Tips for Growing Figs

Tips for Growing Figs

Figs have big leaves that add a tropical look. They must not be given too rich a soil or they make too many leaves and soft growth with little fruit. They need a well-drained, chalky soil and traditionally were grown against a wall with their roots restrained by planting them in a sunken brick box. Nowadays, a woven sack of man-made fibre that won’t rot or the drum from an old washing machine will do the job. Both will prevent the roots from getting too big, but will still allow fine roots as well as air and water to get through.

Tips for Growing Figs Figs will crop in the open, but produce much better quality fruits trained on a wall, preferably a warm one at least four paces wide and as high. Where space is limited, they can be grown in containers. Figs are pruned during late winter just before growth is about to restart. Sturdy, short-jointed wood is the most fruitful if well ripened. Long jointed green shoots are unproductive and should be removed.

To ensure your fig tree crops, remove every fruit and fruitlet larger than a pinhead in early winter, as these sap the plant’s strength if left and rarely succeed, usually dropping off just after they have swelled, and preventing a spring flush from forming.

Other than birds and wasps, figs suffer few problems except for spider mite under cover and on walls in hot, dry conditions. Figs may benefit from rue growing nearby.

Epicurean attentions

Do not eat figs straight off the tree, but keep them for a day or so. When they start to soften and darken, they are supreme. Figs can be also dried or turned into syrup.

‘Brunswick’ produces the larger fruits, but ‘Brown Turkey’ is the heavier cropper. More than forty varieties are available for the enthusiast varying widely in size, colour and somewhat in taste.

06. January 2011 by admin
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