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LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,797
Hello. I have a fig tree to plant. The advice given by the nursery is as follows:

"Figs are vigorous and therefore benefit from root restriction in order to stay compact and fruitful. Without it, they are likely to grow so vigorously that they often produce little or no fruit. They should crop well in the ground if planted in soil in a root control bag or pot sunk into the ground, or in a free-standing container above ground.  The pot will need to be at least 40cm (15in) diameter with drainage holes at the bottom."

I had intended to dig an appropriately-sized hole and line it with some old roof tiles I've got. But I'm now wondering if that would be adequate containment - obviously roots could/would find their way between the tiles, which I thought be ok but maybe not? Any advice?
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  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Leicestershire, UKPosts: 11,336
    I'd line the hole with weed/landscape fabric as well as using the tiles to be safe.  I've chickened out and am growing mine in a 60cm pot, at least for now.  Mine is less hardy than the usual one so either needs to be planted in the greenhouse or taken in over the winter, so probably not the best choice I've ever made!
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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 3,797
    Thanks - I think I've got some - will do. Mine is Brunswick and I'm in outer London, so should be OK.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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