Brown Turkey Fig Trees

Fig Tree Planting

Anonymous added on April 2, 2011 | Answered

I had always heard that fig trees need their roots restricted in order to fruit well. None of the sites recommend this, so has the thinking changed? I am afraid that if I plant my brown turkey cutting (now a small plant in a pot), without any root restriction, I will get a lot of leaf and no fruit. What is your view?

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Answered on April 3, 2011

I actually have heard this, but I do not know if it is the truth or just a myth. Regardless, with a cutting, you will be waiting at least 2-3 years (maybe up to 5) before seeing fruit, no matter what size of the pot. I would not worry about restricting the roots until it reaches maturity and is old enough to fruit. Give it room now to develop a healthy root system and get a good start.

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