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May 26, 2020 8:50 AM CST
Name: Frank
WVa
I have a small fig tree given to me by a dear friend two years ago. It is a third or fourth generation volunteer (rootstock sucker) from Italy. Unfortunately, I'm told that it's from southern Italy and we are in West Virginia, so it has to be potted and brought in to keep it from freezing in the winter. Otherwise it would have a permanent place in my back yard. That said, I like to do everything as organically as possible and have a question about containers. My 5 gallon white buckets are food grade but will be too small next year. I have a large planter that's very heavy with mix and hard to transport on a dolly back and forth inside and out, but looks like my only reasonable option. I don't like it because I think that there's a high likelihood that the tree will take up chemicals from the black plastic resin of the heavy container. I'm only interested in the fruit, Not as a house plant BTW. I was thinking about planting it in the yard and digging it up before the fall frost, but am concerned that the root damage might kill it.
Do you have any recommendations about ground planting the fig and transferring or type of container?
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May 30, 2020 6:18 PM CST
Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
Figs grow very well in the containers. You can buy big size containers and place
It on a trolly to move inside and outside house. The other option is buying containers which has rotating wheels. It helps to move the plants. These pots may be little.expensive. the cheapest option is buying trolly and placing the container on it.
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May 30, 2020 6:45 PM CST
Name: Frank
WVa
Thanks Newbie Gardener! You have a great idea.
Funny thing is I just saw one of those caster wheel stands in the grocery store. It looked flimsy. That's probably why that one was in the grocery store and not a tree nursery.
The idea is sound though. If I could get enough sun on my porch, I'd probably get a furniture mover like you are describing. They are for heavy things, more commercial grade than the one I saw...or a dolly.

I'm thinking about getting some kind of food grade barrier to line the container . Maybe I'm being overly cautious, but I want to reduce the risk of plastic container chemicals getting into the fruit too. I agree with what you are saying though . The only other options I can think of is,
1. The porcelain tank on the back of a toilet that I will replace. It's only around 5 gallons though. It might get me through to next year.
2. A wood barrel. Very pricey around here this time of year.
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