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Is Root pruning for Fig trees a good idea or not?

posted by: nkesh099 on 03.04.2010 at 11:52 am in Fig Forum

I heard that, root pruning for fig tree is advised. So, have anyone kept a fig tree in a container and had to cut back the roots? If so, when is the best time, how much to cut the roots and should I do it annually?

Thank you

P.S. I'm getting two five gallon Brown turkey fig trees, should I prune the roots this year or next year or is it something I should do few years later?


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Why I Love To Grow Figs

posted by: BronxFigs on 03.25.2012 at 10:07 pm in Fig Forum

I really didn't give this subject much thought, and if I was pressed for a quick answer to this question, I suppose I would just say that I have a love growing plants, in general, and since the fig is a plant, I love growing figs too.

But upon more careful thought, I think that our fig trees are very different than most of the other plants that we could grow.

I am not a very patient person, and I have a very short attention span. The first thing I learned about growing figs is that you can expect results from your growing efforts very quickly. You can buy a fruiting-size fig tree and have instant gratification, or you could start from scratch, root some cuttings and still get fruit in maybe two growing seasons. What other fruit trees start producing in so short a time...and without another variety for pollination? Apples, Pears, Olives, Persimmons, Paw-Paws etc. all need at least two-to-tango...double the space...double the costs, and a long wait for fruiting.

Figs are very dynamic growers, and they force you to do something to keep them within bounds, like pinching, pruning, fertilizing, re-potting, root-pruning, etc. For me, it keeps my interest to see the rapid changes in the plant from season to season, and to actively play a part in the production of fruit. Even while dormant, they still provide an interest by giving us plenty of materials for propagation. Trying to root cuttings is a very interesting project and also very rewarding. How satisfying is it to give away new trees to friends and family...trees that you rooted?

The fig trees help us make new friends, lets us exchange growing ideas, lets us trade cutting wood, and helps us spread superior varieties all over the world with other fig-lovers/growers. They can also provide us with wonderful, and nostalgic memories. How many times does a fig grower wish they could once again watch their grandfathers lovingly tend to the beloved, family fig tree, and taste the thick, jammy fruit that grandpa just picked... still warm from the sun? No other fruit trees give us such a rich opportunity.

Life passes us by very quickly, and we all could use some time to unwind and relax. Tending to our fig trees forces us to stop for a while, and slow down the fast pace. The fig tree almost always rewards our nurturing attention.

The fig tree is a true gift from God.

Just sharing some thoughts with my fellow fig-lovers.



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Valle Negra best fig for the northeast

posted by: alb419_ny on 08.20.2011 at 04:53 pm in Fig Forum

this fig is very resistant to cold weather,I had this fig and many others in a detached garage for the winter covered only with heavy plastic.To my surprice this fig survived one of our coldest winter ever ,we had many days
below zero-7 and so on.Aldo`s fig did not produce any brebas for me do to the cold weather. Gentile one of my favorite white fig,no brebas and the main crop is falling off.Valle Negra wow it produced for me over 50 delicious brebas ,this fig is a winner,this fig resemble Negronne,
but V. a better fig.Carrapipe Negra produced only one breba for me ,but loved was so good.Ciao,


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A Closeup View of My Pruning Technique

posted by: rjj1 on 06.27.2010 at 10:02 am in Cacti & Succulents Forum

Like to cut at an angle across the stem. It creates a nice taper on the branch that points to the new growing tip. In a few years the cut will be very hard to detect. I also now have 2 keeper side branches coming out. The branch wanting to develop in back of the cut on top of the stem will be sliced off today. Branches growing out of the top of a semi horizontal stem is an eyesore.

I put nothing on the cut. It is cleaned off with a paper towel to keep sap off the stem. Usually keep the plant in shade for a day or two after pruning if it is real hot outside so the cut doesn't desiccate and shrivel up and damage the area I want the new stems to grow out of.



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RE: My First Hybrid Adenium (Follow-Up #7)

posted by: rjj1 on 03.14.2006 at 01:27 pm in Cacti Gallery Forum



IMHO it is a mistake to not water an Adenium in winter that you keep above 60 degrees give or take a few. When I keep Adenium in the house over the winter, I water just enough to keep foliage on them, maybe once every three weeks or so.

If you choose to not water indoors, do wait until you see them getting ready to push leaves. The tip of the branch will suddenly turn a bright red and then in a few days have leaves starting to grow.

I prefer to winter them over in a cold greenhouse completely defoliated. Super low maintenance. No watering or pest problems all winter. They received the first water last week. A few vigorous ones kept leavers all winter and are blooming. Most are pushing leaves now.



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RE: How to get rid of Creeping Charlie (Follow-Up #48)

posted by: Brian Johnson 6 (Guest) on 05.03.2009 at 04:14 pm in Ask The Yard Doctor Forum

I live in the northeast(CT) and have had a large patch of CC taking over my front lawn. It was spreading rapidly to about a 20 ft. x 20 ft. section. Pulling it up was impossible and I tried some of the products from this sight except the borax. I settled on Ortho Max Poison Ivy & Touch Brush Killer (concentrate). I mixed it by the instructions and sprayed it on in 3 successive weekends when it was going dormant (Oct/Nov). By this spring I was amazed to see it was TOTALLY gone! The grass had thinned a bit due to the CC taking over, but the Ortho didn't hurt the grass at all and it's starting to fill in already. Thanks for the info and give this one a try!


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RE: Desert Rose (Adenium Obesum) (Follow-Up #50)

posted by: greenclaws on 05.19.2009 at 05:57 pm in Plumeria Forum

Hi there Zacbit, I too grow Adeniums, but from seed as we rarely see them for sale here in the UK...I have only seen them once and I couldn't afford one. I have 5, 6" high ones that are 15 mth old or so and some seeds sprouting as we speak. I pinched the tips from a couple of them, I can't recall which ones but the middle one (shaped like yours) I left to grow on its own as I liked the bottle shape of the caudex. Until recently it was just like yours, growing from one growth point and going straight up, so I pinched out the top a few weeks resulted in a 3 growths pushing out from the shoulders of the swollen part..I didnt like the look of them there so I just rubbed them off. Now there are branches just beginning to form from most of the leaf axils, exactly where I wanted them to sprout from. It will hopefully leave the bottle shaped caudex clear of leaves etc. and make a fuller top. Its all down to personal choice really how you wish your plant to look. I'll take some close up pics for you tomorrow as its almost 11pm here.
BTW...If you do use your fingernail to pinch the tip off, make sure you wash the sap off very well as it is poisonous to some would probably have to eat your DR to have enough to do any damage though!!! PLEASE don't try it!!!


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RE: A question about pine bark fines.......... (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: rnewste on 04.28.2010 at 01:55 am in Container Gardening Forum


Ideally, this is what you are looking for (at some Home Depot):


Particles should be in this size range:


If you need a relatively small quantity, Reptile Bark will work well.



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