[nafex] In-ground Containerized Figs

Dr. Lucky Pittman lpittman at murraystate.edu
Fri Jan 6 11:22:35 EST 2017

I'll have to move mine this spring - shoved them up against the house for
winter about 3 years ago, blocked 'em in with bales of straw and mulched
with wood chips.  Never got around to moving them, come spring, and there
they've sat, ever since.  Absolutely firmly rooted into the ground there -
and the bales of straw and wood chips are long gone - but they grew 10+ ft
this summer, set lots of fruit, and managed to ripen a goodly portion of it.

Previously, I'd been sticking them in the crawlspace underneath our sunroom
- but with in-floor radiant heat (above the crawlspace), I think it was too
warm under there - they often broke dormancy and pushed pale, etiolated

I wonder about 'pot-in-pot' planting  for those of us in climes where they
tend to freeze back... but as rapidly as figs root out , I wonder if they'd
root out through the in-ground outer pot, and be extremely tough to
extricate for winter 


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From: nafex [mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Peter
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2017 7:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [nafex] In-ground Containerized Figs

This thread has taken an interesting turn (for me!).

Has anyone tried/compared various containers and their relative suitability
and EASE for annual planting of larger "in-ground containerized"
temperature-sensitive plants?

My figs remain in fairly large pots above ground all year (overwintered in
an attached garage after hardening off).  But keeping them in pots is
challenging due to their significant moisture requirements; I've considered
a drip system but wasn't ready to make the commitment.  Does "planting"
them in a pot or other container/bag solve the watering issue?  Given figs'
prolific rooting, have you seen improved fruiting/harvest/growth/etc. using
this method?  How difficult is it to dig them back up in the fall?  Any
ideas for making this easier (e.g. a thin layer of sand or perlite fill
around the pot?).

I'd love to hear more about others' experience and experiments with this
"in-ground containerized" approach.

Back in Kennett Square PA 6b
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