How do I best winterize (to dormancy) a potted fig tree?
The tree pictured has lost those remaining leaves and the immature figs, and been set into a barn. My dad would bring branches together and wrap fig trees in vertical cocoons with burlap, tar paper and old shower curtains (Sicilian ingenuity) at our home in northern NJ. The one branch here is too strong to bring up without breaking. Please advise.
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This is going to be quite difficult in your area now. The previous area was almost a full 2 climate zones above the one you are in now, and will not sustain a fruiting tree without the help of a greenhouse.
Unless the Fig was bred to be in container, it will not likely do very well or fruit very well. You can help this along with grow lights indoors in the winter time, as well as strategic root and top pruning every year.
This article will give you more information:https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/gardening-by-zone/zone-5/zone-5-fig-trees.htm