New methods of winter-protecting figs
Last year, I didn't
wrap up our fig trees until early November, but the current cold
snap is treating us to unseasonable lows in the lower twenties
(with flurries of snow!), so I decided we'd rather be safe than
sorry. Plus, this cold weather produced a large leaf fall on
the driveway, which made for easy raking, so the time seemed
Last year's method of
freeze-protecting a young fig tree worked great, so I repeated the method on
all of our baby fig trees. I wasn't quite as thrilled with my
previous frost-protection of our larger fig, though, for a couple of
reasons. First, last year's tarp tended to blow off the top,
and that plus natural settling matted down the leaves so the upper
third of the tree wasn't protected. I also felt like I
didn't get much of an early (breba) crop because of cutting off so
much of the top of the fig. So, even though I pruned this
year, I left the full height of the branches remaining, and used a
tarp to completely encompass the tree, as you can see in the photo
at the top of this post.
If you live north of zone 7 and still want to give figs a try, you
might want to first read
this post about cold-hardy figs. The bit of winter
protection required, in my opinion, is very much worth it for the
heavy yields from a completely trouble-free plant.
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