Moving Fig Tree from One Zone to Another?

safaribabeMarch 23, 2010


I have 5 fig trees in zone 16/17. They all have leaves to varying degrees. One is seriously lagging and not growing but the others are pretty leaved out. Two are from the nursery this year and were root bound so they put out some leaves and went right into fruiting. I pinched the fruit for this year.

I want to move them to Zone 7/8 in the foothills of the Sierras. Both of these areas have definite microclimates so it's hard to tell exactly where I fall.

Can I take the trees up now, now that they have broken dormancy, and plant them in zone 7/8? Will the cold, if we get some late spring frost, kill them?

Typically, it's better to wait until mother's day to put out veggies. Our apple and pear trees up there are budding/flowering so they think it's spring.

What do you all think? These are all figs that do well in both of these zones as nurseries in both places carry them.

And any advice for the lagging fig? It has about 4 leaves that are small and have stayed the same size for weeks. I have applied some fertilizer. They are a yellow/green color but not totally yellow.

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what varieties of fig do you have? some figs are more cold tolerant than others. the details of your varieties is pretty important here.

-Little John

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 12:18AM
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Three are Garden Mission (one doing poorly), one White Genoa and one Peter's Honey.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 1:02AM
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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

Question, due to my curiosity and possibly ignorance.... but where in the world is zone 16/17 ?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 2:43PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Are these trees in containers or in the ground?


    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 5:51PM
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paulandirene(z7 NM)

Hi Jason,

The zones referred to here are Sunset climate zones [Sunset is a magazine based in the Bay Area of California].

For years, Sunset only covered the Western US, and until I clicked the link below, I did not know that they now have zones identified for the entire US. So, I learned something today!

Here is a link that might be useful: Sunset Climate Zones

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 6:56PM
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satellitehead(z8 ATL Metro)

Well, I learned something too! I thought it was a typo at first, but didn't think it would be possible to double-typo like that.

Looks like I'm all 32.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2010 at 10:36PM
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