A: You won’t damage a healthy fig by pruning. The first step is to decide how tall you want the fig to be. Then subtract a couple of feet to account for summer growth. Assuming you think 8 feet would be a desirable height, cut everything back to 6 feet tall. You will get regrowth that is much more controllable if you make every cut back to the base of a limb or just beyond a limb sprout. Try to never leave a short stub: These invite limb rot. Remove limbs as needed to give yourself at least 3 feet of walking room around the plant. As you work, remove any dead limbs or ones that cross from one side of the fig to the other. Pruning a fig is a yearly task. If you do it right, you’ll have a bushy plant loaded with fruit in late summer. I have details about growing figs at bit.ly/GAfig.
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