Pruning 50 year old fig trees

KenaParkerFebruary 7, 2011

I live on the south side of Atlanta GA and want to do a severe cut back. Can I get some guidance or advice.

thank you

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wildforager(5b-WI)

A rule of thumb is to only cut back a third of an over grown tree. This could be done annually. If you had pics of the tree that would be helpful as well.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2011 at 2:09PM
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noss(Zone 9a Lafayette, LA)

What does that mean, a third of the tree? Cut back the branches by a third, or only take out a third of the tree?

Thanks,

noss

    Bookmark   February 8, 2011 at 2:19AM
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herman2_gw

KenaParker:
First:Cut off all dead wood,next:
1.Thin a third of all branches,from incipient base.
2.Trim the rest,by cutting a third out of the lenght of every branch.
Now you got a judicious pruning Job that will go a long way in getting more ripe fruits,next Sommer.
You can do this every Spring with an old established fig tree.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2011 at 12:24PM
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wildforager(5b-WI)

Well said Herman

    Bookmark   February 8, 2011 at 11:39PM
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