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Question: the tree is three years old. starts out with figs, but they fall off after about the size of a dime. the leaves are nice and should I cut it back every year. there is sun, but not all day. help, fayetteville, nc.

Answer: Figs require very little pruning so you'll only need to cut it back if it becomes rangy and out of control. When you do prune, do so in late winter, before growth begins for the season. The real problem with getting figs to produce fruit is climate. They need lots of sunshine (probably more than yours is getting now) and warm weather. I you want to be successful with your fig tree, you may have to move it to a sunnier spot. In the right place, a fig will produce fruit in the summer but will then produce a second crop, which will ripen in late fall, before the weather turns chilly. I'd wait until this coming winter when it is dormant then dig and replant in a sunnier spot. I think you'll be rewarded with lots of fruit the following summer. Enjoy!

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