A relocating friend gave me their weak looking potted fig shrub tree in July. I planted it in semi shade as the weather was very hot - but in our yard it is absolutely thriving - seems very happy and has become nearly 4'X 4'. But it has borne no flowers or fruit till now. A neighbor of mine planted a tiny fig tree in July and it has about twenty fruits on it! I have an organic garden that is very well frequented by bees, birds and butterflies. I did put fruit fertilizer once a month. Please help. Pictures enter image description here
If it is only 4' in a season it may still be growing roots from the transplant shock. Figs are very vigorous growers ( in East TX) and require chain saw type pruning every year. I do not fertilize it directly but there are plantings 12 ft away that get some fertilizer. They need water in hot, dry weather. Is it possibly not a fig ?
Figs require 3 to 4 years to produce a crop after planting so don't trash it next year! LSU Purple is a rare exception.
If in full six hours direct sun, planted properly so crown not buried & up slightly (like on a pitchers mound to ensure good drainage), well watered the 1st year, fertilized by Feb or March, 4 inch layer of mulch out to the root canopy to protect its shallow roots & you'll get your figs in 2-3 years!
They fruit on new wood produced the previous year so be careful pruning.
If it was pot bound, did you loosen up the roots? And, dig hole 2-3 x's wider?
Top dress with compost to give it a boost.