my first fig tree, winter question

pvelSeptember 25, 2011

I planted a fig tree (Brown Turkey). It is 4 feet high and already had some small figs when I bought it. It came from a local nursery in a 5 gallon container and I planted it in the ground on the south side of a fence.

My question is this: Will I need to take any steps to protect it during the winter. Here in Northeast Arkansas we get a few days in the teens and 4-5 inches of snow per season. Thanks

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geoff_ri(6)

The short answer is yes. You have to winterize it. just lookup winterizing and you'll see lots of posts about this topic.

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tonysiny(6)

RE: need winterizing help a.s.a.p. (Follow-Up #31)
posted by: tonysiny on 11.22.2007 at 12:16 am in Fig Forum

Here'e My Metehod:
I HAVE 8 FIG TREES GROWING IN MY BACK YARD.
I always wait until late October or early November to wrap my fig trees. If the leaves and/or figs are still contained to the branches, I remove them and use for mulch. Also, the wrapping procedure is always done on dry days. Do not let moister/water enter the enclosed fig trees......

1- Cut back each fig tree to 5 feet high.
2- Mulch the base rooting system with one foot of mulch to prevent freezing of the roots. I make my mulch by composting dry tree leaves, grass clippings and kitchen scraps throughout the summer months.
3- Tie up and tighten each of the branches to form a closed umbrella.
4- Wrap roofing tar paper around each fig tree leaving an openning on top.
5- Wrap and tie roping around each fig tree and secure to a inground peg, i.e; a 2 foot stick banged into the ground next to each fig tree.
6- Completely fill to the top, through the top openning - in each fig tree, with dry tree leaves.
7- Top off each fig tree with used heavy weight paper to finalized the insulation.
8- Covering the remaining top openning with tar paper and secure with roping.

I have been doing this for the last 5 years with great success.

Your fellow fig lover ----- Tony From Staten Island, NY

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NOTES:

TONY'S FIG TREE TYPES (8 TREES)
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BROWN TURKEY FIG TREE
MISSION FIG TREE

ITALIAN WHITE FIG TREE

PETER'S HONEY FIG TREE

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