New Chicago Fig Tree

  • New Chicago Fig Tree

    Posted by Billt21 on September 18, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    FedEx just dropped off my new Chicago Fig tree from Stark Bro’s. Now withe the directions they say to use I am supposed to be good with putting it in the ground here in zone 5B/68123.

    I have also seen the advice to pot it up for the winter and plant in the spring.

    What say you?

    Have a great day.

    Bill T

    Billt21 replied 1 year, 7 months ago 8 Members · 11 Replies
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  • Billt21

    Member
    September 18, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    Forgot to add the picture.

  • DebbieS

    Member
    September 18, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    The Millenial Gardener Channel has loads of info on fig trees. He’s really great at responding when you have a question. Give him a try.

  • Bluesky63

    Member
    October 8, 2022 at 12:28 am

    I have 2 Chicago Hardy figs and 3 Improved Celeste figs growing in the ground. They were all started indoors and planted outdoors the following spring. I live in central Missouri Zone 6A; Don’t know of anyone else with figs. About December 1, I prune trees and put a plywood box over each tree with 1 inch of rigid insulation. About 1/2 of the branches will die to the ground each winter but the tree grows in the spring. They have lived through 3 winters and producing figs through August and September.

  • Bavaria65

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    October 8, 2022 at 2:12 am

    So I have a 2 year old C.H. and a 1 year RDB Fig tree (Pots), I will wait till spring to put the C.H in ground and up-pot the RDB one more year . I have kept them in the Garage last Winter. I am in Zone 6b

  • FaintlyArtistic

    Member
    October 8, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    I moved to zone 5b 2 years ago and just got a Chicago Hardy, a Violetta and an accidebtal Desert King (received the wrong one in the mail). I put them all in a raised bed in the unheaated greenhouse, will see what happens.

  • Jen-in-Ok

    Member
    October 15, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    my grandpa has some in the ground that don’t get any babying in the winter. they usually die to the ground in a hard winter. he’s z7, I think.

    I’d keep them in the house or a sheltered spot and plant out in the spring. they need to have a good established root system before winter, so if they freeze to the ground they have something to come back from.

    you won’t have to keep the leaves green all winter, just keep it from a really hard freeze.

  • Bluesky63

    Member
    October 17, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Even when your fig tree “freezes to the ground”, be patient with it; mine took over a month to send up a shoot after the other figs had budded.

  • leslienky

    Member
    October 24, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I am in 6B. I learned I need to cover through winter. The first winter I did not. The top portion of the tree died but had regrowth from the bottom. It did not grow fast enough to fruit. After covering through winter, I got fruit…. well I did not, the squirrels did.

  • Billt21

    Member
    October 26, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Thank you to everyone that’s commented so far. Lots of great tips. FYI I decided to overwinter it with all my wife’s trees till the spring. I figured it has been in the pot for about two years already an other 6 months won’t probably hurt it any.

  • leslienky

    Member
    October 26, 2022 at 12:07 am

    I put a concrete block over the tree because it was so small. Which kept the bottom protected Then used a coffee bean bag-burlap to cover the entire tree. It worked. I got the idea from a video I watched on YouTube.

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