I am the proud new owner of a very old (30+) fig tree. When we first visited our new house the tree was lush and covered in fantastic, delicious, plump figs.
We moved in in December and now the tree is bare with little figs (some green, some decaying) on the tips of all of its branches. I've also noticed that the base of the tree has many young shoots growing out of it.
I've begun to remove the little fruits, clipped a few of the shoots(are these suckers) and even went as far as clipping back some branches that still had many fruits still on them. I cut where the grey of the branch turned to a healthy soft dark brown, which I assume is last year's growth.
Then, I panicked. What if I ruin it ?
Should I just de-fruit? Cut more? Leave it be? My gardening encyclopedia offers some very drastic pruning advice which I am afraid to follow.
Would love some advice!