Figs are one of the easiest fruits to grow. Over 600 hundred varieties of figs are grown all over the world and are considered as one of nature’s most perfect food, the whole fruit is completely edible when eaten whole, fresh or dried; they make for a plethora of fig recipes. Learn the easiest way to grow a fig plant for a delicious summer bounty every year in your garden.
The simplest way to ensure a fig plant will start to bear fruit in the shortest amount of time is to seek a neighbor in your area who has one already established. Use a lopper to cut approximately three to four feet of one of the branches where fruit is attached. Lightly scrape one foot from the cut end of the branch by using a paring knife, cover the cut ends with wet newspaper or paper towels; roots will emerge from the ends.
Once rooted, prepare to plant the fig branch in either in a plant pot or directly in the ground with nutrient-rich compost; plant in a 12 in depth garden spot.
If a freshly-cut fig branch is not available, there are nurseries online you may purchase a dormant plant. However, it will take about three years before the plant will bear any fruit.
Rooted fig branches over three feet tall can begin to bud leaves and fruit after two summer seasons once planted; they can grow up to ten feet tall.
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