Fig tree - will this work?

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Fig tree - will this work?

Post by ourarka » Tue Dec 20, 2011 2:01 pm

I have a brown turkey fig tree that had a great summer. Last year I managed to wrap it but this year it is a little too big, and the spiky branches just pierce any wrapping. Seeing as only the new growth really needs protecting, do people think this will work? I have simply wrapped frost fleece around the growing ends of each branch?
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Re: Fig tree - will this work?

Post by Darlo Mark » Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:50 pm

I think in cold spells yes, but I would possibly check for rot every couple of weeks.

I thought these were pretty hardy? Or is it just this year's growth that is susceptible to frost damage?
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Re: Fig tree - will this work?

Post by ourarka » Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:26 pm

As a tree they are hardy, but the past year's growth is where the embryonic figs are kepth that will ripen in the spring/summer. I believe these need some frost protection.

They took ages to wrap each one so if people think there is a chance of rot I may have to take them off ..... as unwrapping/rewrapping every 2-3 weeks will drive me crazy!!


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Re: Fig tree - will this work?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Tue Dec 20, 2011 6:01 pm

Personally wouldn't bother protecting in the slightest. The branches are hardy and the fruit formed in spring will produce a good crop in summer. I get loads for a similar sized plant as yours.


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Re: Fig tree - will this work?

Post by ourarka » Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:28 pm

So you don't protect yours up in Yorkshire, Kris? And still get a good crop at the end of each summer? That's good enough for me!!


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Re: Fig tree - will this work?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Wed Dec 21, 2011 2:37 pm

ourarka wrote:So you don't protect yours up in Yorkshire, Kris? And still get a good crop at the end of each summer? That's good enough for me!!

No protections at all! Not the best crop this year but still got quite a few. Last yeat there must have been at least 50 on the plant.


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Re: Fig tree - will this work?

Post by Kyle » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:09 pm

I will second Kris of this one. I live about 15 miles from him and the two here have seen out the last 2 winters in pots with no protection. Also like Kris, the 2011 crop wasn't great. Maybe it was the abnormal weather - a hot dry April followed by a miserable wet summer.
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Re: Fig tree - will this work?

Post by flounder » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:03 pm

When we need to protect a fig down here, its time to give up exotics, build an igloo and protect yourself from polar bears :wink:
They can take -10c with minimal damage. Also we're lucky we don't get the prolonged day/night freezes. If you're still worried, just chuck one of those cheap, low tog duvets over it on the worst nights
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