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Barbara

@reepicheepmw,

I suspect these trees will only be a short term thing inside your home, as fig trees are enormous as you already know but you could pass it on to someone who wants one in their yard in the future however, you may just get several years of enjoyment out of it in your home and perhaps you could pinch the foliage back and even turn it into a bonsai??

It can be done but it needs a different shallower pot that holds far less dirt etc... like bonsai plants are grown in if you have seen pictures. If I'm right, the roots need to be trimmed regularly, not for the novice I would imagine.

I have seen a gum tree as a bonsai so there is no limit to what can be done.

Perhaps one of our readers has bonsai experience and could give us some hints as I'd be interested myself??

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reepicheepmw
Hi Barbara, yes I do agree re bonsai-ing them. My plan is to grow one to about three metres in height, Ive looked at the size of pots needed ( well above 200 litres). My mum has the skill set needed. These are 20 metre beauties...... so no, I won’t ever let anyone put them in the ground!
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Annie Willy

Dont worry about the fig, I have heaps in small pots inside and out and the plant will only grow to the size you pick for your pot. Give them a trim or shape and they will be 20yrs or more till they crack their pot if you have a large pot outside. I had a fig i carried from place to place and cold states to hot climates and dumped in a dark or light lounge room. It never missed a beat!

   

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