Figs are a delicious and versatile fruit, but many gardeners think they can only be grown in warm, sunny climates. However, by growing figs with the right variety and care, it is possible to grow cold hardy figs even in snowy climates.
Tips for Growing Figs
One of the most important factors in growing figs in cold climates is selecting a variety that is known to be hardy. The “Chicago Hardy” fig is a popular choice for cold climates, as it can survive temperatures as low as ‑20 degrees Fahrenheit. Another good option is the “Celeste” fig, which can handle temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once you have selected a cold hardy variety, it is important to plant your fig tree in a protected location. A south-facing wall or a spot that is shielded from the wind can help to keep your fig tree warm during the winter. Additionally, mulching around the base of the tree can help to insulate the roots and keep them from freezing.
Another important factor in growing figs in cold climates is proper pruning. In the fall, it is a good idea to prune your fig tree to remove any dead or damaged branches. This will help to promote healthy growth in the spring. Additionally, it is important to remove any fruit that is still on the tree in the fall, as figs that are left on the tree can attract pests and diseases.
One of the challenges of growing figs in cold climates is that the trees go dormant in winter and don’t produce fruit until late summer. To overcome this, you can use a technique called “forced dormant pruning”. This is done by cutting back the fig tree to about 12 inches in late winter, before new growth appears. This will encourage the tree to produce fruit earlier in the season.
Growing cold hardy figs in snowy climates is possible with the right variety, proper care and pruning. With a little bit of extra effort, you can enjoy delicious figs even in the colder months.
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