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Fig height

documenting the height of our Chicago Hardy fig

How tall did our Chicago Hardy fig get this year?

Just shy of 10 feet, even after the hard frost it suffered last year.

The Celeste was almost half as high.

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Are you going to wrap your fig trees for the winter? And do you pick the ones that won't ripen before freezing, will they ripen in the window?
Comment by Teresa Lee Sun Oct 19 15:30:14 2014

Teresa --- We're always tweaking our winter-protection campaign. This was our technique last year, which worked pretty well except when the tarp on top slid to the side. This seems to be sufficient for a young fig tree, unless we get an extreme winter like last year.

As for indoors ripening --- I haven't tried it, but wouldn't expect it to work. Figs plump up to about four times their normal size as they ripen, and I can't imagine that happening without access to phloem!

Comment by anna Mon Oct 20 09:06:51 2014
Have you considered adding some stones to this area to hold heat to speed ripening? I would think the stones could also hold down the tarp during the winter when the trees are covered.
Comment by Brian Mon Oct 20 13:19:40 2014
Brian --- Good idea! You mentioned this once before and I never got around to it --- rocks are so scarce around here. But maybe I can find some this time around....
Comment by anna Wed Oct 22 09:51:13 2014

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