Return to the Fig Forum | Post a Follow-Up

Ventilation needed?

Posted by frozenjoe MA 5B / 6A (My Page) on
Sun, Oct 18, 09 at 14:55

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.


Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Ventilation needed?

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Sun, Oct 18, 09 at 15:28

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


RE: Ventilation needed?

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.


RE: Ventilation needed?

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...

RE: Ventilation needed?

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.


RE: Ventilation needed?


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.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!

Return to the Fig Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.

Learn more about in-text links on this page here