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Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

Posted by steve_digs zone 8, OR (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 18, 06 at 19:08

Hello,

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!

Steve


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RE: Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

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


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RE: Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

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: here is a link to my PN tree


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RE: Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

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.


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RE: Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

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?


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RE: Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

  • Posted by gorgi z6b NJ (My Page) on
    Sun, Jul 23, 06 at 15:12

NO way!...


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RE: Need dwarf varieties to keep fig trees small?

Nanelle, Pitangdiego, Eukofios, and Herman, thanks for your feedback.

Steve


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