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Unwrapping Fig Trees in the Spring | The Critical Last Step of Wrapping Figs for the Winter

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The Last Step of Wrapping Fig Trees for Winter Protection

Winter is a crucial time for fig trees, and proper protection is essential for their survival and reliable fruit production in the following growing season. Wrapping fig trees during the winter season is a common practice among fig growers, and it helps to trap heat and protect the branches from harsh cold temperatures.

In this article, we will delve into the process of wrapping fig trees, when to unwrap fig trees, the results of wrapping compared to unprotected trees, the severity, and duration of the recent winter season, how to check for winter damage, and tricks to improve the wrapping process.

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The Importance of Wrapping and Unwrapping Fig Trees

Wrapping and unwrapping fig trees are crucial steps in ensuring their survival during the winter and ensuring a successful harvest the following spring. Fig trees are often sensitive to cold temperatures, and without proper protection, the harsh winter weather can damage or even kill a fig tree.

Wrapping the tree provides an extra layer of insulation from the cold and wind, helping to preserve the critical fruiting buds that are essential for producing earlier fruits, and fruits at a higher quality, and making fruit set easier the following year.

Unwrapping the fig tree in the spring is just as important as wrapping it in the winter. If the tree is left wrapped for too long, heat and moisture can build up inside, causing mold and rot that’ll potentially damage the tree. Therefore, it's important to unwrap the fig tree at the right time, usually when temperatures are consistently above 20°F.

Fig Tree Temperature Tolerance

The temperature tolerance of fig trees varies greatly among different varieties. Some fig tree varieties are hardier than others and can survive lower temperatures without damage. For example, hardy varieties like Hardy Chicago can survive temperatures around 0°F to 5°F and above, while less hardy varieties may not survive temperatures below 15°F. Unfortunately, only about 2.5% of the thousands of fig varieties in existence can survive a winter low of 5°F, and even fewer can survive temperatures of 0°F or below.</