Will figs grow in Michigan?

riverman777July 26, 2008

Greetings to all. I'm new to gardening and new to Michigan.

I'm from Florida, and enjoyed the fig preserves my mother would make. I bought a small place near Owosso, with some wonderful apple trees and such. If possible I would like to plant some figs up here, but I don't know a soul in these parts and not sure if this is possible. Thanks for any help. Michael

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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

yes, depending upon your climate (I'm not originally from Mi, so I'm not sure where Owosso is) and how much work you're willing to do to grow figs, it is possible.

I'm in Saint Clair Shores (which puts me North-east of Detroit, and north of Canada) and I have one fig in the ground and a number of figs in pots. The one in the ground needs to be protected each winter and the potted ones are brought inside and stored in a cold-preserving room off of my basement for the winter. There are a number of ways of protecting in-ground planted figs over-winter, and they all require a bit of work. Potted might be a good place to start if you have a place to keep the fig in the winter (an attached, unheated garage can be a viable option).

You'll find there are a few of us in this forum growing figs in Michigan (and at least one that I can recall in Chicago as well).


    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 10:46PM
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Sounds like the fig prefers a warmer climate I guess. I was hoping maybe for a hybrid perhaps that proformed well in colder climates. Maybe I should consider a native fruit tree. Thanks again. Do you know of a web resource for native michigan fruit trees that do well?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 12:40AM
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chills71(Zone 6b Mi)

Have you ever heard of a pawpaw?

There are lots of fruit trees and shrubs that will grow well in Michigan.

Check the link for an option you probably aren't already familiar with!


PS...I'd also check other online nurseries. Burnt Ridge nursery is a favorite of mine

Here is a link that might be useful: tollgate gardens nursery

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 10:26AM
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Chills is right on in the response. riverman i live near chicago, i grow in large home depot plastic pots and bring in each winter after a hard frost hit them. I have attached garage a little warmer than being unattached.If putting in a garage may i suggest setting pots up on 2x4s so there off the cold ground. Or you can go thru the tedious procedure of knocking tree over and making what i call a gravesite for the fig tree and wrap with burlap and cover with leaves and dirt. After hold is dig put sopme plywood to fig then wrapped tree on top of that it makes it a lot easier for one in the springtime. Try growing a fig tree a challenge but for me rewarding fruits.
Best of Luck

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 12:01PM
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