Little fig plant not growing vertical? Just spreading

sk8vonfixess(5b/6a)April 22, 2013

I bought a magnolia fig from lowes and i have it pitted. The thing looks like a bonsai and is just spreading.

Halp lol

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Heres a pic of the plant

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 7:06AM
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soaht(Central CA 9B)

Looks like whoever prune it when it was growing wants it to be more of a bush form than a tree. I'm no expert, but looks like one of middle branch is growing up? You can probably cut off all those other spreading branch off and let only that middle one that looks going more straight up grow taller than top it off and new branch will form higher up. But being a spreading/bushy form can have it's benefit too, easier picking and pruning.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 11:44PM
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wisner_gw wisner

I'd let it grow this season and when it goes dormant you can start shaping it like you want.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2013 at 10:39PM
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It's a beautiful looking tree, so small to be getting figs already! They must be brebas growing on last years wood.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 4:29PM
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napapen(ca 15)

Are you keeping it in the house? It would probably grow upward if outside. Just let it grow this year and prune when leaves fall off.
Nice healthy plant!


    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:12PM
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You can air-layer the two horizontal branches and leave the middle one, that seems growing upward, as is. If you start air-layers now, you can successfully detach the two air-layered plants in mid-June. You will have plenty of summer after that for the central branch on the mother plant to grow.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2013 at 9:31PM
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Yeah we have this fig outside right now. We already ate a fig! Thank you everyone for the advice

    Bookmark   June 18, 2013 at 3:23PM
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