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Fig tree and garden update | Spring

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Here’s an exciting update on the state of our elephant ear and jelly fig trees, and a special bonus if you make it to the end!

Fig tree and garden update - spring

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Another place with exciting developments this spring is our garden!

Long time readers will remember our love of our two fig trees and my obsession with their growth and productivity.  Read on for an update on this front!

Or feel free to skip this post if gardening isn’t your thing. I won’t be offended.

Elephant ear fig tree

I made the executive decision to prune the elephant ear fig tree this season.  Most gardening advice states that trees should be pruned in the “off” season, when the weather is colder and the tree is dormant.  I procrastinated a bit, and didn’t get to it until the beginning of April, when the weather was already warming up.

Since I was late, I sadly had to prune off a lot of the branches that already had buds ready to burst forth with leaves and figs!  

I was worried about the tree, but it seems to have bounced back very nicely with much fuller growth.  It’s much less skeletal in appearance, and I think the aggressive pruning will do it a whole lot of good.

It’s even started producing figs! Dozens of them. I’m looking forward to a massive crop later this summer.

In related news, I felt bad tossing out the nice branches, so I half heartedly prepped them in this fashion and stuck them into some growth medium.  I wasn’t expecting much, to be honest.

I was pleasantly surprised that they didn’t die! They stubbornly kept on growing slowly and producing leaves.

I separated them out into their own pots a few weeks ago.  I definitely stripped off some of their delicate root systems in the process, so I’m again doubly surprised that they’re still seemingly alive. We’ll see if they turn into little trees of their own.

My fig sapling count is rapidly increasing!

Jelly fig

Not to neglect the precious jelly fig saplings, here is an update on their growth as well.

In short, they are doing great!   After trimming off the silly little tiny figs that they had made, the branch and leaf growth really took off.  The parent tree is also lush and ready for a great growing season.

I’m looking forward to a great crop this year.  

As a bonus, here is a picture of the large raised planter bed that we made.

Large planter bed

What should we plant in this? I’ve got a couple of good ideas, so stay tuned for the next update on our garden!


Any special recommendations for our planter beds? How is your garden coming along this fine spring? Comment, share and subscribe!

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Xrayvsn June 14, 2019 - 4:11 am

Didn’t know you had a green thumb (I certainly don’t). I think it would be great to have fruit trees on my property but unfortunately don’t think I am in the right zone to have the types I would want.

The Darwinian Doctor June 14, 2019 - 8:11 am

I love watching things grow! Fig trees, plants, my investment portfolio, my kids, my blog. I love it all (not in that order).

What part of the country are you in? I assume somewhere colder?


Xrayvsn June 15, 2019 - 8:43 am

I’m southeast but still get somewhat colder winters that are not conducive for fruit trees

HighPlainsMD July 2, 2019 - 9:16 pm


Enjoying your blog. I like the fig updates. I live in a much colder climate (Zone 5/6). There are some cold hardy fig varieties that can survive here, but they must be grown in containers and kept inside during the coldest winter months. I just planted two in containers this year and eagerly awaiting growth – so I can relate.
Also, this guy in Sacramento area is by far my favorite youtuber when it comes to gardening advice and he has a ton to say about figs and citrus which has been very helpful to me. Not an ad, just good information.


The Darwinian Doctor July 3, 2019 - 2:24 am

Hey HighPlains!

I’m so thrilled that you’re enjoying the fig updates. I was completely resigned to my gardening posts to be just for my own fun.

I’ve read about the practice of unearthing fig trees to lay them in the dirt for a warm nap during the winter. I’m glad I don’t have to do this!

Good luck with your own fig plants. My small cuttings are vigorously trying to produce figs right now, but I’m pretty certain the fruit won’t be edible until the plants are more mature.

Thanks for the Youtube link; I’m definitely going to check it out!


Sharon Dealey April 8, 2020 - 12:06 pm

Just bought a house that has this tree. I think it looks like your fig tree. I’m in Michigan’s Livingston county. I hope you can open the link to my picture.

The Darwinian Doctor April 8, 2020 - 3:38 pm

Hi Sharon, I was able to open the link. The leaves on this bush seem to be more elongated than I’d expect from a fig tree.

I love the mystery of a new plant. Let us know what blooms eventually! Hopefully it’ll have some nice flowers.


Tree Trimming Brisbane January 26, 2024 - 12:44 am

Pruning a fig tree is essential for maintaining its health, productivity, and overall structure. Regular pruning helps remove dead or diseased branches, preventing the spread of diseases and promoting a more robust tree. Additionally, selective pruning encourages sunlight penetration and proper air circulation, leading to improved fruit production, healthier foliage, and an overall thriving fig tree.


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