Ficus tree care, outside in Arizona

Asked May 15, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

Do Ficus trees have a pruning season? Can I do anything to minimize the REALLY messy berries? Do they need fertilized? These trees are 30' or so tall with approx 20' to 30' canopies. They are beautiful but so messy & the dogs track the berries into the house, they ruin the carpet. thank you in advance for any help!

Arizona trees and shrubs pruning horticulture

1 Response

The best time to prune ficus would be winter when it is not in an active growing phase, but light pruning would be fine during the summer and fall months as well. Fertilize with a fruit and nut type fertilizer, with an NPK similar in ration to 7-14-3 in March and again in October. Broadcast the fertilizer with a lawn spreader and soak in good with a sprinkler.

I don't know what to do about the berries, sorry.