Newbie with New Mission Fig
I just bought my first fig tree- a black mission fig in a 5 gal pot. It has quite a few branches and leaves and is about 4 feet tall. I want to make sure it thrives, so I thought I'd get some advice before planting it.
Where do mission figs do best, ground or container? I'm in usda zone 8; and we never get temps below 20 degrees, so I'm considering putting it in the ground. But, I have billions of gophers and moles, so maybe a container would be best. I made a wooden box out of old wood, that is 2ft x 3ft x 2ft (12 cubic feet?). But, if I put it in there, it would be impossible to move.
I read it should be cut back on planting. Really? Why? What if I don't?
Should I expect fruit this first year? Do I fertilize this year? I already gave it some B-1 in anticipation of the transplant.
Thanks so much for any advice.