When healthy and planted in a good location, fig trees can grow unbelievably quickly and become very productive. Here is a photo of my fig trees 15 months ago after I transferred them from pots into the ground.
What do they look like today on June 14, 2012? Check it.
Yup, pretty darn beastly if I do say so myself. Let's take a look at them in more detail.
I plan on taking pictures of these figs again in the winter after they have dropped all their leaves to show the overall form of each multi-stem shrub. I also plan on taking pics during the pruning process next March to better illustrate how I prune my figs. And stay tuned for an update on my fig espalier later this summer.
|Fig trees down the left wall of .09 Acres in late March, 2011.|
|Fig trees down the left wall of .09 Acres in mid June, 2012.|
|4 year old Negronne fig. This plant is almost 6 feet tall and equally as wide. I pruned it heavily in early March to encourage multiple branches to grow from the pruned areas. It is beginning to form a nice multi-stem shrub.|
|5 year old Violette de Bordeaux fig. This plant is almost 6 feet tall and nearly 8 feet wide. I also pruned it heavily in early March to maintain a mult-stem shrub. It is important for me to prune my figs to a manageable size in such a small yard.|
|Negronne and Violette de Bordeaux figs. Looking good.|
|Unbelievably prolific variety of fig. But it takes great patience to watch these little VdB figs grow and ripen.|
|More young VdB figs. I'm optimistic that this will be an epic year for figs.|