How to Prune a Brown Turkey Fig Tree

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Brown turkey fig trees, known for their bright green foliage and sweet, juicy fruit, are hardy, adaptable trees. While maintenance is minimal, the small amount the trees need will go a long way toward keeping them healthy and optimizing fruit production.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Pruning snips
  • Determine a pruning schedule for your tree. Typically, pruning occurs immediately after the figs have been harvested. Brown turkey fig trees bear fruit on the previous year's wood growth. Pruning too early in the season may mean you prune away all of the fruit-producing wood.

  • Determine the approximate age of your fig tree. Pruning is most important during the early years of the tree's life, especially the first five years. If your tree is less than 4 feet tall, chances are it is less than 5 years old. Most of the pruning needed for young trees serves the purpose of shaping them.

  • Prune your fig tree with pruning shears. For a young tree, cut the crown back; shorter trees make for easier fig harvests. For trees of any age, prune back any dead or damaged branches.

  • Clean up your pruning with pruning snips. Use the snips to remove twigs or very young growth that is too small to cut with your shears. When doing this, you can prune some of the offshoots from the main branches, although this is not necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not over-prune your brown turkey fig tree. These trees typically require very little to no pruning, and over-pruning can cost you a year's harvest.

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