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Question: I have a fig tree that had only three trunks- they had to be cut sown 3yrs ago. spaplings are growning from the stump- I would like to eventually have a tree again that bears fruit.
Last year I tried to keep all but 5 of the sapling cut and they grew decently and in the fall I trimmed the 5 branches downd to about 5 feet. This spring they are dead and I have lots of new saplings this year. What did I do wrong and how can I get fruit?

Answer: I think if you continue your practice, the roots will eventually be able to store enough energy to not only grow stems, but branches and fruit, too. Fig trees die down to ground level in many areas of the U.S., but they always grow new stems and nearly always produce fruit. Continue to choose just 2-3 of the strongest looking sprouts and cut away the rest. In the fall you can try covering them with burlap, a layer of straw, and then another layer of burlap. This may protect them enough during the winter to keep from freezing all the way down to ground level. If so, you will have a head start on next year's growth. Hope so!

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