Answer: Fig trees require good drainage and regular irrigation. During normal summer conditions, fig trees will need to be watered every 5 to 7 days. During extremely hot and dry conditions, watering may need to be increased. In the winter months, watering once every two weeks should suffice. If a tree is not getting enough water, the leaves will turn yellow and drop off. But natural yellowing and leaf drop will also occur when the tree is going winter dormant, usually in December.
Probably the easiest way to water your fig tree is to build a basin or watering well beneath it by mounding up several inches of soil in a circle around the trunk - about 12" from the trunk. Fill this basin with water, allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. Do this once every 5-7 days during the growing season. Watering in this way will concentrate the moisture directly over the roots and allow it to trickle down, throughly wetting the entire root mass.
Best wishes with your fig tree!
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