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hi all thinking of planting 1 of these into half barrel planter and train up against wall south westerly facing! any ideas on other plants that can accompany the planter until it matures basic garden is of a cottage informal planting scheme! any ideas and advise on this would be welcomed thanks in advance

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  • Posted: Sun. 26th February 2012 17:50

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Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Dave,
Probably not the best idea to add anything to the pot - you don't want your fig to compete with anything else for nutrients and water. It needs all you can give it to grow and produce the healthy fruit you want - especially since it will be grown in a pot. Also, whilst it is possible to grow a fig in a container, 'Brown Turkey' will get large. Over time, it will need root pruning to keep it happily growing in a container.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 27th February 2012 21:45

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Reply from dave lawrence

Cheers kathy advise is well appreciated any advise on root pruning time scale.
I am told the fig is only about 3>4 foot in height atm so thinking of root pruning say first one in afew years ?And im guessing this proceedure just means cutting through say afew inches in from the perimeter of the barrel planter and remove old and renew soil and compost!And would there be a best time to do this meaning in the spring time or after fruits are harvested. thanks in advance:)

  • Posted: Thu. 1st March 2012 08:10

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Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Dave,
You'll want to pot up every year or so until you have reached the max size pot you want - the larger the better in this case. After the max size is reached, root prune every 3-4 years which means (and this can be tricky) removing the plant from the pot and pruning no more than 1/3 of the root ball. Use as sharp a tool as you can (just sharpened secateurs or a sharp knife) because you want clean cuts. Roots heal better from clean cuts rather than jagged ones. Remove really thick roots that look like they are starting to coil inside the pot. You want to encourage more root hairs - the really fine hairs that actually do all the moisture/nutrient absorption. Renew compost. Root prune in early spring as buds just begin to swell.
All the best,
Kathy C

  • Posted: Tue. 6th March 2012 19:47

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Reply from Geraldine

Kathy, what compost should be used when replanting the fig tree?
Geraldine

  • Posted: Thu. 5th July 2012 21:42