I recently inherited a fig tree since the previous owner didn’t have enough sun for it in her yard. I have been wanting a fig tree for a few years and I am so excited to take care of this one! Plus, I do have the sun and a perfect spot.
Luckily, I am friends with a fig-growing expert in my town and I immediately emailed him with a few questions. The next day I met with him and learned about his 3 fig trees and came home with very good information on how to grow and overwinter fig trees.
Here’s what my fig tree looks like right now with its great-shaped leaves:
I live in gardening zone 5 and this tree is zone 6, which means I need to overwinter my plant. Before I put it on our soon to be glassed-in porch for the winter (vs screened-in which we have for the other 3 seasons) and wrap it in burlap, I need to prune the branches about half-way down. Doing so will help make the tree bushier as it grows next season and will hopefully lead to more fruit.
I saw first hand how much a fig tree can grow in one season at my friend’s house and it reminded me of my butterfly bush which can be cut way back and end up taller than the previous season.
Come next spring, I will dig a hole so the container can go into the ground. I will also cut a few holes on the bottom of the plastic container so roots can find their way into the ground. I was told figs LOVE roots. Then, at the end of the season, I can just pull the container out of the ground and cut the roots that have grown outside the container and start over again the following spring.