Blog Income For Wealth

Blog income is easy peasy

If you’re not blogging, then start now! Did you know that there are bloggers making over $1 million annually or over $400,000 on a single post? That’s really nuts. And if you have a blog and not earning money through affiliate marketing, then you’re losing money left and right. Writing in a blog doesn’t require of much education other than the ability to communicate, use a computer and have a hobby that you want to tell everyone about. I’m not saying you need to have technical skills, just know how to use a keyboard.

Ready! Get Set! Go!

So, do you want to know how to start a blog? Then I will show you how with this instruction. Years ago when I was making my fig website, I didn’t actually know how to build a blog, so I took the easy route and went to and made my blog in there. Although I still didn’t understand much about designing it like another blog, so I set it up as though it were just a standard blogsinformation website for my friends. Then just 3 months ago I came across another blogger who makes $110,000 monthly off of her blog and so I decided that I too wanted my website to behave like a traditional blog.

Blogs are for everyone (cookie makers, travelers, income advice, etc). Remind yourself this: This is an opportunity to earn tremendous income!

I already knew about how to make a website and utilizing the features that my web hosting service had available since creating an online dating website. Thanks to some patience and late work nights, I set out to install WordPress and begin learning everything I needed to know to get to this point. Once I installed it, I realized how much I was missing out in terms of functionality.

When I spent the time learning the process, I thought to myself wouldn’t it be wonderful if I had followed instructions like this in one place where I could spend less time developing the site from start to finish?

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In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make your own blogs from the beginning to the end.

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What is WordPress?

Before we begin, I will explain to you what WordPress is and why I recommend that you use it to build your blog., a self-hosted tool (rather than where you create free-hosted blogs) is a free CMS (Content Management System). It is easy to use and provides you with total control over your website or blogs. What I mean is that you can install plugins, opportunities to install custom professional themes and so much more.

The steps involved in this tutorial include

  1. Keyword research
  2. Registering your domain name and purchasing a web hosting plan
  3. Transferring your domain from another hosting service
  4. Creating a WordPress admin email account
  5. Installing WordPress
  6. Selecting a custom theme


1. Keyword research

It’s a good idea to research keywords that you can include in your domain name. A valuable tool that you can use for this is the Google Adwords Keyword Planner. Or you can use the outdated Google Global Market Finder tool. You may need to write a long list of domain name ideas in case if your first choice has already been taken. Be sure to not tell anyone the name of your domain name idea until you have one registered.

These are tools available that you can try out for creating your domain name

2. Registering your domain name and purchasing a web hosting plan

Choose a website domain by looking back at your keyword research. The name you choose will be reflected on a carefully chosen niche that will grab traffic. Register your domain name at Certified Hosting

I like this service because they give out so many freebies including free backups and free SSL certificates (https://). SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer and protects your website from hackers or government spying. It also protects your users if your site collects credit card information if you are selling products. When you need technical help, they respond immediately. Other services like Blue Host, trap you into a low price and then list additional features at a price and you end up with a price tag of close to $5 per month. At Certified Hosting, you get those same things at no extra charge.

Certified Hosting gives you one hosted domain and while starting off with your first blog, you should choose the Dork plan. I have been a customer of this service since year 2011 and I’ve been a satisfied with their service and you will too. I made an exclusive deal with them right here on my site where you will get your Dork plan for just $3.95/mo. Unlimited Hosting means unlimited everything! See the list below.

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If your blog has nude or adult content, then you can get this special nude Dork account at no additional cost. It offers the same options that a standard Dork account gives you. Again, go to nude Dork to find this special area of Certified Hosting called Naked Hosting

Next, you will check to be sure your domain name is available and choose whether you want it to be .com or .co, which is popular among bloggers.

Check your web domain
Check your web domain

3. Transferring your domain from another web hosting service

To begin the process, go to this link:

You will need to have your transfer authorization code ready.

Your domain needs to be UNLOCKED and over 60 days old.

If you recently purchased the domain name, it will not transfer.

You will receive an email from your current registrar to the email address listed for the administrative contact on the domain name.

In the email will be a link that you need to follow and authorize the transfer.

Transfers can take 3-5 days to process. We suggest that in the meantime you update your name servers over to us so that you can start using your new hosting account right away. PLEASE NOTE: When domains are transferred all current information including current name servers is transferred. Your name servers will still be pointing to your old host until they are updated.


Updating or Changing DNS

Whenever you make a DNS (domain name server) the change takes around 24-48 hours to complete. These 24-48 hours is a time period called “Propagation”. Propagation refers to the amount of time it takes for all the DNS servers everywhere around the world to recognize the fact that either a new domain is being registered, a domain name has been changed, or that the authority for that domain has changed. This can cause your website to be up and down randomly during the first 48 hours for different people at different times.

The best way to describe this if you can think of DNS like a zip code. If you try to send a letter without zip code, the post office doesn’t know where to send it and it may bounce around until they are able to find it. Domain names are the same way. If your domain doesn’t have the proper DNS set up, the internet doesn’t know what network and server to send your request to.

Please review the Certified Hosting video tutorials on this process

Once the transfer is approved you will receive an email that the transfer has been completed. If your name servers have still not been updated, please login to your admin area and take the following steps:

Client Area

  1. From top menu “Domains”
  2. Click on “My Domains”
  3. Wrench button on far right “View Details”
  4. Click on “Change the nameservers your domain points to”

4. Create an email address for your WordPress admin account

Your WordPress account is going to need an Admin email address for when you begin your installation process.

To make one, enter the Cpanel by typing into the web browser address bar. Example:

Login with the domain account ID and password that you created when registering your domain. Once you are in the cpanel, you can arrange the boxes in the way you want them by clicking and dragging on the heading bar on top of each box. Scroll to the Email box and click on the Email Accounts icon.cpanel email button

Next, fill in the form as shown below. The best passwords are created by the password generator. They tend to be very long and complicated, so copy and paste them into a secure location. I like to choose Unlimited storage (it’s free anyway). When you are finished press the Create Account button.

create admin email account

An easy way to access your webmail is to click on the More button and then choose Access Webmail.
Easy way to access your webmail

5. Installing WordPress

Now that you have registered your domain, you should enter your cpanel where you will install your free WordPress website application. Return to the cpanel by clicking on the Home button at the top left of the screen and scroll down to the Softaculous Apps Installer box. Then click open the Softaculous Apps Installer icon that’s circled below.
cpanel software button
The first page that opens should have these large icons visible. Hover your mouse over the W icon as shown below and click on the Install button and follow the steps in the following images.

Wordpress Icon


  • Alternatively, you can enter the word “WordPress” into the search box at the top and then click on the W icon under the Softaculous Apps Installer section and then the Install button on the following page.

Create the Admin username

  • Choose the username that you will use as the administrator login. Suggestion: choose a username other than “admin”
  • Create a password. I personally like to click on the Key button to generate a password
  • Insert the email address that you created in Step 4
  • Now click in the box for Logonizer
    Wordpress Installation

Select Theme

  • Choose a temporary (placeholder) theme
  • When you have made your selection, fill in an email address to receive important information
  • Now, click on the Install button
    Wordpress Installation

Once you are finished installing WordPress, you will receive an email with admin login instructions.

These instructions will inform you to go to your web browser address line and type in: (example

Login to WordPress using your admin login info.


After you log in, immediately go to Settings > Permalinks

wordpress-permalink-selection art portfolio website

Click the bullet for Date and Time. This is how your posts will be organized in the structure of your website and it’s the best choice for SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Click the Save Changes button


6. Selecting a custom theme

Once you have installed the WordPress platform, you will need a professional theme. A theme is essentially a stylized user interface. You can design your own, but to give you a quick head start you should purchase a high quality theme. Most of the free themes in WordPress are old and not responsive to cell phones or other portable device screens. My personal choice is to purchase a theme from Beautiful Dawn Designs. The theme I use from this service is called Serenity. Just go to this website, select the theme to purchase and then follow the installation instructions.

There you have it! Now you’re ready to start writing your blog topics and making your blog income for wealth.

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Helpful WordPress tips:

  • In order to publish your first story you go into the admin area (backend) and click on Posts.
  • If you want to add a page, then click on Pages.
  • If you want to add an image, then click on Media
  • Go to Appearance > Widgets to add items to the side bar and footer.
  • If you are looking for a way to send emails or newsletters where the first 2000 emails are free, then I recommend using MailChimp
  • A useful newsletter forms plugin that I use is called MailChimp for WP
  • To hide private information in your affiliate links, then get a plugin called Pretty Link. Plugins > Add New. Then at the top right search bar, type in Pretty Link, Install and Activate
  • To install a premade WordPress theme, Go to Appearance > Themes and try one out with Live Preview or install one by clicking the Activate button. You should select one that is responsive to devices that have small screens. I first began using a free theme, but then I later decided that I wanted a custom theme that looked more up to date and professional.


Contact me if:

  • If you sign up for Certified Hosting, but you are confused for any reason (such as how to set it up, picking a plan, pricing, etc.), you can always send me an email and I can help you. That’s what I’m here for so don’t be afraid to reach me.
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Aphrodisiacs Filling Moist Sexy Figs

Aphrodisiacs of the Sexy Figgi

There are known aphrodisiacs in folklore that eating a raw fig while nude is an act of sexuality. My friend thinks that a fig is shaped like a scrotum. When one is cut in half, the pink interior is succulent in nature as the moist interior flesh of a woman’s pink vulva. Heavily seeded, figs were compared to the seeds of fertility.

Historically, figs are said to have been the evil fruit in the Garden of Eden and that this was the original seductive forbidden tropical fruit. Especially since Adam and Eve are wearing fig leaves over their private parts. Of course there are others who say that a fig tree is the first tree that the Jews began as their initial harvest.

Sex health nutrition

Nutritionists have discovered that figs are loaded with beneficial nutrients. They have fiber, vitamins A, E, K, B-complex, calcium, chlorogenic acid, copper, iron, manganese, antioxidants, potassium, flavonoids and selenium.

Chlorogenic acid helps to regulate or lower blood sugar levels. Calcium in the figs can help prevent osteoporosis. Phytonutrients in the figs help protect brain cells from free radicals, which can ward off tumors related to cancer. Potassium is a mineral that has been known to lower blood pressure and regulate heart rates. This nutrient can also reduce the chance of suffering from a stroke.

Vitamin B-Complex found in figs play an important role in the metabolism through carbohydrates, proteins and fats.

Homeopathic remedies

Most people avoid the fiber, but it turns out that the fiber may help someone maintain their attractive appearance over time along with a healthy diet. Eating enough of them can prevent or release constipation and consuming the leaves can treat ulcers.

Sexy waistline

Eating dried figs that are full of fiber will make you feel full often. This can lead to a slim figure. They will promote a healthy weight loss since it will take a long time to digest all the fiber.

Aphrodisiacs in fig leaves
Fig Leaf

Making tea from fig leaves is an effective remedy for treating bronchitis, shingles, genital warts, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, vitiligo, and asthma.

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Dry the leaves by sealing them in a glass container, then kept in a cupboard away from sunlight, while maintaining their green color. They should not turn brown. To take the easy route and for immediate use, you can try this Special Loose Tea Sample Pack.

People can apply the tree sap (latex) directly to the skin for treating genital warts or skin tumors.

Flavonoid antioxidants in the figs can protect the skin from free radicals that damage the skin. As an aphrodisiac, eating these on a regular basis, your skin may remain youthful and sexy.

Have you experienced figs as an aphrodisiac?

Spring cleaning at Figgi Riggi

Spring Cleanup: A good time to tidy things up a bit

This late Spring, you may have noticed a bit of silence from my posts lately. That’s because I’ve been working away in the invisible background cleaning up affiliate site links and improving some of the old pages with more interesting content. I was making improvements to the site title image at the top of the page. After I created it, I noticed that the 4 dots look like little figs.

I created a Facebook page and made graphics for that too. Here’s one of those images.

An image made for the Facebook page.






At some point, I intend to edit all of the images on the site with interesting title watermarks like this Ants photo seen here.

Garden Ants
Garden Ants with interesting watermark.

Education and our curiosity to learn

Meanwhile, I am focusing on what my next major topic will become. One that will be educational to my curious readers. I was once a college instructor, so I do like to educate. With that in mind, I’d like to create an introductory tutorial on using a free open-source application called InkScape. It’s available for Linux, Windows and Apple OS’s. This will take time to create, so bare with me on this plan. This will be a side project while I write other interesting topics.

Money that makes the world go ’round

I’d also like to share some tidbits about income that I plan to receive from internet-related side jobs. It’s an interesting topic and one that my readers can utilize if they too want to gain some extra cash. So, this week I’ll create a budget and share my gains. Besides, every blog is rooted in money at some point.

Things that might get in the way of some progress this week is: a friend who’s struggling with cancer who I intend to visit sometime soon. I’ve also decided to get back in shape at the gym. The gym helps to keep my eyes healthy by being a healthy distraction from the computer screens.


I will make short term goals and while using a sense of transparency, I’ll post them in here. Why would I do such a thing? Well, isn’t everyone a bit of a “peeping Tom” by instinct? If not, then I guess you’ll become one while following my blog posts. 🙂

Cancer-free weed killer

Spring has sprung and along came the heavy rain showers. You’ve recovered from cancer and go for a walk through your yard to see all the beautiful plants flourishing, then you spot your least favorite plants…


No, not marijuana unless you were intending to grow it.

Weeds are everywhere thanks to the wonderful rain. Some people like to leave them alone, but others are ready to do anything they can to get rid of them. You can dig them up or use RoundUp, but why risk your health?

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Cancer-free weed killer is the right choice.

Here’s how you can make your own and it’s quite simple.

Mix all of these safe ingredients together inside the pump sprayer and be sure that the salt completely dissolves. On a calm day without wind, pump the solution and spray it on the leaves of the weeds. This should only be done on a warm sunny day without rain in the forecast for at least 2-3 days. Within 24 hrs you should see immediate results. A second application might be needed if you have very big weeds. I used this on dandelion weeds and poison ivy revealing incredible effectiveness. If you perform this on a windy day, the spray might land on your favorite plants

1 Gal. Pump Sprayer
1 Gal. Pump Sprayer
Before and after
Weeds before and after applying killing spray

How does this work?

The 5% white vinegar is just enough acidity to kill the plant although I highly recommend this 30% Pure Vinegar which is much better. The dish detergent keeps the vinegar from draining off of the leaves too quickly, which helps to permeate the cell structure. The salt gets onto the soil and kills the weed for good. Be careful though. The salt in the soil might prevent other plants from growing, although rain will help dilute the soil.

Optional: dig up the roots of the weed once it’s dead. Wear Playtex Gloves Rubber Gloves if it’s poison ivy roots, because the poisonous oils may remain on the vine even if it’s dead.

Of course, if you’d rather use a spray that has immediate results and you don’t care if you get cancer or poison your soil, then go ahead and get some Roundup.
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Home Plate for Figgi Riggi

Home Sweet Home

Figgi Riggi moves to a unique home

Because there are so many visitors noticing the Figgi Riggi blog, I have decided to move Figgi Riggi. It was changed from to it’s own unique domain home at Unfortunately, the transfer may have disrupted some pages that people had been linking to throughout the web. I was not able to preserve the original site structure of those pages and I promise that I will not change the new structure. If you were someone who had posted links to my posts on other blogs, then feel free to update the links in those locations. There is certainly more flexibility than I had before and I recommend that if you have a blog that you do the same thing, but if you are unsure I’ll show you how.

I made several changes to the look of this site to make it more interesting and better organized. It is also easier to share my blog postings on social media. Soon, I will begin posting interesting topics on a regular basis. Upcoming tutorials on setting up a blog for wealth, choosing a hosting service, using the best themes, finding beautiful fonts and how to monetize your blog. Topics in the works include: my latest tools, strange figs, greenhouses, cancer-free weed killer spray, and natural indoor pest removal. I may later include tutorials for new fig tree gardeners in USDA zone 7A or perhaps an online classroom experience.

Recent technical changes for this new home

A real emailing service called MailChimp that is recognized world-wide and does not spew out spam like a bursting volcano. I know, I hate that spam just as much as you do. This service has a strict anti-spam policy that I like. I have chosen not to include images in the emails that you receive, because sometimes it simply opens quickly and doesn’t eat up your email storage. Continuing with the direction that my fig hobby began, this is going to be a natural journey and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you.

Spread the love of this beautiful home

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Young Brown Turkey figs growing early in the season.

Rabbit Protection

Rabbit protection, a necessity

Sometimes when you do all that you can for protection of your fig trees from natural forces, nature and a rabbit will prevail somehow.

This winter was a rather harsh one. Snow was protection over the ground for over a month with several snow storms and frozen temperatures. Most winters in New Jersey have periods of snowfall where the snow melts completely between storms, but not this year. The result is that the wild rabbits in the area couldn’t feast on their usual meals such as grass, ornamental plants and bushes. It turns out that when their normal food sources are eliminated, they go after tree bark. But not any ordinary tree. They go after the sweet stuff, such as fig tree bark. Today, I looked out the window and noticed a white coloration on my trees as though the bark had been scraped off.

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Shaved fig tree bark eaten by rabbits
Shaved fig tree bark eaten by rabbits

So, I figured OK, some animal or bug has come in contact with my trees. I mixed up some whitewash (a 50/50 mix with water) and trudged through the deep snow to get to the trees. Once I reached them I saw extensive damage to the bark and evidence of rabbit droppings surrounding the trees. The rabbits chewed away at the smaller branches before zeroing in on the tough bark surrounding the main tree trunk. Some branches had the bark completely stripped clean.

Eaten fig tree with rabbit scat close to the tree
Eaten fig tree with rabbit scat close to the tree

I went ahead and painted all the affected areas to help prevent rot and insects while the weather warms up. It would be a miracle if the affected branches survive for the Spring season.

Gone are the days of a free-range tree

So, how would I protect the trees in the future? Since the affects of winter are generally unpredictable, I’d say that a way to protect the trees from future onslaughts from rabbits is to wrap the base of the tree with foil up to about 2-3 feet off the ground. I’m sure that other materials could be used such as burlap encased in plastic or simply surround the tree with Poultry Netting Mesh with a 2 foot radius that is at least 2-3 ft high. The wire is fastened together with Fence Posts. Rabbits can stand pretty tall when they get up on those hind legs.

Chicken wire protection from rabbits that works
Chicken wire protection from rabbits that works

After installing this chicken wire fencing, this problem never reproduced itself. Since then, this fencing material has been set in place because it also keeps the landscapers from whacking the tree with their weed whackers.

Life Emerges From Death

This tree was so badly damaged from the rabbits, that it didn’t survive. When the tree died, I cut down the trunk to a couple of inches from the ground and left the fencing in place with weeds growing where the tree was. Two years later, a fig tree began to grow from the original root system. Let this be a lesson learned that when a fig tree appears to be dead, the root system might be very much alive.

Young fig tree emerging from the roots
Young fig tree emerging from the roots
A young fig tree growing in cleared area
A young fig tree growing in cleared area

Killing Freeze

What is a killing freeze (hard freeze)?

A killing freeze is when temperatures fall to or below 28ºF for at least a week. Most trees can survive brief periods of 32ºF. The killing freeze weather condition can kill a young fig tree if not protected. You can’t always make the best judgement when a freak cold blast comes down from Canada.

When autumn emerges, a tree will gradually drop it’s sap down to the base of the tree to help protect the branches from the Winter season, while it remains dormant. The problem that usually occurs is an early Spring during the month of March. At this moment, the weather warms up and the tree begins to leaf out as the sap returns to the branches.

Fig tree leafing out as Spring returns avoids killing freeze
Fig tree leafing out as Spring returns avoids killing freeze

As the Spring season emerges, the climate goes through a thawing/freeze period. Sometimes when the month of April approaches, a killing freeze could drop down suddenly. So, it can be difficult to judge when to unwrap your young tree.

Killing freeze from experience

I once had a situation in Connecticut where I had a 3 year old tree that suffered from a killing freeze in the month of April. All the branches died off down to the trunk of the tree, but because it had a very deep tap root, it sprung back to life in June where the new trunk system grew to 6 feet in 3 weeks. The following Fall, I wrapped the tree to protect the new growth. If you have a similar situation with a shallow tap root, there’s less of a chance that your young tree will survive. If you want to learn more about wrapping your tree for Winter storage, then visit my Outside Living page and see suggestion number 4 on Winterizing.

Something is eating my figs

Figs are a popular sweet treat in nature for both humans and the sneakiest creatures


Figs are attacked by all sorts of critters and they do it ferociously as if the end of the world has come. They can drain the juices from the figs within a day or two. Although there is one thing that I noticed when hurricanes come to the region. The day afterward, the flies come. I don’t understand it, but the fruit begins to rot very quickly and this attracts the flies. Here are examples of the most common creatures that I’ve personally come across through observation.


Are probably the most damaging of all. They’ll just sit there pecking away, leaving holes in the figs. I’m not sure if they’re pecking at the insects or simply have a “sweet tooth”. I believe it’s the latter. If you have a woodpecker problem, I suggest you either run outside as fast as possible to get the ripe figs before the birds do, stand on guard with a BB gun, or simply surround your tree with a bird net. My choice would be the net.

White faced hornet

Sometimes known as the bald faced hornet. Workers arrive to eat the pulp inside the fig. They’ll stand their ground, so if you see a ripe fig next to their fig, it’s best to leave it alone until they leave. These hornets are peaceful creatures if you leave them alone. They’ll know you’re there if you’re watching them, but they won’t attack you like a wasp might. All they want to do is eat. If you disturb them, they’ll come and attack you with their nasty stinger leaving a most painful injection of venom.

Fig Wasps

These insects are not necessarily regarded as a pest, although their actions may cause the fig to ripen very quickly and the fig will lose its appeal. Before you know it, the fig will have dropped to the ground ready to germinate. Some figs require such a creature to pollinate the flowers deep inside.

Fruit flies

Fruit flies just appear out of nowhere and are always around. House flies seem to appear after a rain storm when some of the figs quickly begin to rot. Hurricanes are known to quickly rot your figs nearly overnight. The next day, the figs will be covered in flies. Occasionally, you might find a male mosquito drinking the nectar, while they pierce the skin of the fig. I’m not particularly excited about the fact that I’m feeding mosquitoes.

Some people claim that squirrels and raccoons eat the figs, but I have yet to see them actually attack the fig trees.

If you see a spiderweb on your tree, keep it there. You’ll be thankful that such a predator has found the perfect place to hang their trap. Ladybugs are also helpful to help control the pests.

USDA Gardening Zones

Which USDA gardening zone am I in?

The USDA has set up an essential guide for gardeners which helps them determine if their plants or fruit trees will grow in their climate. This helps a gardener choose whether they want to go through the trouble of planting a rare plant species in their region, whether outdoors, in a pot or a greenhouse. There are many fig tree varieties and some grow better in certain areas than others. The USDA zones range from 1a-13b and in the Northeast USA, you will find a range from 3b-7b. Fig trees in general can grow very easily without much care in zones 5 and above. This resource at indicates that Brown Turkey fig trees grow best in zones from 6a-9b.

This blog features steps on how to grow a Brown Turkey fig tree in zone 7a. It is recommended that anyone living in 4 and lower should grow their fig trees in pots or in a greenhouse and be protected from Winter temperatures that dip below 20 degrees F.

Determine which zone you live in

Here is a Zone Map

USDA half zones complete with a legend
USDA half zones complete with a legend


New Jersey, where I grow fig trees in zone 7a
New Jersey, where I grow fig trees in zone 7a
Connecticut USDA Zone Map
Connecticut, where I frequently tend to a fig tree in zone 7a.

Pruning Roots

Pruning the roots once every 2-3 years

When pruning the roots of your potted fig trees, you must perform this once every 2-3 years. Otherwise the tree might experience a stunted growth and cause stress to the tree. It’s a good idea to prune your tree in early spring, just before the tree begins to leaf out. If you wait later in the season to prune, the tree will feel shock and the leaves will wilt for several days.

Of course, you can plan to transfer the tree into a larger pot. Although this can make it difficult to move the tree around and it can grow to enormous proportions. So, pruning is the best option if you plan to return the tree to the pot that you love so much.

Below are photographic examples showing the stages of root pruning.


  • This fig tree that has been removed from it’s pot. You will notice the roots that were pressed up against the lining of the pot giving the soil a distinctive shape as you can see here.
Roots ready for pruning
Roots ready for pruning


  • Roots with the old soil removed, prior to pruning. It is important to loosen the roots just like you do when you want messy hair.
Roots without soil, ready to be snipped
Roots without soil, ready to be snipped


  • This photo shows how the roots look after pruning. It looks like a bad hair day or if your hair gets wet after you get a perm.
The main roots have been pruned.
The main roots have been pruned.


Replace the grow medium

At this point, it is recommended that you either replace the grow medium or re-use your existing long-term conifer bark-based medium until the next time you prune the roots.