Growing Figs in Cold Climates
A Complete Guide
Published by: New Society Publishers
Imprint: New Society Publishers
From Minnesota to Moscow — how to grow fresh figs in cold climates
Growing Figs in Cold Climates is a complete, full-color, illustrated guide to organic methods for growing delicious figs in cold climates, well outside the traditional hot, arid home of this ancient fruiting tree. Coverage includes:
- Five methods for growing figs in cold climates including overwintering
- Cultivar selection for cool and cold climates
- Pruning techniques for a variety of methods of growing figs in cold climates
- Pest problems and solutions
- Harvesting, including ways to speed ripening, identify ripe fruit, and manage an overabundance
- Small-scale commercial fig production in cold climates.
Fresh figs are juicy, full-bodied, and filled with a honey-sweet flavor, and because truly ripe figs are highly perishable, they are only available to those who grow their own.
By choosing the right cultivars and techniques, figs can be grown across cool and cold growing zones of North America, Europe, and beyond, putting them within reach of almost every gardener. Easy and delicious — if you can grow a houseplant, you can grow a fig.
Introduction: Native home and reasons for widespread appeal
Why you can grow figs even in cold climates
Fruit bearing habit
The fig tree
Chapter 2: Pruning: very important!
Five methods for growing figs in cold climates
But first: How to care for the soil and nourish your figs
Method #1: Grow in a container
Method #2: Plant in ground each spring, dig up each fall
Method #3: Swaddle stems
Method #4: Lay down or bury stems
Method #5: In ground, in cool or unheated greenhouse or hoop house
Chapter 4: What kind of cold do you have?
Chapter 5: Some varieties for cold climates?
Chapter 6: Matching methods and varieties to kinds of cold climates
Chapter 7: Pests
Chapter 8: Harvest & preservation
Chapter 9: Future directions
About the Author
A Note About the Publisher