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I would be grateful for some advice on pruning fig trees please. My trees are about 4 years old and this is the second year that I have been lucky enough to pick fruit, however I am unable to reach the fruit on the higher branches.

Your advice would be gratefully received.

Thank you

Kind regards

Carol

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Hi Carol,

The best thing to do at this stage is to wait until winter when the tree is dormant to prune it. Figs usually require very little pruning because they naturally form a nice shape but pruning does help to control the shape and size of the tree so as you say, can reach the top branches 🙂

Once the tree is dormant prune any damaged, dead or diseased branches. Take out any branches that are crowding the middle of the tree and any branches that are crossing over. Then just shorten the other branches, the ones that may be out of reach for you. Only take up to 20% of the tree off, so don’t get too overzealous. You want to leave some current season’s growth on the tree so you get some early figs as well.

Prune on a dry day as pruning on wet days can increase the chance of fungal diseases. Use sharp and clean equipment. A winter spray with liquid copper can help prevent any fungal diseases.

I hope you have many more figs to come 🙂

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