Plant Figs for a Wall

You can grow this delicious fruit at home. Just plant it against a sheltered south-facing wall and it should produce plenty of fruit.
Plant Figs Against South Facing Wall

Plant Figs Against South Facing Wall

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

When to Plant: Winter
At Their Best: Summer
Time to Complete: 2 hours to plant; 1 hour to prune

Materials Needed:

  • two-year-old pot-grown fig tree
  • paving stones
  • rubble, such as broken bricks
  • wires, vine eyes and twine
  • well-composted organic matter
  • granular, high-potash fertilizers
  • clippers

Dig a Pit

To restrict the fig's roots, dig a hole 2 feet square and deep, next to the wall. Line the sides with paving stones, but not the base. Add a 10-inch layer of rubble to the base for drainage, and top up with garden soil.

Dig Shallow Pit Next To Wall For Fig Tree

Dig Shallow Pit Next To Wall For Fig Tree

Photo by: DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - How to Grow Practically Everything, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Plant the Fig

Fix horizontal wires to the wall. Water the tree, then plant it in the center of the hole at the same depth it was in its pot. Firm in and water well. Apply a mulch of organic matter, keeping it clear of the stem. Tie the side stems to the wires, and remove any that grow toward or away from the wall. Water regularly for the first year, and in dry periods thereafter.

Aftercare and Harvest

In late spring the tree will produce some figs; then, in late summer, you will see a second crop of embryo fruits. In late autumn remove fruits larger than a pea because they tend to rot over winter, and protect the embryos against frost with fleece; these will ripen the next summer. Trim the tree in summer to encourage more fruit.

Pruning Figs

In the spring after planting, cut back the main stem to encourage side shoots. The following spring, cut back these new stems by half and remove weak growth. Cut over-long branches to 2 inches to promote fresh growth. Prune out stems that block light from fruits (Image 1). In summer, pinch out new shoots so five leaves remain on each stem (Image 2).

Keep Reading

Next Up

Twig Newton: How to Grow a Fig Tree

This resilient fruit tree thrives in colder regions and provides a yummy snack.

The Cold, Hard Facts on Protecting Potted Plants

Get tips for helping your potted plants survive winter.

Garden Plants and Flowers

Learn how to discover which plants underscore and help define a specific garden design style.

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Christmas Tree Alternative

Designer Casey Noble shows how to bring the look and feel of a Christmas tree to a small space by creating a wall-mounted version using MDF trim and fabric.

How to Grow an Avocado Tree: Guac 'n' Roll

Tips for turning that avocado pit into a thriving avocado tree and your next bowl of guacamole.

How to Make Sheet Music Christmas Trees

Bring the unexpected to your table with miniature Christmas trees made out of cut and curled sheet music. These fluffy trees will add texture and whimsy to any holiday arrangement.

How to Make a Front Porch Christmas Tree

Create a country-style look on the front porch this holiday season with some indoor/outdoor materials — and a few gifts from Mother Earth.

1,000+ Photos

Browse beautiful photos of our favorite outdoor spaces: decks, patios, porches and more.

On TV

Flea Market Flip

7:30am | 6:30c

Flea Market Flip

8:30am | 7:30c

Flea Market Flip

9:30am | 8:30c

Flea Market Flip

10:30am | 9:30c

Flea Market Flip

11:30am | 10:30c

Fixer Upper

7pm | 6c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Hawaii Life

8pm | 7c

Hawaii Life

8:30pm | 7:30c

Beach Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

Island Life

10pm | 9c

Island Life

10:30pm | 9:30c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

Beach Hunters

12am | 11c

Beach Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

Island Life

1am | 12c

Island Life

1:30am | 12:30c

Hawaii Life

3am | 2c

Hawaii Life

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.