I have a fig tree which was planted two years ago next to a wall. The soil-side of the wall faces north, the sunny pavement side face south, so it provides plenty of heat. The sun can shine on the tree itself too. So I don't think light is an issue.

How can I best improve the soil? Perhaps moisture retention is an issue too?


fig 2

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    Can yuu add a photo of the plant and its situation please – Bamboo Sep 16 '19 at 14:41
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    Is it next to a wall with a foundation? Where there's concrete, you can have problems with alkaline soil. – DCookie Sep 18 '19 at 1:07
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    Thanks for the responses, I've added some pictures now. As you can see the street is near and the wall might well have concrete foundations. As it happens I already have a pH tester, never used until now, so I'll try it out and post the results. As you can see, the wall would blot out quite a bit of light on the stem, but I believe enough light still reaches it. – Tally Sep 19 '19 at 11:17
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    It looks like the fig has quite a bit of competition, too. I would have expected that to be MUCH larger after 2 years. – That Idiot Sep 19 '19 at 11:58
  • @That Idiot, that's true, for some reason I'd assumed a fig would out-compete a rubbishy fuschia, what with it being a tree. In my mind a fig is pretty vigorous and fairly quick to grow. It seems I've over-estimated it's strength, it is a sapling after all, I'll see how the fuschia and it's friends fare in a battle vs the fork! – Tally Sep 19 '19 at 14:00

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