Fig Tree
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Fig Tree Pruning

Zone 7 | Anonymous added on April 15, 2016 | Answered

Last April I got a fig tree that was just a four-foot stick. I was told to trim it to about 6" to get new growth. I did and I got two stalks about five-feet tall and about 12 figs (too small to eat). Should I trim the old stalks again this year to encourage new growth?

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Downtoearthdigs
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Answered on April 17, 2016

Fig trees should be pruned when the tree is dormant and not growing. You can cut down your fig as you proposed and it should grow again. I did some research and found this great article (with before and after photos) where a homeowner severely cut down their figs and they grew back bushier than ever.

Here is the article about the homeowner who cut down their figs:
https://redgardenclogs.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/fig-trees-before-during-and-after-being-pruned/

And, while you are at it, I would recommend trying to propagate your fig and make some new trees! Here is a link with guidelines on how to do that:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/fig-propagation.htm

For more information on pruning fig trees, please visit the link below:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/pruning-fig-trees.htm

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