In-ground figs, hot sand soils, and nematodes

gonebananas_gwApril 5, 2010

I have acidic sand soils and want to let my dozen figs (now in 10 gallon pots) grow to full size in the ground.

What kind of performance can I expect if I make some reasonable effort to make sure there are few nematodes at first (after a year's mulching or maybe solarization or dense growth of special marigolds)?

Nematodes are sure to arrive I assume, but if I keep the trees well mulched, fertilized, and watered, how well do full-size maintained trees normally grow under nematode attack in very susceptible, nearly pure sand soils?

I will graft a few onto LSU Purple to see if in fact that is less susceptible when used as a rootstock.

Thanks

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