Hardy Chicago Fig - Dappled Shade - PG County MD

dechanique(7)May 4, 2013

My husband and I planted a hardy chicago fig on the south west side of our property 3 weeks ago (along with 3 other fruit trees in other parts of the property). The fig was from Edible Landscaping, hardy chicago fig in 3g bucket, arrived with one fig growing

I don't think it is getting enough full sun. It gets a few hours (3-4) in the morning/afternoon and dappled shade form nearby large trees (20-30') that opened up recently for the rest of the day. We are going to trim the limbs that encroach on our property from the large trees and see if it gets better for our fig, since that needs to be done anyways (neighbor's trees)

This is our first year on the property (bought it in december) so I'm not sure how the sun moves (and maybe the sun will get better later in the summer)

We were thinking we could we relocate the fig to another more sunny area (I think i've found one on the north west side which gets full sun most of the day).

Is it too late to move it now? (3 weeks since planting)
Should we wait until it goes dormant for the winter and move it?
Or will it produce fine in its currently location and I'm panicking for nothing?

This is my first time doing anything like this, so any advice would be appreciated (moved from DC where we rented rooms in a rowhome with no yard XDD)

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In your location ,it is perfectly OK on the Northside of property ,if you got full sun there.
You can move it right now,but you have to do the moving in the Evening,just before night come ,and( very important),you have to provide shade for about one week,using a patio umbrella.
Of course when you dig it out,try to ,get the roots intact,and if possible some soil left on them,and,fill the new planting hole with water prior of ,placing the tree in it.
Take the umbrella off,just before a rain starts,and the sky is cloudy.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2013 at 1:49PM
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Centurion_(Verde Valley AZ Z8)

"... We are going to trim the limbs that encroach on our property from the large trees."

I wish you luck. My neighbor talked about cutting a tree down for nearly a year. I offered to pay half the costs or to help him with it myself.

I finally gave up and cut down many of the enroaching branches that were touching and overhanging the roof of my house and which constantly drop pine needles and cones onto my roof and into my gutters.

He came back from work as I was finishing up and blew his top. We had a short hollaring match after which he called the local sheriff's office.

They sent a deputy out who took pictures and basically told him that anything hanging over the property line on my side of hisfence was mine and I was free to do with it as I pleased.

That was a year ago. We are speaking now, but it ain't like it used to be.

I wish you a better experience than I had.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 3:36PM
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I vote move it. Do what Herman said, he knows alot about figs.

Dave, sorry to here about your neighbor. Way to go though. If it is over your property then it is your property. My experience with neighbors is that most are less than ambitious. My neighbors on each side fall into this category. At least the ones across the street keep a nice yard, so when I look out the front window the view is nice.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2013 at 4:13PM
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I have the same problem the neighbor trees and my own shade trees puts shade on my figs I figured they are getting full sun from 6 AM to 10 AM and again from 3 Pm to 8 PM that is about 9 hours. I asked the neighbor to trim his trees but he does not do any thing to these trees. I hired a tree professional and he trimmed two of my trees to the bone and asked the neighbor permission and trimmed all his branches encroaching on my yard. After 1,000 cost my shade problem improved may be 25% but I am enjoying a lot of good mulch. From my reading 8-10 hours of sun is enough for a fig tree to survive.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 8:44PM
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