How fast do figs grow?
I am considering getting some fig trees from figtrees.net. I asked Giuseppe how fast his trees would grow and he said 1 to 1 1/2' per year depending on the variety, but I have no idea if this is good or bad. I am so inexperienced with figs that until last week, I thought they normally grew as bushes, rather than trees. The only fig I have any real experience was one that my grandfather got from Costa Rica. I think it is between 20 and 30 years old. It dies to the ground every year and grows back as a very large bush to a height of around 3 to 4'. It almost always fails to ripen any fruit, probably because he doesn't protect it from the cold. If anyone can set me straight on this, I would appreciate it. Also, if you are all pruning your trees regularly, how do you keep them from looking like bizarre, twisted bonzais after a few years?