How to Transplant a Fig Tree Like a Pro
Growing Figs in containers is super easy and transplanting this tree is even simpler. You just need to keep few things in mind to transplant like a pro!
There are many types of figs native to this part of the world. I have sourced three types of figs for my kitchen garden. large green ones, large black ones and small ones that turn purple when ripe. I will share their story in an upcoming post.
The large green one was grown from a cutting that my friend got from her old Fig tree in the North Nazimabad area. It came in a small 5 inch deep pot with 4 leaves and two tiny branches. After a couple of weeks, I transplanted the newly rooted cutting to a 12 inch deep pot. More space for roots and monsoon, encouraged fast growth and soon it needed to be re-potted one again !
Usually, potted fruiting trees are transplanted to bigger pots each year or after two years to give growing roots more space and food. This is done in early spring or during monsoon season. But with hardy trees like Figs, in my experience, you can transplant it any time of the year in Karachi where it never gets too cold. unlike most of the trees, Figs adopt quickly to the change and continues growing and fruiting without a delay.
The tree produces fruit minimum twice a year. Some of the potted figs at my home keep producing through out the year. But for the transplantation to be a success you need to know few rules!
How to Transplant a Fig Tree Like a Pro!
(Applies to all plants)
Plants are living things, they breath, communicate and make a spot, in your garden, their home. When its time to move them to a bigger home, you need to prepare your plants for the change.
- Water your plants well at least 4 hours before you change their pot. This will help the roots soak up all the water and avoid the shock of transplant completely.
- Always transplant in the evening when the hot sunlight can not strain the newly potted plant.
Select a pot that is at least double in size than your previous pot. Cover the drainage hole and fill a quarter of the pot with soil and compost mix. Next, Gently, place your potted plant in the centre on the new big pot. Start filling in the soil all around it making sure it comes up to the level of the soil in the pot in the centre.
Gently, lift the pot in the center. There you have a perfectly sized planting hole!!!
To remove the plant from the pot, keep your left hand around the bottom of the stem and with your right hold the bottom of the pot. Gently, invert the pot and tap lightly on the the ground or table, making sure that the plant is not damaged. You should be able to get the roots wrapped around the soil in exact shape of the pot.
Now simply slide down your plant in to the planting hole that you made earlier.
Lightly, loose up some soil from the sides of the Fig roots with your fingers. Do not over do this step. Next, make sure both soil surfaces should match. If there is some difference, no worries, add some more soil !
Finally, add a layer of a mulch. This can be coconut husk, hay, newspaper, dry fruit shells or wood chips. I used some peat moss.
You can use this garden hack to transplant seedlings from a tray. Works every time!
I am still waiting for the first fruits to come on this plant. It is almost 6 months old now. Meanwhile, I am enjoying other figs and dozens of free figs from a tree that is growing all over the city and people do not know about it!
I will be sharing a Fig Preserve recipe and my Story of Figs in my garden in coming days.
Image copyright: Yasir Husain.