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Elena

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Hey everybody!

I’d like to share my experiment of fig wintering in the 5th zone. I hope that will be useful for somebody! I had already mentioned that topic in one of my posts: http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/show_single_post?pid=1289648412&postcount=18&forum=0

http://www.figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/hello-from-russia-7766369?pid=1289692487

Well, choosing a mean of wintering, I leaned on three options:

1.            A plant in the shelter must survive the winter

2.            The shelter should be simple for servicing

3.            The shelter shouldn’t spoil the appearance of the garden

First of all, a rectangular hole was dig. Outward part of that was coated with foam plastic and inward it was bathed with the concrete. There was a drainage at the bottom and I put a ground layer on it. The cover was made from the foam plastic. In addition to that, the fig tree was supposed to be covered with the cover made from insulation.

In the end of June I transplanted in this hole a Brown Turkey fig.

When the temperature was getting to 0C (32F), the hole was closed (15 November). To protect construction from over humidity I put the cellophane on the cover. I left a container with lime and a temperature and humidity indicator inside.

December. The temperature outside dropped sometimes to -25C (-13F) meanwhile the snow appeared just at the end of the month. The temperature inside of the hole was +1C (33.8F), a level of humidity was 40%.

January. The temperature outside was -20C (-4F) - +4C (39.2F). The temperature inside of the hole was approximately +0.3C (32.54F) – +1C (33.8F), the level of humidity was 45-50%.

February. This month was warm and rainy. The temperature outside was -8C (17.6F)- +4C (39.2F), the temperature inside of the hole was  +0.5C (32.9F), the level of humidity was 50%. In this time the batteries in the indicator ran out.

March. Suddenly plenty of snow fell out and then the temperature sharply increased. The snow started to melt quickly and there was water everywhere.  I decided to open the hole on 7 March. The temperature outside was +5C (41F).

Of course, some water leaked inside. The ground and the walls were damp, but my fig looked well. I scraped one of the branch and saw that it’s green inside.

The hole was covered about 110 days. The minimum temperature inside of the hole over considered period was -0.3C. Certainly, one year is not enough, but in whole I am pretty content with the result!

P.S. I hope I described it understandable :) 

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Johnparav

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Very nice . great pics too.

John
EDoukas

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Great work, Elena! 

What is that powdery stuff in the container?
Elena

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Great work, Elena! 

What is that powdery stuff in the container?


It's lime in the container. I'm not sure if this word is correct, but I found just that one in a dictionary. The lime is supposed to take excess humidity from the air.
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Elena, what an excellent job you did with wintering your tree! I can see the green tip. Wow! Love the pictures! Thank you for sharing! When your tree has leafed out, please post pictures again.
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Very Nice Elena
its amazing the lengths that  we go to enjoy some fresh figs

Happy Figging

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holy smokes! great work!
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Nice work, great idea! Labor of love for figs! Congratulations !
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Elena

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Thank you all for your warm words! It's such pleasure when there is an ability to realize some ideas! And now I'm waiting for results (fruit) :)
drew51

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Yes that is nice, and seemed to work well. The fig branches though looked rather dark. I have 25 figs in zone 6 so my place would look like a cemetery. Zombie figs! I want to try and just bury a few right in the soil. The rest stay in pots in an attached garage. I had a number of plants in an attached garage and some fared well, others it was actually too warm (blueberries). The figs seem to love it. I only had 6 plants this winter, now I have 25...Yikes! What was I thinking? I have to blame this site and all you guys giving us great deals on cuttings, you guys kept me busy all winter rooting. It was a heck of a lot of fun!
One problem I have is when to remove. We are going into a cold spell now and if i unburied them they would be exposed to freezing weather as low in a couple days is 25F. I have to be careful when i dig these up, and they will be in ground. Right now my figs are in pots outside, although all I have to do is put them back in the garage a few days till temps look favorable again.

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Elena

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Yes, I was also confused with dark branches, but they had appeared in autumn. I had a big temptation to cut them off and just after that to cover the hole. In the end I left everything as it was. I'm not sure why it happens, but maybe it's caused by humidity and temperature drop. It seems that they're alive, but I can define it just by their appearance. Anyway, I will know the answer in a month :)
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Awesome job, Elena!  Very cool :)
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Strong work!  If you have access to batteries like these they last much longer in cold weather.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DC4EL

or

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DUQDQ



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Nice clean looking design, looks like it's going to work!
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Looks like that worked wonderfully. I'm also growing figs in zone 5, so it's inspiring to see what gardeners in the same zone doing. Interesting how the stems darkened, but the wood seems quite healthy. I look forward to seeing the tree after it leafs out. Should give you a great crop this year.
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The dark wood is probably normal. I'm new to figs and know S with a hit! Yes looking forward to updates.
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