[nafex] Overwintering fig question

Helga and Bert Dunn helbert at idirect.com
Sat Sep 23 12:54:22 EDT 2000

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We are in zone 4b, have 13 varieties of figs- all in largest pots I can
handle- right now we eat figs every day or two.
 In fall I leave pots  outside 'til all foliage drops- then into the back of
our barely heated/poor light garage- about 40/45'F
Every two weeks give them a very small amount of  coldest water available.
Try not to leave garage door open too long to avoid severe freezing
About mid Feb/first of March, in spite of temp & lousy light,  new branches
& green leaves start to appear, also a few brebas.
Growth in garage  is rank & I pinch back frequently
About first of April I move to a unheated glass porch , fertilizing
lightly/increasing water supply.
Wait for warm weather to put outside.
Works from me in a cold area              Bert

Bert Dunn   RR4 Tottenham   Ont    zone 4b

see also http://www.littlefatwino/bertslist.html

From: <edforest55 at hotmail.com>
To: <nafex at egroups.com>

Subject: [nafex] Overwintering fig question

> I have a brown turkey fig tree which is 5 years old. I live in New
> Jersey which has a temperate climate. Every fall, I cover the tree
> with burlap and fill the interior with leaves. When I uncover the
> tree in late May, the branches are dead and new branches begin to
> grow from the bottom. These get to be 5 0r 6' in height and two of
> them (out of five or six) sprout about a dozen figs. These grow to a
> decent size and then stop and never ripen. Then the winter arrives
> and I start all over again. Am I doing something wrong? Help!

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