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Many of my young figs are in the 1 gal nursery black pots that do heat up substantially during the day. I wrapped one with an old towel and checked the pot temp around 5pm. Needless to say that it was much cooler now!

Anybody is wrapping up their 1 gal pots with anything?
What can easily be used as a '1 gal sock' ?

To make the things even worse for figs, the pots are on a concrete. I know, you can significantly reduce any potential heat damage to any container plant by not putting it on a stone or concrete surface but it is what it is.

Another solution would be to put the containers either on the ground, grass or wood surface and they will remain significantly cooler than any placed on a concrete or stone surface.
For me it would be more convenient to keep the nursery pots where they are now though so the planks of wood + socks might do the trick.

What do you do?

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how about getting a pallet?
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The pallet would cover the 'wood' part, of course.
So it seems most people dont care about this then or they do not deal with the extreme heat conditions. I will think of something.
I believe the issue is relevant for the 1-5 gal pots in the hot climates though.

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It is kind of interesting, that sometimes where a pot sits on a concrete slab it remains relatively cool under the pot. I thought it would be more of a problem for those plants that are on the concrete for me. For me the bigger concern is to try to do what I can to shade around the pot and the walls of the pot a bit. Which helps shade the concrete some as well. There was a fairly recent post discussing a similar scenario http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/6-hours-of-sun......MAYBE!!.....MAYBE-NOT!!!-6406143 , if you haven't looked at it maybe you could get some more ideas there.
  One more possibility is to set the pots on a plant dolly (granted there are holes for drainage) and leave them there. The dolly serves a dual purpose, it keeps the plant off the concrete plus keeps it easily mobile so you can move them around for whatever reason. A person just needs to block the wheels if there is any slant on their slab so they don't go for a ride. Also I suppose it would make them easier to steal if that is a concern and they are accessible. I have my two biggest trees on dollys, it makes it especially nice in the spring when I do the fig shuffle and in the winter when I need to move them around in the garage to access different things or clean etc.

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Leg warmers used to be popular back during the 80's...seems like they might be just the right size to fit around a 1gal. trade pot(larger size pots, maybe not)...but where would you buy find leg warmers now a days ??
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You can probably find leg warmers on eBay. I saw young ladies wearing them this past winter, so they may be in your local JCPenny. Lol!
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Some of the suggestions discussed before:

Bury the container
Use terra cotta
Place container in larger container then fill void with mulch
Paint the dark containers white
Wrap container in foil/other reflective material
Use a white container
Cover container with straw/hay
Water just after peak heat

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So many suggestions! Thank you all!
I will try the foil idea, it seems the cleanest for me so far.
I am already watering at the peak heat so it is going to be a combination.

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I have socks for nursery trade pots.  Black cloth filters water not soil.
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I use
   - old bed sheets
   - old towels
   - boards (lean against multiple pots to shade one side or two sides)
   - flat stones

Once they're in bigger pots it isn't an issue usually, plus most of the larger pots I use are lighter colored.  Good luck.

Mike


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Hi Danny and Mike,

Thanks for your suggestions. Todays I did a bit of everything, I repotted some larger figs into 2 and 3 gal pots and wrapped the smaller ones with foil. It will take a few days before I see any difference but I think it is going to work.

Danny, can you post a photo of your pot socks? I may use them for the next season if they worked for me.

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Since I'm new to growing fig trees, I hadn't really thought about placement of the pots.  Mine seem to be growing fine sitting on concrete but then I have already up potted them into lighter colored pots.  I will keep all of this in mind though, when I get more trees in the 1 gallon, black containers.
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I don't know if this will help, I need to do temp comparisons, maybe this weekend.  This stuff may be pricy, might be available in white, lots of questions.  I would guess that this would be about a 50% sun shade/screen.

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