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Old 09-02-2019, 08:12 PM
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What is the best liquid fertilizer for fig trees?

My fig trees are in the chicken yard, which is somewhere around 100 yards from my house. To water my fig trees I run a hose from the creek and use a sump pump to pump water from the creek to the fig trees. This requires me to string out around 300 - 400 feet of hose.

To avoid all of that hassle, and as an experiment, I started using watering spikes and a one liter bottles of water next to the trees.

Two weeks after first using the spikes the fig trees are putting on new growth. One of the trees is doing very well, while one is a little slow on the uptake.

So why can't I use some type of liquid fertilizer in the water bottles?

A buddy of mine uses liquid fish fertilizer on his fruit trees and with excellent results, but I do not think he uses the spikes.

We probably have another two months of growing season here in Southeast Texas (September - late October), so why can't I use the last two months to get as much growth as I can?

If the spikes work well, the next step is to set up a rain barrel catch system for the chicken house, and add the fertilizer to the rain barrels. However, first I would like to experiment with the spikes and see how things go.

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If they are in the chicken yard do they really need fertilizer? gophers really like to eat the roots on fig trees. When mine are not doing well it is a gopher problem. I have lost several and last winter I dug up three and moved them to 5 gallon buckets. One had no roots at all. I put llama manure and triple 15 in the spring on all my fruit trees. Never have done liquid.
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If they are in the chicken yard do they really need fertilizer?
chicken yard is 1/2 acre, and sandy soil
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Fish emulsion works well for me.
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Manure tea if you or a neighbor has livestock that supplies manure. Look it up, good stuff and free.
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I use a hose end sprayer filled with whatever brand of 10-5-10 or 15-30-15 and hose everything down when I do the grass.

Figs generally do not need a lot of feeding if they are in soil that is not utterly depleted.
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Any compost tea will work... compost tea from worm castings is best.
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Long term, shred leaves and pile around the drip line of the trees and let them decompose.
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A buddy of mine uses liquid fish fertilizer on his fruit trees and with excellent results
Kev thats exactly what I am using with a lot of success on my fruit trees, including ones I have in large planter pots. Its worked better than anything else I have found and tried!
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Kev, do you ever get any frost at all or cold spells where you are? If so, I'd wait until spring to fertilize as you don't want to stimulate a lot of new growth right now, especially since figs are rather frost sensitive. That goes for a lot of other shrubs as well as they're trying to slow down in anticipation of a nice winter's sleep.

Figs are pretty resilient though. They'll grow out of frostbite pretty quickly in spring.
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our own urine diluted with water (1 part to 4 parts) is actually a good fertilizer :P
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Ok guys and gals I bought some liquid fish fertilizer off Amazon and my fig trees are doing great. More growth in the past month than I have seen in the past couple of years.

Rather than pouring the liquid fertilizer on the ground, I am using 1 liter bottles with spikes and putting the solution straight into the roots.
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I usually just put a couple of handfuls of 10-10-10 at the waterlines. They seem to like that, although some years they do well and others they don't. I have 3 in they yard in full sun that do fairly well. One at the edge of the jungle that doesn't produce well but is 25 feet tall but rangey.

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Kev, use a post hole digger to plant a 6 foot, 3" PVC pipe into the ground (3' in the ground, 3' out of the ground). Make sure you have holes driilled up and down the pipe on the lower 3'. Back fill and water to compact the dirt around the pipe. In the future, water your trees by filling up the PVC pipe. This will allow you to water and walk away, and the water will seep direction to the roots to water, rather than be absorbed by the topsoil.
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