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Fig Trees

Fig trees are hardy and surprisingly easy to grow! They grow up to 30 feet tall, but large varieties can be kept small with pruning and dwarf fig trees stay small at only 5 to 10 feet tall. These fruit trees are self-fertile, produce fruit in the first year, grow well in pots, and can even be grown indoors with the right conditions.

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How to Plant a Fig Tree

Dig a hole at least twice as wide as the root ball and about the same depth. Place your tree in the hole, making sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than your existing soil line. Backfill with the original soil you dug up. If your soil is nutrient weak or heavy clay, you can mix in a planting mix and/or compost up to 50% of the backfill. Water deeply at the base of the tree until the water begins to pool. We recommend mulching your new tree to help the soil retain moisture, reduce weeds, and protect the roots.

How to Care for Fig Trees

Fig Trees grow best in full sun and tolerate most soils as long as they are well-drained. Once established they are drought tolerant and low to no maintenance. Fertilize in spring with a balanced slow release fertilizer for optimal growth and fruiting. Fig tree care is quite simple once your plant is established.

How to Grow Fig Trees in Pots

Choose a container no more than twice the size of the existing pot that has good drainage. Be sure the pot is light weight if you will need to move it in winter. Pick a good quality potting mix and a sunny spot. Water your tree when the soil in dry about 2 inches down. Container grown fig trees need fed more often than Fig plants grown in the ground. Feed with a balanced slow release fertilizer in early spring and mid summer. Read more on growing figs in containers..

when to prune fig trees

When to Prune Fig Trees

Prune in late winter to control size and shape. Fig Trees can handle heavy pruning, but trimming a bit each year is ideal. Avoid removing more than ⅓ of the plant at a time. Removing dead, diseased, or broken branches should be done immediately.

how to prune fig trees

How to Prune Fig Trees

While these trees do not require pruning to be healthy or produce fruit, pruning Fig Trees is an excellent way to control size, shape, and even make picking the fruit easier and your tree sturdier. Many experts recommend pruning your fig plant back by half after planting or during its first winter. This encourages the tree to focus energy on establishing its roots. In your tree’s second dormancy select about 5 evenly spaced branches to be the fruiting branches and structure of the tree. Remove the remaining branches and any new shoots or suckers.

Fig Tree Varieties

brown turkey fig tree

Brown Turkey Fig Tree

Growing Zones 7 to 10
Mature Size: about 20 feet tall and wide

This popular and versatile fig has a sweet and mild flavor. The fast growing Brown Turkey is heat tolerant and a heavy producer.

celeste fig tree

Celeste Fig Tree

Growing Zones 7 to 10
Mature Size: 5 to 10 feet tall and wide

The fruit of the Celeste is renowned for its sugary-sweet taste. This dwarf fig tree is pest and disease resistant and heat tolerant. Great for small yards and pots, this small Fig tree won’t take up much space.

chicage hardy fig tree

Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

Growing Zones 5 to 10
Mature Size: 15 to 30 feet tall and wide (smaller in cooler areas)

Have you always wanted a fig tree, but your climate is too cold for growing traditional figs? The Chicago Hardy may be the answer to your prayers. This cold hardy fig tree is a heavy producer. It is also heat tolerant and insect and disease resistant. The Chicago Hardy has a firm fruit that is sweet and yummy.

little miss figgy

Little Miss Figgy

Growing Zones 7 to 10
Mature Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide

Little Miss Figgy is the smallest variety of fig tree for sale on the market today. This small fig tree is perfect for growing in containers and even indoors. Little Miss Figgy is a dwarf version of the Violette de Bordeaux Fig and has the same delicious fruit but in a compact plant. This dwarf fig tree is pest and disease resistant and produces a lot of fruit despite its small stature.

Be sure to browse our Fruit trees and Dwarf trees for additional options.