Posted by Dave in NoVA 7A on July 5, 2018, 10:58 am
I think it's safe to say many to most local figs died back nearly to the ground after last winter. But some did not. Not sure whether it was due to growing a type that was particularly hardy -- or maybe the location (siting). Maybe some of both. Here's one (a Brunswick type?) in my area that did not appear to die back at all and there looks to be a good crop of fruit developing. Most likely this one got some winter shade -- and that probably helped some. I think the sun hitting the stems can kill them during the coldest part of the day.
Re: Local Figs
Posted by Chris on July 5, 2018, 11:04 am, in reply to "Local Figs"
Perfect. I know people dont want to talk about it but how low did you go this past winter and any consecutive days below freezing? Id say your right about the shade and sun exposure.
Posted by Fred SC on July 5, 2018, 11:25 am, in reply to "Local Figs"
Looks like a good crop. They grow several varieties of fig here. I just do not have room for one. I do see quite a few, especially in older and bigger properties, because figs can make small trees. There is a very old and giant one in west Greenville near downtown that is gnarly and nice.
Posted by Dave in NoVA 7A on July 5, 2018, 11:45 am, in reply to "Re: Local Figs"
I didn't keep records on the cold. You're right. I don't want to think about it. LOL! Maybe two weeks of relentless cold?
Posted by Dave in NoVA 7A on July 5, 2018, 11:46 am, in reply to "Re: Local Figs"
Well Fred, if I knew someone really well who grew figs, I wouldn't try to grow them myself. I would offer to relieve their tree of the messy fruit. LOL! I'm allergic to fig sap, so have to really watch it carefully when trimming or brushing up against any broken leaves and stems. Fruit doesn't bother me at all.
Posted by Tom in PA on July 5, 2018, 1:00 pm, in reply to "Local Figs"
My fig trees both died to ground. Both now have fruit starting. Iíll wrap mine next time around. My Italian honey fig got more than one crop last summer/fall when it had no dieback. This is the honey fig. It grows really fast! Do you have any figs at your house?
Posted by Dave in NoVA 7A on July 5, 2018, 1:06 pm, in reply to "Re: Local Figs"
I tried Brown Turkey but it kept freezing back where I put it -- in a low spot, unfortunately. I have a Green Ischia/Strawberry Verte in a pot and am considering putting it in the ground. BUT I've gotten figs to bear in containers before, so not sure. May try one in ground and one in pot.
Posted by TominPrestonMD on July 5, 2018, 3:14 pm, in reply to "Local Figs"
Mine died to the ground after 3 years of growth... Made for a big mess when it was obvious it wasn't gonna leaf out. Mines called Strawberry (or something something like that) seems most on water front properties made it through flying colors.
Posted by Jason Western PA on July 5, 2018, 9:30 pm, in reply to "Re: Local Figs"
Strawberry Verte/Green Ischia
Posted by Dave in NoVA z7a on July 6, 2018, 8:18 am, in reply to "Re: Local Figs"
I have a Strawberry Verte/Green Ischia in a pot. Picked it up at Monticello. Just need to figure out where it should go. Does yours get any winter sun? My theory is that figs that get winter shade seemed to fare better than those in full winter sun.
Re: Strawberry Verte/Green Ischia
Posted by TominPrestonMD on July 6, 2018, 4:02 pm, in reply to "Strawberry Verte/Green Ischia"
Yea it gets full sun all day. There aren't any mature trees at my place so the only true shade is from the house.
Posted by Dave in NoVA z7a on July 6, 2018, 7:22 pm, in reply to "Re: Strawberry Verte/Green Ischia"
So, I wonder if winter shade and summer sun is key.
Posted by Rob North Tennessee on July 6, 2018, 11:07 pm, in reply to "Local Figs"
oh my , very nice Dave!
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