Fig Trees - Planting in the Open

Planting fig trees in the open: fig tree

Fig trees grow in any well drained soil.

To get the best crop of figs, you need to restrict the roots of your fig tree. By making a strong barrier around the roots of your tree, you will make it grow to a manageable size and produce more fruit.

Ideal places to grow a fig tree:

  • In large containers.
  • In between a wall and a path with concrete foundations (a 60cm gap is enough).

If you are planting a free-standing tree out in the open, you will need to place stone slabs or pieces of concrete under the soil:

  1. Dig a hole about 2.5 feet / 75 cms square.
  2. Line the sides with solid pieces of stone (like slate), or slabs of concrete.
  3. Drive a strong stake into the soil at the base of the hole.
  4. Line the base of the hole with tightly packed stones: broken up bricks are good. Make a layer about 20cms thick.

You can now plant the fig tree and attach it to the stake while it establishes new roots.

For best results, add plenty of well-rotted manure and compost to the soil that you fill back in to plant your trees.

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