How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Site selection

Figs do best in areas with full sun. They are hardy trees adapted to many soil conditions. They grow best in soils with a depth of 4 feet or more but they also survive in shallower soils with hardpan or claypan layers. Figs also grow on soils high in lime but are sensitive to excessive sodium and boron. A reduction in yield and tipburn may be observed under these conditions. Avoid areas that may accumulate water, leading to rots.

Figs, though tropical in appearance, are actually quite tolerant of a range of growing conditions. They do well in areas where winter temperatures do not drop below 15° F. However, young trees may be severely injured by early fall frosts where the temperature drops to 25° to 27° F or winter killed with temperatures of 18° to 22° F. Warm daytime summer temperatures of 90° to 100° F are usually required to produce a dried fig crop. Fresh figs do not require as high a temperature range.

Sites with late summer or fall rains should be avoided because this period of humidity may cause the fruit to spoil or split before it is ready to harvest.

Site selection
Avoid low areas that accumulate water

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