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Subject: Best Fig Trees for Vancouver, BC? Replies: 9
Posted By: ammuni Views: 7,786
 
Hi All,

Well, I did end up buying the "Brown Turkey" fig they had at Gardenworks in Vancouver. And a number of sweet brown figs ripened the last couple of weeks. Now, perhaps this tree was in a greenhouse before it was shipped to the garden centre and this is why the figs ripened. Or perhaps, we had an especially warm and sunny summer here (which we did) which may not happen in future summers, but the fig is doing well so far.

I've attached a picture.

I will continue to look for DK. Thanks for all your help and advice.

Ammuni

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Subject: Best Fig Trees for Vancouver, BC? Replies: 9
Posted By: ammuni Views: 7,786
 
Hi kiwibob,

Thanks for the information and for the referral to your website. I guess Desert King is the fig of choice for this area. I have many neighbours with fig trees in their gardens and all of them produce ripe juicy figs in August.

Am I to assume that all of the fig trees whose fruit ripen in the metro Vancouver, BC area are Desert King?

On that note, where can one purchase a Desert King? It seems there was a shortage of fig trees this year at the local nuseries and I have had problems purchasing any type of fig tree. The trend this year has been for people to plant edible gardens and thus the fig trees were in high demand.

Ammuni
                       

Subject: Best Fig Trees for Vancouver, BC? Replies: 9
Posted By: ammuni Views: 7,786
 
Hi All,

I'm interested in buying a fig tree and I'm wondering what your recommendations would be on the best type of fig tree for Vancouver, BC?

I've noticed these types at a local nursery:

Peter's Honey Fig
Mission Fig
Black Jack Fig
Brown Turkey Fig

What are your thoughts?

Thanks for your help.

Ammuni


Subject: how to protect a fig outdoors in winter? Replies: 4
Posted By: ammuni Views: 701
 
Hi fyvfigs, 

Thanks for your reply. Vancouver, BC is usually considered Zone 7 but I live in an elevated area of Vancouver, so I believe my microclimate zone is probably more of a zone 6. 

I think  I will bury the fig since it is so small and easily buried. However, I don't understand the caution about the ground freezing. Don't people bury their fig trees in climates with cold winters, snow, and the ground does freeze? 

Any idea how deep a fig tree needs to buried to be overwintered? 

Ammuni

Subject: how to protect a fig outdoors in winter? Replies: 4
Posted By: ammuni Views: 701
 
Hello, 

It's not possible for me to overwinter a small young fig tree indoors in a garage. I live in Vancouver, BC so our winters are mild but can possibly go down -10 degrees celsius very briefly in a really bad spell like last winter. The fig tree is about one year old and is about 1.5 feet tall in a two gallon pot. How can I protect it if I leave it outdoors?

Bury it completely (roots and stem)? Bury the pot and roots only and cover the stem with a blanket? Should I protect it only when the weather hits below -10 celsius or throughout our mild winter? 

Thanks for your help, 
Ammuni 

Subject: how to overwinter seedling? Replies: 4
Posted By: ammuni Views: 525
 
Hi Dieseler and Italiangirl74,

Yes, it seems I definitely made a mistake keeping it indoors. I wish I'd found this message board sooner. We had such a warm sunny summer in Vancouver this year so bringing it outdoors for the summer would have made sense.  Well, I guess I'll just keep it where it is and see if it goes into dormancy on its own in November. 

I haven't seen any little webs under the leaves. However, I brought a leaf sample to the a nursery and they thought it was lack of appropriate fertilization. 

I followed the growing tips "Festival of Fruit 2007" sheet on this site to grow the scion and transfer it into a 2 gallon pot.  It indicates I should wait until it outgrows a 5 gallon pot to transfer it into the ground. It also indicates that I need to water with "half-strength solution of Miracle-Grow" once a week. I'm assuming I should stop fertilizing now if I want it to go into dormancy? 

Well...I guess this will be an experiment. 

Thanks for your responses. 

Ammuni

Subject: how to overwinter seedling? Replies: 4
Posted By: ammuni Views: 525
 
Hi All,

I live in Vancouver and was sent a fig cutting from a friend in California this past January/Feb. I followed directions on this site on how to grow the scion and now have the fig plant in a 1 gallon pot indoors. It's only about 1.5 feet high.

I left the plant indoors over the summer in front of south facing window. I'm not sure if this was a mistake? My understanding is that I was not to plant it outdoors until the root system was large enough to transfer into a 5 gallon pot. In any case, it's doing fairly well except that the leaves are blotchy/ discoloured and eventually fall off. There is lots of new growth however. Any ideas on what the blotchy/ discoloured leaves may be?

Also, how do I overwinter this seedling since it's already indoors?

Any feedback would be helpful.

Ammuni

 

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