How to prune these trees

johnparavOctober 17, 2010


I recently dug out these 2 trees and put them into pots. The new owner of the property is not into figs so they were going to let them go unsheltered this winter . The previous owner would bury the trees and they seemed to have winter damage in spots and not very vigorous growth with basically only 3 or 4 leaves on the ends of the branches but did produce figs . I cut them back to around half their original size for transport purposes already .

The first 2 pics are of one tree . The next 2 are of the other .

The first tree is about 8 feet tall and will not fit into my garage ( 7.5 foot tall garage ) . The problem is that all the lateral growth is up high so it will be even worse next year . If I cut it at the 3 foot height will it survive and make new branches from the main trunks ? Should I do it now or spring ?

The second tree is about 6 feet high and the shape is not bad but any pruning help would be appreciated .

Thanks ........ John

P.s this is my first post and I hope the link works...

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This may help a bit. If you cut them shorter they will survive and put out new growth next year. Do your cutting when they are dormant or just before you store them.

    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 5:23PM
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Hi thisime

Thanks for the advice and placing the photos on the forum.


    Bookmark   October 17, 2010 at 10:03PM
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