Mature sucker

Asked February 7, 2020, 4:39 PM EST

Hi, I live in zone 10 and inherited this potted fig tree last year. It appears that the suckers have now grown full size as the main tree and I want to know if I should take them out? We hardly got 10 figs last year. It’s just that I worry if I cut at the ground level they might get infected? Any guidance/pointers to how to approach the pruning here would be appreciated. Thank you, Sunayna

Santa Clara County California

1 Response

Thank you for your question, Sunaya. As the following Extension article explains, suckers need to be removed each spring, since they remove 'energy' from the tree, resulting in less fruit: http://sonomamg.ucanr.edu/Food_Gardening/Feature_Vegetables/Figs_Figs_-_More_Figs/

Hope this is helpful. Good luck!