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How to prune my young fig tree which has only a few leaves

15 years ago

Hello,

I been reading lots of information on pruning fig trees, but can't figure out how I can shape my young plant.

My fig tree was planted 3 years ago. I think it's a Carita ("golden" fig tree). It has a short trunk and has 3 main branches coming out in a goblet formation and 1 in the centre. It's only ever had a few fruit and a few leaves at the end of the branches. It is now 3 metres (10 feet) tall.

I've been afraid to prune it so far, since it would have meant leaving the tree with no leaves at all.

This year, ramifications have started to form on the branches of the goblet.

PROBLEM: I like the form of the tree, but want ramifications on the branches of the goblet closer to the ground and keep the tree as short as possible.

1) How do I prune the tree to keep the form, but have it shorter?

2) What times of year are safe for pruning young fig trees? Is now a good time? I don't mind losing fruit in order to get a better tree shape.

Below, are some photos of my tree. Full view of tree:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10571274@N04/3493222923/

View of the branches of the goblet:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10571274@N04/3494040844/

Thank you in advance for your help!

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