How to Plant Figs


You don't have to be a veteran gardener to grow fresh, tree-ripened figs in your own backyard. Figs are semi-tropical plants that like heat and a lot of sun. But with the proper winter protection, they can flourish in northern environments as well. Fig trees grow quickly and can reach up to 30 feet in height in no time. Though there is an infinite variety, some popular types are Brown Turkey, Black Mission, and Desert King.

Step 1

Choose a spot in your yard. Look for an area with full sun throughout the day. Some kind of protection from strong winds and frost, like near a brick wall, is helpful in colder environments.

Step 2

Purchase a young fig plant. You can buy from your local nursery or order online for more variety. Do the research on what type of fig will grow best in your yard before you buy.

Step 3

Dig a hole about 3 feet deep. Line the bottom of the hole with bricks or pieces of broken pots and place the young tree inside. Though not a necessity, this will restrict the roots to a compact base and prevent the formation of taproots. If planting multiple trees, leave at least 10 feet between plants.

Step 4

Cover the hole. Use an average soil mixed with compost for best results. Do not use manure as fig trees are light eaters and too many nutrients will slow the growth of fruit.

Step 5

Water the tree. Be sure to water right after planting and again in 24 hours. It is important to establish the plant, but afterwards the soil should be well-drained.

Tips and Warnings

  • Winter temperatures can kill the semi-tropical fig plant. Bring potted plants indoors for protection and insulate the base of in-ground trees with leaves or straw. Wrap the branches with blankets and wrap the entire tree in plastic.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Soil
  • Water


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About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.