The Q&A Archives: Figs in pots

Question: Is it better to have a fig tree in the ground and wrap it for winter protection
or have it in a large pot and take it inside? I am not getting figs to ripen
with the plant in the pot. They look promising but fall off or rot before ripening.

Answer: Success with figs can be a matter of trial and error to see what works best for you. It may depend partly on what variety you are growing and also on how you are storing it for the winter as well as general care -- and the microclimate where you garden. In my opinion if you have a good storage place that is probably preferable for most figs, otherwise you certainly need to grow one that can freeze to the ground and still fruit that following year such as Brown Turkey. It should also be planted in a spot with shelter from winter wind and in a warm microclimate such as near a south facing wall; it needs full direct sun all day long, too. This type of warm microclimate will help it come into growth earlier in the spring. If you have one in a pot in storage, you need to bring it out as early as possible in the spring so it can "wake up" with the season. This can mean bringing it inside or cov ering it on colder nights and back outside for the day until the weather settles -- this can be troublesome compared to one planted in the ground. Here is some information about growing figs that you may find interesting. publications/spfiles/SP307-I.pdf

I hope this helps.

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