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Fig
Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

In general, edible figs like hot summers to produce good crops, but there are many varieties that bear excellent fruit in the coastal Southern California climates where summers are cooler. For these climate zones, it is important to choose varieties (such as \'White Genoa\', \'Brown Turkey\', and a host of others) that need less heat to ripen well.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

  • February
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Prune

        Prune lightly to maintain good branch structure and size.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

    • Propagate

        Propagate by stem cuttings taken at pruning time, before the new leaves.

  • March
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Fertilize

        Fertilize with a balanced plant food. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, since they inhibit fruit formation.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use and protect surface roots.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

  • April
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

  • May
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

  • June
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

    • Harvest

        Harvest small early summer crop (this crop may be quite small after a cool spring). Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

  • July
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

  • August
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

    • Harvest

        Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

  • September
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

    • Harvest

        Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

  • October
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Protect

        Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

    • Harvest

        Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

  • November
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Water

        Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

    • Harvest

        Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

  • December
    • Buy

        Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

    • Plant

        Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

        Control snails and gophers.

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • Buy

            When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • February

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • March

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • April

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • May

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • June

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • July

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • August

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • September

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • October

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • November

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

            • December

              Buy plants from reputable sources to make sure you get the varieties best suited to your climate.

          • Plant

            When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • January

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • February

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • March

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • April

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • May

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • June

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • July

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • August

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • September

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • October

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • November

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

            • December

              Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.

          • Sow Seeds

            When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Fertilize

              When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Fertilize with a balanced plant food. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, since they inhibit fruit formation.

            • Water

              Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • April

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • May

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • June

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • July

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • August

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • September

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • October

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

              • November

                Water regularly but deeply during the growing season. Periodic deep soakings will help leach salts from the soil, assuring a better crop. Avoid over-watering when fruit is ripening, since this can cause fruit to split.

            • Prune

              When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • February

                Prune lightly to maintain good branch structure and size.

            • Mulch

              Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • March

                Mulch to conserve water use and protect surface roots.

            • Protect

              When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • June

                Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

              • July

                Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

              • August

                Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

              • September

                Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

              • October

                Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.

            • Pest/Disease Inspection

              What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • February

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • March

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • April

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • May

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • June

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • July

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • August

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • September

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • October

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • November

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

              • December

                Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.

            • Treat for Pest/Disease

              How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • January

                Control snails and gophers.

              • February

                Control snails and gophers.

              • March

                Control snails and gophers.

              • April

                Control snails and gophers.

              • May

                Control snails and gophers.

              • June

                Control snails and gophers.

              • July

                Control snails and gophers.

              • August

                Control snails and gophers.

              • September

                Control snails and gophers.

              • October

                Control snails and gophers.

              • November

                Control snails and gophers.

              • December

                Control snails and gophers.

            • Transplant

              When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Propagate

                When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • February

                  Propagate by stem cuttings taken at pruning time, before the new leaves.

              • Harvest

                When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

                •  Jan
                •  Feb
                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec
                • June

                  Harvest small early summer crop (this crop may be quite small after a cool spring). Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

                • August

                  Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

                • September

                  Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

                • October

                  Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

                • November

                  Harvest main late summer/fall crop. Pick fruit only when fully ripe -- it should come off easily from the branches.

              • Special requirements

                Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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                •  May
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                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
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                •  Dec

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