December 30, 2020 by D.Fathia

Growing fig trees

Growing fig trees

Figs can be cultivated in any type of soil, yet they do not tolerate all different climates. The species thrives in zones with long summers and generally high-temperature degrees. Areas with cold weather do not offer suitable conditions for growing fig trees. Yet, using containers can be useful and rewarding.

If you are a plant person who loves to get his hands dirty in the mud and feeling the euphoric ecstasy of watching your creation, follow these words to learn what it takes to plant figs. Gardening is quite simple; you just need to know the necessary steps and guiding rules.

Beginners’ guide on how to grow figs:

Figs are hardy plants to zones eight to eleven. The warmth of these areas is essential to their growth. They can be herein gardened in the open doors without the fear of external thermal conditions.

The best time to cultivate a fig tree is the spring season. Buy the variety that best suits your microclimatic environment and you are nearly done. Pick proper places either in your home garden or your vast field, dig a deep hole, and place your sapling; a really simple process that requires no expertise. In warm areas, this plant might not require any kind of attention. It gets sufficient nutrition from the soil and enough water during the rainy seasons.

One thing that might seem difficult is that of producing your saplings. Our fathers, farmers by de facto, do not trust the varieties sold in markets. They prefer to transplant seeds from their own inherited crop. This operation, which takes place during the fall, involves cutting a branch from the already mature fig tree and covering it in soil and leaving it to grow roots of its own. Approximately, this process needs a minimum of three months to yield satisfying results. Once your implant is ready, remove it and plant it in the right place to grow into a fully mature tree. This might seem indeed a hard practice but it guarantees that you possess a good seeding.

Growing figs in containers:

Other zones are less suitable for this kind of plant. However, they can be cultivated in containers. This method does not need much expertise. You have simply to find a good sapling. Choose your container, fill it with soil, make a hole in the middle, and place your plant paying attention not to harm the roots. Make sure to plant it at least four inches deeper than it was in the pot.

Grown figs? Self-caring?

Is growing fig trees a simple one-step process? Fig trees do not generally require much attention. Yet, few checkups are needed now and then. Water is fundamental for all living creatures. Figs do not require huge quantities of water. You need to water those planted in containers regularly. On the other hand, trees growing in the open fields do not necessitate that you water them excessively, though some water never hurts especially in dry climates.

Fertilization although not substantial to the growth of figs, is still helpful. You can forget about your outdoor plants, but you have to pour some nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium supplements around your container-based plants, especially if they are not growing normally, about twelve inches each season. Some people would spread a layer of mulch around the root to keep in the moisture and prevent weeds. For a healthy good looking tree, make sure to prune the dead or diseased branches during the dormant seasons. Clipping a few branches does encourage growth.

Perhaps it is better and generally advisable that you bring your container indoors during winter to avoid low temperatures. While outside, try placing them next to a brick wall which helps them soak heat during the night. If you want to cultivate your fig directly in your garden without a container you have to choose a suitable spot relatively far from any building because this tree possesses a long complex root system, one that can spread enormously. To avoid the cold winter seasons, you can cover it with horticultural fleece. Once you made everything the way it should be, sit back and wait for a generous crop nearly after three years from the plantation. Figs usually produce fruits within a time frame of three to five years depending on the type.


If you are trying to grow fig trees you should first know that figs need pollination. To avoid manual work make sure to plant a male fig plant in the center of your fig orchard. If this is not the case you will have to pick these male fig fruits and place some of them at the heart of each fruiting bearing tree. Fig trees are an amazing creation; they are an inward blooming flower. Insects nest in these unripe male flowers and lay their eggs. The newborn females head out searching for a place to lay their eggs. They crawl inside nearby fig seeds and lay some pollen from their birth fig. Then this insect’s life comes to an end. What a sublime sacrifice!

One thing to keep in mind is that you do not have to worry about the animal remains. By the time the fruit ripens and is ready for consumption, insects will be long broken down by an enzyme called ficain. It is totally nothing harmful or disgusting about this, one should rather contemplate the divine workings of nature.

Figs do not bloom on neglect but they do not like to be excessively fussed over either. Growing figs is the simplest and most rewarding endeavor you can embark on. Once you obtain a satisfying outcome, enjoy your never-ending supply of delicious super sweet fruits.


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