can Chicago Hardy fig trees grow with tomato plants?

wispfox(6a)March 18, 2012

I was thinking about what I could plant along with three Chicago Hardy figs that we will be getting in April, and was wondering if there were any reasons that you can think of that fig trees and tomato plants should not be grown together?

I couldn't think of anything, but I've never grown figs before. :)

Anyone know?

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tony_c_m(5b/6a)

If you're going to keep the figs in pots then it should be exclusively for the figs. By planting something else in the same pot it would be competing for root space and nutrients. Also the tomato plant would be blocking sun that the fig tree would need. A 5 gallon bucket or larger would be good for a tomato plant. It would grow better and you can put a stake in it to tie the plant on for support.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 10:09PM
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Centurion_(Verde Valley AZ Z8)

I fully agree with tony_c_m.

Having said that...my newly planted black mission tree (from a pot...it is only 18" tall) will be sharing it's 5x6 raised bed with a tomato plant and two squash plants this year. Sometimes you don't have much choice.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 1:33AM
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herman2_gw

Tomato and fig,bad Idea,you will have nematode in your Garden before the plants will fruit!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 1:58PM
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wispfox(6a)

herman2: really? Even with marigold interplantings?

That's very good to know!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 3:13PM
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herman2_gw

Even with Marigold,the danger of nematode is huge if tomato and fig ,are planted close to one another.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 9:15PM
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noss(Zone 9a Lafayette, LA)

Herman,

Would it be the tomato plant that would have the RKNs? Or would it draw them to it? Would there be that danger if you raised the tomato plant from seed yourself?

noss

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 12:49AM
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espo8

Vasile, Two weeks ago I planted 8 fig trees in my garden forgeting all about this potential problem. If I transplant these 8 trees to a different location this weekend am I still in danger of infecting my plants.
Thanks, Anthony

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 6:46PM
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herman2_gw

The nematode exist in most soil,but in very small numbers,and they need a spreader agent,and the best to do that is the Tomato plant root.
If a fig is close then they move from Tomato roots to Fig roots,and that is how it works in my opinion.
The Tomato plant is a very good host for nematode,so if there are a couple in the whole garden,it will congregate and multiply on the tomato roots.
The tomato itself seem to grow ok ,even if some nematodes are living in the roots but if it find a fig tree then you will notice a sudden change as the fig tree stops growing instantly,and in fact is much more affected ,by nematode compared to the tomato plant.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 7:44PM
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herman2_gw

And to Espo:If you move them most likelly,nothing will happen,because at this time the nematodes are not active in owr cold climate.
Once you pull plant out the shake the soil off ,and if any nematode are on plant they will die almost instantly when exposed to dry cool weather,so I think you will be OK.
And if you grew Tomato on that spot last year,there is still a big chance that the soil is not contaminated yet,but you can't push your luck and continue to grow Tomato,and fig together in close planting.

    Bookmark   March 27, 2012 at 7:52PM
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noss(Zone 9a Lafayette, LA)

That's very interesting, Herman, Thanks.

noss

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 12:59AM
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herman2_gw

I personally have a small yard and I like to grow Tomato too,but I keep them as far as I can from one another.
One year I had a chance tomato growing in a pot that a fig was growing.
I let it be and by the Fall,I noticed that fig tree was stunted.
Upon inspection ,the roots had nematodes all over them,so that is why I know ,not to mix them anymore.

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 2:10AM
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espo8

Vasile, thanks for helping me.
Stay Well,
Anthony

    Bookmark   March 28, 2012 at 7:08PM
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paully22

Tomato plants is a good host for nematodes. Hence like Herman mention, keep them far apart.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 9:03AM
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