dark green leaves become yellow in autumn, when persimmon fruit … Figs are popular fruits that are eaten fresh or dried, and included in baked goods and preserves. Fig trees will usually produce a full crop of figs within a month's time once the first figs start to ripen. Fertilize with a food such as Espoma Citrus-tone (5-2-6) in late winter and early spring. Wait until the figs are ripe to harvest. dark green = available;      light Thorntorn commented. May. They have the best flavor then. 02-01-2019, 02:44 PM. Only a select few species can grow in places whose temperatures drop below 40 °F (4 °C). Planting Figs In The Knoxville TN Area. Unripe figs can be rubbery, dry, and lack sweetness. hi ascpete ok now i understand thank you! This fig variety is heavily favored throughout the southern states and is also grown in California and Hawaii as well as Europe. And many other kinds, too. This Tennessee Mountain fig fruiting at TyTy Nursery withstood the heavy frost and freeze in Georgia on the morning of November 8, 2007.