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Fig Tree Winter Protection Uncovered: When Is the Right Time to Uncover a Fig Tree?

Fig trees are a delightful addition to any garden, but their hardiness in the face of winter weather can be a cause for concern. That’s where winter protection comes in.

In this article, I’ll guide you through the nuances of my favorite method of winter protection for fig trees, the results of that method, and when to uncover your fig tree. I also explore the steps to take after the winter season, including pruning and using season extension techniques to give your fig trees a head start. And, for those living in colder climates, I’ll highlight some of the hardiest fig varieties to ensure your trees survive the winter season.

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Fig Tree Care During the Winter

Fig trees are known to be hardy plants, but they require proper winter protection to thrive in zones 6 and 7. One of my favorite methods of winter protection involves bending the branches of fig trees close to the ground and staking them with garden staples or bamboo. After the branches are along the ground, I cover them with mulch or other insulative materials.

Why does this work?

When the branches are low to the ground, they are closer to the earth, which is a source of heat. If you have a heat source, the only left to do is insulate it. Woodchips, straw, and leaves are great insulative materials that are easy to find. What I like about this method is that it offers a more efficient alternative to wrapping fig trees for winter protection.

The Results of Winter Protection

Despite some challenges with warmer than usual weather and rotting in some branches, the majority of the trees survived and appear to be in great condition. This method was particularly effective in ensuring that the growth tips and lateral buds were still intact on the branches, which is critical for fruit production in the coming season.