Chicago Hardy Wintering and Explosive January Growth
Need help with a Chicago Hardy Fig. Left it outside all the way until early Late November/early December here in Chicago, Illinois. All of the leaves fell off at the end of September, Early October. Continued to sit outside without leaves until I finally brought it in (it is in a container).
I've read lots of conflicting information about how to winter the fig/whether to bring it in or not, where to place it once its inside (ie, dark place versus light situation making no difference), etc. Strangely, in the past two weeks or so, it has grown extremely rapidly. I had it sitting in a hallway with no window access. It's easily doubled in height, although the leaves are long and stringy. Obviously, this new growth has no bark and I cannot just put it back outside at this point. What should I do with it? My goal is for it to produce fruit as soon as possible. I bought it as a cutting late summer so it is only one season old. Thanks for any suggestions! Picture attached.