Fig Trees are one of the most popular fruits in the world. They have been cultivated since ancient times and they are still being grown today. There are many varieties of fig trees and each variety has its own characteristics, which make them different from other types of plants. Some varieties produce large quantities of fruit while others only produce small amounts every year or even never at all! Fig trees require care when it comes to their production and maintenance.
In order to grow a fig tree successfully, there are certain things that need to be taken into consideration. For example, the size of the tree needs to be large enough so that it will produce plenty of fruit. Also, the amount of water and fertilizer required needs to be adjusted accordingly. Other factors such as pests and diseases need to be controlled too.
When it comes to pruning fig trees, there are two main methods: mechanical and natural. Mechanical pruning involves removing branches that are no longer needed. Natural pruning involves using roots to pull up dead wood and leaves. Both methods can be used depending upon the type of fig tree you wish to grow.
The first method is called mechanical pruning because it uses tools like saws and chisels to remove branches that are not producing any fruit anymore. These branches are then replaced with new ones, which will eventually become healthy again. The goal of this process is to maintain the size and shape of the tree.
Begin by examining the branches of the tree. Cut out any dead wood or branches that are growing in the wrong direction. Be sure to cut out any diseased branches too. Once you have finished all your cutting, start spreading fertilizer around the base of the tree.
Fertilizing is very important to a healthy fig tree!
The second method involves training the tree to grow in a certain way without using any tools at all. This process is called “natural” pruning because it uses the fig tree’s own methods of controlling its shape and size. It mimics what nature does with trees in the wild.
First, gather root cuttings from branches that are at least a year old. Place these cuttings in a trench that is about 15-30 cm deep. Make many of these trenches because you will be planting many root cuttings. When a root cutting is planted, it should face down.
Cover the trench and keep it moist until the roots start growing.
Allow the fig tree to grow for at least one year. Then, plant fruit producing branches in this shape:
This will force the tree to grow in the direction of the arrows. By doing this, you do not need to use any tools at all! However, this method will take a few years before it starts to work. Also, you must plant many root cuttings and plant them in strategic positions in order for the tree to grow in the direction that you want it to grow in.
This process may be too troublesome for some people who just want a fig tree that grows fruit immediately.
Caring for a fig tree is not as easy as many people think. It may be frustrating at times, but with time and patience, you will be able to grow a healthy fig tree from a cutting. If you do not want to go through this long process, you may want to buy a potted fig tree from a nursery instead.
It all depends on your patience level!
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Sources & references used in this article:
A comparison of growth and reproduction, under laboratory conditions, of males and females of a dioecious fig tree by N Suleman, S Raja, SG Compton – Plant systematics and evolution, 2011 – Springer
Breakdown of pollinator specificity in an African fig tree by AB Ware, SG Compton – Biotropica, 1992 – JSTOR
Fig varieties: a monograph by I Condit – Hilgardia, 1955 – hilgardia.ucanr.edu
Population biology of figs: applications for conservation by D McKey – Experientia, 1989 – Springer
Figs and fig pollinators: evolutionary conflicts in a coevoled mutualism by MC Anstett, M Hossaert-McKey, F Kjellberg – Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 1997 – Elsevier