Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees & flowers, & honeybees. Gardening for peace of mind.
Saturday, January 05, 2013
Fig Pruning. Lattarula.
Lattarula before pruning. This was a challenge. Growth this year was rampant, making thick tall canes, as tall as the house. Lattarula has a great breba crop, one of the best for me. I love this fig. I wanted to keep enough 2012 growth for a good 2013 breba crop. But also, prune back so it doesn't become too big. I don't want to climb a ladder to harvest figs. This photo is after taking lots of cuttings, so the tree was even more congested a week ago.
After. I pruned about half of the growth. There are about 10 branches pruned to stubs, which I want to make new canes at lower level, for fall crop and brebas for 2014. The rest are left for brebas, which I can prune away after they bear in mid Summer. That will make for a more compact tree. I also kept some prunings to start a tree at the Battleground place.