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pruning young fig tree

12 years ago

Hi all,

about 2 or 3 years ago i purchased a dwarf fig, la petite negra, online. I live in a climate with cool winters so i keep it potted, and winter it in the basement. This year, after the new leaves started to emerge, i noticed that with the new growth the plant is maybe 2.5 to 3 feet tall. However, it is just a single stem with no branches and leaves growing only at the top. I've seen other posts about pruning to encourage branching, but in those cases the tree already had branches. What is the proper pruning for a younger tree like this, so that I can encourage nice branch growth while it is still relatively small? I will post pictures later, but if it is necessary to know, i noticed some little figs growing at the junction between last year's old growth and the start of the new growth. Thanks in advance.

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