Young trees are pruned to develop a tree structure that
supports the limbs that ultimately support the heavy
fruit load during the season. The goal of training is
to develop a sturdy tree and a canopy that is capable
of producing large crops and fills its allotted space.
Training occurs during the first 2 to 3 years after
planting and should be completed before fruit is allowed
Figs can be trained to the open center or delayed open center where the center is open and has
3 or 4 main scaffolds with no central leader. A delayed vase had wider spacing between scaffold branches
than an open center. Because figs are prone to winter injury in colder climates, it is best to
figs as a bush, where they can push enough new growth to produce a crop after cold injury. They
should be pruned in late winter to keep in bush form by cutting back to about 8 feet. Remember that
limbs on young trees sunburn easily. Protect exposed limbs with a 50:50 mix of white interior latex
paint and water or whitewash.
vase-shaped open center tier