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Poptine
hamilton
Canada

October 19, 2009
2:14 PM

Post #7185780

Can someone tell me the best way to winterize a very young potted fig tree in zone 6?

carrielamont

carrielamont
Milton, MA
(Zone 6a)

October 19, 2009
4:40 PM

Post #7186357

bring it in - are you talking about ficus?
tropicalaria
Tri-Cities, WA
(Zone 7b)

October 19, 2009
7:09 PM

Post #7186922

If it's an ornamental fig like ficus benjamina or such, you will need to bring it in as Carrie said. They don't like rapid swings in temperature, either, so you may get some leaf drop when you do.

If it's an edible fig, most are cold tolerant down to 20 degrees or so, and some much lower than that. I get away with just moving them up close to the house in zone 7. In zone six I'd be more worried about the pot freezing, though, which would be hard to prevent with moving the plant to a warmer spot. Plants in pots lose a zone or two of cold tolerance. It's the trade-off for the portability that allows you to put them in a greenhouse, garage, or other sheltered spot when needed.

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