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How to Plant a Fig Tree

By Annie Mueller ; Updated September 21, 2017

Fig trees are easy to grow and are prolific bearers of tasty, sweet, exotic fruit in late summer. If you've never had the pleasure of picking and eating fresh figs from your own tree, waste no more time. Get a fig tree now, plant it according to these simple directions, and you can thank me later.

Dig a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the root-ball of the fig tree you've purchased to plant.

Fill the hole halfway with organic compost.

Remove any cords, bags or wrappings from the root-ball and set the fig tree into the hole gently.

Backfill the hole with additional compost.

Water thoroughly.

Cover the area with a good 4-inch layer of mulch. Water every two to three days for the next two months as the fig tree settles in and establishes the beginning of its permanent root system.

Continue to water even when the weather gets cooler (fall is a great time to plant trees). The fig tree's root system still needs moisture even though the weather is cooler.


About the Author


Annie Mueller is a professional writer and blogger. Since 2003 she has written extensively on small business, finances, parenting, education and personal growth, and has been published on Financial Edge and many other websites. Mueller attended Missouri Baptist College and earned her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in English from Mississippi State University.