Fig Planting


After many years of experience with figs, Billy Hopkins has finally written down his can't-fail formula for figs. Directly from the grower to you.


Prepare a hole that's 6” wider than the container and 2” deeper. Mix 50% of your existing soil and 50% top soil. Put some of the prepared soil in the hole, place the plant in the hole and then fill around the root ball. Be careful not to bury the plant to deep, it should be no deeper than the soil line in the container.


Water the plant every day for the first month. After that, it should be watered 3 to 4 times a week, depending on our rainfall. After the tree is established use your judgment as to how much water the plants needs. Such as if the plant is wilting add more water.


In mid- to late-February, cut your plant back by one third of the previous year's growth. It is important to cut your fig back to force it to initiate the new growth for the current growing season and maintain the overall size of the plant. The new growth will provide the figs for the current year.

At the same time, fertilize with a Palm Special 13-3-13 using one-fourth less than recommended on the fertilizer label. From February until October, fertilize, still using one-fourth less, every two months. Stop all fertilizing through winter, allowing the plant to rest until the next February.