I have a patch of figs but I am never able to harvest more than a few
before the first frost hits. I am wondering what I could do that would
extend the growing season by about a month or two. I have heard of fig
trees but I have what looks like bushes. Every Spring it starts over.
I have heard stories from old-timers who claim their fathers would
slowly bend their fig tree over in the Fall and bury it with excellent
results. I am considering building a cold frame to get the roots
warmed up sooner this Spring. Any experts out there? Thanks.
Dave in STL
A friend in upstate NY [in a cold zone 5] had a 15'[?] fig tree that
he 'bent over and buried' every fall. He got a bushel or 2 of figs
He got sick and had to make some choices so last time I saw his garden
he had 3 4' fig trees in maybe 20 gallon planters. They were 3
years old and should produce at 4-5. He moved them into an unheated
attached garage for the winter. I don't know how that worked out.
Was it this group that someone posted the link to photos of the
Brooklyn fig tree?
Well, I would like to understand how this scheme works. Obviously
wrapping or burying the tree isn't going to keep it from freezing, so
then what does it do? Keep it moist? Keep it dry? Or what? I don't
have any hope of a tree at this point so what would an expert do with
this fig bush? Thanks.
Here in northern NJ, I have my figs growing in tubs and overwinter
them in an unheated garage. They thrive, but it took me a while to
find the right method.
All my figs are in tubs. I had lost a few of them over the years, even
with wrapping the trunks or insulating with burlap and layers of
leaves or even wrapping the tubs.
There are numerous varieties of fig trees. Pick one that ripens
earlier in the year. For example, the blackjack fig ripens June -
Here's a Google link showing some varieties:
This is interesting, but they all seem to have the same growing zones.
I need to learn the tactics that can be used outside the accepted
growing zones. The fruit can't ripen earlier in the year if the plant
has to first grow up from the roots.
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