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How to prune a ficus lyrata (fiddle-leaf fig) tree?


By Migu957

United States Us

I have the opposite situation of Jane2wh. My ficus lyrata is an approx 6.5' multi-branched 'tree.' The 2.5' woody trunk is bare before the first branching (I bought it this way). In our old home, we had tall ceilings and it was very photocentric to our west windows. Due to a lack of proper turning/pruning, it is full and healthy about 75% around and bare where it faced the corner. In our new home, we have lower ceilings and it will be unhappy and unmanageable as as a tree. Is there any way that I can prune it to be more of a column so that leaves grow from the now bare trunk? Is this back-budding? Thanks!

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