My Fig tree in a container





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Published on Oct 20, 2011

Here is a wild fig that I dug out of my flowerbed this Spring. I wanted to move it before it became entwined in my bottlebrush tree, so I carefully removed it and put the dormant tree into a 1-gallon nursery container. I mixed Fir bark, Perlite, and Turface to make a soil-less mix, and I fertilized every couple weeks.

When the tree began to wilt in the sun, I moved it into the 5-gallon nursery container with just bark and perlite around the outside to moderate temperatures and to retain some moisture. The roots quickly colonized the new media and wilting was no longer an issue.

Thin, tender fig stems will freeze during the winter, so I'll probably shelter this tree on the northside of my house against a wall.


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