Gardening in Southwest Washington State. Aiming for good food, sustainability, diversity, ecological balance. Learning from tradition, science, experience, and experimentation. Growing fruits, vegetables, trees, and flowers. Growing from seeds, cuttings, divisions, and grafting. Puttering meditation.
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.