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08/08/2013 at 12:48
Hi all ,i have a 2.5 feet high new fig tree in a pot,in good condition ready for planting out next year in a fig pit, being my first fig i need to know this, do i pinch out the small side shoots now forming just like they do on tomatoes which i know we all pinch out,, or are these future growth i may need , the plant was trained into 4 main parts ready to fan out and now im getting these healthy shoots starting ,also i have some small healthy shoots coming from the lowest part of the tree shall i pinch of or leave for future growth,im hoping to fan the tree out ,south facing on a proper fan support ,so pinch out or not,,im sorry i cant up a pic as the site wont let me,so manyofem Alan4711
08/08/2013 at 17:57

All pinching out should have ended on Mid-Summer Day.  21 June.

08/08/2013 at 19:27
hi Welshonion, when you say all pinching out are you talking about figs in general or everything as these have only just started to grow in the last couple of weeks
09/08/2013 at 00:47

Figs in particular.

09/08/2013 at 11:02
Hi Welshonion thats good to know,many thanks ,i wonder if i might ask will these side shoots turn into new branches and will i be able to train them as well as the 4 main ones as i like the idea of a more fuller fan i think they look much healthier or will i have to pinch them out next year,hope im not being too cheeky asking all this

Alan
09/08/2013 at 14:53

Every year, pinch out the shoots after five leaves. Sometimes they don't make five leaves so pinch them out at three or four.  But Mid Summer's Day is the last date you do it on, so that the shoot has time to grow more shoots before Autumn.

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