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First figs

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I’ve been growing a fig tree in a large pot for six years. Every autumn, I lug the pot down to the garage where it spends the winter, and for weeks every spring, I move it out onto the driveway for the day and haul it back into the garage at night. When mid-May finally arrives and the danger of frost passes, I use a dolly to move it back onto the patio. Admittedly, it’s a gigantic pain in the ass, especially since for those six years the tree has been completely barren. I’ve never tasted a single fruit. None. Zero.

And yet I’m more dedicated to that tree than I’ve ever been to any other plant in my entire life – including the plants that came from my grandmother’s house after she died.

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I don’t know why I’ve tortured myself with the promise of figs for six long years only to end up disappointed. I’ve done everything “by the book” and still… no figs.

Until now.

Yep. That’s right. I can hardly believe it, but right now there are two small figs on the tree. They’re only as big as my thumbnail, but they exist! I feel far prouder than I probably should, considering it’s taken so long, but I can’t help but be excited about my patience and dedication finally paying off. Now if I can just keep the squirrels away from them for the next couple of months…

Do you have a plant you’re extra proud of? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below! 

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10 Responses to First figs

  1. Ron Mitchell says:

    You have given me hope for my fig. This is the 3rd year and I don’t see any figs just yet, but the season is not over just yet…… 🙂

  2. Ian says:

    and here I was wondering why one of the three I got late last summer isn’t fruiting. I got some breba figs early, but none made it. Hoping for better results for the ones that have emerged in the past month.

  3. I tried overwintering two Zone 7 hardy fig trees (Ficus ‘carica’) in my greenhouse last winter but they both appear to have died. I live in Zone 5B so I thought that they would handle the winter in the greenhouse. I was at a nursery a couple of days ago and found some fig trees which are supposed to be hardy to Zone 5 so I think I will go ahead and buy one. Your informative article inspired me to try it one more time!
    Thanks a lot! Peter

  4. J Garner says:

    I have done the same as the person above. We have a fig that is 3 years growing in a large pot. We took it in and brought it out. This year we got 2 small figs tiny as a thumb nail. Now both figs just fell of the tree. Can’t figure out what we did wrong. We have even fertilized it and pampered it. Help, what did we do wrong? Frustrated!

  5. Debbie says:

    This is our third year with a Chicago Hardy Fig. We got maybe 3 each yeR, then pulled the pot into the garage for the winter. This year…. No fruit bidding so far. Too cold winter and summer perhaps?

  6. Alan Grossberg says:

    No way I’ll get ripe fruit with my short growing season, but just as an experiment I left two figs in the ground in 2013. The ‘Black Jack’ didn’t make it, but my ‘Chicago Hardy’ has survived two consecutive winters with temps reaching -15F. It did set several fruits last year, which didn’t ripen before frost, but getting a fig to survive -15F. and grow 2-3ft. after it was bare sticks in mid-June? I’ll call it a moral victory smile emoticon

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