r.fred.bruns at gmail.com
Mon Aug 4 15:14:36 EDT 2008
I find that a 50:50 mixture of regular soil with soilless potting mix holds
its water better. The soilless mix wicks the water up to the surface
rapidly, evaporating away the water, so I use 100% garden soil for the top
inch or two. I also use an oversized saucer to catch the runoff, and I
water until the saucer is full. Even then, 3 or 4 days between waterings is
about the limit when the weather is hot.
On 8/4/08, Lucky Pittman <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu> wrote:
> I'm in zone 6; albeit 'hot' zone 6, in southern west-central KY -
> about 70 miles NW of Nashville TN.
> For a number of years, I had several figs in-ground in my
> orchard. For a couple of years, I tried covering them with piles of
> leaves hauled home from residential areas in town. They all froze
> back to the ground, whether covered or not, so I just stopped
> bothering. Most would re-grow from the roots/crown, but rarely were
> able to set and ripen fruits before freezing weather set in in Nov,
> though I did get a good crop that ripened on LSU Purple one year.
> Subsequently, I rooted cuttings from all I had in the ground, as well
> as any other varieties I've accumulated since then, and keep them in
> 15-gallon pots, which I stick into the crawlspace underneath our
> sunroom whenever temps start dropping into the 20s in late fall.
> I still have a couple of survivors out there in the orchard - one of
> which is LSU Purple; I've not looked recently, but guess I need to -
> it may be ripening some figs now.
> My biggest problem with potted figs is keeping them watered - they're
> planted in a soilless potting mix, with extra pinebark fines mixed
> in, so they're really well-drained, and if I don't water them daily,
> they dry out rapidly. If I leave town for even a couple of days, I
> can't really count on my wife or kids to water them adequately, and I
> come home to wilted fig plants that have aborted their fruit.
> I'm thinking about doing 'pot-in-pot' with them, to alleviate this
> problem, but it'll require digging some pretty good-sized holes to
> sink another 15-gallon pot in the ground to set the one containing
> the fig into, but it should alleviate some of the problem with their
> roots drying out - but then I might have a very difficult time
> getting them up in the fall, as I'm sure they'd send some roots out
> into the surrounding soil - it's very common for me to have cut some
> pretty substantial roots that have exited drain holes in order to
> move my pots in every fall..\
> Lucky Pittman
> USDA Cold Zone 6
> AHS Heat Zone 7
> Hopkinsville, KY
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