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Old 05-16-2017, 11:21 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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As a kid we had half a dozen edible fig trees in California (Bay Area) for many years and never had any problems with the roots. Those are one of the first trees cultivated by humans, and over the centuries have become developed to be drought tolerant with deep roots. Other ficus are invasive and in tropical climates where they thrive have to be carefully monitored or removed to avoid damage to property and other trees. I have several India Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) trees as bonsai, grown from seed started in 2005. They would die in winter outdoors here, but even if in the south would never plant one in the ground. This guy in my office window is only 16" tall, but you can see all of the aerial roots that would now be in the ground and spreading if not in a compact pot. Sorry about it being sideways!
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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Mmmm FIGS! Thanks for the pics and story. Wow! Impressive is right. I'm more impressed with the suckers coming from the roots. The thing is an alien. You need to get that ground frozen a bit but I assume SoCal that wont be happening. lol

Did you mention how old the Fig tree was? Was it just 1??

I've always been worried about mine being so close but so far after 10yrs, no big root issues. I cut it back each winter and it takes till mid May to show signs of life.


Posted some pics here.
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:47 PM
 
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As a kid we had half a dozen edible fig trees in California (Bay Area) for many years and never had any problems with the roots. Those are one of the first trees cultivated by humans, and over the centuries have become developed to be drought tolerant with deep roots. Other ficus are invasive and in tropical climates where they thrive have to be carefully monitored or removed to avoid damage to property and other trees. I have several India Banyan (Ficus benghalensis) trees as bonsai, grown from seed started in 2005. They would die in winter outdoors here, but even if in the south would never plant one in the ground. This guy in my office window is only 16" tall, but you can see all of the aerial roots that would now be in the ground and spreading if not in a compact pot. Sorry about it being sideways!
The figs growing on my garden had a paw shape leaf. or maple leaf shape?
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Old 05-16-2017, 07:07 PM
 
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More suckers popping up. More roots to be removed.







This one is creeping near the sidewalk.
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Old Yesterday, 12:45 PM
 
Location: SWCT - close to coast
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More suckers popping up. More roots to be removed.

This one is creeping near the sidewalk.
Thanks for the updates and pics! That's insane. I cant imagine the work and effort being put in there to battle it.


As I was doing some spring cleaning I thought about this thread. I was raking near the foundation and kept pulling up roots.


As much as I love figs, I may have to take this tree down. . Thing is, I am not getting new shoots everywhere like you but the roots are disturbing. They aren't nearly as extensive or large as yours though. They are easily choppable











Amazing how far it travels! They are long too



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Old Yesterday, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, CA
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I bought a potted fig tree about 10 yrs and have it in my living room in the pot. It was about 4' when I got it and now goes to ceiling which I think is 10'. Love that tree and does not bear figs and I've never cut it down which some say would make it fuller. I hate to cut it down now.

My mother had a fig tree in front of her house in PA and every winter would bend it and bury it with mulch/leaves and then with snow when snow came, and in spring the fig tree popped to life. I think I got mine in her memory.
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Old Yesterday, 08:00 PM
 
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Which reminds me; (adult material)
When I was younger I kinda understood that the romans and greeks had smaller junk since the fig leaf was able to cover everything up. Further I never understood why the artist would use a fig leaf since there a tiny hairs on the underside of the leaf that secret a mild irritant.
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Old Yesterday, 11:20 PM
 
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Thanks for the updates and pics! That's insane. I cant imagine the work and effort being put in there to battle it.


As I was doing some spring cleaning I thought about this thread. I was raking near the foundation and kept pulling up roots.


As much as I love figs, I may have to take this tree down. . Thing is, I am not getting new shoots everywhere like you but the roots are disturbing. They aren't nearly as extensive or large as yours though. They are easily choppable


Amazing how far it travels! They are long too


Oh, once you get rid of the main trunk, any roots left over will start sprouting new shoots! Your fig is still pretty small. The one growing on my yard was at least 15ft tall and getting the way of the power lines.

And yeah, those roots are invasive.... Still removing a few here and there.

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Old Today, 08:18 AM
 
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Default Fig Tree in Pot for Fruit, garage in winter. Is this okay?

Can you keep a fig tree in a pot and have fruit? We live upstate NY and one survived with coverring with mulch, then one harsh winter with a deep freeze killed it. I bought some others and have them in a pot that I place in the garage. Is it okay to care for them in this manner?
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Old Today, 08:21 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Yes, just make sure when you do bring them back out it's a nice cloudy day.
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