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Over-pruning of old fig

Posted by nutty_gardener (My Page) on
Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 12:12

I have a 20 year old fig tree which has done exceptionally well in the past; but last autumn, because it had putout so much growth, I drastically cut it back to the bare minimum, all the smaller branches were taken off. I thought that because it was so well established it would stand this, but we had a severe winter in UK, and now it is just a stump and not putting out any green growth whatever. Have I killed it please?

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RE: Over-pruning of old fig

Scrape a small place of bark away and see if its green underneath. If it were mine and I did not find any I'd keep moving down the trunk until I found green. If there is no green the fig is dead above ground. It still might put up shoots from the roots.

RE: Over-pruning of old fig

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Apr 8, 10 at 15:29

Did you cut it back before or after it lost its leaves?


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