Boy… I am learning about figs from you guys… Appreciate It !
So my Chicago Hardy Fig is a Mt. Etna Fig - Right ?
Year 1 it grew nicely, we got 25 figs, year 2 (with no protection) it was dead to the ground, but came back from the roots, and produced 75 figs… year 3 (I successfully protected 5 stumps around 18" tall) and this year let those send up 10 shoots, most over 10 ft tall now, 300+ figs this year. To me that is just excellent.
So… Yes I successfully protected it last winter and will be doing my best to do that from now on.
Those short stumps that I protected last winter… one of those put out a bud/leaf and a Breba fig very early when it was first budding out. All the other shoots and growth came out, but no other Breba figs…
About a month later that one Breba fig, was still tiny and did not seem to be developing… I removed it, it was the only one.
Naeem - the Breba figs you get off your CHF (around 7/15), is that fig in ground ? or in a pot, that you bring inside over winter ?
If it is in ground, just wondering how much of the current years growth do you leave and protect over the winter ?
I left 18" and had one breba… perhaps if I left 4 ft, I would get a lot more and they would develop well ?
Protecting 4 ft outside in ground would be more difficult than protecting a few 18" stumps.
Perhaps I need one CHF in ground that I can chop off short and easily protect… (as my main crop producer).
And another in a Pot… that I can bring in over winter, and protect that growth for breba crop ?
How do you guys accomplish that ?
PS… I may have to try a Smith and just see if it will make it in ground here.