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Patio Container Gardening : Fig Trees

By Edited Jun 20, 2015 0 2

Many people enjoy figs, but really love freshly picked figs. Imagine stepping right outside your door and plucking a fresh and juicy fig from your porch, balcony or patio. Growing a fig-tree steps from your kitchen is an amazing treat for you, your family, friends and guests. fig-trees are easy to grow, disease resistant and resistant to most bugs. If you want to grow a fig-tree and you live in an area where temperatures dip to below freezing in the winter, consider growing a fig-tree in a patio container. fig-trees do quite well when grown as a container tree and will bear sweet fruit just like fig-trees that are planted directly in the ground. Patio containers are the perfect option for those who do not have the space to grow their fig-trees in ground. A container is a great option for balconies, porches and patios.

Buy a fig-tree

Purchase a self pollinating fig-tree, although most fig-trees available at garden centers, online and through catalogs are self pollinating, always make sure

Look for fig-trees which are specific to your planting zone.

Planting fig-trees

Choose a hot and sunny spot because fig-trees love the sun and heat.

Plant your fig-tree in the spring as soon as nighttime temperatures stay above 50° Farhenheit for the low. Some varieties of fig-trees are more cold resistant than 50° F, but it is always better to stay on the safe side and wait.

Use a large patio container which measures at least 24 inches across and at least 24 inches deep. A larger container is necessary to give the roots plenty of room. Tight bound roots cannot get enough water and nutrients for a healthy fruit bearing tree.

Fill approximately 1/3 of the patio container with potting soil.

Place the fig-tree in the container and spread the roots out. Cut away any broken or damaged roots with a sharp cutter.

Add 3 to 4 inches of good quality potting soil.

Add 2 to 3 inches of compost.

Layer in another 3 to 4 inches of potting soil and then another 2 to 3 inches of compost. Continue layering potting soil and compost until the container is filled. Be sure the top layer is potting soil.

Add a layer of mulch over the top of the soil.

Water the fig-tree very thoroughly as soon as the tree is planted. Add potting soil to the top if the soil has settled considerably.

Water the fig-tree regularly, do not allow the soil to completely dry out and do not over water. Strike a good balance.

Fertilize with an organic fertilizer or water with compost once a month. To water with compost, place a shovelful or 2 into a bucket, fill the bucket with water, allow to sit overnight, strain off the compost and water the fig-tree with the water.

Picking Figs

Pick Figs when they turn from green to a yellowish color to a brown color depending on the Fig variety. Use a garden clipper and clip just above the fruit.

 

 

 

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Comments

Aug 6, 2010 1:51pm
BillBradley
I'm in So Ont., Canada with a S.C. Sugar Fig. If in a 24 X 24 barrell, how long will it thrive therein ? Necessary attention ?: fertilizer, root pruning, re-potting, etc. It is presently 9' tall and will be topped this fall. Pls advise as to maintaining health and promoting fruiting. Pls help

Bill Bradley
Aug 12, 2010 9:39am
BillBradley
Can noone help me ?

Bill Bradley bebradley@sympatico.ca
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