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thanks a local gentleman (also from the forum) for mailing me some very nice cuttings of winter-hardy varieties around April 2015. like hardy chicago, Vista, niagara black,  black balmatia, Dalmatie?


all were rooted by wet newspaper method and grew into  plants.  :):)  I have 10 fig trees now in pot.
well, i failed to lable them properly. maybe i will need to find out which is which in the new year.  :):)

For the winter, I put them back in the unheated but attached garage corner, cover the main stem with newspaper and filled   dry soil and moss around the main stems,
covered with a used quilt and curtain, like the photo. I only watered them a little once in early Jan.since Oct.

during last a couple days, the outside temperature went to -26C.  also there were some days of low temperature of -15c before.
Today it is above 0 inside and i checked the plants. all look good, the bud is growing. :)
I hope they grow stronger and larger this year. 







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Great job keeping them comfortable!  I hope they do very well for you this year.
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Your trees look cozy & comfy. Great job! Pls update in the spring so we can enjoy the fruits of your labor with you.:-)
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5 weeks out of the garage. the leaves grow green and nice.

1) but the stems are  weak/most are of single branch. is there any way to speed out the growth?  should I pinch? 
I added granular limestone and Miracle-Gro Shake 'n Feed All Purpose Continuous Release Plant Food from Costco.

2) should I drill extra side holes, I am always afraid there are extra rain left in the pot. from my experience, the soil is very soggy in the bottom of the pot.
or add some ingredients to improve the soil quality?
Usually I used 80% top soil and 20% sheep manure for the soil.

thank you!
 





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Very Nice
they should have drainage holes at the bottom
leave them in the sun have patience ,they will take off
Happy Figging

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On the single trunk ones I would pinch of the top after 6 or 7 leaves are out and that might encourage branching. Otherwise is might just keep growing straight up.

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Yeah, give them some time, lots of light, and keep them watered.  Little plants sometimes grow slowly because they're establishing their roots.  Once that's in place, the above-ground growth takes off.
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Very Nice
they should have drainage holes at the bottom
leave them in the sun have patience ,they will take off
Happy Figging


Thank you, Raffaele. :)
I might drill extra side holes to improve aeration. Will leave them in the sun as you suggested. :):)

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On the single trunk ones I would pinch of the top after 6 or 7 leaves are out and that might encourage branching. Otherwise is might just keep growing straight up.

Tyler


Many thanks Tyler for the tip. I may try pinching as you suggested. :)

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Yeah, give them some time, lots of light, and keep them watered.  Little plants sometimes grow slowly because they're establishing their roots.  Once that's in place, the above-ground growth takes off.


I agree. Strong roots makes faster growth.
This year the growth is much faster than the past. :):)

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Typically if you have an upright grower with one main leader, pinching will simulate branching and growth. It works really well for stalled out trees. I do it constantly it keeps them active.
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I agree with the idea of pinching! Last year made a firm believer out of me. At first, it takes some nerve to snap off the buds, but once you see the results, you also will be a believer. Good Luck :)
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    ...pinching        I do it constantly...



   Yes,    but you're not supposed to enjoy it so much, Brian;       "Oh, so no figs again this year?   Take that...    (Snap!)   !!!!

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Typically if you have an upright grower with one main leader, pinching will simulate branching and growth. It works really well for stalled out trees. I do it constantly it keeps them active.


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I agree with the idea of pinching! Last year made a firm believer out of me. At first, it takes some nerve to snap off the buds, but once you see the results, you also will be a believer. Good Luck :)


Thanks a lot for all your expertise. :)
I will try pinching soon when they has stable growth for this year. 

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They look very happy and some have lots of figlet ( besides the breba). 
I Just repotted all 1st year fig in 3 gallon pots with soil/perlite/bone meal mix. I also put a shallow layer of mulch to keep moisture. since I didn't hurt the roots and there is no transplant shock at all.



I obtained two mature trees from a local garden friend. one is a capelas fig (has 6 large breba already) and another is a Turkish(not sure what Turkish). Plan to air-layer the tree and then re-pot the plants in bigger pot. (current pot is 10 gallon only). I may imagine poor growth or dying if no repotting/ cutting old roots. 
any suggestions to reshape the tree?
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Glad to see your trees are doing well
my suggestion would be air layer
picture number 2  looks to me like 4 airlayers
do no girdle all the way around
so you can still enjoy any fruit they make
now you have 4 trees to keep ,sell or gift
and I would root prune the bottom one in the fall or early spring before it comes out of dormancy
10 gallon pot is heavy enough to move around(for me anyway)
good luck

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Thank you Raffaele. Will try air-laryering soon. I want to keep a bushy shape/ and try grow in ground in the future.
Many thanks for the suggestion to root pruning. well, I will do with caution. This year I killed my two blueberry trees due to ( too heavy/too early) root pruning.

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Glad to see your trees are doing well
my suggestion would be air layer
picture number 2  looks to me like 4 airlayers
do no girdle all the way around
so you can still enjoy any fruit they make
now you have 4 trees to keep ,sell or gift
and I would root prune the bottom one in the fall or early spring before it comes out of dormancy
10 gallon pot is heavy enough to move around(for me anyway)
good luck




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Hardy Chicago fig is close to ripen.
another 2 varieties is still growing. 
All look very good. i will wait for a couple of days to taste it. :)

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Looking great! Your plantings are really progressing....
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Nice plants.  I made the label mistake with my first-time garden this spring.  Now I have a garden full of jalapenos and habaneros and very few bell peppers.  Needless to say I wont make that mistake again!
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