I wanted a fig forest so I bought twelve 6'tall BT fig trees (no branching), planted them 2 yrs ago, the first winter each tree's single trunk was killed by frost. Following spring each tree grew 5 trunks from the center root, straight up, no branching, and I pinched off all baby fruit. I do have plenty of width room for these as time goes by. But, for what to do this third year, my question is "Should I trim out all but one trunk, or should I shorten each trunk to make them compact and force branching, or should I let them grow as is?"
I have a 12 year old BT that is lightly trimmed to 10'x10' and produces the sweetest fruit, the prettiest branching (3 trunks) and wonderfully smelling leaves so all you who poo-poo BT's, it just may be what the soil is like and the part of the country they grow in and, of course, naming conventions - so I named the tree GIF 'cause who knows? These new figs were not from this tree and I do hope they taste as sweet, if not, I'll still have a nice forest.