fig espalier

spectrum_2008December 11, 2008

Has anyone had experience with this? Our winters can be severe. I was thinking that it might help if I planted the figs along our south facing brick wall. Do I need two plants to get fruit?

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bonsaist(Z6/ Bethlehem, Pa)

You did well planting them against the south wall, however your zone is way too cold for the figs to be planted outside.
I can't even leave the figs unprotected in zone 6. With espalier you need all the wood to survive, unfortunately in any zone colder than zone 8 where temperatures drop below 20, you'll end up with the wood dying.
Only one tree is needed for fruit production with the common fig varieties.
If I were you, I would dig the trees out and plant them in a container, and place them in a cool garage. That's the only way you'll get fruit.

Bass

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 10:09AM
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goodground(z6 NJ)

Get a large container and you can have your Fig tree.
Then you can bring it inside for the winter.
If you like figs, it works.
Good Luck!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2008 at 8:20PM
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