Winter 2010,Fig Cultivars Cold hardeness results!
Today I inspected for Cold Damage and here are the results:
CULTIVARS left without protection at all,and came out with minimal damage are:
Marseilles vs Black
English Brown Turkey
Sal (Gene strain)
Paradiso White (Gene Hosey strain)
-Cultivars that came out with Minimal Damage,that were well protected ,with Blankets,leaves etc.:
Brown Trk #2
DFIC 17 Brown Turkey
Henry Brown Fig
Don Fortissi Black
These cultivars were younger in age,so,it is a very good sign,that they made it,if you look farther down,to see what happened to the rest of my fig cultivars in trial,wich at the last count ammounted to 120 cultivars in Total.
So I have 30 cultivars that are winner so far,at this point.
The rest wich ammount to other 90 cultivars,they are:
Dead to soil line or close to it.
A few will be totally dead included roots,but it will be a small fraction.
Also in this group are included about 30 new cultivars I planted in ground last Fall and I was expecting them to die to ground.
So at the present time I can say I have 60 cultivars that are not cold resistant,and 30 that are.
One in 3 cultivars I trialed is enough cold hardy for New Jersey climate.
This is true if the tree is protected from the cold for the first 3 years,of life,using whatever necesary,and a lot of love.