Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

steve_digsJuly 18, 2006


All this talk of propogation has me a bit giddy. I have an established (~8 year) fig tree of 15-20' of unknown variety, although I suspect Desert King and have a new Spanish Black (Black Spanish?) in a container, but I'd love more!

I'd love to try more varieties, but my 50 x 100' lot demands very small trees or ones that are container-compatible.

Can I propogate larger trees and just keep them small with aggressive pruning and still get a decent amount of fruit, or should I stick w/ varieties that the catalogs say are good for 'container culture.'? I fear that aggressive pruning will mean small breba crop.

P.S. Would love any tips on good tasting, dwarf-compatible varieties that have a skin that is black, purple or red (i.e., not green).

Many thanks!


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You Do The agresive pruning after Breba gets ripe,so you do not loose anything,and still keep it small.I hope this Help.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2006 at 9:35PM
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This information is probably relevant to you since I live in the Portland area.

Petite negri probably stays under 8 feet tall, 6 feet if you prune it well. Mine is about 5 1/2 feet tall and has lots of figs on it now. It is 5 years old. I do use the summer pruning method (clip the end when new branches reach 6 leaves) to stimulate figs and branching / size management. Others have written about this method on gardenweb.

I also have a Brown Turkey in a 1/2 barrel-type container that has about 25 figs on it now, trained at about 4 feet tall by the same method - it has Brown figs that are fairly good. Also, and what I think is a Brunswick, planted in the ground, trained at about 5 feet tall, which has about 20 figs on it now(it is in its 3rd year from a small cutting) which has bronze colored figs with amber interior - better, I think, than the Brown Turkeys.

Contact me off line if you want a start from Petite Negri - I have a small one from a cutting in a contiainer now, and another one that I stuck into the ground this spring that is starting to grow as well - mine seemed to start slowly but this year it is doing great. It's black, red interior, and has a good flavor.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 12:35AM
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pitangadiego(San Diego, CA)

If you are willing to sacrifice the breba crop, you can prune agressively enough to only add 3-5" to the height of the tree each season.

    Bookmark   July 20, 2006 at 10:48PM
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nanelle_gw(9/Sunset 14)

good tasting, dwarf-compatible varieties that have a skin that is black, purple or red

How about "Black Jack"; may be the same as Petite Negri?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2006 at 12:57PM
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NO way!...

    Bookmark   July 23, 2006 at 3:12PM
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Nanelle, Pitangdiego, Eukofios, and Herman, thanks for your feedback.


    Bookmark   July 28, 2006 at 2:02AM
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