Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Slow Growing Figs
It's been while since I've done an update on my potted fruit trees. As some of you might recall, last year I purchased two fig trees (Black Triana and Paradicio) from a gentleman by the name of Joe Morle, who has been growing them in Boston for more than 25 years. I'd visited his nursery and was amazed to see so many beautiful fig trees in one place. The good news is that my two trees overwintered in our unheated garbage without any issues. The bad news is that they haven't really done much of anything since then. Sure they've grown a bit but not at the rate I was expecting. I made sure to fertilize them well this spring but the leaves that developed were not nearly as large as they were when I first purchased the trees last year. I wonder what I'm doing wrong.
To top it all off, I only have one solitary fig this year. Granted, it generally takes at least two to three years for potted trees to set fruit but for some reason I thought fig trees were different. In any case, I've moved them to a sunnier part of the yard. I might start applying a liquid feed regularly as well, though I've read that fig trees are not heavy feeders.
If anyone has any advice on how to grow potted fig trees, please do share! Or I might just have to give Mr. Morle a call to pick his brain.