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    What quantity do you consider productive for a small fig tree in a 5 gallon pot?
    What quantity do you consider productive for a fig tree in a 10, 15, 20, 30 or 55 gallon pot?
    Which common fig cultivars in your opinion grows too aggressively to remain in 5 gallon pots?

    These questions were answered in public discussions with members of the fig forums (6). The compiled answers combined with trialing the Japanese Commercial Fig Farming Prescriptive methods have led to my conclusion of approximately 10 to 15 figs per gallon of growing medium. For greater backyard fig production in my zone, by trial and error i've concluded that a small 5 - 7 gallon container can be as, or more productive than many larger sized containers requiring less resources, labor and winter storage space.

    The comparative production equivalents are;
    Container Size: Gallons Maximum Ripe Figs
    5 75
    10 150
    15 225
    20 300
    30 450
    55 825
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    Photo of a single fig tree fruiting branch...

    The fig tree was pruned to a low tree form with permanent scaffold branches, root pruned annually to reduce the root ball size in spring and grown in 5 gallon SIPs (Sub Irrigated Planters), the fig trees have produced 60 - 90 figs in 2nd or 3rd leaf in Northeast zone 6, which is equivalent to approximately one growing season in warmer zones. To maintain this level of production an automated irrigation system or diligent hand watering is needed since any extended dry period may cause figs to drop or retard production and vegetative growth.

    The following requirements (other than good ambient growing conditions) are essential for establishing and maintaining high production levels;
    1. A good Perennial Potting Mix (1).
    2. Scheduled fertilization, complete with Macro and micro nutrients (2).
    3. Pruning and training or retraining (3, 3a).
    4. Continuous / uninterrupted irrigation (4).
    5. Relatively healthy cultivar selected for zone or location (5).


    References:
    1. https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...ng-mix-recipes
    2. https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...-feed-schedule
    3.https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...a-and-maincrop
    3a. https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...-espalier-form
    4. https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...or-fig-culture
    5. https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...r-should-taste
    6. https://www.ourfigs.com/forum/figs-h...s-what-and-how
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