Pruning fig tree

Asked June 16, 2019, 5:50 PM EDT

Last year I cut back my fig tree and this year got probably a growth of more than 50 small twigs coming up from the base. I have cut back many but still have about 20 twigs. My question Is how much to prune in order to get figs. Should I cut back the growths to just one or two? Many thanks in advance

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1 Response

Your thinning of the excess shoots is a good choice.
Basically you want to make space for branches to have room to grow so thin especially towards the middle.

Figs are not completely winter hardy here and the branches or buds get winter killed, there may not be any fruit this year, so clearly winter protection is important.
Here is more information on how to best grow them:
https://extension.umd.edu/hgic/topics/figs

Be sure to watch the video and click on the link to the blog written by our fruit specialist.


Christine