Figs In the Northern Winter: Part 2

| 11/16/2015 4:46:00 PM

Andrew WeidmanPotted fig

Last week I shared my previous experiences with ‘crating’ in-ground figs to keep them alive through Pennsylvania winter. I also promised I’d share the method I use now, storing potted figs, in my next installment of Life In the Fast Lane. I do try to honor my promises, so here it is:

Figs are unusual among fruit trees in that they grow and fruit well in containers. Sure, you can argue that Calamondin oranges, Meyers lemons and columnar apples can be container grown. Figs, however, make good on their promise of fruit, producing enough of a harvest to make the effort worthwhile.

frosted fig

Overwintering potted figs isn’t difficult; you just need the right conditions. A potted fig needs to stay dormant, cool and dry. They don’t need sunlight, and won’t do well for long as a houseplant. Don’t be tempted to bring that beautiful green specimen into your living room in September. Wait until it loses all of its leaves, usually around Thanksgiving in my area, and looks worse than Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree before you put it in storage.

bare fig