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May 4, 2018 5:36 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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How are everyone's marginally hardy figs looking?
I haven't seen any buds or leaves come out on my fig, which is about eight years old. I don't do any special winter protection, but then again, it has been OK for about eight years. I'm a warmer zone 7, nearer the water than the mountains.
Plant it and they will come.
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May 4, 2018 6:23 AM CST
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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I'm a bit south of you...south Alabama Z8a/b.

My small fig tree got hit twice down here by freeze. Eventually all the leaves were blackened and curled back hard on it. It has leafed back out and will make some figs this year but I can see that a few stems are pretty much dead.

I hope yours comes on out...they can be pretty tough trees once established but I guess nothing can handle being totally frozen. Shrug!

Best wishes!
Ed
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May 5, 2018 8:35 PM CST

I'm in NoVa. Mine are just starting to buds.
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May 11, 2018 6:25 PM CST
Name: Meg
Central Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Jealous!! I hope it lives!
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May 22, 2018 6:11 PM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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I see new growth from the roots (just as I decided I could do without figs after all) Sticking tongue out
Plant it and they will come.
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May 22, 2018 8:35 PM CST
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Jun 15, 2018 8:32 PM CST
Name: UrbanWild
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Kentucky - borderline of 6a & 6b
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Saw this a little late. Both figs I had growing in large pots were killed off this winter. I'm starting over with 5 in the ground.
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Jun 15, 2018 10:00 PM CST
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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I think you'll do a lot better in the ground, but freezing can be hard on them regardless. Mine is coming back with good growth but I'm yet to see a fig. Hopefully some will show up before too much longer. In the past it seems they were already here as the tree seemed to produce throughout the warm months. Kind of odd (to me). It got hit hard by the freeze...maybe the freeze put it on a schedule now. Confused
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Jun 22, 2018 8:28 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
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I heard a Greek gentleman on the radio here in Nova Scotia say a few years ago, that he digs up his fig tree each year, and digs a trench and buries it for the Winter. It comes back every year. Now you know why I haven't tried growing figs here. LOL.
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Jun 22, 2018 8:36 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland (Zone 7b)
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ha, Frank, I'm with you. I don't have a long history with figs, just a curiosity, so I'm not doing a lot of extra work for them.
Plant it and they will come.
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Jun 22, 2018 8:36 AM CST
Name: Ed
South Alabama (Zone 8b)
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Frank, I can't blame you for passing on growing figs!!! That's a bit labor intensive for my likes!!! The Greek fellow must *really* like figs!!!!! nodding

I was over at a friend's house the other day. He has a LARGE fig tree. It got hit by the freeze/frost the same time that my smaller tree got hit. His is now loaded with half-grown figs but mine is bare of figs. I guess mine must of gotten hit harder than his, or his older tree just was more resilient than my smaller, younger tree. Confused
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