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How to plant a fig tree


Overview

Monty Don demonstrates how to plant a fig tree by lining a hole with paving slabs to curtail the roots and stimulate fruit production.
Do it: spring or autumn


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ShensiHarness 24/11/2011 at 15:28

How can I protect 3 foot high avocado trees which I have grown from "seed" this year.I go away for the winter(3 months).The plants are in sheltered corners.Should I smother them in compost or horse manure..for warmth or surround with a coat of bubble wrap ?
or bury under lots of garden cuttings..branches & the like?
Any suggestions

lionelshriver 13/04/2012 at 20:35

A really helpful video as I am about to plant a fig tree. I am not sure what variety it is - is there any way of telling? Will this planting method keep the height reasonable?

Pretzel 24/11/2012 at 12:47

All his advice is great, as always, but the video concentrated more on him and the fruit on the tree than on the PLANTING HOLE which is what I'm interested in (how to PLANT a fig tree). More shots and info, please, on the HOLE - depth, width and so forth. From the very quick glimpses we got, it seemed very small - ? With the paving stones sticking up higher than the surrounding ground - ? And he said the hole was lined with paving stones; we could see four around the edges but was there one at the bottom as well (or just the rubble) ?

Dovefromabove 25/11/2012 at 08:50

There was soil at the bottom and he tipped the rubble on top of the soil.

Italophile 26/11/2012 at 09:10

Pretzel wrote (see)
All his advice is great, as always, but the video concentrated more on him and the fruit on the tree than on the PLANTING HOLE which is what I'm interested in (how to PLANT a fig tree). More shots and info, please, on the HOLE - depth, width and so forth. From the very quick glimpses we got, it seemed very small - ? With the paving stones sticking up higher than the surrounding ground - ? And he said the hole was lined with paving stones; we could see four around the edges but was there one at the bottom as well (or just the rubble) ?

A hole about a metre by a metre a metre will do the job. As Dove says, spread the rubble on top of the soil in the bottom of the hole. It will help to contain the roots, the whole point of the exercise. Mine, planted about three years ago, is about 8' high and won't get much taller. Now it's a matter of encouraging lateral growth.