fig trees - Knowledgebase Question

Memphis, Te
Question by cbjake1
August 28, 2010
Live in memphis. Huge fig tree has produced well last couple of years. This year only had a handful of figs. Can you given some input why? We did have windstorm that caused it to lean last fall. We braced it up and the branches and leaves have flourished. Could this have something to do with few figs. Also when and how should fig tree be pruned? Thanks.


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Answer from NGA
August 28, 2010

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The lack of fruit is most likely weather related (too cold when it was flowering), not due to the windstorm. In fact, when fig trees fail to produce fruit we often recommend root pruning to shock the tree into production. So, I'd chalk up the lack of fruiting to the weather rather than to the windstorm. With new growth it doesn't sound as though your tree suffered too much when it pushed out of place by the wind. Fig trees should be pruned when they are dormant -- during the winter months when no growth is taking place or in early spring before new growth starts. When pruning your tree, try to maintain a good supply of the newest growth, which produces the main crop of figs. When cutting the top back and shortening the side branches, remove only one-fourth to one-third each year until you get the plant to the desired height and width. Best wishes with your fig tree.

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