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sjm1108us

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Hello,
I am new on this site and I just figured out how to post on this, 1st want to say sorry for bothering some of you on PM :(.

My question is I planted a Chicago fig last year. this year its doing really good. has a lot of figs hopefully God willing will get some figs by the end of July. 

The tree is about 5 to 6 feet tall, probably three years old has a nice root system, bought it from starks brother I hear that is a very reputable company. I want to prune it by half . in mid august is this a good idea or will it kill my plant come winter. I live in Northern NJ zone 7A.

Thank you,
Stephen

Ps: If I do prune in mid august will have a lot of clippings left over after I plant some for myself. if any would like to buy. not sure how to send without killing cuttings. if anyone can let me know that will be helpful also.

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I believe the best way is to prune at the end of season around November, after the tree dropped all the leaves and went dormant, or next spring before it breaks bud, around Feb-March.
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I'd let the young tree grow another 2-feet then prune when dormant.
Tree may continue to ripen figs! Starting mid-November, advertise 
cuttings on F4F, confirm availability and price then cut fresh, prepare
for shipping and mail.

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there are excellent links about pruning in the  forum  "search".  I would read them before pruning.

Bill,  Md

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Thanks for all the advice,
I have one more question I tried looking it up in forum, couldn't find anything on it. I have a very bad weed problem were I want to plant my cuttings after a little pruning, can I mulch the area after I get rid of weeds?  will that do anything to the cuttings growth?
Thank you,
Stephen

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I am not sure what your soil looks like, but I would avoid anything that holds in a lot of moisture around new cuttings.  You want the soil to be well aerated, and slightly moist.
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sjm1108us

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The soil is pretty good, my wife and I moved here 2 years ago. There is
a patch of land in the back yard that was untouched by us, the pre ious
owners had a garden there, i have my garden some other spot. didn't
know what to do there. Thanks to these figs Now I have an idea.

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I'm new to figs, but experienced in general gardening, so take my advice with that in mind.
You should know what the weeds are that you want to remove before attacking them. Some weeds will spread and become worse if you try to rototill them, and should be dug up instead.
I'd be inclined to start fig cuttings in containers, at least for the first year, which gives you a lot of control, and they won't be competing with the weeds. The potted cuttings can be sunk in the ground in spring, and grown that way to start them..

As for the weedy garden, if the weeds aren't aggressive, or an invasive species, turning it all over and amending the soil in the fall would be a good idea, imho. Depending on how large the garden is, once prepared, you might consider covering it with black plastic, weighted down, and well perforated to let rain through. Remove the plastic in the spring, and go from there.
I hope this helps--good luck!
sjm1108us

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Thanks for the advice red, I already pulled out the weedd yesterday
the garden is about 5 feet X 7 feet. Took my wife and I about 45 minutes
pull the weeds they didn't have deep roots. They take about 1 month to
grow back. Next week I'm going to put black garbage bags, bought
mulch and dirt to weigh it down, put the tree cutting in, if it doesn't catch
I have plenty more tree cuttings. From my pruning from next year.

And i already have few cuttings in pots. Gave a few of them away didn't
realize that a fig plant can bring such happiness to people :))
Thanks again for all the helpful advice

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