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June 2017 I purchased a potted Ficus Carica from my local nursery.  

I repotted surrounding the root ball with fresh compost in a 16” x16” tub & buried it into my new raised border.  

After a few weeks it wasn’t doing so well dispute being well watered.  I then dug the tub out & cut away the base of the tub thinking the base roots may fair better.

It’s now Sept. 2018 & the fig tree is dong very well with more than 60 fruits - admittedly it will need a little pruning to keep it to the required size.

In the last year from my reading up on fig trees I’m now thinking I made a mistake in cutting away the base of the container last year as the roots may well damage my nearby flint wall.

Can anyone out there please advise the best time of the year to lift this potted fig tree for me to ascertain how deep the base roots have grown, shorten them & repot in new container.   Or, what the chances are of my losing the much loved fig tree by doing this.

Please, please anyone out there who can advise me.


  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 2,410
    Can anyone help @riverviewwonder?
  • My thought is that the roots are contained for the first 16" of depth.  I doubt that the foundations of the wall are a lot deeper than that ... I've seen very large fig trees growing alongside old Tudor walls etc and they seem not to be suffering.  I think your wall will be ok.  

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

  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    I have a figgy question my friends in france have a mature Fig tree on there property but they have never seen any Figs on it.
  • I’m new to fig trees but just googled your comment and came up with this - hope it helps:-

    When a fig tree is not fruiting, there are a few reasons that this could be happening. The age of the tree, too much nitrogen and water are the three main reasons for a fig tree not producing fruit.

    Read more at Gardening Know How: Why A Fig Tree Is Not Producing Fruit
  • BLTBLT Posts: 525
    Thanks for that..I donot think it will be due to soil and nitrogen.. Its in the frounds of an ancient vineyard and the soil is rather chalky looking and it obly gets watered when it rains.. But thank you.. I wondered if it might respind to pruning, ie fruit on new growth??
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