Q.Fig Tree in PA
I’ve had a fig tree for about 6 years and every year so far, it has been in a pot (we’ve changed pots a couple of times) that we move outside for the summer and in for the winter. However, the tree is getting cumbersome to move in and out of the house and I’m worried that the pot is too small. A bigger pot would only make it harder to move and, honestly, I don’t know if they make bigger pots than the one we have.
The tree itself is very healthy – in the past few years, it has grown new branches or has extended the ones it already had. I was wondering, however, if I could plant the tree outside. This is obviously a solution to moving it in and out of the house and I would love to see it grow outside in the yard. The only issue is that I live in southern Pennsylvania and I’m not sure if the tree would survive the frost and come back every year. I really want to plant it outside, but I am concerned the winter would be too harsh for the tree (Brown Turkey fig). What would you recommend?
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Well, you could always choose a planter on wheels. These are ideal for use with container trees and makes moving them in and out much easier. Also, there are many people that have successfully planted their figs outdoors in your area. To offer it the most protection from winter and winds, it would need to be planted near a wall and preferably one that is southern-facing. For additional suggestions, this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/fruits/figs/fig-cold-protection.htm