Growing your own Fig tree has many advantages, not the least of which is the delicious fruit it bares for you to eat straight away. Surprisingly, caring for a fig tree is quite simple. Keep reading for some basic tips on getting the most out of your fig tree.
Fig trees thrive in constant sunlight, so make sure you choose a spot that receives quite a bit. However, fig trees will be harmed by harsh, cold winter winds and winter sunlight. If you live in a cold area, keep this fact in mind when choosing a good spot. Be sure to leave at least fifteen to twenty feet between each tree.
Use organically enriched soil if you can, but any well-drained, fertile soil will work. If your soil is a bit dry and infertile, add some organic matter with some water to enhance the tree’s growth. Also, annually fertilize your trees to keep them healthy and growing strong.
At the end of each winter, prune your fig trees. This will protect them from the harsh shift of temperature and from the possibility of a returning frost. Figs are ready to harvest when they begin to soften; you can store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them or until they have ripened.