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armando93223

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Well about 2 years ago my landlord...came with the chainsaw and knocked down my fig tree.
It was growing wild, probably originated from a bird dropping. She said it would knocked down
the fence and break the cement. She said "Armando make sure it doesn't grow back!!!" and of
course I did let it grow back. hee hee hee....Anyway, my question is I buried it this winter and
I saw that it has some roots growing. I want to remove some branches and one of the taller ones.
When do I do this...????, in November after fruit has been picked or in January when it is dormant. 


On a side note: if she didn't cut the tree down, I would of never of found my new love of growing fig cuttings and all the different varieties..

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Hard to get rid of fig !!!!!!! I dug one up from a friends house. Now it is coming back from roots left in the ground. I broke the stump up and planted 5 of the starts in pots and all show signs of life.
Have you eaten from the fig tree. Was it a good fig? What USDA zone are you in?Tell us more about this tree or bush now. I am looking for good fig that can grow in my area. 5 degree is my low, but dry and windy. Looking for trees that can winter with little or no protection and fruit the next year.

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Would love to have cuttings from this plant? This winter would be a good time to cut them.
I am also new and learning everyday. There is a ton of good info and people here. Hang in there and let nature do the work for you.

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The tree gives out a green fig that tastes similar to Black Mission. The inside is pink. May have some cuttings in the winter...I am a beginner so I don't have answers for what grows well throughout the USA.
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The leaf pattern looks similar to some pretty darn good varieties. Did you ever taste the figs before it got whacked? Edit= The above reply wasn't there yet.

Tough to tell about when to remove, you have lots of shoots to play with. You could always do it this fall after it goes dormant. Then you could dig up a good amount of soil around the base of each shoot before you sever it. Then bareroot and repot. Is there any risk of your landlord coming back with pruning shears? 

What I would do is remove the soil from around one and see how it's doing. If theres tons of roots then sever and pot it up. If there isn't many roots then..your scenario is perfect for air layering. Search the subject and read up on it. Don't worry, it's early in the season they will grow tons of roots. Then remove them once the containers start to look a bit root bound. The good thing about this is you can leave them be all year if you want, and if the landlord comes around then you sever them then.


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That dirt on the fence is not good! how about making some good airlayers.  perhaps from the fat trunk even, so you can  make your own tree.  Those leaves are amazing.
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I would airlayer several of the branches.  Use the most mature you can find.  You should have a plant to pot in 4-6 weeks at the most.  I did one last fall in less than 4 weeks.
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Bookmark this fig photo and show it to anyone who thinks they may have over pruned their fig.   :)  It looks great!
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What you did was basically "stooling", which is how they propagate dwarf rootstocks for apple trees. You can dig up the suckers and plant them. You can try a small one now. If you put it in a pot then put the pot in the shade for a few weeks, if you plant it in the ground then you probably want to remove most of the leaves so it does not wilt too much.

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It's already been mentioned but all that dirt against the fence is not good.  It is an invitation for termites.  The landlord won't be too happy about that.
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Thanks for all the responses.....I don't believe we have termites here....but I will keep my eye out for them.
I buried them....I kind of thought this is called air layering...sort of..????.......You know, I never really looked at the
leaves to much...but they are pretty cool......Someone from the forum thought the tree might be a hybrid..?????
Maybe in the winter I can sell a few cuttings from my other "normal" trees.....Thanks Alot.... "Fig Community"

Fig is green and the inside is pink and tastes similar to black mission...

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The leaves look like my Brunswick fig.
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