Most of my in-ground figs don't have any fruit set this year. I'll try pinching next year. The Gris de St Jean (featured in another thread where I described the two figs that I ripened in a 1 gal pot in a window in Jan), is now planted, but decided to set quite a few. Regrettably, it just formed them in the last few weeks, so not much chance they can ripen outside.
I decided to see if I could air-layer it with a decent sized bottle. Then, by the time it starts to get cold, maybe it will have enough roots that I can snip it off and move it into a pot to ripen a few more.
Has anyone here had success with something like this? I think I remember @Drew51 doing something like this, but I don't remember if he got the figs to ripen.
I cut off a couple figs and leaves to make room for the bottle. I also cut a bit of skin off (maybe 1.5" x 0.3") and put a bit of rooting hormone on it and the cut leave/fig stem.
I don't think you can really see it in the pic, but there is a cloths pin under the bottle holding it up.
After this pic, I added a bamboo support post, just so the dirt filled bottle doesn't get too heavy for the plant.