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Fig

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Question: 103-5201
Last year was an unusual year for my fig tree.This year, I am afraid the season may not be long enough.Is there anything that I can do to speed up maturation? Fiore, Marlboro, MA

Mort's Answer:
Move to New Jersey with your fig. Zone 6 is the furthest north that figs can be grown outdoors.You are at the line between 5 and 6. You could build a greenhouse and grow bananas and citrus and other tropicals year round. Each spring you could spread ample amounts of bonemeal into the soil after you raise the fig from its burial. Unfortunately, this will only save you a week or so.

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Question: 104-5201
Can I take my 5 ft. fig tree indoors instead of burying it? Joe, Fairhaven, MA

Mort's Answer:
Most fig fanciers find fruition in annual burials of their beloved figs for protection from the winter in northern climates. If you decide to bring it indoors, you need a cool dry cellar or barn that doesnĵt freeze. Keep it barely alive with three or four waterings. Eventually, you will have to bury your fig because it will become too large to bring indoors. If you had a dirt cellar, you could drag it indoors each year and have the best of both worlds, figuratively speaking.

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Question: 187-5201
My Fig tree is getting too large to bring into the house. Can you recommend an alternative? Beth, Newport , RI.

Mort's Answer:
You can bury the ficus. Build a grave site that is two feet deep and long enough to accommodate the height of the tree. You can wrap the tree in burlap before burial. The most important consideration is to have different densities in the materials that are used to cover the fig. You can cover the tree with or without burlap with sawdust or shredded leaves, while it is on itıs side. You can cover the root with sand. Sand is excellent for the root in particular because it drains so well. The whole tree and roots can be covered with a canvas over the sawdust and sand. Topsoil can be then put on top, if the canvas is used, to hold it down. This layering will act as insulation for the fig. Next late April, you can upright the fig and mix the different materials together to form a quite suitable soil for the fig. Each year you should root prune the fig to insure ease in digging. This will also strengthen the root system and improve the overall health of your fig.

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Question: 408-3410
I have some dead branches on my fig. Should I remove them? Lennie, Hammond., LA

Mort's Answer:
It is like beating an old horse. Life will not return to dead branches. They are best removed at first chance. Take the cut down to green wood. If the cut is within a third of another branch, remove the entire branch to the next joint.

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Question: 1216-5114
We have a two foot tall fig plant in a 15 inch pot. It is now losing its leaves. We are keeping it indoors now. Any suggestions? Mike, Preston, CT

Mort's Answer:
Eventually, you should consider growing it outdoors and burying in the ground each winter. This year you can rest it indoors. Since your Ficus carica and other ficus go dormant when there are sudden changes in luminosity, you need not take draconian measures to revive it. Many folks will throw out the ornamentals like F.robusta or F.pumila at this time of year, thinking they are dead. Allow the fig to cruise with little water and no fertilizer. Keep it the same place, preferably with cooler temps. When the plant starts to show new growth after winter solstice, your can increase the water and apply some liquid fertilizer with every other watering.

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