How to Use Fig Trees As Container Plants in a Screen Enclosure


Fig trees set in containers on a screen porch or enclosure provide fresh fruit as well as visual interest. Setting the large container on a caster platform allows you to move the fig tree to different areas around the screen enclosure. The large leaves of the fig tree also offer privacy for a screened enclosure in areas that have close neighbors.

Step 1

Keep the fig tree next to the screen enclosure so the plant receives up to six hours of sunlight every day.

Step 2

Arrange multiple container-grown fig trees to provide a privacy screen on your patio or porch. Container-grown fig trees can be placed close together to form a solid privacy screen. Do not allow the leaves from separate container grown plants to touch each other as this may damage the leaves.

Step 3

Move the fig tree container outdoors every month. Wash the leaves with a garden hose and sprayer attachment. Keeping the leaves free of dust and debris makes for a healthy, vibrant tree. Do not expose the tree to direct sunlight as sun scald damage will occur to the leaves. Container-grown trees kept behind screen enclosures receive indirect sunlight.

Step 4

Water the tree on a regular basis. Stick a finger into the soil. If the soil is dry, water thoroughly until excess moisture drains from the bottom of the container.

Step 5

Keep a layer, 1 to 2 inches, of high quality compost as a mulch for the fig tree. The compost will feed the fig tree throughout the growing season.

Step 6

Prune the fig tree into the shape you desire. Keep the overall height where all branches are accessible. Prune while the tree is dormant. Dormancy occurs after the first frost and the leaves have fallen from the tree.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose with sprayer attachment
  • Compost
  • Pruning shears


  • North Dakota Extension service: Questions on Figs
  • University of California Davis: Fresh Figs from Container Grown Trees
  • University of Florida: The Fig
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