winterizing fig tree

angelalisaNovember 7, 2012

I live outside of Philadelphia, PA and I have a brown turkey fig tree. Every Fall I usually wrap it with burlap to protect it for the Winter. This year I

wrapped it with a blue tarp, just the limbs not the trunk of the tree. The tree is very large. Do you think that

is enough protection for the fig tree or do I need to wrap the trunk too? Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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fignewbies

Hi, angelalisa:

I would wrap the trunk too as I'd never
want the tree to be exposed to the dry
winter wind! I wouldn't want to have the
risk of damage to the fig tree.
I understand it's a heck of lots of work but the fig tree rewards you with the abundance of fruits.
As it takes years to fruit a lot, I would
certainly make sure to bundle up the tree well.

fignewbies

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 7:14PM
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tony_c_m(5b/6a)

I would trim the tree to a manageable size then use the burlap first then the tarp. The burlap would help to keep it warmer while the tarp would keep it dry and stop the wind. Cover from the ground all the way to the top. Also with the trimmings you can share them with friends or start new trees for yourself.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   November 8, 2012 at 11:36PM
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budbackeast(FLORIDA)

Please show picture of the tree. Thx

    Bookmark   November 9, 2012 at 8:14AM
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