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

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    Our neighbour had to cut a tree or two in their garden where it meets the corner of ours, which has now left a large gap we want to cover. We've been thinking about what to put there and are thinking of a fig tree...

    I understand that it is a good idea to contain the roots of figs so that they produce more fruit rather than foliage. But because we are growing this for cover and privacy, we want it to grow large quickly. So we are thinking of growing it and letting the roots run free.

    What I wondered is whether we are still likely to get at least some fruit growing it like this. How much of a difference does it actually make in terms of how much fruit you get?

    Also, are there any particular varieties of fig that are more vigorous and faster growing than others?

    And finally, the spot in question is well sheltered but a bit on the shady side. Once it gets to over 6 foot, it will get a lot of sun because it will be taller than the fence. But until then.... Are we stupid to be thinking about growing it in a spot that is predominantly shady from ground up to 6 foot?

    Many thanks. This forum has really been a godsend

    Max

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    How tall a ladder do you own? The figs fruit on last seasons growth so if you're letting it grow unfettered that growth is going to be high up so that's how far you're going to have to stretch to pick the fruit.
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    My fig has suckered itself many times. I've chopped the top off it and turned it into a hedge because I can't reach the top fruit (as Jay-ell says).
    Its not very good for privacy as its leafless throughout winter. They're just starting to appear now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    My fig has suckered itself many times. I've chopped the top off it and turned it into a hedge because I can't reach the top fruit (as Jay-ell says).
    Its not very good for privacy as its leafless throughout winter. They're just starting to appear now.
    I hope it's in full leaf for the 6th May

    My figs (in pots) are just starting to open their buds. The figs developing on them are near the tips of last year's growth. Last year I went through and removed all the figs that wouldn't ripen so that they could concentrate on the crop this year.
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    May have to resort to rhubarb - bigger leaves
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    The other thing to remember is it will spread into their garden. Not just the roots but the branches. It's an ongoing job keeping a 'free-range' fig under control.
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    I have mine in an old plastic dustbin cut down to about 2ft, about 50/55 ltrs volume of john innes No3, after about 10 yrs it is 6ft tall and about 7/8 ft out each side, trained as fan, it has nearly 40 fruit on it at the moment, but it does sit facing the south, as it would not prosper round here otherwise. my plant is a Brown Turkey, which I got as a small 3ins cutting , just paying postage. if you are going to be keeping it in shade it will have to be tough..

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    Hi Buffs
    Is your fig container free standing or part buried---do you have a piccy?
    Feed the soil, not the plants.
    (helps if you have cluckies)

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