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08/02/2014 at 12:29

Hello everybody , last year I asked advice about Fig trees , well yesterday I bought one , I intend to plant it on my allotment , south facing against a water cube , with wind break netting , I have got some slabs to line the planting hole

Any more advice would be appreciated ?

 

08/02/2014 at 13:25

Hello GWRS

slab restriction ,in as sunny and warm position as possible is basically it.  I would scatter a little organic fertiliser there too.  Dont forget to water well in the summer....although figs can cope in dry weather they do need water to establish themselves. 

Is it Brown Turkey?  

08/02/2014 at 15:15

Thanks for the advice , yes it is Brown Turkey

Looking forward already to eating my figs also makes a really nice chutney which goes well with a bit of mature cheddar 

08/02/2014 at 18:48

A freshly picked warmed by the sun fig is delicious.  

08/02/2014 at 21:54

I have to admit.  I have never grown figs.  In fact, apart from seeing the fruits on market stalls etc.  The only sightings of figs in this country has been, as they are grown close to a wall.  I wish you well.  Please keep us updated.

09/02/2014 at 12:10

I also have only seen them against walls , so this is definitely an experiment

My thinking is these water cubes hold 1000 litres and last summer I noticed after a few sunny days the water was Luke warm , so I'm hoping that it will have the same effect as a wall but there is only one way to find out 

I'll keep you posted - regards

 

09/02/2014 at 12:32

I don't know what the water cube is made of but the use of a specialist black paint might help.  The water would absorb more heat from the sun (always supposing we get some that is  ) and give the tree some extra warmth ?

09/02/2014 at 13:58

The cubes are made of plastic , within a metal cage

Your idea is worth thinking about , many thanks for the suggestion 

09/02/2014 at 15:20

ours is against west wall,sheltered,inherited so unsure of variety,last 2 years had plenty of friut, am planning to prune a bit harder this year though,it's taking over

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