Saturday, 16 April 2016

To Prune Or Not To Prune

Friday was dull and cool with a north easterly wind blowing which didn't do anything to improve matters.

I've been planning to repot our potted fig trees for sometime now. They have spent the last few years in the greenhouse and have produced a small crop each year.
Now we have a nice sheltered spot in the courtyard garden I thought it might be a good time to see how they get on outside. I thought growing in the greenhouse they might produce two crops a year but that hasn't been the case so I'm hoping they'll produce a single crop outside.
They certainly took some getting out of their old pots although I didn't think that they appeared too pot bound. They're both now potted on and in their new location.

I couldn't decide whether to cut the main stem of the smaller fig back by about a half.
It has grown out of proportion to the rest of the tree. Cutting it back would keep the tree in a more compact form. I'm going to give it a bit more thought.


  1. Hello :)
    If you plan to plant your fig to a permanent place you have to prune that tree to encourage root growth. Also when you prune that big branch seal the cut with wax so it doesn't get contaminated. I'm sure you already know that figs have branches that heal very slowly and if the wound is big there is a huge possibility it will get infected. Leaving it for next year will only bring you more problems when you prune it because it will need even more time to heal and in your weather with lots of rain and wind that's a big issue.

    1. Thanks for the info Leanan. My secateurs are ready to go!


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