Breaking Dormancy - too late to prune?
Apologies if this question has been dealt with before, but I was having a hard time finding an answer in the archives...
I have an old, mature fig tree in my new yard (not sure what kind it is). Some of the branches are probably 15-20'+ high, too high to harvest the fruit. To be honest, it's in part-shade, so I'm not sure how much fruit it can produce/ripen anyway, but we'd like to try.
We'd love to prune it down to a more manageable height, and maybe thin it a little to help it fruit (there are so many branches right now), but it has already broken dormancy and there are leaves forming on the ends of the branches, as well as what look like a few baby figs. I don't want to discourage growth -- is it okay to prune now, or should we just let it grow this year, and prune after the season?
Also, suckers are coming up -- we should cut those off, right?
Thanks for your help!