The Q&A Archives: Growing Figs for the first time in my new house in NC

Question: i have just moved down south, north carolina in or around asheboro, and went and bought a fig tree as we love them fresh and not so much dried, however, have never grown one.

other than knowing that they grow best in full sun and it will be placed outside permanently in that situation.

Do they need to be planted along side another fig tree so they will cross polinate or can one tree give out fruit entirely alone etc.

what about fertilization etc ? The tag that came with the tree doesnt provide a lot of information in reference to these issues and most of the answers i have found in the Q and A are not about my region etc. so i am at a loss.

pls provide some information. Maria

Answer: Using the 27203 zip code for Asheboro, it seems your new location will be in USDA winter hardiness zone 7A or the coldest part of zone 7. Depending on the microclimate where you plant, it might actually be as cold as zone 6, especially if it is in a rural area outside of town or if it is an exposed, windy location. So, although you are moving southward, you will still be in a relatively cold winter area.

The good news is you do not need a companion fig in order to get fruit. But, you will need to plant your fig in a sheltered location. Whether or not you will need to provide extra winter protection beyond mulch and possibly a windbreak will depend on what specific variety of fig you have. (Some are more cold tolerant than others.)

Here is some detailed information on growing figs at home that you may find useful. It was developed for Tennessee but is highly applicable to your location as well. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

Good luck with your fig harvest and enjoy your new home and garden!

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