Posted: 07/02/2014 at 09:22
I have a large fig tree (Brown Turkey) and have just given it a good thining out and reduction of height for the second time in about 5 years. As it has several 'trunks' (as do other trees we inherited) I cut one out quite low from the middle and with long handled loppers cut longer branches back by 3/4 feet. I have left some longer branches which have young fruit on and they will no doubt be cut out next time. The tree grew well after the last 'trim' and still produces loads of fruit. Leave some branches with young fruit on so you will at least have some this year. Do the pruning now before the sap rises as the 'bleeding' sap can irritate. Watch out for extra growth from the roots.