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Fig Tree Pruning – How To Trim A Fig Tree

Source: Gardening Know How - http://www.gardeningknowhow.com/fruit-gardening/pruning-fig-trees.htm
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Heather Rhoades In Fruit Gardening |
By Heather Rhoades
Figs [1] are an ancient and easy fruit tree to grow in the home garden. Mentions of figs being grown at home go back literally millennia. But, when it comes to fig tree pruning, many home gardeners are at a loss as to how to properly trim a fig tree. With a little knowledge, this “ancient” mystery is as easy to do as growing a fig tree is. Keep reading to learn more about how to prune fig trees.

How To Prune Fig Trees After They Are Established

After a fig tree is established, the best time when to prune a fig tree will be in the dormant (winter) season when the tree is not growing.
Start your fig tree pruning by removing any branches that are not growing out from your selected fruiting wood as well as any dead or diseased wood. If there are suckers growing from the base of the tree, these should be removed as well.
The next step in how to trim a fig tree, is to remove any secondary branches (branches that are growing off the main branches) that are growing at less than a 45 degree angle from the main branches. This step in pruning fig trees will remove any branches that may eventually grow too close to the main trunk and will not produce the best fruit.
The last step in how to prune fig trees is to cut back the main branches by 1/3 to 1/4. This step in fig tree pruning helps the tree put more energy towards the fruit that will be produced next year, which makes for larger and sweeter fruit.
Pruning fig trees the right way can help you to improve your fig crop. Now that you know how to prune fig trees, you can help your fig tree produce better and tastier figs.