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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
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    February
    1. Buy

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. Prune

    Prune lightly to maintain good branch structure and size.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    6. Propagate

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

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, since they inhibit fruit formation.
    4. 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.
    5. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use and protect surface roots.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    April
    1. Buy

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    May
    1. Buy

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    June
    1. Buy

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    7. 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
    1. Buy

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    August
    1. Buy

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    7. Harvest

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

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    7. Harvest

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

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Protect

    Protect ripening fruit from birds with netting, if necessary.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    7. Harvest

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

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. 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.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
    6. Harvest

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

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

    Plant in full sun in well-drained soil.
    3. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails. Also watch for gophers, which love fig roots.
    4. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Control snails and gophers.
  • 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!

    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?

    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?

    March

    Fertilize with a balanced plant food. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, which will discourage fruiting.

    Fertilize

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

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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?

    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.

    Propagate

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

    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?

    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.

    July

    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.

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