Fig Fruit Tree Care

Overview

Fig fruit trees generally grow in locations that offer sunlight all year around. For example, in the United States fig trees grow particularly well off the Gulf Coast due to the weather and natural irrigation. Both during growth and once the fig fruit tree is fully grown, specific care must be administered that is different from that of other types of fruit trees. Examples of varieties of fig fruit trees that need such care are Celeste, Alma, Brown Turkey, Magnolia and Kodota.

Step 1

Water whenever the soil is dry around the trunk of the tree. Water at least 1/2 cup, at least twice a day between spring through summer. Reduce watering to two to three times a week during the winter, depending on the dryness of the soil.

Step 2

Remove any diseased, dead or weak limbs during each dormant season. You should also only need to prune the branch about 2-3 inches during the dormant season.

Step 3

Help maintain the irrigation of water by adding mulch that includes grass clipping and straw. This will help to keep the soil moist and reduce the possible growth of weeds.

Step 4

Pick the fig fruits as they ripen to avoid spoilage, which could attract the dried fruit beetle. If you do find any fig fruits that are overripe or spoiled, remove them immediately.

Step 5

Spray neutral copper spray in May and June around your tree to avoid serious rust and pests. Spray when the leaves have first reached their full size, and then spray again after three weeks.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Neutral copper spray

References

  • Fig Tree Maintenance -- How To Grow Figs
  • Home Fruit Production - Figs
  • Fig Production Guide
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Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.