John Polk wrote:Personally, I would not want to keep it in a very warm place.
You do not want it to winter-kill, but by the same token, if it is kept too warm, it may fail to go through the dormancy period. I don't know how important that is for figs, as they are very common in regions that get no true winter. It looks to be a very healthy tree.
Matu Collins wrote:
It's in a pot now, but my friend would like her pot back some time. I had hoped to get it planted and protected in a crater garden I plan to make from filling in an inground pool
We have had some pretty heavy frost this week, so I brought it in the house. Now today is warm and moist again.
The tree is almost too big and heavy for me to move alone, so I'm debating about taking it outside again.
What if I leave it in the house until the figs ripen and the leaves fall off, then put it in the basement? It's root bound but I thought I'd repot it when I take cuttings in the spring. I already know which branches I want to cut. Would it be better to cut them right after the leaves fall off?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau kola Matu, Best thing to do for the fig tree is get it into the ground asap.
Once you have it planted in the soil, mulch around it fairly deeply (at least 6 inches but not against the trunk, leave a little space there) and water it in well.
Then you can prepare some smallish pots (at least 3 quart sized) prune the branches you need to and use those as cuttings.
When I make cuttings of my fig trees I use a knife to slit the bark at 3-4 places, evenly spaced around the stem base and 3" long.
Take the leaves off that are at or below your bark slices and plant so the slits are below the surface of the pot soil.
Use a plastic bag or a large clear jug to use as a cloche for each cutting, set these in a south facing window and nurture over the winter.
In the spring you should have some nice new baby trees to plant. I space my fig trees at 15 feet between trunks.
If you have some willow water, use that to water in the cuttings.
Now as for the growing figs, if you are getting frost, it is best to just remove the figs. If you aren't getting frost yet, then you can let them grow or you can remove them, your choice.
Matu Collins wrote:I am so happy to have acquired a fig tree which I intend to propagate in the spring. It's large for my living space but it looks nice right now and I love it.
I am wondering what would be the best care for it over the winter. It gets quite cold here most winters, it freezes even in our barn. I could keep it in the house but is a warm dry winter healthy? I could put it in the stairway to the basement but to would make it difficult to use the stairs. We have a wood burning furnace down there and that's the best way to get wood down there. If it was the best for the fig I would consider it!
Also, there are quite a few unripe figs on it, should I take them off? I feel like I should, even though I am hoping they will ripen. Will the leaves all fall off? How much should I water it? What am I forgetting to ask?
Francesco Delvillani wrote:.....most cultivars can take 10F without any problem !! I don't know where you live...but have higher temperatures you can take it outside, near to a wall. The only problem is to protect the roots...in pot are more delicate because air tempeatures is lower than ground temperatures. You can put the fig's fruit on the tree...when temperature will drop down they'll fall off or will stop growing.
During winter water only if the soil is dried !!!
Aaron Festa wrote:Matu do you know what kind of fig tree- Chicago hardy, brown turkey etc. I'm in CT and after the brutally winter we had last year both my 1yr old fig trees came back.
Brendan DeVincent wrote:Hey all
So I'm actually in a very similar situation - I live in eastern central mass and have a young Chicago hardy fig which I purchased a few months back. I currently have it in a pot inside but have been debating whether to transplant it outside or not, which I'm starting to lean towards.
As I've read this discussion I got excited at the prospect of cuttings too...
The question is, Is there a time when a tree is too young to pull cuttings from?
The place i rent could really benefit from a couple of nice fig trees, but I don't want to jeopardize the health of the one I have at the potential for more growies
Would a picture help to determine whether it could withstand the process or not?
It is more about how many branches the tree has over how old it is. I would not take a cutting from a tree that only had 3-4 branches, I would wait so that it had that many(or more) after the pruning.
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