Restorative fig pruning

IgrowfromseedIgrowfromseed Posts: 141
Looking for some advice on restoring a fig tree (Brown Turkey). It's been kept in check by yearly pruing to keep it's size & shape without any regards to getting it to fruit.
It may be a bit late this year to hack it back to near it's base as they do 'bleed' a lot when the sap runs. It's got multiple branches arising from it's base. It's a healthy specimen and located in a sunny sheltered spot right next to the only echium pininana which survived unscathed this winter. 




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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 47,819
    If you have a look here and scroll down to Renovation Pruning   https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=106  
    you should find the info you need  :)
    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • IgrowfromseedIgrowfromseed Posts: 141
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    Yes I read the RHS advice. Just wanted to know if I cut all those branches down to approx 2" stump from the ground with a bud then left them to grow this year whether it will kill the fig? Also whether this would get a fig that was in the best condition to bear fruit?
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 12,168
    I have done that several times with mine. However I do it in winter when the plant is dormant. I think you would be better to wait until next winter to do it. As you say, sap is rising and it may bleed to death if you do it now.
    It's not a mess, it's a nature reserve.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 47,819
    edited 25 April
    You can cut figs right down to rejuvenate them... the number of branches coming from the base of your fig suggests this has been done at least once in the past ... but as has been said, do it in the winter. 
    "...tea and toasted buttered currant buns, can't compensate for lack of sun because the summer's all gone..."   Autumn Almanac - Ray Davies
  • IgrowfromseedIgrowfromseed Posts: 141
    Will leave till the winter
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