FIG TREE - Knowledgebase Question

Question by FARAGALLIS
September 10, 2007
5 years ago when I moved in my house, there was a fig tree that bore dark purple figs around September. I made the mistake of not covering the tree for the winter for 2 years. The tree comes back regardless but it does not bear figs anymore. I wrapped it for the last 2 winters and the tree comes back in the spring like before but no figs. The tree looks healthy but it seems like it can't bear fruit anymore. How do I stimulate this tree to bear fruit again?

The tree is actually a bunch of small branches coming out of the ground, not a tree with a main body and protruding branches. I know it is a fig tree because the previous owners said so and the fruit are figs. There are about 20 branches (approx 1/2 to 1 inch thick) coming up from the ground going up to about 7 feet high.

Any ideas?

Answer from NGA
September 10, 2007
I suspect the tree was stressed by being killed back to the ground, and now is in need of some pruning. The following article includes general care information along with suggestions on how to thin and prune it. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

Without knowing what variety it is, there is a possibility it will not bear in years that it suffers severe winter damage. The article also includes some winter care tips. To some extent your results will depend on the weather each winter. Last winter was very difficult for many plants due to the oscillating temperatures and late freeze damage. I hope this helps.

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