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Figs first winter in ground
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coolbrze
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January 16, 2020 - 2:33 pm

Late post but better late than never I guess... I planted some fig cuttings (12-16" tall) this past spring. We're now starting to get sub freezing temps here in VA. What (if anything) should I do to protect them the next few months.

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January 17, 2020 - 8:21 am

You can bury them in sawdust, wood chips, or leaves (fast).  Problem is, when they’re 5 feet tall next year… And if you can get through next winter, when they’re 8-10 feet tall...  

I’ve witnessed full grown producing fig trees near Richmond, but as you gain altitude in VA, the best I’ve seen are what the roots can push up from stored energy from the previous season.  Here on the Blue Ridge, folks will point to their ‘fig trees’ ..and all that’s there is that years growth.  

It’s just too cold for them to survive with enough of last years new growth to produce fruit.  Perhaps a ‘micro climate’ or sheltered nook, but this fig-lover (once having 7 trees in serious production) hasn’t yet attempted it Confused

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January 27, 2020 - 3:57 am

Covered them in wood chips for the winter, we'll see how they do. You're right about that Viron, even the ones at my folks place in Northern VA die back severely every year. They're about 8-9' tall x just as wide but every year I think they didn't make it & they sucker back out. We get about 50 figs off the 4 of them each day for 3-4 weeks in August/Sept every year 🙂 We've got 3 brown Turkey figs (I think that's what they are) & 1 real large fig that came over from Ramallah in Palestine 4 generations ago.

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January 28, 2020 - 9:07 pm

Hope you had them insulated some before our cold of a week ago Confused  

Do plan to uncover them when you feel the threat of severe cold is past.  A problem I had burying mine in leaves for their first 4 years (wire caged Brown Turkey’s) - were mice or voles chewing the bark … hidden from predators while snug in those leaves..

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February 4, 2020 - 12:47 pm

Viron said
Hope you had them insulated some before our cold of a week ago Confused  

Do plan to uncover them when you feel the threat of severe cold is past.  A problem I had burying mine in leaves for their first 4 years (wire caged Brown Turkey’s) - were mice or voles chewing the bark … hidden from predators while snug in those leaves..  

We've had 2 really cold weeks so far - one back in Nov & the other last month. I just piled wood chips up around them. Holy cow, been 70 degrees here in Northern VA the last few days. I'm afraid what late Feb & early March may bring... I reckon I can prob. uncover them in early March?

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