How to Protect a Ficus Tree From a Freeze

Overview

Freezes can kill a ficus tree. To keep your tree alive through the winter, you must protect it from the cold. You have several options for doing so, and if you live in a region with occasional freezes for a night or two, your task becomes easier than for those in colder climates. Whether it is in a container or in the ground, you can protect your ficus from the freeze.

Step 1

Water your ficus tree well before and during a freeze to maintain soil moisture.

Step 2

Bring ficus trees grown in containers indoors during freezing temperatures and leave near a warm, sunny window until warmer weather returns.

Step 3

Drape incandescent Christmas lights around the branches of outdoor ficus trees. Plug the lights into an outdoor extension cord to provide heat from the lights for the plant.

Step 4

Wrap a blanket around the trunk of the ficus tree, securing it by wrapping wide rope around the tree and blanket.

Step 5

Lay a plastic tarp over the entire tree to create a mini-greenhouse, and attach to the ground by inserting a stake through each of the four corners of the tarp.

Step 6

Wait until temperatures reach above 40 degrees Fahrenheit before pruning off any dead or frozen limbs from your ficus.

Things You'll Need

  • Ficus tree
  • Incandescent Christmas lights
  • Outdoor extension cord
  • Blanket
  • Wide rope
  • Plastic tarp
  • 4 ground stakes

References

  • NOLA - Times-Picayune: Prepare Your Garden for Winter
  • Daily News: Protect Trees from Burns When It Freezes
  • Farmer Fred: After the Freeze
Keywords: freeze protection, winter protection, ficus tree

About this Author

Athena Hessong began her freelance writing career in 2004. She draws upon experiences and knowledge gained from teaching all high school subjects for seven years. Hessong earned a Bachelor's in Arts in history from the University of Houston and is a current member of the Society of Professional Journalists.