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Pender Island

March 2, 2009
3:22 PM

Post #6210788

I recently moved to this old farm-sted and found more than 18 large fig trees and 1/2 doz small ones planted all around a sunken rock garden on the sunny south facing flat side. I have no idea what variety they are but I now know, after reading your excellent article, that 'Desert King" is prevalent. I really wish I had not pulled off most of the little pea-sized figs last week, as I thought they were just small, soon to be petrified fruits, that did not plump up last summer. Silly me! Thanks to you, now I really understand why so many of my fig trees have these small figs still attached to their branches. It's unfortunate that I will have to wait another year to enjoy the fruits though.

I need to learn something about pruning figs, as my trees have been neglected for many years and I am sure they need some sort of pruning. Do the same rules apply as for pruning other fruit trees?

Ramona, CA

March 3, 2009
7:35 AM

Post #6214966

Check for varieties and gardenweb fig forum for lots of great advice on caring for your trees. Do a search for past articles on pruning.

Ramona, CA

March 3, 2009
7:36 AM

Post #6214970

Sorry, that's cat!


Mount Laurel, NJ
(Zone 7a)

March 3, 2009
11:16 PM

Post #6217725

Nice name figalicious! I'll have to check out your link too, thanks.

Skyflower, I'm not familiar with your weather, I'm guessing your tree does not die back in the winter. [Our tree may die back and not survive after tonight, the weather is dipping down to 11 degrees F here!!!]

I am not a fig tree expert, if you tree is large and well established you may want to consult with a certified Arborist. If your tree is younger, maybe this link will offer a bit of help; this article has a paragraph in it regarding fig tree pruning:

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