I hope they aren't dead. I supposed I am supposed to wait and see if anything sprouts, but I don't know what the best conditions are for them at this point. I have 2 fig plants that were suckers, about 4 feet tall that I dug up and potted last year. I cut one back by about half and tried to root the part I cut off. Didn't work. I thought it might also encourage the plant to branch out. The other one, I just left along, one tall stem. They are in 5 gallon pots, but only filled half-full. I have not read as much as I should about caring for figs. I read somewhere that they are hard to kill and I guess I took it to heart. They started showing a few little signs of growth several weeks ago. For most of the winter they have been in my basement laundry room. I didn't think they should start leafing out so soon, so I put them outside, thinking they might go back to sleep. I have been bringing them in or covering them if the temperatures get below freezing. Today I thought I'd cut them both back till it looked like there was live wood, but they are onlyl about 8-10 inches tall now and I think they look dead. The stems are not very small and I guess they aren't supposed to be green--they are quite woody, but they look too dry. I thought there would be some sap or moisture. I don't know the variety, but the trees they came from are 8 feet or so tall and even wider than that and they were covered with figs last summer. They were at a rental property and didn't get any special care. In fact, nobody was even picking the figs. The tenant helped me dig them up. The plants are sitting at the south side of my house, it is supposed to be 23 tomorrow. Looks like I am in zone 7 Nashville, TN 37013
I guess I need to know whether I should keep the plants outside or whether I should bring them in and try to coddle them while I wait to see if they show any signs of life. I have not left them out in temperatures in the 20's.