PRUN­ING

Gardeners' World - - Monty Q & A -

QI have a ‘Brown Turkey’ fig in a 40-litre pot. It fruits heav­ily ev­ery year and is get­ting very big. Can I hard prune it into a man­age­able shape? @Jen­nyErby

You cer­tainly can, Jenny – and prob­a­bly should. Figs grow well as cor­dons, fans or just cut back to size. The best time to do this is in April – just as new shoots start to ap­pear. How­ever, they pro­duce fruit on the pre­vi­ous year’s growth, so new growth will not give you any edi­ble fruit un­til late sum­mer 2020.

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mov­ing to a small gar­den with a bam­boo, at least six me­tres high. I’d like to keep it but how do I prune it? @paulam­ckenna7454

Bam­boo never ‘needs’ prun­ing, so should only be cut for your taste or con­ve­nience. The way to do this is to re­move whole canes right at the base of the plant so that you achieve a pleas­ing, un­clut­tered bal­ance – but do not try to re­duce the height of in­di­vid­ual canes. Only re­move the old­est canes and try to take them from the cen­tre of the clump, and never take more than a third in any year. You can do this at any time, but when­ever you do it wa­ter well and feed monthly dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son with liq­uid sea­weed.

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