Vegetables and Fruit forum: Fig Trees

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Name: Stormy
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stormyla
Sep 23, 2010 11:43 PM CST
Neal folks in my cubit were asking about pruning fig trees. Do you know anything about that?
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Feb 6, 2012 9:54 AM CST
Stormy, how old is your tree?

For a young tree prune in late winter, leaving 4 to 6 of the strongest branches growing from the main trunk(s) to be your fruiting wood, or main branches and prune away the rest. Be sure to stagger them around the trunk. Start pruning by removing any branches that are not growing out from your selected 4 to 6 main branches as well as any dead or diseased wood. If there are suckers growing from the base of the tree, these should be removed as well. Next, remove any secondary branches (branches that are growing off the main branches) that are growing at less than a 45 degree angle from the main branches. This step in pruning fig trees will remove any branches that may eventually grow too close to the main trunk and will not produce the best fruit. When all secondary branches have been removed, cut back the 4 to 6 main branches by 1/3 to 1/4. This helps the tree, while it's still young, to put more energy towards the fruit that will be produced next year, which makes for larger and sweeter fruit. This also helps to develop a strong root system in the young tree.

Once the tree has matured only remove weak, diseased or dead limbs each season, or ones that are growing in the wrong place (against other limbs, etc.).

Here is my Vern's Brown Turkey in 2004
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Same tree in 2006, they grow quite fast. : )


Figs starting to ripen
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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Mar 14, 2012 3:53 PM CST
Again today I examined the cuttings that I have in water. I see nubs of roots! Woopee. On the ones planted in soil I can see one leaf open just enough to recognize it as a fig leaf! It might be beginner's luck, but whatever it is, I'll take it!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 14, 2012 5:41 PM CST
Hurray! Yipeee! Whatever your doing it's working, Mary. Thumbs up
Name: Lee Anne Stark
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threegardeners
Mar 16, 2012 4:01 PM CST
I just came here for info because I just ordered 2 fig trees!!
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 16, 2012 4:49 PM CST
Hurray! Which ones did you get Lee Anne?
Name: Lee Anne Stark
Brockville, Ontario, Canada (Zone 5a)
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threegardeners
Mar 16, 2012 4:50 PM CST
Hardy Chicago :))
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 16, 2012 9:16 PM CST
I looked it up. It sure sounds yummy and very hardy. : )
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Mar 31, 2012 1:00 PM CST
News flash!

I got a surprise this morning when I was watering the greenhouse plants. One of my fig cuttings has little green figs growing right out of the stem! I had to laugh. The cutting is only a few inches tall. Talk about an over achiever!

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Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Mar 31, 2012 1:11 PM CST
I had that also....pretty cute!
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Mar 31, 2012 6:30 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing Way to go Mary. They must love you. Group hug
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
Apr 1, 2012 11:22 AM CST
Sherry, did yours mature? I hope the plant has some roots. I don't see how these little things can mature on a teeny little cut branch, with only about 6 inches of it sticking up out of the pot, but they'll be fun to watch.
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Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Apr 1, 2012 2:29 PM CST
lol...no. Mine was on a cutting that I was rooting in water and I wanted the energy to go to roots instead. Cute little guy...lol..
I could be wrong...
and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
May 2, 2012 2:31 PM CST
My funny little green figs dried up and fell off, as I suspected they would. The variety is this one. http://www.rollingrivernursery.com/index.php?page=shop.produ...

Somewhere here on ATP we have another fig discussion going, and now I can't find it. I wish somebody would combine them. Lynn, you had it spelled right, but now I can't find the thread, so I parked the link with the info here.
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gardengus
May 2, 2012 3:07 PM CST
THe other discussion is in the propagation forum.
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Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
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MaryE
May 3, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Thanks. I'll copy the link and plant it over there.
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Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2012 6:36 PM CST
I found a fig tree in the forest behind our house. I would like to trim it up and help it along and possibly help it to produce. It came via the birds, from my neighbor's fig tree, no doubt. It has been growing for some time. Perhaps someone can help me determine the best way to trim this tree. Obviously it is reaching for the sunshine. I have total access to it. Is there any hope for it?

Mother Fig Tree
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New Fig Tree in the Forest
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Base of the Fig Tree-I think there are actually 2 trees!
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Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
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valleylynn
Sep 1, 2012 6:39 PM CST
They need sun to stay healthy and produce fruit. Wonder if it would be better to move it to a sunny location.
We are eating figs from our Vern's Brown Turkey now. Yummmmm.
Name: Cheryl
Kingwood, Texas (Zone 9a)
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ShadyGreenThumb
Sep 1, 2012 8:06 PM CST
It's getting something that it needs to have survived our drought. I didn't even know it was out there! How old do you think it is? The trunk is fairly thick. Maybe I will just leave it? Or trim off some of the branches to let it get taller for more sun? I don't have any sunny place for a tree in my yard.
Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love Truly, Laugh
uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you Smile.
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Garden Sages I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Plant Database Moderator
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valleylynn
Sep 1, 2012 8:10 PM CST
It won't hurt to experiment. Trim one of them back some and let the other grow. It is getting really tall trying to find sunshine. It will be a fun experiment. Thumbs up

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