Experts and BHG readers answer.
If you are pruning in spring, you are cutting off the new growth needed to produce that first crop in June. Then the tree struggles to catch up, is too small and produces too late in the season. If you must prune, do it in the winter when the tree is dormant. Most fig trees only need light to moderate pruning. Make sure you are using a balanced fertilizer and not one that is too high in nitrogen, which would produce more leaves than fruit.--Stephanie Hainsfurther, Albuquerque, New Mexico