Fig Trees Fertilization - Knowledgebase Question

Astoria, N.Y., NY
Question by sandal5
April 28, 1999
I have two fairly successful fig trees. I have just uncovered them and they are already starting some new growth. Should I use any kind of plant food for them?

Answer from NGA
April 28, 1999


Figs generally do not require much supplemental fertilization. Excessive vigor is not desirable and in fact, late in the season can predispose a fig tree to winter injury.

If your tree looks healthy and vigorous, I would not give it more than about a cup or two of a granular turf fertilizer product (with no weed killer or insect control) when growth begins in spring and again about a month or two later. Spread it evenly around the bush and water it in well.

Mulch the soil beneath the bush to reduce competition from grass and weeds.

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