Tranplant Fig Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Whitimg, NJ
Question by benbarb1
September 19, 2004
When is the right time to transplant a fig tree 1 year old, and do you have to prune it first.


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Answer from NGA
September 19, 2004

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Fig trees can be planted in the ground in the spring in your gardening region. They do not have to be pruned, unless there are some damaged branches. Fig trees are frost-tender so you'll need to protect your fig tree this winter. Just how much winter protection it will need depends on how bad of a winter you have and the microclimate it is in near you home. Around a home there are several different microclimates based on such factors as how close to the home they are, which compass direction from the home they are, whether the location is sunny or shady in winter, etc. Some gardeners will cut the roots on one side and lay the plant over where it can be more easily covered with leaves and a tarp for winter protection. A slightly less effective but much easier option is to cut the fig bush back to a more manageable height and place a ring of wire fencing around it. Then fill the ring with lots of leaves and cover the entire structure with a tarp to hold in the warmth of the earth. Simply wrapping the plant with some blankets will usually not provide enough protection, as it does not trap much heat to protect the tender fig buds and branches. Remove the tarp and leaves (leave some as a mulch around the tree) in spring when the danger of a freeze is past. Thanks for the question. Please stop in again soon!

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