There’s a lot of things that we must take under account, even though it’s in the conclusion, a fairly straightforward procedure. So let us go ahead and enter it before we get into the planting tips. The very first question to answer is where do you actually plant it? So I am facing the camera at this time, which will be facing south. That is north, and we’re getting just a little bit of shade here from this avocado tree in addition to a sapote tree that is actually directly behind the camera, right over there. So it’s likely to be a fantastic place because this area right here will be our ultimate resting spot because of this fig, it gets full sun. We are going to need to work on the dirt just a bit.
We are going to have to talk about planting. But I think overall it’s going to be a good place. It’s about 10 feet and away from any other obstacle. So there’s likely to be lots of space for it to grow and spread out. And it is going to have a really, really nice home right here. So another thing that’s making this a good place is the simple fact that we have some protection on it, which we can only move away for now and it’s been set up with drip, which is somewhat difficult to see. There was a plant which didn’t quite make it here. So the first thing to do is of course have a peek at the thickness of our fig tree, which we will take a look at it in another, but we just want to begin digging out it. It’s eventually going to be planted. And the first thing I noticed is I’ve got four stems.
What’s interesting about a fig tree is that the new fruits create off of fresh green growth every year. And so I am going to leave four and have it be a tiny bit bushier just so we can become even more production out of it. Nevertheless, the very first thing we must do is dig this dirt out. Since you can see it is a little bit clay-ey and so we are going to need to amend it with some compost but we’re going to dig it out and usually they state bury it a couple inches deeper so perhaps up to about there roughly. I’m not going to, I’m likely to match and mulch. That is likely to be my process, but the very first thing we have to do naturally is dig it out. So we’re in the depth we want for your hole, you can see it was fairly flush, but figs are going to want a great deal of organic matter, especially early on in their growth.
I will add only a little bit of compost to the preparation gap not too far because if you put too much in the roots have no incentive to spread’cause they are kind of getting everything they need right where you have planted them. So we’re going to mix that in and we’re likely for to planting. Anytime we’re managing a container grown tree, that which we wish to do is of course wet the dirt before you take it out of the container. And we must inspect the root ball because if it is a little circled, you do not need the roots to be circled when you put it in the hole because then they are only going to follow the exact same pattern and it’s a fast way to make sure your plant won’t succeed upon transplanting.
So I’ve wet the soil so that it remains all together and dump down it. Kind of tease this pot out and these roots actually look incredible. There’s not any circling at all. Let’s take a quick close up. So really nice healthier root system, no large clumps of roots in the base, which means you don’t need to do a whole lot to this until we put it to the planting hole. So what I’m going to do is form a small mound at the bottom so that the roots have just a bit of room to travel laterally and it’s a really good place to place them. And let’s go ahead and again the ground, no root circling, nothing of this kind in any way, which is fantastic. It looks like we are right about on point and after that it is time to backfill.
I’m going to backfill with some of the stuff that came from the pot with course we can put some of those shredded leaves in there. Eventually those will begin to break down too. Provide a great piece of organic matter. And then we’re likely to backfill using a small native soil as well. And probably just a tiny bit of additional compost. So we’ll put it right next to the bottom of the branches or the base of the trunk right there. So we have got it implanted in, we’ve amended it, we have matched the elevation, everything’s good. We put our drip back in. But the significant thing about donut mulching with wood chips, which fantastic perennial plant manure, it’s just one of the better ones on the market.
To start with, it is free. Second of all, it’s just one of the finest ways which you could mulch. It is not a fantastic idea if it gets wet. You are introducing constant moisture round the stem, which is just not a wonderful idea. What I love to do in order to prevent that possible rot, will come through and just organize it into a donut like construction around the plant, but not touching it whatsoever. So there’s going to be a bit of a donut hole in the center. That is just going to become a excellent idea. And so this protects the dirt.