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Gailmcw60
Oct 26, 2016 1:05 PM CST
I want to plant a baby fig tree in my front yard. it will have full sun in the mornings. I need to know how the roots grow, how big the roots get and how long they grow Please let me know soon. ThankYou...
Name: greene
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greene
Oct 26, 2016 1:35 PM CST
One of our members knows quite a bit about fig trees. Let me give a shout out to @ediblelandscapingsc to see if he can jump in with an good answer for you.
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dyzzypyxxy
Oct 26, 2016 2:55 PM CST
Hi Gail and welcome Welcome! We'll need to know where you are to advise you on this. Could you please fill in your profile to show your city/state/country (just a zone doesn't help much, if at all).
Elaine

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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Oct 26, 2016 8:23 PM CST
Thanks Greene I agree with Elaine where you live makes a huge difference on the size of the tree. As for the roots they can grow out pretty far They won't damage the foundation of a house like other trees do so near the house is fine but they can get into septic lines if planted near your leach field. In a good fig growing climate zone 8b or higher fig trees can live well over 100 years I actually was given cuttings from a 120 year old tree a few years ago. In colder zones they can get freeze damage in winter and don't live as long but you can still get 50 years or more in a micro climate or sheltered location like a south facing wall or the south side of a building.
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RobinM
Oct 27, 2016 5:54 PM CST
I live in zone 8a (South Carolina) and fig trees grow wonderful here. I have found they do like to grow near a wall, or fence. Something to shelter them a little during the extreme heat or the extreme cold. I agree about the septic lines. They will get into those and I've heard they will get into water lines too so be cautious where you plant them. I make sure mine has a lot of early sun up until around 4:00 or 5:00 in the afternoon and then it gets shaded out for the rest of the day. Here in zone 8b, the sun after 4:00 until it goes down can be pretty brutal.
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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Oct 28, 2016 1:41 AM CST
Welcome! RobinM It's always good to see more fig growers joining the community Hurray!
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RobinM
Oct 28, 2016 8:00 AM CST
@ediblelandscapingsc thanks! I have only one fig tree that I air layered from my boyfriends tree so not sure that qualifies me as a fig tree grower lol but I'll take it! nodding
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Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Oct 28, 2016 9:49 PM CST
@RobinM air layered wow you go girl Thumbs up zone 8b you must be on the coast. Do you know what kind you grow? if not snap a pic of the figs and foliage and I'll let you know what type you have. The most common in the Southeast is Celeste
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