For many nature enthusiasts, the idea of planting their own fruits and vegetables is exciting but overwhelming. Sal Taddeo Jr., is a businessman from New Jersey who has a passion for horticulture and planting fig trees in hundreds of varieties. Although many may find it difficult to successfully grow their plants, he has not only seen great success in growing fig trees in hundreds of varieties, as well as engineering an irrigated potting soil.
Taddeo’s company, Sallee Figs, gives a very detailed account of growing fig trees at http://www.fig-trees.com or at http://www.salleefigs.com. His technique includes the use of his own customized, engineered irrigated potting system which is also for sale through the company. The site explains that fig trees are self-fruitful. This simply means that they do not require cross-pollination to produce fruit and will produce figs through pollen from the same cultivated variety. This grants beginners some grace as they only need one plant to care for and still reap the results. The plants can often grow upwards of 30 feet high and 10 feet wide but Taddeo explains that the fig trees can, however, be kept at smaller sizes with pruning if adequate space is a concern. Allowing fig trees the proper amount of sunlight to grow is the key factor in successfully growing the plants. These trees require full sunlight and without proper light they can quickly become unhealthy and weak.
Planting the trees in well-drained soil may also allow the plants to grow to their optimal health. Some helpful tips given by Sallee Figs in the winter include planting fig trees on the south side of a building in colder climates to provide protection from harsh weather and covering the trees with blankets, tarps, plastic, etc. to provide further winter protection when the temperature drops below freezing. The trees can be pruned into large shrubs as well if the shape better fits your space and can be expected to produce figs within three years.
Spacing fig trees approximately 15’ to 20’ is also an important factor in producing healthy plants when planting multiple trees. Remembering to water the fig trees regularly throughout the summertime and fertilizing when needed, as well as mulching, will help fig tree fruit producing bushels of fruit per fig tree.
Remaining diligent when planting and maintaining fig trees can ensure healthy trees which produce plentiful amounts of fruit each year. Sal Taddeo Jr. currently owns a collection of around 7,000 trees of unique varieties from around the world. He greatly enjoys the process of planting the fig trees and spending time with his family as they maintain their crops and watch their hard work flourish.