The Q&A Archives: Winter Care of Fig Tree

Question: I have a fig tree from your nurseries. Last year we brought it inside for the winter but it started to bloom while in the house so we took it back outside and it never grew any more and didn't produce any fruit. This year we brought it inside again and it's now doing the same thing, starting to grow leaves in the house. How do I get it to fully develop and bear fruit? The nursery where I purchased it is absolutely no help at all.

Answer: You're right - a fig tree is not winter hardy in your growing region. But taking it indoors is not the answer. Generally, figs are hardy to 0-5?F (USDA Zone 7 and up). In regions with colder winters such as yours, the tree will die to the ground if not protected. Amazingly, such trees will regrow to bear fruit the following season. If you choose to protect your fig, gather a spade, straw, burlap, and a tarp. With the spade, loosen the soil around one side of the root ball. Bend the tree on its side so the loose side lifts out of the ground. Prune off the exposed roots, cover the tree in straw and burlap, and cover with a tarp to protect from rain.

In the spring, when the weather warms, remove the tarp, set the tree upright, fill in around the roots with soil and water it well. Your tree will produce leaves and fruit should be ready to harvest in late summer. Enjoy!

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