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Tips & Tricks

Transplanting a fig tree - explained step by step


If the fig tree in the bucket is too small for it, you can plant it in the garden. But it can also be transplanted inside the garden.

Although the fig does not originally come from Northern Europe, it has adapted so well that it can survive outdoors. If she has to change location after planting or if you want to plant the fig tree (Ficus carica) out of a container in the open, this is not necessarily a problem. However, you should pay attention to good soil conditions and some tips that we show you in this article.

Put the fig tree from the bucket in the garden

If you grow young figs and outgrow the trees from the tub, you have to move them over time. A good time to take the plunge from the bucket into the field is after two years. It used to be less recommendable because figs only become winter hardy over time. Use spring if possible to put the fig tree in the garden. Proceed as follows:

  1. The planting hole should be large enough so that the fig can take root well. We recommend a planting hole that is approximately three times the size of the root ball.
  2. Figs, like many plants, tolerate no waterlogging. Therefore, it makes sense to provide the planting hole with drainage. To do this, raise the hole a little deeper. With a drainage, the hole should be so deep that the upper edge of the fig roots is covered with about ten centimeters more earth than at the old location.
  3. Then fill gravel on the ground.
  4. Before transplanting, clean the roots of the fig and place it in the center of the hole. Make sure that the fig roots do not touch the edge of the hole. Without the old earth, the roots are unprotected and could be damaged.
  5. Fill the hole with a mixture of topsoil, sand, gravel and compost.
  6. So that the fig roots are surrounded by soil right from the start and there are no missing parts, you should always shake the fig gently during planting.
  7. Finally, secure the earth by gently treading it with your foot. Now you can pour the fig outdoors for the first time.

Put figs in the garden

You can also use figs that are already growing outdoors transplant in spring, The best time is before the tree gets fresh leaves. Soil frost should no longer be expected. The problem with transplanting is that the fig already has a large root ball, which is no longer limited by a bucket. Therefore, you should proceed as described below:

  1. Dig up the fig carefully. Start digging as far away from the trunk as possible and be careful not to damage much of the root. The more roots you take with you, the greater the chance that the fig will grow again.
  2. Look at the root ball and then dig a new hole. This should significantly exceed the root size. Put on a drain again.
  3. Place a stake in the hole. Then insert the fig and put soil in the hole. Finally step on the earth.
  4. The stake is used to give the fig a hold after being transferred. Simply tie the trunk to the stake.
  5. At the end, pour the fig you have poured on generously.

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