How do you care for a fig tree?


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Care for a fig tree by planting it in a good site, adding a layer of mulch, watering it regularly and fertilizing it as necessary. Prune the tree only to lightly shape it or remove dead, damaged and diseased wood.

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Select a site in which to plant a fig tree or place a potted fig plant that receives plenty of full sun such as by a wall that reflects heat and light. The soil needs to be rich and well-drained with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. Plant the tree in spring.

After newly planting a fig tree, water it deeply and regularly until the roots become established. After that, water the tree at least once every two weeks and more often in dry climates. If the leaves start to yellow, water the plant more often. Add a thick layer of mulch around the tree to keep the soil moist.

Fertilize a fig tree only if it is potted or growing slowly. When you do fertilize it, give it one-fourth a pound of nitrogen four times during the growing season. Promptly remove any dead, damaged or diseased wood from the tree. Otherwise, prune it only lightly to shape it. During winter, insulate the tree trunk with dry straw fastened down with chicken wire.

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