Fig Trees

I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and have several fig trees. They come back every year but do not produce any figs until late, late summer and these figs hardly ever mature before it gets too cold. They usually take a long time in the spring before new leaves come out, unless I really do a hard pruning. Then they sprout new leaves and sometimes figs, but then of course the tree is never really large. Is there something I should be doing so that I can get figs and a nice-sized tree?
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

If you are pruning in spring, you are cutting off the new growth needed to produce that first crop in June. Then the tree struggles to catch up, is too small and produces too late in the season. If you must prune, do it in the winter when the tree is dormant. Most fig trees only need light to moderate pruning. Make sure you are using a balanced fertilizer and not one that is too high in nitrogen, which would produce more leaves than fruit.--Stephanie Hainsfurther, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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When do you pick the figs?
Submitted by rwrsitch3