Caring for Figs

Published on September 22nd 2018
If you've got a fig plant think about preparing it for a bumper crop next year. If you haven't already got one, winter is the perfect time to plant trees.
The burst of a fig in your mouth can take you back to warmer climates and travels abroad. In comparison, figs grown at home can seem more ornamental than fruitful but there are a few easy ways to get a bumper crop each year.
Figs are perfect for any size of garden, so long as there is a southerly facing position. Restricted roots encourage fruiting, so whether you have a paved courtyard or ample space there are ways to grow these delicacies.
● Drainage is key for figs; plant with plenty of rubble in the bottom.
● Planting in a large pot naturally restricts root growth.
● When planting into the ground, restrict the roots with paving stones and rubble.
● Water regularly in warmer months; overwatering will result in split fruit.
● Protect from frost by moving pots or covering foliage in horticultural fleece.
Top tip: Boost fruit production with a potassium-based feed, such as tomato feed, from late spring onwards.

Fig Recipes

There’s nothing better than fresh figs from the tree but there are plenty of other ways to enjoy them, to name a few...
● Fig and walnut slice
● Baked figs with ginger and mascarpone
● Spiced fig chutney with cheese

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