I’ve got a case of fig-tree envy!
I’ve recently been in touch with Pat, a fellow fig addict in Ajax, Ontario.
Pat sent me pictures of how he forms his fig plants into small, well-proportioned trees. Wow! Mine are sloppy by comparison.
Pat grows his figs in a tree form, instead of a multi-stemmed bush. (I like the tree form too, as it allows me to fit more plants into my garage!)
Pat doesn’t just prune to have one main trunk: he also encourages side branches to grow horizontally.
Making branches grow horizontally is common in commercial fruit-tree orchards because it encourages fruiting and allows air and light into the plant canopy.
Thanks Pat, having seen what you do, I’m motivated to focus on form. Beautiful!
Here's another shot of one of Pat's fig trees in training. Note he is using both rope and pieces of wood to help adjust the angle and straightness of the branches.