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We have a large, rambling fig tree which has a great looking crop on it atm. It is, however, too large to net so I will just be trying to cover a few branches for this season. Can I give it a fairly hard prune after fruiting to get it back to a more manageable size. I’m guessing it hasn’t had any attention for the last 6-7 years as the previous owners said they never bothered with it. If I can, when is the best time to prune? Do fig trees need any ‘special’ care to help with getting good crops?
Figs a pretty hard to kill
It usually crops twice a year so wait till the second crop and possibly leaf drop before you prune.
Takes some cuttings too and hand them out to your friends they grow pretty easily
Yes, you can prune quite vigorously after leaf drop. We have a very old fig tree, fruits later than most and only the once. Ours is too big to net, but we keep the birds off (well most of them) with blown up empty wine cask bladders, rubber snakes (well secured) and old cd’s – we mix it up so it’s a “fresh threat” so to speak 🙂 Oh, and tell your guests what you’ve put in it…..Our DIL was terrified on Christmas Day….forgot to tell her about the snakes in the tree….
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