Figs (Ficus spp)
Figs are subtropical plants but there are many tricks and strategies for growing them in the north. If you live in zone 7 or warmer then you can just grow them outside, but here in zone 5 we've given our figs some extra care.
The two main strategies for growing figs up north are to either grow them in pots or in the ground. The pots can be brought inside for the winter after they go dormant in the fall. We wait until a hard frost nocks all the leaves off and then bring the plants into an unheated basement until spring time. In the ground, they can be cut back or bent over and buried under soil and mulch.
It is not that hard to over winter figs here, what is more challenging for us in our typically cool summers is to get the fruit to ripen. Pick the sunniest, hottest spot for your fig trees and this will help them ripen their fruit. We put ours in a small unheated hoophouse.
Variety: Available now is Chicago Hardy Fig