How to Cover a Fig Tree for the Winter

Overview

While figs are native to Asia, according to California Rare Fruit Growers, they have been grown widely in the Mediterranean area for thousands of years. Fig trees are small, usually only 10 to 30 feet in height, according to Purdue University. Fig trees need mild climates in which to thrive since the produce the best fruit in areas with warm dry temperatures. Most fig trees cannot tolerate temperatures below 10 to 20 degrees F, so they need to be protected.

Step 1

Water the ground around the base of the fig tree well in the early winter before the ground freezes.

Step 2

Mulch around the base of the fig tree with 1-foot thick pile of mulch to keep the roots warm.

Step 3

Wrap blankets around the each of the fig trees branches and the exposed part of the trunk. Tie the blankets in place with the ropes.

Step 4

Tie the wrapped branches toward the center of the tree. Make sure the branches are pointing upwards. Bend them carefully to avoid breakage.

Step 5

Wrap plastic around the fig tree. Start at the top and work your way toward the bottom, moving in a circle around the fig tree until it is completely wrapped in the plastic. Tie the plastic in place with ropes.

Things You'll Need

  • Mulch
  • Rope
  • Blankets or burlap sacks
  • Plastic tarp
  • Ladder

References

  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Fig Fruit Facts
  • Prudue University: Fig
  • Plant Answers: I live in northern New Jersey and have a question about the best way to winterize a fig tree in this area.
  • NY Times: Winter Coats No Longer the Fashion for Fig Trees
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. Johnson has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.