Fig Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Demarest, NJ
Question by whpgi
July 11, 1999
I just bought a small white fig tree. Can you tell me if it should be in full sun and how do I care for it. Any fertilizer? Why type of soil to plant it in? How often to water? What kind of winter protection?

Answer from NGA
July 11, 1999


Fig trees are hardy to about 10F (USDA zones 7-11). If subjected to colder temperatures, the tops of the trees will die back, but new sprouts will emerge from the roots in the spring. Figs will tolerate shade but grow best in full sunshine. They are adaptable to many kinds of soil, prefering a well-draining fertile loam with a neutral pH. Figs do not need much fertilizer and water requirements are not high. Water regularly during spring and summer when fruit is forming, but withhold water in autumn to help the tree harden off in preparation for winter. Fig trees are usually pruned into a vase shape which allows air and light to penetrate to the center of the tree. Gardeners in cold-winter regions usually wrap the tree in a protective layer of newspapers wrapped with burlap.

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