How do you grow fig trees?


Quick Answer

Grow a fig tree by choosing the right variety, planting the tree at the right time, choosing a sunny location and using well-drained soil. Water the tree regularly, and only add fertilizer to remedy poor growth.

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Choose a variety of fig tree depending on the type of figs produced and the size of the tree. Some trees only grow up to 15 feet tall, while others are taller with a wider spread. Because fig trees are self-pollinating, only one is necessary, which is good for small spaces.

Choose a location in which to plant the tree that has plenty of full or partial sun with rich, well-drained soil. For potted fig trees, use potting soil mixed with organic material or mulch. Plant the tree slightly deeper in the ground than it was in the pot, making sure to spread out the roots before filling the hole with soil. Apply a thick layer of mulch around the tree to inhibit weed growth and keep the soil moist.

Water the tree at least once a week. Feed it only if it fails to thrive or is growing in a container by adding a nitrogen-rich fertilizer to the soil in the late winter, spring, summer and midsummer. Prune the tree by only removing dead, damaged or diseased limbs.

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