Getting my fig baby through the winter
I have a very healthy and fast growing cutting from a wonderful fig tree (I think a brown turkey but not positive) that used to grow close to our house. We had the tree cut down this summer after a termite treatment around the perimeter of the house rendered the figs unsafe to eat. I planted the cutting out in a pot about 3 months ago, when it had 2 tiny leaves at the top. Since then it has grown a couple of feet, has many beautiful mature looking leaves, and even got some tiny figs.
Now I need to get it through the winter. I have read on this forum about overwintering potted figs in an unheated shed. However, IÃ¯Â¿Â½m thinking more and more about planting the tree out this fall. I have a spot about 10 feet from the house, which would offer protection from southwest winds but would be far enough to avoid the pesticide treatment. (Roughly the same position in relation to the house as the old tree, just farther away.)
As far as overwintering in a shed, We have 2 sheds, an old one on a slab, and a new one on cinder blocks. The one on the slab is prone to rodents, so IÃ¯Â¿Â½m a little worried about possible damage from them. The newer one is probably safer from rodents, as it has no obvious cracks or holes, but IÃ¯Â¿Â½m guessing it would be colder if not on a slab, though it is certainly sealed up better than the other.
IÃ¯Â¿Â½d appreciate any advice about planting out, as well as thoughts on overwintering in one of our sheds. I loved the mama tree and I love the baby. I have a "backup" small Chicago fig tree that I purchased this summer, but itÃ¯Â¿Â½s just not the same!