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Thread: Growing a fig tree without containing the roots (and which variety is most vigorous?)

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    Have you thought about planting a Kiwi Fruit I've read somwhere on here it grows vigourous and gives alot of coverage, I an vaguely remember someone calling it 'a thug' as it grows very fast.
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    VC has one growing through her greenhouse.
    Mine hasn't turned thuggish yet - still haven't got the main laterals laid down so it may be a while till it gets thuggish. Kiwis are vines so you would have to build a trellis first.

    How about Leylandii? Just make sure it gets pruned and managed properly

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    I'm the Thug owner - or was! Size of Kiwi fruit vine- warning!!
    Sorry the attachments are missing but it really was a monster - it would tap on the first floor bedroom window
    Like the fig, its leafless in winter so not much good as a screen.
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    [QUOTE=fishpond;1527200]Hi Buffs
    Is your fig container free standing or part buried
    It is freestanding,sitting on bricks,for drainage, on slabs beneath that, just think of 3/4 of an old style dustbin. I put a handful of BFB on in march and feed tomato fertiliser fortnightly from the start of June. In Feb o break off all the small buds off the tips of the branches, it then puts out loads more figs..whatever you decide, good luck as fresh figs taste great..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay-ell View Post
    How about Leylandii? Just make sure it gets pruned and managed properly
    Whatever your problem is, there's a solution less likely to make your neighbour shoot you in the face than leylandii. The problem is that the maximum height is unknown but 20m+ and even if you personally manage to get the pruning regime right (which isn't easy because they won't take hard pruning) if you ever move the next person will probably be less capable or less motivated and then you've blighted the lives of half the street for decades. The things should be on the same lists as Japanese Knotweed.

    If you want a fast growing but more easily manageable hedge, privet, portuguese laurel or almost any elaeagnus would be a better bet. Some of these also have the benefit of stopping at a saner height if neglected. A number of elaeagnus species won't exceed 3 - 5m, for example. Some elaeagnus also can fruit, although the best medium sized shrub for fruiting is unfortunately deciduous (elaeagnus multiflora).
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    I was about to make a radical suggestion - forget fast growing trees and have a fence. Instant privacy and you can grow whatever you like against it.....................

    Then I read that when the "fig" grows above 6' it will be taller than the fence and be in the sun!

    Does this mean that you already have a screen between you? I'm confused about what you're trying to achieve Run it past me again in words a chicken can understand!
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    I didn't elaborate in the first post to try to keep things a bit shorter, as I do have a habit of using more words than necessary at times!

    It's a few things really...

    - It is in the corner of the garden where two fences *should* meet but there is a 4 foot or so wide gap which I will "plug" with a piece of scrap fence I picked up. The existing fences are already different, so the new/old piece will mean three different fences all together in that corner which doesn't look good on the eye. Something growing in front of it will hide it nicely...

    - ...and will give privacy from next door's garden, but not from their upstairs windows.

    - I much prefer the view from our house (looking out) when I can see things growing rather than their house.

    - Our garden isn't that big, so we are trying to use as much of it as possible for growing.

    So that's the extended version!

    Many many thanks for all of the other replies. I've only popped in for a moment and am now heading back out, but will check all the other replies and respond later today.

    Cheers

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