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Old 11-22-2014, 08:05 AM
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That is definitely possible I'm also in zone 6 and we get a lot of snow. There are many ways to over winter them and maturity is the key. All figs go dormant in the winter so if the plant is small enough you can put in basement or other cold room with no sun light. Then in the spring they bounce right back. Outdoors, for the Hardy varieties, generally they need to be at least two years old for them to not die back to the root. With some mulching and some pruning and covering they will be fine. Fig trees are very resilient as they go dormant and do very well with pruning. I have a Fig tree outside who has died back to the ground twice and comes back every year. You can do it!
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:46 AM
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Excellent, Tom!



Now the one you have outdoors that returns each year....which variety is this?



And what location....is it next to the house?
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Old 11-22-2014, 07:35 PM
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I'm pretty sure it is a hardy chicago plant. It is near the side fence in my back yard. I have some grape vines there as well but they also die back. The previous owner of the house had a rose bush over there as well. So in the spring I see some refreshing new growth in that area. Next to my house I have two columnar apple trees. I'm hoping to have a good fruiting year in 2015!!
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:18 PM
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When they die back to the ground how much growth do you get in a summer and will they ever fruit if they doe back each year like that? I could grow one in the house for a couple years if i can keep it pruned back..in the summer it could be outside and then the 3rd year put in ground in the spring..would this work?

What would you suggest would be the best variety to try this with? We get severe cold some times like this last week it was in the single digits..this is normally only about 2-4 weeks out of the winter but its enough to kill a lot of things.
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Old 11-22-2014, 08:31 PM
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Indoors they do grow rather slow unless you have enough light, heat, food.
After it dies back it grows about 2 ft in the warm season. Mind you i didn't feed it or water it often outside.
A friend of mine has a 5 yr old fig tree outside and it dies back about 2 ft and springs right back up. The older the stronger the stock and root system.

Some of the most common for cold climates are hardy chicago, black mission, celeste, desert king, brown turkey. There is also a petite negra you could grow indoors year round as it wont get more than 5 ft tall.

Under 3 yrs old i would def bring it indoors in the winter and put by a sunny window or let go dormant in a cold garage or basement. There are two crops, the early one is on the older branches, breba crop. Then the regular crop in early fall. Some varieties get more fruits than others.

Due to all the cool varieties out there id recommend trying two dif varieties and ti grow them indoors shen cold and to bring them out in warmer months.

If you do plant outside, prune back when the grow dormant, lose their leaves, and cover them.
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:26 PM
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hmm after reading more online, I think I need a larger container for my fig tree. Yes, its small, but it sounds like the roots enjoy spreading a little and it won't require up potting nearly so soon. Will be doing that when I get home later. HBL, how big is your pot for your fig tree?
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:40 PM
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Sounds like a good idea, Tom.



I've got mine in a five gallon pot for now.
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Old 11-23-2014, 12:50 PM
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yes, I need a larger pot for mine, usually in the cooler months is when the roots take the opportunity to grow further and get more established. will def do that tonight
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I also added some blood & bonemeal to the bottom of my new pot before transplanting my fig.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:49 PM
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nice, I'm really excited to have my stuff grow well.
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Old 11-23-2014, 01:59 PM
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Tommy, I'm sure everything will be a terrific success for you. No doubt. I sure wish you well with all your indoor gardening endeavours this year.
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Old 11-23-2014, 02:19 PM
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update./ correction, my fig tree outside is also a Celeste, so good I kept the tag
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Yes, it's a great idea to keep the tags.
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Old 11-23-2014, 05:04 PM
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I upsized the pot for the fig and the banana plant. The fig roots hadn't budged. The banana plant roots looked better and its new leaf is so ready to open.
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