Fig Plants

(Question)

There are three fig plants located alongside the greenhouse at Edwards Garden/Toronto Botanical Garden and right now they bear fruit. Are they in a position to stay there for the winter and is any protection given them. I have similar fig plants and wish to know what to do with them over winter.

 

 

(Answer)

Paul Zammit, the Nancy Eaton Director of Horticulture at the Toronto Botanical Garden commented on these figs earlier this summer. See http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/blog/pauls-plant-picks/never-stop-learning-and-discovering/#sthash.OyiU2Z8K.dpuf. He mentions that all three plants survived last years cold long winter. Each plant died back to ground level and sprouted all the growth which is now visible. There are even some fruits.

Apparently they are a winter hardy variety and remain outside for the duration of the winter. The old growth completely dies off and new shoots appear the following spring. You might still want to protect your own further with plenty of mulch around the roots though.