Ventilation needed?

frozenjoe(9 Arizona)October 18, 2009

I wrapped my one in-ground tree for the winter.

I tied the branches together.

Then I piled mulch around the base of the tree.

Then I wrapped it in insulation and filled in any open space with dead leaves.

Then I put 2 plastic bags over it.

Then I put more mulch around the base.

It was a lot of work! But it will be worth it if my tree survives in ground without any damage.

HERE IS MY QUESTION: Should I pop some holes in the plastic so that it gets ventilation? Will that allow too much cold air in?

Thanks for your help.

Joe

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Fungal infection will assuredly kill it (at least the top) w/o air movement.

Al

    Bookmark   October 18, 2009 at 3:28PM
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botanicalbill(9b SWFlorida)

I would put in a box of mouse poison. I have read horror stories of what mice will do to a fig tree.

You will only get fungal infection if there is moisture in there. So I would not put holes in it as they will let in moisture.

-Bill

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 11:55PM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

Maybe replace the plastic with tar-paper (open at the
top/(bottom?) for ventilation and put 'some' sort of a cap
on top (e.g., a bucket) to stop rain water from going in...

    Bookmark   October 24, 2009 at 5:27AM
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frozenjoe(9 Arizona)

Thanks for responding guys.

I have been keeping an eye on my fig tree. I started to notice moisture building up inside of the plastic, especially after the warm days we've been having.

So I cut open the top of the plastic bags and let everything dry out. Then I covered it with a bucket.

Hopefully that works and my tree stays protected. I'll let you know how it turns out in the spring.

Joe

    Bookmark   November 1, 2009 at 4:14PM
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frozenjoe(9 Arizona)

Here is my fig tree today. It survived the winter here with the protection that I gave it. It had die back on some branches, which I pruned off. Everything left is alive. It's swelling up green buds on the branches that don't have leaves yet.

Fig trees can survive in ground in northern Massachusetts with protection.

Joe

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 4:44PM
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