I finally succumbed and purchased yet another fig tree. I’ve now killed five so hope this one has a little more luck than its predecessors! I am obviously doing something wrong as they grow in the wild without any care or attention. They also seem unperturbed by the salt winds as several neighbours have mature trees .We will see.
This time around I bought my fig tree from a specialist nursery and one of the staff confidently assured me that less than 10 in 200 trees die. Considering I’ve had five fatalities surely the odds are stacked in my favour and this one will survive.
To give my fig tree a fighting chance I bought manure based organic fertiliser (SIRO AGRO 2) to mix with our thin sandy soil.
Location: It’s planted in full sun and as our winter temperatures rarely drop below freezing temperature is not an issue.
Watering: I was previously informed that the greatest threat to a fig tree is over watering . However, it seems this was not sound advice and probably why my earlier trees died. But how much water does a young tree need? After extensive research I came across two interesting articles: How Not To Kill Your Fig Tree and ‘How to Water a Fig Tree
Apparently the roots do not grow down to seek water they spread out and stay near the surface. I wish I’d discovered this sooner because we dug a hole deep enough to bury a body.
However, Gardening Know How claims: Fig trees have a deep, aggressive root system.
Now I’m confused.
In hot weather it is imperative that the tree is well watered otherwise the leaves will yellow and fall. Drooping leaves in the late afternoon is a sure sign the tree needs watering.
Hunker.com recommends young trees need about 10 gallons of water three times a week for the first year. Wow! that’s about 100 liters of water per week. This seems an awful lot of water for a small tree. Gardening KnowHow states the tree needs about 1-1 1/2 inches of water per week. That’s nowhere near as much.
Again, I’m confused and will work on the droopy leaf theory.
Another tip is to mulch around the tree to aid water retention.
Pruning: As fruit grows on the new growth I should not be tempted to prune back hard in the winter.If pruning is required prune immediately after cropping.
Pictorial instructions on how to prune a fig tree is available at Wiki How
Fruit: Leave fruit on the trees to ripen.
I wonder what it will look like this time next year?
Can anyone shed any further light on the watering situation, please?
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