How to Repot Green Fig Plants With New Roots


The fig plant will grow to be a very large tree, usually growing to a height of 10 to 30 feet. Fig trees are more suitable to large gardens due to their size and massive root systems. The mature fig tree requires a full day of sunshine and plenty of water. Repotting the fig plant is very easy as long as you pay close attention to its fragile roots and avoid repotting in the spring, when the plant is experiencing new growth.

Step 1

Mix together equal amounts of compost and perlite and pour it in a bucket.

Step 2

Water the soil well, mixing with a stick or a spoon to ensure uniform moisture.

Step 3

Pour an inch of soil into the empty planting pot.

Step 4

Remove the fig seedling from its current pot. Turn the pot sideways and gently tip the seedling out.

Step 5

Place the seedling into the soil in the new pot, being very careful not to break the roots.

Step 6

Holding the seedling with one hand to keep it centered in the pot, fill the pot with the remaining soil, to within 1/4 inch of the rim. Gently pat the soil around the fig plant as you add the soil.

Step 7

Place the newly potted fig plant in a shady area and keep the soil moist at all times.

Step 8

Fertilize three weeks after transplanting. Water the plant well and wait one hour. Then, apply a half-strength solution of an all-purpose liquid fertilizer.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Perlite
  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Spoon
  • Planting pot, next size larger than the plant's current pot, with holes in the bottom for drainage
  • Fertilizer


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