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?


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Answer from NGA
April 28, 1999

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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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