Wake-Up Call: How to Handle Early Leafing Out in Container Fig Trees w/ Tips on Growing them Indoors
Updated: Jan 22
Fig trees are deciduous and lose their leaves in the winter unless you live in a USDA zone 10 like Southern Florida.
Fig trees need to be exposed to light/hard frosts or colder temperatures in the 20s for them to properly go dormant. Indoor winter storage almost always fails.
To store your fig tree, ideally, you want to place it in a location that's between 15-45F until you are getting close to the last frost date. Fig tree winter protection is important because they may be killed in the winter.
Fig trees in containers have different winter requirements than those planted in the ground and their roots are more exposed to lower temperatures and need additional protection from the cold.
Your fig tree may have woken up early because it was never dormant or it's located in an environment that's too warm.
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Are you scratching your head wondering why your fig tree has started to leaf out during the winter? You're not alone! With the warmer winter weather, many fig tree owners are facing this same predicament. But don't despair! This blog post will give you the tools you need to handle this early leafing out and ensure a successful growing season for your fig tree.
Know that you're not alone. This warm winter is affecting everyone. I have been getting more emails than ever on this particular topic! Which usually goes something like this:
Ross, I don't know if you are into answering questions but I will give it a try. My fig trees in containers were placed in dormancy in late November.
So I put my figs to rest and thought I have till spring to awaken them. Well they beat me to it. They have started to leaf out in their storage places. So I need some advice on what to do with them. I have 4 of them and they are about two years old. The places where I stored them may not have been cool enough.
I don't know. I can't place them in a colder place can I at this stage of their development? If I water them and try to give them more warmth and sun will they continue to grow or just die back? The space available for that in my residency is limited. Your thoughts on what approach ought I take if any? The one actually produced a few figs last while it was in a hallway the whole year. I was amazed. Any thoughts I would appreciate. Thank you, Ward.