Tips For Planting A Fig Tree

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The fig tree is easy to grow and adapts to any type of garden.

Here are all our tips for planting it well. Planting To plant a fig tree, first dig a hole with a volume of about 5 times the volume of the root ball. In the case of small volume containers (from 2 to 5 liters), the size of the hole must be at least equal to 40 cm x 40 cm x 40 cm.

If the soil is of poor quality, increase these dimensions by about 20 cm. Then, scratch the edges of the hole well to allow a good development of the roots. After removing the container, soak the root ball in water for about ten minutes to moisten it well. If your soil is of good quality, use it as is. If it is too stony, mix it with 30% potting soil.

Finally, if it is very clayey, use a mixture of 25% potting soil, 25% coarse river sand and 50% soil. You can add a little fertilizer to the plantation or compost. The latter must be perfectly decomposed (no more smell).

Place the rootball so that the top part is about 5 cm below the soil surface. Then pack the soil well. If you have well-decomposed compost, replace the top soil 5 cm deep around the foot with compost.

Make a basin and water thoroughly. If you do not have compost, spread a standard fertilizer on the surface.

Manage the watering of your fig tree according to the weather conditions (temperature, rain, wind).

In general, in summer, plan two very abundant waterings per week, at least the first year. A fig tree that needs water has the stems of its leaves at a 90° angle (or even more than 90°) with the stem. The first winter or two, if you fear temperatures below -7°C, protect the young plant. Protect your fig tree Stub the plant with soil to a height of 15 to 20 cm.

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Then, plant 4 stakes (a little higher than the fig tree) and wrap a wintering veil around it which must not touch the wood.

This will preserve a warmer insulating layer of air. Finally, fill the space around the fig tree with dry leaves or straw and close the end.


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