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Is my fig happy

hi all, I'm really new to gardening and seem to be having more failures than success at the moment (despite my copious research!), but despite this am loving the challenge and being outdoors.

I planted this fig about a month ago and its literally done nothing since I bought it about 8 weeks ago. It is in shade until about noon and the in sun the rest of the day. I've been feeding it with miracle grow and watering when dry, so I'm not sure whether its a slow grower or just not happy. I'd be really grateful for any advice please ????



  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    What exactly was the growth you were expecting in one month?  By the look of your photo it has competition from other plants.

    One thing you will learn with gardening is patience!

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,175

    I wouldn't expect any real growth until next year ... the roots have got to get established first, and before too long it'll be shutting down for winter and losing its leaves image

    Last edited: 28 August 2017 12:42:04

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • willbarawillbara Posts: 50

    my advice would be 

    get rid of all the growth around it and then put a barrier around the roots to restrict root growth which fig trees need if you are to get good crops.

    as dovefromabove said fig trees are beginning to shut up shop for the winter.

    hope you have success in the future with all that you grow

  • Thank you Welshonion - it might be the angle of the has approx 45cm space all round.

    Did I mention that I'm new to gardening?.. I thought I might have seen some growth as everything else I've planted has done something. I'll admit I've never planted a fig tree before so was looking for constructive advice such as that from  Dovefromabove - thank you (again) ?

  • willbarawillbara Posts: 50

    hello carolne4

    the fruit expert by Dr d.g.Hessayon is well worth looking at.

     it will tell you all about fig growing in an easy way and with the pictures to illustrate what he is talking about.

    had my first foray into gardening eighty years ago when i was five on my dads allotment .

    still learning .

    in three years time you will be growing so many figs you will wish you had never started.

    keep enjoying your entry into the gardening world

  • Thank you Wilbara ??

  • Thank you so much  Willbara  your kind words of encouragement - i rather like the idea of being awash with figs!

    I'll certainly try and get a copy of the book you suggested...anything with pictures is my kind of book! ?

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