Growing Fig Trees, in a Hydro system. Thoughts

maklaakie(Zone 9)January 25, 2010

Like it says, I am growing two fig trees that were given to me, they are seven ft tall, and are or kinds that are native to my region. I am wanting to convert them to a hydro system but am skeptical that it will work. I know enough about hydro systems to know how to do it, yet my question is whether or not you guys think that A, its worth it, and B, Can you take full grown trees and put them in a hydro system with out shocking them badly?



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I think it could be done without killing the plant, but I don't think its worth it.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2010 at 8:50PM
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maklaakie(Zone 9)

Thanks, DO i need to worry about drying the roots out to much, more with a tree or less?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2010 at 6:10PM
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Hi maklaakie,

I have been (actually am) growing fig bushes in Hydroponics. Those are Iranian mountain figs and some have reached 6-7 foot. I did it the other way round though, I grew them from seeds I got from dried fruits (yes, they did germinate fine) to plant them in soil later. The idea here was and is to have them growing quicker and stronger from start. Growing trees and bushes in soil from seeds is extremely slow and you need to provide adequate substrate, PH etc.

As for your idea, I see no problem to transplant them in hydro at that size. Except the size (big pots will be needed with lots of substrate and good support) they should do fine with the transfer to hydro (in a drip and recycle or vast system I guess). My bushes are not very demanding and quite forgiving. The only issue is that they stagnate for a long time after being transplanted to soil.

If you can grow them to full size? Well that depends on what you understand by full size and if you are able to provide enough space and support. You have to think through that- better sooner than later. Unless you prune them on a regular base - but later (in the second year) they should not be pruned in order to grow some longer branches that can set blossoms and fruits.

Is it worth it? Here also it depends on what you mean by this or what your actual goal is. Mine (I guess I have a dozen) grow fine and from that perspective it's certainly worth it. It's most probably not economical or profitable, the way you intend to do it - but I guess this wasn't your point anyway.

As for the nutrient requirements, mine did very well in high potassium (in fact my tomato formula) nutrient. Concentration is between 1.8-20 mS/cm (EC). In some other setup, they did grow fine in as little as 1.2 and if growing only fig bushes in one setup, I'd recommend a lower concentration (between 1.2 and 1.5). Last but not least: they will expand their root system according to their size and you really need to consider that fact as well.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2010 at 5:18AM
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