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Shaping Young Fig Trees
« on: August 17, 2019, 02:39:30 PM »
I am new to fig growing but got bitten by the fig bug and now have close to forty 1-year old trees.   Some varieties of my young plants are growing relatively straight up.   They look neat and even began branching from the base.   However, some seem to want to spread out or bend over rather than to grow straight up.    This is true of all three of my I-258 plants.   Should I be shaping young trees in any specific way or do I just let them grow the way they would naturally?   And when is it OK to top new growth on a main stem?   Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
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Re: Shaping Young Fig Trees
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2019, 05:20:34 PM »
The good thing about fig trees is you can shape them to your preference, and whatever looks good to you ,can be single trunk or multiple they are very adaptable to whatever shape makes you happy, if you plan on putting any in the ground, I would go with multiple trunks. I usually do it in the fall ,thatís when I take cuttings also. But you can do it in the spring before they start to wake up.
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Re: Shaping Young Fig Trees
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2019, 05:54:38 PM »
There is no wrong way as long as the trees have enough air circulation. 
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Re: Shaping Young Fig Trees
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2019, 10:30:37 AM »
How do you straighten out fig trees that have a slight curve to them?  I have staked them and haven't made a difference. Is this typical for figs?
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Re: Shaping Young Fig Trees
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2019, 11:47:46 AM »
Trees do what they want to do.  I have done some staking to a pear tree that I wanted to open the center some.  It did work but it took a while.  It all depends how old the limbs are.  Just give it time, donít rush it.  Now I will say, I have not done it to a fig tree.  I only did it to a pear tree.  Sorry, hope that helps
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Re: Shaping Young Fig Trees
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2019, 12:26:39 AM »
This just happens sometimes.  I have one root cutting that when it grew, it grew out parallel to the ground.  I took and repotted it after a few months and turned it completely on its side so that the lone branch was now straight up.  Figured I had the tree beat at its own little game.  Nope, it turned it's little head around AGAIN and is now growing at about a 40 degree angle.  The only reason she is not parallel once again is because I had her tied up for a while, but in the last move, the tie broke and let her branch come back down again.

It's like it has a mind of its own and it ONLY wants to grow parallel to the ground.  There are no upwards branches, just three branches all trying to grow parallel.

I'm going to be up-potting her again soon if she ever goes to sleep.  I'll probably just turn her again and cut the other two branches.  But something tells me she is going to turn again.  She seems to have a mind of her own!

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Re: Shaping Young Fig Trees
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2019, 09:14:57 AM »
This just happens sometimes.  I have one root cutting that when it grew, it grew out parallel to the ground.  I took and repotted it after a few months and turned it completely on its side so that the lone branch was now straight up.  Figured I had the tree beat at its own little game.  Nope, it turned it's little head around AGAIN and is now growing at about a 40 degree angle.  The only reason she is not parallel once again is because I had her tied up for a while, but in the last move, the tie broke and let her branch come back down again.

It's like it has a mind of its own and it ONLY wants to grow parallel to the ground.  There are no upwards branches, just three branches all trying to grow parallel.

I'm going to be up-potting her again soon if she ever goes to sleep.  I'll probably just turn her again and cut the other two branches.  But something tells me she is going to turn again.  She seems to have a mind of her own!

I hate losing a battle to a tree...
What variety is it, if you donít mind me asking?
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