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Author:  canadianplant [ Sat Jul 05, 2014 3:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Fig survives brutal winter in zone 4

I always have a habit of pushing what I can grow. I have read reports of figs surviving outdoors in zone 5 and a very small number of zone 4 so I decided to try.

My first plant died its first winter, but the following season superstore was selling three foot fig trees for ten bucks. I bought two, kept one indoors and planted one. Before the winter I bent all the branches down and pegged them. I mounted leaves on top and put an old was basin on top of that, and then poured leaves around it.

In the spring there was actual little dead wood so I left it alone. Now the longest shoot is roughly 5 inches long of new growth since pushing buds a month ago. Here is a pic from yesterday.

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Author:  foxd [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:42 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fig survives brutal winter in zone 4

It looks like the second brutal Winter in a row finally killed my Figs.

Author:  johnw [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 7:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fig survives brutal winter in zone 4

The winter of Feb 1993 got my Brown Turkey here. It was espaliered against an east stone wall for 10 years or more but -23/4c killed it outright here in Z6. Never had a fig off it but props in a tub produced 2-3 crops a year IF the summer was decent and that wasn't very often.

Author:  needmore [ Tue Jun 30, 2015 8:56 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fig survives brutal winter in zone 4

Wow, I just realized that I can start to think differently about growing things like figs. Now I need to know what can take a dry z9 California heat.

Author:  Cooper12 [ Sat Jul 04, 2015 2:47 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fig survives brutal winter in zone 4

needmore wrote:
Wow, I just realized that I can start to think differently about growing things like figs. Now I need to know what can take a dry z9 California heat.



I can help you out there . I work at the largest tree and shrub Nursery in Northern California

Author:  needmore [ Sat Jul 04, 2015 3:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fig survives brutal winter in zone 4

Cooper12 wrote:
needmore wrote:
Wow, I just realized that I can start to think differently about growing things like figs. Now I need to know what can take a dry z9 California heat.



I can help you out there . I work at the largest tree and shrub Nursery in Northern California



Sounds great, as soon as I buy I want to plant immediately to get going again!

Author:  foxd [ Wed Aug 03, 2016 12:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Fig survives brutal winter in zone 4

I just noticed yesterday that one of the figs is back. :shock:

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