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Moving a fig tree

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BBbevan Fri 07-Jul-17 11:09:08

We have recently moved into a new house. We have a small fig tree against the garden fence. We have had to move it as next door are having a new fence. We have read up on what figs like, and dug a big hole in the garden ,yesterday. We have lined it with paving slabs. Said fig has now been moved and is looking decidedly droopy. Will it survive? And is there anything we should do to ensure this?

TriciaF Fri 07-Jul-17 13:30:22

A neighbour here (SW France) moved a fig tree from a dry pebbly spot against an outside house wall to a similar dry pebbly spot agaist a barn and it did well; Perhaps rather droopy at first.Here's some info from google:
"Growing conditions
Fig thrives best in areas of moderate relative humidity and can be grown at higher elevations in areas of low rainfall. Fig requires some dry months, particularly at the flowering and fruiting periods and some sources, state that they require some winter chilling. They are light demanding plants and will grow best with 8 hours or more of direct sunlight. Fig can grow in virtually any soil type but prefer a sandy-clay loam within a pH range of 6.0 to 8.0 tolerating soils with high lime content. A soil depth of 1 – 1.5 m is sufficient for growth. Figs can also grow in rocky areas from sea level to 1,700 meters."

TriciaF Fri 07-Jul-17 13:32:29

ps eldest daughter has one growing against her garage wall in SE England. Not sure if she's had any fruit from it though.

BBbevan Fri 07-Jul-17 14:21:10

Thank you TriciaF . Perhaps we will be patient and see if it revives itself.🤞🏻

fiorentina51 Fri 07-Jul-17 15:13:24

Our fig tree has been moved three times over the past 10 years and is quite happy after an initial droopy strop. It's got a good crop of fruit this year too. It is in a sunny south facing position in Worcestershire.

Have to say our next door neighbours grew bananas one year in their North facing garden. They were small and not especially tasty but it was a talking point when visitors came!

BlairGuerrero Mon 24-Jul-17 05:32:51

I think it requires proper care in its new place. You need to take more care of your fig tree for few days. Or else, consult any professional gardening team who can give you simple tricks and tips for maintaining its health. A friend of mine has done the same thing when some plants in her gardening started looking droopy. As she lives in Sydney, so she has consulted the well known gardening professional (www.gardeningnorthside.com.au/) in her area. Her garden looks much healthy and beautiful now.

Liz46 Mon 24-Jul-17 08:16:32

I haven't got any advice but am just sending best wishes to your fig tree! We have one in a big pot and are busy counting the figs that are forming. It is a Brown Turkey and we are in NW England. I feed it every week and generally keep an eye on it.

Iam64 Mon 24-Jul-17 08:48:42

Liz46, good to see my fig in a big pot has a friend in the north west. Mine was beginning to lose leaves with that yellow look so I've been feeding and it's rallied. We had three gigs this year, though I grew the plant because of memories of Greece rather than in anticipation on a crop.

Liz46 Mon 24-Jul-17 08:58:22

You just brought back a memory of a very old lady in Greece who was selling figs at the side of the road. There was a language problem so we just offered her what we thought they were worth. She was obviously thrilled so I guess we gave her too much!

Iam64 Mon 24-Jul-17 15:00:33

! So many people still expect food to be very inexpensive in Greece and people are having tough times. Be pleased you made her day Liz x

BBbevan Wed 16-Aug-17 06:18:17

Just an update on our fig. After a week or so looking very sorry for itself, all the leaves fell off. We thought it was dead. Now however it is covered in buds and small new leaves. I am so pleased