Ficus carica, the Common Fig is a deciduous tree with handsome foliage of large deeply lobed deep green leaves. If you restricted the roots, fig trees produce more fruit, so they are great for containers. Fig Trees can bear two crops of delicious fruit, only the first which is carried on last season's growth will ripen in the UK Aug-Sept. The Fig Tree can be grown as a specimen plant where it can get to 2.5-4M or easily trained against a sunny wall where its height can be kept reduced.
This size plant is ideal to start off training or would make a lovely present for a gardener. Ficus love full sun and preferably a south or west facing wall in well drained soil. Eventual height can reach 4m with a spread of 3m, the fig tree can be trimmed to a smaller shape if preferred.
Where more than one tree is ordered we will do our best to match up trees to work well together. We recommend http://www.vasotoscano.com/ for fabulous frostproof terracotta pots. We send out a care note with every order detailing all the feeding, watering and planting requirements.
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Situation Open Close
Ficus carica (Fig) are best suited to a sunny sheltered spot. Against a wall is ideal. Their root run should be no bigger than 60cm x 60cm x 60cm. The planting hole may be lined with concrete slabs to enable this, which promotes flowering (fruiting) rather than lots of leafy growth. The planting pit may have 10-20cm brick rubble added to the bottom too if available.
Figs are hardy down to -10 deg C but the vulnerable fruit at the growing tips ought to be protected with fleece or straw in winter. This can be removed in April.
Feeding and Watering Open Close
A mulch of well rotted manure in spring is very beneficial. In the growing season an occasional feed with a liquid fertiliser that favours fruit and flowers is ideal. Tomato feed, Phostrogen or a similar flowering plant food do just this.
Water during the growing season for the first few months after planting. If planted in a root restricted planting pit it is necessary to always water in summer, especially when the fruit is swelling. Try to water quite evenly though, erratic watering can cause the fruit to drop or split.
Pest control and pruning Open Close
Birds and squirrels attack the fruit – net the plant prior to fruit ripening to deter them.
As necessary, inward facing shoots and any damaged branches - best carried out in June. Also in September remove any fruit larger than a pea to support the younger fruit that will be better timed for ripening the following year.