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overgrown fig tree

Any advice on how to tackle this overgrown fig tree, how and when to prune if possible.


  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,388
    Depending on where you are and how cold it gets I'd wait till late Feb/early March and then get in there with some big loppers and a pruning saw and prune it back to a good framework.  What shape that takes depends on whether you want it more or less rounded and shrub/tree shaped or a flatter, more espaliered form. 

    Looks to me like you have 4 or 5 good strong stems coming up from the centre and forming a vase shape so I'd leave those and clear everything else down to ground level.

    Doing such a heavy prune will provoke plenty of new growth which will need tidying up later in summer to establish a decent shape.   Have a read of this info on figs from the RHS. Scroll down for the bit on pruning. 

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • EilaEila Posts: 63
    Thanks for the info.
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