We’ve now had two mornings of freezing temperatures and the fig trees that had been clinging to their leaves finally let them all to the ground and it is time to put the trees down for their winter nap.
I really should have put them down to sleep on the weekend but it was a very busy time and the figs simply didn’t make it to the top of the priority list.
The In-Ground Fig Tree
The little fig tree, planted in the ground at the front of the house, got a temporary winter environment this morning. I wrapped it in several layers of burlap, tilting the little tree over, at the same time, getting it as horizontal as it could go without too much pressure. The weight of the burlap is, or at least “was”, holding it to the ground. I haven’t gone back out to check on it, as I’m now watching my grandson and he’s having his nap. After he goes home, I will go check in on the wee tree.
My plan for this “in-ground” fig tree is to bend it over horizontally (check!) and then cover it with a few layers of old carpet. I had the carpet all ready but after the furnace oil spill in the basement that carpet became a floor protector and had to be tossed out after it had soaked up footprints of oil. I did find another remnant in the shed and hopefully it will be enough to insulate the tree against the winter temperatures. I will then place a tarp overtop of the entire area—and, finally, finish the process off with crossing my fingers.
This little tree had frozen last year but sent up a new shoot in the spring so I’m hopeful that with these layers of blankets that it will survive again.
The Potted Fig Tree
This morning, my potted fig went into the greenhouse until I can get around to winterizing it. I decided that since it is still a young tree, with not too many years invested in it, that I would attempt an outside insulation strategy rather than hauling it inside and out every year. My plan is similar to the one above but it will have the added benefit of being inside the greenhouse. The plastic greenhouse, although still holding up fairly well, doesn’t have a door that closes. I’ve tried attaching a plastic flap for a door but it hasn’t stayed on. I will try again after winterizing the tree but I won’t count on the door as a source of protection. Perhaps I can find my giant tarp that I used to use for camping and cover the entire greenhouse with it – including the doorway. And then perhaps the tarp won’t get blown away during wind storms.
I’ll have to keep you posted.
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-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)