Vegetables and Fruit forum: Brown Turkey figs are starting to ripen in Eastern Tennessee

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Name: Dave
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Aug 11, 2013 3:40 PM CST
First ripe batch of the year. My 3 year old tree is loaded this year! Hurray!


Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Aug 11, 2013 4:00 PM CST
Oh good for you to get such a nice harvest. My neighbor here grows lots of figs. Has them both in ground and in big pots.
Name: Kristi
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pod
Aug 11, 2013 6:00 PM CST
Looking good Tennessee Dave!!!

It was a good crop of Brown Turkey figs here this year also. Mine is a smaller tree in a container (which I need to pot up to a larger one).

This is also the first year I have eaten fresh figs and I promise I will never go back!
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Aug 11, 2013 10:18 PM CST
My figs are 2 yr old plants from cuttings. Brown Turkey is one of them. They produced some figs this year, growing in 1-2 gallon pots in my greenhouse. I think they need larger pots. I have to figure out some way to protect them in winter as the pots I want to put them into are too big to be moving around.
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Name: Jerry
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jamyers59
Jan 23, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Mary, how are you protecting your Figs through the winter. I am looking to get some young Fig trees as soon as I can find a couple. I will be leaving them potted for at least the first year since I'll be in an apartment for that time. I've never tried to raise potted Figs and will not have the space to bring them indoors next winter. Please let us know how yours do come spring.
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Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Jan 23, 2014 12:22 PM CST
Pound some lengths of 18" rebar in the ground around your pot. Bend some 10' lengths of PVC pipe over the container, and anchor them down on the rebar.

Drape the hoop with sheets, then with some plastic sheeting. Be advised that any leaves directly touching the plastic in a freeze can experience burn. so be sure the sheets go on first...

Hugs!
Name: Linda
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Gymgirl
Jan 23, 2014 12:23 PM CST
Dave,
I can send you my addy, and you can send me some figs, LOL!
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 23, 2014 10:28 PM CST
I have a Brown Turkey fig in a larger container and have never worried about protecting it in my zone 8a. I really don't think it is necessary. The new growth buds get nipped back with freezes but the tree has always recovered.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Jan 24, 2014 11:36 AM CST
I agree, pod/Kristi (Nice to see ya, by the way!) I can't imagine a fig in zone 8 (or in Jerry's zone 9) needing any winter protection, especially Brown Turkey.

MaryE, I see your post is from last August. Congrats on finally having figs out in the colder side of the country! I hope you found a way to keep them warm in your greenhouse, or outdoors!

Howdy GG/Linda...haven't seen you around in a while. Hope all is well out your way.

Shoe (cold as cubes here, with a high of only 27 today...brrr!)
Name: Mary
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MaryE
Jan 24, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Jerry, I failed to see your post with the question of how I protect my figs in winter. Sorry. They are in my greenhouse which stays above freezing because it has a heater. When I put them into larger pots I will have to make some tents, and also put them on the south side of a shed.

Hi Shoe, I haven't seen you in a coon's age.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 24, 2014 9:50 PM CST
Definition of a 'coons age' ~ 13 or 14 years? Sorry Mary, I couldn't resist.

Hi Shoe... it is nice "to be seen" these days. We just saw 3 inches of snow overnight. Not common for this area and probably heading your direction. Won't complain though, I just keep saying we are one day closer to springtime.

I do understand there are some fig cultivars that are more cold sensitive. Brown Turkey is one of the hardier figs.

I have heard that when nipped by frost, you won't get a fig crop but I haven't found that to be the case either. In my experience, the fig crop depends on water and fertilizer received and both are easy to control when kept as a container plant.
Name: Horseshoe Griffin
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Horseshoe
Jan 26, 2014 3:41 PM CST
Wheww...well, we didn't get your snow, Kristi, but sure the the cold weather over our way.

About freezing weather and figs, some figs will produce on new wood so even if zapped back by cold temp they will produce. Other figs produce on second year wood, those would be the ones that will lose their crop if the tree/bush is frozen/nipped.

As for winter protection, and I confess I've never had to do it in NC, most recommendations I've always read for those in northern climes is a more solid wrap than just putting a tent over the fig. If you drape the plant with plastic (and sheet, as GG mentioned) it will leave air space which will heat up when the sun shines through; this may not allow it to go into full dormancy, which is necessary for good protection so the sap stays below ground level and no bud growth is initiated.

A good system for protection in extreme cold areas would be to make a column of chicken wire around the tree. Within this you stuff it with leaves galore, to the max. On the outside of the chicken wire wrap it with burlap, or plastic for a windbreak and burlap/blanket over the plastic to keep the sun off the plastic. This system has shown excellent results. I'm sure a Google search may bring this up but if not I can find where I read it and scan one of my books that has it mentioned. (It'll take a while cus I seldom read through all those books anymore!) Shrug!

Shoe (who had fig jam on toast this morning! ) Sticking tongue out
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 26, 2014 4:35 PM CST
Yum ~ eating fig jam and dreaming of spring... that is the life!

I just noticed the buds on the brown turkey are still green after 2 or 3 inches of snow and 24 degrees.

Glad you missed the snow ~ Shoe. Although I must admit it was fun. No damage to trees or electrical as it was a dry snow.

One more day closer to springtime! Hurray!

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