|The fig on the right is as large as a large pea, and is full-sized.|
|The pink lines represent individual flowers.|
(The common fig, Ficus carica, is one of the few that don't require pollination by a wasp. So there's no need to
worry about finding a baby wasp in your fig bar.)
The right species of wasp doesn't live in northern Indiana, so my veldt fig's seeds won't be viable. The same is true for the other wild figs I keep: Ficus salicaria (willow-leaf fig) and Ficus microcarpa 'Tigerbark' ('Tigerbark' banyan.) The willow-leaf's figs are about the same size as the veldt fig's, pure green, and flask-shaped. (None of mine are in fruit now.) I have yet to see fruit on any of my 'Tigerbark' figs, so am not sure how they will look.
This tree would be covered with fruit within a couple of weeks, were it not for the fact that I intend to interfere. The tree is due for repotting, and its roots are in active growth, which makes this a good time to carry out that operation. (A root can be seen, fuzzily, in the lower part of the picture, clambering over the wall of the pot.) When I repot, I will remove any fruit that are present, so that the tree's resources will be channeled into the root system's recovery.
But I thought it would be fun to post a picture of these figs, in the middle of winter. ☺