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Oct 2, 2017 7:43 AM CST
Maidens, VA
I have 4 - 1 1/2 yr old Fig Trees in 20 gallon Pots that are now about 6-8 feet tall

I am in Zone 7A Virginia.

Can I wrap these potted fig trees for the winter with something like pic below from Amazon?

versus having to relocating them indoors for the winter as they are tall and do not have space in garage for them with 2 cars.

Our winters here in VA are usually 1-3 snows with temps that rarely go below 0 degees

Could also try to possibly put these in an unheated shed if cleared space but very heavy to lug distance from patio into shed.

Finally once situated or wrapped outside for winter do they need sunlight and/or we need to watch them for watering?

Any help from people with figs would be greatly appreciated!


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Oct 2, 2017 9:06 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
Hope your planning on planting into ground come spring. I'd call local co op extension to see how cold tolerent they are. I'm in zone 8. Coldest hear is 18 f. They need no protetion.
I know nothing about frost cloth.

You don't want rootball to freeze.
Easiest way to protect from freezing. Some Christmas lites strung around pots and trees. Must be old fashion kind that get hot.
Turn on when temps will be freezing.
Homeowners do that hear for there citrus, while farmers use giant wind machines.

Figs are sub-Tropical, roots grow year round.

During winter. Farmers irrigate, i belive twice. Maybe more if not much rain.

Be carefull, being there in pots, you dont want root rot. A moisture meter would be good investment. Only like 5 or so dollars.
Anything else ?
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Oct 2, 2017 3:46 PM CST
Name: Donna
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It depends a lot on what variety of fig trees they are?

I grow some in pots, and some in the ground. The cold hardy ones I don't do anything with.
They just grow and produce.

The not so cold hardy ones & the ones that only produce on old wood.
I've been putting them together (potted) in a some what protected area and putting a
freezer blanket around them with clothes pins, leaving the top open for
rain and snow to keep them moist through the winter. And so far so good..

Best to ask the Fig Guru though... @ediblelandscapingsc
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Oct 2, 2017 6:16 PM CST
Name: Elaine
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They lose their leaves in the winter, so no need for them to get any sunlight. I'd go for the shed option, and maybe if really cold temperatures are forecast, also keep the pots warm with the strings of lights if you can.

Plants are much more vulnerable to cold temperatures when they're in pots. Scout out where you're going to grow these, because you really do need to plant them in the ground next spring. Or maybe even this fall?

Planted in ground on the south side of a building or fence, and with a nice deep mulch of leaves, wood chips or something else organic (not rubber or stones) they will probably do a lot better than being schlepped around in pots.

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Oct 3, 2017 5:57 AM CST
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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I made a bo bo, in my post to you.
I left out two important words. ( In winter. ) I just edited it. Hear it is !

In winter. Farmers irrigate i belive, two times, maybe more if not much rain.

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Oct 3, 2017 9:18 AM CST
Name: Will Creed
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Here in NYC, where it is a lot colder than where you are, locals prune their trees back totally prior to the first frost and then wrap them in paper and plastic for the winter.
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Oct 4, 2017 7:28 AM CST
Name: Daniel Erdy
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The best spot for a potted fig tree over winter is in an dark, unheated garage or building. Thumbs up
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Jan 22, 2022 1:51 AM CST
I live in Toronto and have a fig tree which I store in the garage in the winter. However, the garage is insulated and is quite warm with good sunlight. At the beginning of dormancy season, the leaves fell off the tree however there are still a few green leaves on the tree and there is green bud tips on the stem. I don't know what to do since these trees should be dormant for at least 4 months.
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The phrase should be dormant could be interpreted in two ways. First that a dormancy is required. Or that it's usual that a dormancy occurs. Which are you asking?
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Jan 22, 2022 11:46 AM CST
Name: Daisy I
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Edible Figs (Ficus carica) need between 100 and 200 hours of chill time to grow healthy and set fruit (you can look up your fig tree variety and get a more exact number). Chill hours are counted when the temperature is between 32F and 45F (0 - 7C). If your garage does not maintain those temperatures for at least part of the day, your tree is not experiencing dormancy.
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