Archive for August, 2010
Using Snow to Supply Moisture to Potted Fruit Trees
The snow will gradually melt and supply the fig tree containers with just the right amount of moisture at opportune times. It’s easier for the soil to slowly absorb the melted snow and you’ll have less water simply running through a frozen pot.
I learned this secret of fig tree care from a bonsai plant grower but it works great with my fig trees and other dormant fruit trees that are over wintered in unheated sheltered locations where they don’t receive any normal precipitation.
Just a Little Water Goes a Long Way with Dormant Plants
Be careful not to go overboard because these plants are dormant and don’t require routine watering, you just want to provide enough moisture to keep the soil from completely drying out. But don’t allow the soil to become the least bit water logged.
A light watering once every five or six weeks works out well for me with these dormant potted fruits and trees. They are low maintenance, have shed all their leaves, and are perfectly comfortable spending the entire winter cooped up in tight quarters with no light, no fertilizer, and very little water. Read the rest of this entry »
You can let go of the concerns over growing fruit trees in the backyard garden because figs have a way of erasing all the worries and reservations, especially when these easy to care for trees are raised in containers.
For the record, most fruit trees can be demanding in their space requirements, and less than welcoming about sharing territory with other plants. But fig trees will happily grow within rather confined quarters, and container grown figs are easy to train and maintain into a compact, standard tree form.
It’s Not Mission Impossible to Raise Fruit in the Home Garden
Where many tree fruits are considered almost impossible to cultivate without yielding to complex spray schedules to combat insects and diseases, fig trees are comparatively pest free and a cinch even for no-spray organic gardeners. And fig trees don’t leave you clinging to promises of the future; they will often begin bearing delicious fruit within a year or two. Read the rest of this entry »