Thursday, November 15, 2012

Fig tree maintenance!

Time to prune the fig tree back.  I cut it back by 1/4, which is the advice that I'm reading across the internet, and also trimmed off a shoot from the bottom of the plant, leaving three main branches.

Then we circled the tree with a plastic netting, and filled it in with oak leaves to protect it from the winter weather.  As you can see from the photo, I still need to haul a few more buckets of leaves, but it's almost done. That's it!

I also took the trimmed pieces and stuck them in potting soil.  I'm hearing that fig is one of the easiest plants to propagate from cuttings....we'll see! I have some milk carton cloches to put over them should it get terribly cold.  So far we still haven't had a killing frost....still waiting.


  1. Hey A.Pat - can you send me which articles/blogs you have found about fig tree pruning? We need to prune ours as well...the leaves have all died and there is still some figs on the branches.


    1. Here's the article I followed for protecting the tree, recommended for young trees.
      These people are farther up north, I think region 6, so I may not even need to do this, but since this is the first year with the fig tree, I wanted to be sure it survived.
      Here's the article on propagating the stems that I cut off:

      Em, do you Pinterest? I have a huge garden board on there. I love Pinterest!

    2. I forgot to mention that I sprayed the original tree where I cut off the stems with a black pruning spray to be sure no disease got in that way.

  2. Thanks!! I'll look at those articles. Hopefully we won't kill them! HA!

    I don't do Pintrest, but that's a great idea! I'll look into getting an account.