Fig Tree Protection - Knowledgebase Question

Lindenhurst, NY
Question by cggadd
October 14, 1998
Although I pruned my fig tree last year before wrapping it for the winter, it has grown exceptionally large this year. How much of it can I cut down without hurting the tree before I cover it for the winter?


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Answer from NGA
October 14, 1998

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Anytime you prune a plant you encourage new growth. It's best not to prune in the autumn months, or you may end up with new buds that will be susceptible to frost damage. If possible, wait until the plant is dormant (a few light freezes won't hurt it). In early winter you can lightly prune, and then cover it to protect it from the worst of the winter weather. You can keep your fig under control by pruning throughout the summer months, rather than waiting until it's time to wrap it up for the winter.

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