wintering problems in N. CA 9b.

NorCalNiko(USDA 9 Sunset 16/17)December 10, 2010

I'm starting my first winter with my first group of fig trees: Vista BM, Panache, and regular BM, all bought from Encanto farms. Two weeks ago we had five days of frost. I took the figs into my garage. This coming week, we are looking at temperatures up to 65 or so.

I'm not sure what I ought to do... my figs will do fine outside, but they're young, and I want them to go dormant. As I understand it, I'm to bring them into the garage, with as little light as possible, and keep temps below 45 or so until the last threat of frost.

Where I live, I get maybe three weeks of frost over the winter, and temps never really go below 30 or so, but will semi-frequently get over 60.

Should I move these guys outside and just let them go dormant if they can, or should I keep them inside and hope they go dormant in there?

I've searched the forum but have found only general wintering info, especially for the Northeast.

Thanks for any advice!

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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

Leave them outdoors. Your temps won't go low enough to do them any harm. The TRUE dormant period for carica is extremely short - usually only 100-200 chill units (roughly, hours), after which time they become quiescent and capable of growth as soon as soil temperatures become more favorable (above about 45*).

Al

    Bookmark   December 11, 2010 at 10:40AM
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thisisme(az9b)

In your climate figs can be left outside during the winter months. If there were a night when it would be getting really cold. Say into the low twenties or lower then you might think about bringing a potted fig in or covering it to protect it.

Growing figs in a pot is a pain. For the most part people do it only if they are renting or think they may be moving in a year or two or if they live in a climate that freezes during the winter months. I've lived in Petaluma, Novato and Rohnert Park and figs are grown in the ground without protection. In fact unless you live on a high mountain figs can be grown in the ground and left unprotected nearly anywhere in Ca.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2010 at 11:05AM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

Zone 9b in CA - that must be a fig-heaven to me!
... Do nothing (for cold) ...

    Bookmark   December 11, 2010 at 6:17PM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

Figs grow in-ground where I live...between zone 7 and 8.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 12, 2010 at 10:44PM
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NorCalNiko(USDA 9 Sunset 16/17)

Thanks everyone. Very helpful. I'll take them out tonight.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2010 at 7:51PM
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foolishpleasure

Josh
Where do you live? City or state.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2010 at 2:23AM
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greenman28 NorCal 7b/8a

In the Sierra Nevada foothills, between Auburn and Colfax (California).
Sorry about that....usually my region and zone would show, but GardenWeb has,
as we all know, been having significant technical errors.

Josh

    Bookmark   December 21, 2010 at 10:05AM
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