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Fig Tree height Issue

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BlackThumbed starts with ...
Hello all,

Attached to this are some photos of my St. Dominique Violette fig tree.
It's 4 years old and has you can see, the trunk of it has become very lanky (me being an ameteur thought nothing of it), and all of the fruiting laterals are at the top. My questions are:
1) Should i cut it down drastically so it can bush up? (like back to the 2 branches that have sprouted at the bottom
2) How could I use the branches or pieces from the top part (if i was to cut it off) to sprout new fig trees?

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Fruitylicious1 says...
Hi Blackthumbed

Traditionally figs are pruned during the dormant season from winter to early spring. Cut your fig tree 1/2-1/3 during the dormant season and harvest the stems that are between 1/2-3/4 inches thick much like the diameter of your pinky, between 6-12 inches long. You can grow them indoors during winter by planting 4 each cutting in a 6 inch pot lined with newspaper at the bottom. Perform a slanting cut at the top end of the stem and a flat cut at the bottom part and dip the bottom end with a rooting hormone to improve success. Use a propagating mix. Situate them in a bright spot near a window sill. Water them thoroughly and cover it with a two liter bottle with the top end cut off to simulate a greenhouse. Don't water unless the soil becomes dry.

When the danger of frost has passed slowly harden them outside. Put them in shaded spot first slowly exposing them to more sunshine. Once hardened you can plant them wherever you like permanently.

Next season when the new laterals have grown from the main trunk select 3-4 well spaced outward growing branches to be your main fruiting boughs. Religiously pruned them hard every winter for good fruit production including all inward growing laterals.

Happy Gardening :-)
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