Re-potting a fig tree

Asked May 16, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

I have a fig tree that is about 6 years old. I have it in a large container. I want to re-pot it but don't want to harm it. It is in full leaf and doing nicely. Last year I got 60 figs. Should I wait until fall to transplant it or can I do it safely now without losing my crop this summer?

Allegheny County Pennsylvania

1 Response

You would be better off leaving the plant in its current container until it goes dormant in the fall. Repotting a fig should include some root pruning to encourage new root growth. If you repot now the plant will be stressed trying to grow new roots and produce fruit at the same time. Fruit production will be suppressed, and root growth will be reduced.