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- Roswell, GA
I have a young fig tree outgrowing it’s current pot, when is the best time to plant in our ground…aka red georgia clay? & what are it’s idral growing conditions? Thank you.
- Oakland, OR
To answer your first question, you can plant your container-grown fig in the ground at anytime--the only exceptions are frozen ground or during a heat spell. Figs thrive best in full sun and well-drained, slightly acidic soil (pH 5.5 to 6.5). Moderate to regular water is best. The idea is to keep the soil slightly moist to moist (ideally like a well-wrung sponge), but never soggy. During hot weather you may need to water your fig one to three times a week, depending on the quality of your soil and whether or not you have a layer of mulch around the tree, which helps to conserve soil moisture.
One tip to keep in mind: The surface roots of figs can be easily damaged during deep cultivation and the roots spread out quite a bit. As such, it’s best to choose an area away from annual flower beds, vegetable beds, etc. By the way, last year we removed a fig tree that had been in a large pot for years and planted the tree in our native soil, which is also clay--the tree is doing fine. Good luck!