[NAFEX] Protecting fig trees in winter
qazingulaza at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 12:14:46 EDT 2008
Well, it gets 25 to 35 below every year here. The only way I can keep
them alive is to put them all in a basement. I have about 100 trees
in 5-7 gallon containers & it fills the whole basement of one of our
houses. Someday the heated greenhouse will make life a lot simpler..
On Oct 17, 2008, at 10:00 AM, Bassem Samaan wrote:
> Container grown fig trees can be stored in a cool greenhouse, or in
> the garage. I normally keep the trees that are smaller than 1 gallon
> in my cool greenhouse where the coolest temperature is 40degree.
> Fig trees grown in anything over 1 gallon containers are moved into
> an attached garage. I move the trees after the frost which allows
> the trees to go dormant first.
> Fig trees that are in the ground must be protected in areas where
> temperatures go below 15F. There are many methods for protecting fig
> trees. Timing is important, if it's wrapped too early in season and
> kept too late, it will run the risk of molding. for my area I wrap
> the tree around thanksgiving, and uncover it by ending of March.
> I personally bend the fig tree to the ground when it's less than 3
> ft tall, and place an old carpet over it and a coat of mulch. Larger
> fig trees should be pruned down to around 6 ft, tied with a rope,
> and wrapped with insulating material. Don't wrap with clear plastic,
> that will cause the heat to build up and kill the tree. I use an old
> carpet and building insulation, then I use a tarp in top of it.
> This is based on my experience here in zone 6, in colder areas just
> pray for a mild winter.
> I hope that helps.
> Bass Samaan
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "mIEKAL aND" <qazingulaza at gmail.com>
> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] fig varieties photo
> Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 08:45:21 -0500
> Where do you store all of your container figs in the winter?
> If your Brooklyns get large enough to propagate I'd love to get a
> couple cuttings. But if you have 80 varieties, I probably don't
> have anything to trade with you tho... :)
> On Oct 17, 2008, at 8:40 AM, Bassem Samaan wrote:
>> I grow over 80 varieties of figs here. Most of them are in
>> containers, but I have around 10 fig trees in ground.
>> The Brooklyn varieties are 2 cuttings were selected from an old
>> Italian neighborhood in Brooklyn. Those figs were there for at
>> least 30 years, from what the neighbors their are telling me. They
>> have never been wrapped or protected in winter. So I named them
>> Brooklyn White, and Brooklyn Dark to tell them apart. Brooklyn
>> White has a nice honey like flavor, and the size is pretty large.
>> Too much rain will spoil the figs for sure. Some fig varieties will
>> split immediatly after a rain fall , some are somwhat resistance.
>> I have discriptions to the varieties I have on my website.
>> Bass Samaan
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "mIEKAL aND" <qazingulaza at gmail.com>
>> To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> Subject: Re: [NAFEX] fig varieties photo
>> Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2008 07:15:40 -0500
>> Are your trees in the ground or in containers? Where did you get the
>> Brooklyn varieties from? I've never heard of them.
>> I have 10 or so varieties that produced this year (in containers) in
>> Wisconsin but we had kind of a cold wet summer so it'll be a
>> to ripen them before the cold sets in here. Conadria is still my
>> On Oct 17, 2008, at 7:01 AM, Bassem Samaan wrote:
>> > We had a warm week in October here in Pa. My fig trees enjoyed iy
>> > and yesterday I picked a nice crop.
>> > Here's a photo of some of the figs I picked with the name of the
>> > varieties.
>> > http://i19.photobucket.com/albums/b172/Bassgarden/Bass%20Garden/PA170428.jpg
>> > Thanks,
>> > Bass Samaan
>> > Bethlehem, pa
>> > zone 6
>> > http://www.TreesofJoy.com
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