This is an old thread but its a question I’m rather curious about this year…from southerners as well as northerners.
I just this weekend discovered that all my figs have been killed back to the ground. That is really shocking to me. Why? Well, my in ground figs are: Brown Turkey, Celeste, and Chicago Hardy- all of which are reported to be pretty hardy. But what makes it much more shocking is that these guys were all 5 years old, meaning they had trunks in several cases that were 3-4 inches thick. If you think about it-at least to me- a 4-inch thick trunk on a fig is pretty darn big! Another reason I’m shocked is that this winter was long and pretty cold, but the lowest temperature we ever got to was 0, and only for about 1-2 nights. We did have about 3 straight nights where it was around 8 degrees and my water pipes broke in 8 places (for the first time) so I’m sure that is what got my figs. But we have had a single night that hit -6 a couple years ago and my big figs didn’t die back.
Now, I’m not too upset yet because I’m fairly sure they are still ok under ground and I should have figs again by next year-possibly even a few THIS year, but that is iffy.
I will say that it comes at a bad time since I’ve probably lost all my plums, peaches, and perhaps even pears that were in bloom this weekend when it hit 25 here, but such is the life of a fruit grower in my part of the country.
Anyone else loose their figs this year? (too early for a lot of you to tell, I guess?