Has anyone had trouble with figs just shrivelling up and going soft before ripening? Is it because of this year's weather?
I bought a fig tree earlier this year - it came with one small fig already on it which ripened beautifully - I did make sure the tree was well-watered - the roots of fig trees are mainly close to the surface and can dry out quickly in the sort of weather we've been having. I noticed the leaves of mine flagging some afternoons and quickly gave it a good bucketful or two of water - in fact I've been treating it much as I've treated the outdoor tomatoes on the terrace next to it.
Could yours have been a bit too dry?
I don't know that it got too dry but will give it another year to see what happens. Thanks
After looking again at the fig I think it could be too dry and also the roots are coming out of the bottom of the pot! How and when do I root prune. Do I just cut off a third of the roots or do it in stages? What do folk use for container compost for a fig?
Mine is in in a very large square terracotta pot (lots of garden vouchers for a big birthday) and in JI3 loam-based potting compost with added hort. grit. As it's only small at the moment I put large chunks of polystyrene at the bottom of the pot to restrict rootgrowth and improve drainage
The only figs I've known before have been growing in restricted areas in the ground, so I've not had to root prune, but I'm sure I've seen someone on tv - think it was MD but not sure, take a wedge out of the rootball of a fig with a saw, as if you were cutting a slice of cake. Not sure when to do it - my guess is early spring, but I'm going to email the lovely Stephen Read at http://www.readsnursery.co.uk/ where I get my fruit bushes from before I do it - they are so helpful there.
Please let me know when you get an answer. Thanks
You can restrict roots in the ground by planting the Fig in an old washing machine cylinder - the big circle bit with holes in it. That allows the roots to be constrained by the water to drain and can be picked up for free/cheap.
I've got a brown turkey fig that I had in a large pot and it wasn't until it was planted out and the roots constrained that it really took off. I've picked about 30 figs off it so far and more ripen every day. I don't do much to it apart from taking off fruits that have not developed in winter and just giving it a light prune as it like to 'reach out'. Will be getting another plant off my father in law soon.