I was just telling someone in the last couple weeks about your success in growing figs in containers, they'll be giving it a try. Question: I haven't been very lucky with keeping fig trees alive for the winter. My father in law built a greenhouse from old windows around his fig trees once they got larger, to protect them. They say that these leaves often (but not always) drop off in the spring when they move it back outside while the New England nights are still cool. It is especially suited to containers due to its tolerance for heavy pruning, which in turn results in larger fruit crops. It gets watered when the soil looks dry, and it has wintered over successfully for several years. So many fig trees on our islands and although I prefer dried figs, my family loves them fresh. In spring, apply a general-purpose granular feed and mulch around the base of fan trained plants, with well-rotted organic matter, to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Very interesting! I love fresh figs! When the dangers from any late frosts have passed, move the fig tree to its sunny summer home. Or if you are fortunate, a fellow gardener (or generous grandfather) might share a cutting from their favorite tree. Cuttings taken in summer should be stuck in a container of potting soil, watered well, and placed inside a plastic bag to maintain high humidity. Lorelei Cohen from Canada on November 20, 2012: My youngest daughter told me that she had a fig tree in her yard and I had no idea what one looked like. Plant new fig trees in the spring after all danger of frost for your area has passed. Bloom Time: Inconspicuous; prized for fruit and foliage. A container suitable for planting fig trees in pots should be large. Why should your fig trees struggle with harsh winter weather? Their foliage is attractive and tropical in appearance, and the trees do not require a lot of space; even fully grown fig trees are quite content growing within the confines of a large pot. This variety is a small cultivar that produces abundant medium sized fruit. Moderate growing; reaches 20 to 35 ft. tall and wide. The little fig trees happily spend the warm spring and summer months soaking up the sunshine on my deck. Figs need regular fertilizer when grown in containers. As spring approaches and the days get longer and warmer, move the fig tree outside for several hours each day. When I moved further north to New England, he gave me a couple of rooted cuttings from his favorite fig trees to plant in my yard. Black Mission Figs can be grown in containers in Zones 3 - 6. I want to have them in my garden, I did but gophers pulled up the young trees, I am intrigued by growing them in pots. My husband made one into a third tree. The following cultivars are suitable for fig tree container planting: You can purchase plants from reputable nurseries or propagate from spring divisions or summer cuttings from mature trees — say if your neighbor has a lovely fig to share. The "Brown Turkey" and "Black Mission" fig cultivars both do well in Arizona. Thanks for the information! Any way to accelerate ripening. Planting fig tree in pots has the added benefit of improving yields and reducing the harvest date due to root restriction. Dig around the out… Answer: Zero degrees is too cold for many varieties of fig to survive. Excellent lens. Planting: First, select an area with well-drained soil and full to partial sun (4 to 8 hours of sunlight per day). Stephanie Tietjen from Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 29, 2012: I live in the Southwest US and want to get a fig tree, but my neighbor's tree died over winter. Once you have the correct planter picked out, add well-draining soil to the container. Upon arrival transplant into the ground or a 1-gallon container with good drainage, using plant potting mix. Some people wrap the tree, but the easiest thing to do is roll it into an unheated, generally unlit area such as a garage. They were really ugly in winter, but the fruit was great. Sign up for our newsletter. I live in Zone 5a. Growing them sounds like a good idea. A planting container filled with soil is very heavy, so consider using a lightweight plastic or resin pot. i just don't want to risk the disappointment. The cold-hardy varieties can withstand winters in Zones 6 and 7, but they will require some protection. Q. The roots were trimmed in the Fall. No worries, consider planting fig trees in pots. Answer: Fig tress have shallow root systems that grow best just below the surface of the soil. Question: Could I grow a fig tree on my patio? Container-grown specimens grow beautifully in Black Gold Natural and Organic Potting Soil and can be overwintered in a conservatory, garage or basement if provided cool temperatures and very little water while dormant or semi-dormant. Put the container in a shady spot, where the cuttings should root in four to six weeks. They usually take about 3 years to mature. Answer: It's hard to say why your fig isn't growing well, though you might be overwatering your plant. I never even considered the possibility of growing figs where I live due to the high elevation and harsh winters, but it sounds like container gardening might allow me to do so. Figs crave sun, so choose a site with as much exposure as possible, preferably next to a south-facing wall. As temperatures begin to drop, it is a good idea to protect the tree. Pepe's Fruit Trees. It is in a very large pot but the dirt settled down to about half the pot. MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on November 01, 2012: I have printed this and will definitely give it a try. Unlike many other fruits, the fig will not continue to ripe after picking. Linda Jo Martin from Post Falls, Idaho, USA on November 10, 2012: I love this lens... your story of helping your grandfather, and now growing the figs yourself... that's what makes a lens fun to read. Root suckers can also be pulled and propagated in the spring or branches can be fastened to the ground and layered or tip rooted. How delightful to include a fig tree! I only water my fig tree two to three times a week. Answer: I keep my fig tree in the basement where it stays relatively cool (typically in the low 60's), but the plant does receive some indirect sunlight. The 'food of the gods', figs are very high in calcium and dietary fiber. The Spaniards brought the fig to California in the early 1600's. My late father-in-law gave us two fig trees in pots that we later replanted. Some say that if your figs are almost ripe, then you can pick them and let them fully ripen on the counter. Growing figs is challenging for northern gardeners, especially those gardening in zone 6 and colder. It gets plenty of direct suns, is protected from the prevailing wind and it's planted in a large pot with room for its roots. on the cuttings not under the perlite about 1/4 of the cutting . Rather than filling the pot by burying half of the trunk, consider re-potting the tree by removing the plant and adding more soil to the bottom of the pot. As the cool weather approaches, I move the containers and the fig trees indoors to rest for the winter in the garage. You can buy figs as bare-rooted stock or in pots at the nursery. A mouth watering introduction to growing figs Anthony! They are so good . We have been trying to grow fig trees for years with very little luck. They really are delicious. But even the larger figs like Brown Turkey or Chicago Hardy can be grown in reasonably sized container with some extra pruning. the edible fig is one of the most widely recognized and distributed fruits in the world. Melissa Miotke from Arizona on August 20, 2012: Great lens. Mix in soilless media to lighten heavy soil and facilitate aeration and drainage. -- Very good instructions! Water regularly after planting, but once established the tree is very drought-resistant and needs no special care. - Greater Vancouver - Can I grow Black Mission fig in a container? How to Plant a Black Mission Fig Tree To plant your Black Mission fig outdoors, dig a hole the same size as its container and twice as large around in... Keeping the tree in its pot, lay it next to the hole on its side. Thank you. When growing figs in pots, the first consideration is to ascertain the appropriate varieties suitable for container grown figs. I have a "Chicago Hardy" fig in a container. Make no mistake, these beauties bear no relation to Fig Newton cookies; the flavor is more intense and redolent with natural sugars. Grow fig trees in containers! I remember my grandfather wrapping his precious fig tree in blankets and topping it with an inverted pail to get it through the winter. Figs need winter dormancy. USDA Plant Hardiness Zone MapThe USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is now interactive: Search using your zip code or click on your state to find your exact plant hardiness zone for your area. I have never tired the green ones yet. For a small fig tree or cutting, choose a planting container that is at least 12" to 14" in diameter and fill it with a quality potting soil. Question: Do the fig trees have to be kept in the dark and cold to hibernate? Figs are great because they are so nutritious. Question: I am in Zone 5a (Upstate NY). I like your alternative. Suckers can also be removed throughout the growing season and then pass them on to friends or relatives to propagate. Once the leaves drop, you can bring them into an unheated garage or unheated porch to protect them from the cold. In the first 1 to 4 years, increase the pot size with each repotting to give the tree room to grow. We are overflowing with figs right now. This will be enough to protect the fig from freezes, but allow it to go into a necessary dormant period. 1 size trees (2’ to 3’) in pots to enhance their survival rate. I leave mine on the tree until they are fully ripe and juicy. They are also gorgeous trees that enliven the deck or patio with the promise of sweet figs to come. If figs will grow in you area, most local nurseries will carry varieties that do well in … I found it interesting how easy it is to grow figs and that they may actually give fruit in only 2 or 3 seasons, easy to care for, pest free and even self pollinating. This is a fabulous read. What did I do wrong? Question: I have a potted fig tree that survived nicely in my garage over winter. This lens is well thought out, and I really like the personal experience you encouraged. Water the tree periodically throughout the winter, allowing the soil to dry out completely between watering. Renquist doesn’t recommend growing figs in pots for the long term. Mine always seem to start growing again. Half whiskey barrels are ideal, but any container large enough to accommodate the root ball plus some growing space is fine. Our figs growing in a container on our deck. You can always transplant the tree in later years as it outgrows the container. When fruit begins to form, be sure to provide the tree with adequate water to promote juicy, plump fruit. Maybe a gardener from your area could share their local knowledge. Figs have deep roots and need room to sprawl out. They are also self-pollinating, so you can grow just one, and it will bear fruit. As the growing season progresses, little green buds of fruit begin to form along the branches. After you choose the cold-hardy variety you would like to plant, the next important factor is site selection. You can grow many types. By the time the tree is 4 years old you should have it in a 36″ pot. If you have a small space to garden and a container is the only choice, start with a pot that will accommodate several years of growth and then transplant to a larger one. Trees grow to 25' tall and 40' wide if not pruned, and are really easy to train on a house, on a fence, etc. Cleveland, Ohio to be specific. Now I want to grow my own fig tree. I'm somewhat of a container gardener myself. On the western side, the bark is heavily wrinkled and… Q. Oh, I especially like how you tell a ripe fig will "release its hold" with that little tug, for some reason, that sounded almost poetic to me. Planting & Care. Easy to grow and fruit in a container. Let’s consider how to care for potted fig trees and other info on container grown figs. Black Mission Figs ripen Summer to Fall. Many varieties of fig trees are hardy in Zones 7 to 10. Most fig trees will thrive unprotected in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-10. Placing the pot on casters makes for ease of movement if the tree needs to be moved during cool months to a protected area. The season is so short! Also, folks will appreciate your counsel about using a light weight container, they do get heavy quick with dirt and water adds even more weight. That way, she can grow them and I can help her eat the figs! The wrapped and buried trees did not survive. Figs are a good source of potassium and vitamin B6. Some recommend pushing over the tree each fall and then burying it under a pile of dirt, leaves, and mulch. I live in the northeast and do not have any experience gardening in your climate. Water well during summer. In autumn, it is time to move the tree indoors when the leaves start to yellow and fall. Anthony enjoys spending time in the workshop, the kitchen, the garden and out fishing. ~~Blessed~~. Keep in mind that container grown trees dry out more quickly than those in the garden. If you're a gardener, you at least give it a try. Fig tress do not produce any flowers. I like the white genoa fig and the black turkey. It's cold here, so any figs would certainly be a container gardening project! Your local garden center may have several different types of figs that are suitable for your specific area and climate. Lorelei Cohen from Canada on August 09, 2012: We have a lot of fruit trees in our yard as we live in a southern area of Canada but I have never seen a fig tree up our way. I'm in the desert and know they love the heat. Anthony Altorenna (author) from Connecticut on September 10, 2018: Figs ripen at their own pace. Brings back memories. Answer: Figs prefer a good dose of daily sun. Can a in house potted fig tree survive three weeks without care in May? Thanks again, Anthony! What do they need for pollinators? The perfect time to plantis during the autumn and winter, so the trees can establish themselves while it’s cold. And the fig trees still look great growing on our deck throughout the summer. Thanks for the share! Ventura is a compact fig that produces large figs which ripen late in the season and are suited to the cooler climates. I am trying but not to sure as to what the results will be. Eventually, it will need transplanting to a larger pot. This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. My fig tree has been in a big container, but last summer, the figs were either small or fell off. Find more gardening information on Gardening Know How: Keep up to date with all that's happening in and around the garden. Plant as a single specimen or among other fruit trees in an orchard. There’s nothing quite as ambrosial as a ripe fig, plucked fresh from a tree. Figs are the perfect tree fruit for growing in containers. Water the container fig when the soil is dry to an inch (2.5 cm.) You can also plant your Black Mission Fig in a container and bring it inside when it gets cold. Great info! Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on August 13, 2012: Oh, this makes me want to try growing a fig tree. I’m growing a Black Mission which is known to be an aggressive, fast growing fig variety in a container. If you compost, mix some of the screened compost into the container along with a quality potting soil to add nutrients and to help retain moisture. I actually live in an area where we can grow them in the ground with little trouble, but my house gets WAY more sun on its paved front-yard side than it does in the backyard garden, so I've been migrating my garden to containers. To prevent pest problems, several western states have shipping restrictions on figs. The Brown Turkey fig is typically offered in our area, though even this relatively hardy fig requires protection from freezing in winter. I have always wanted to grow a fig tree! 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