On impulse and family nostalgia, I bought what was labeled just as "Italian Fig" at our local botanical garden plant sale. I have no idea what kind it is and would like to find out. It seems to be doing well, topping off at over three feet tall (it was just over a foot when I bought it in May), and seems to be developing some figs finally.
We are zone 5a, where figs do not like to overwinter in the great outdoors, although I have heard rumors that in the city here there are houses in old Italian neighborhoods that do harbor fig trees outside.
My Italian grandfather used to lay his fig tree down and bury it over the winter (my mother noted it looked like a grave), but I was thinking it might be easier for now to just overwinter it in the house as it is in a pot. Any thoughts?
Finally, should I let it go dormant and drop leaves before I bring it in (assuming I do)? Do I then keep it out of the sun until it starts to releaf?
Thank you in advance, I am new to growing figs and don't want to kill it. :)