Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Fig Trees

Early spring is a great time to plant fig trees in fertile and well drained soil with plenty of commercial compost or compost from your own pile.

Fig trees like a protective place to grow and develop--a shelter from the wind.  They also like plenty of sunshine and plenty of room to grow.  They make good shade trees in the summer.

Fig trees require an annual fertilization of common garden fertilizer such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10.  I divvy it up between now and late May, each time a four-cup dose which is rather conservative.

The fig trees do not require much pruning but I have cut off branches that obstruct the reach for the lawn mover.  The pruning should take place in late winter.

The fruit is ready to harvest when is softens and changes color.  It does not ripen after it is picked.  You may have to share some of the fruit with birds, too.

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