New fig tree in a pot or in the dirt?
I live in Yorktown, VA and am planning on taking a field trip to purchase a long-coveted LSU Brown fig tree from a nursery in Afton, VA (I told DH we're going to see Va. wine country). I'm wondering about the merits of growing my tree in a pot vs. the ground. I have a brown turkey fig that produces plenty of figs, but the birds usually get them first. Thoughts?
Going to Edible Landscaping? Love the place! Our Brown Turkey and Celeste Figs came from there. In both cases we brought them home, transplanted and grew them in large pots for the first year. After that we transplanted them to a protected nook of our garden. We're up in the Blue ridge in southwest VA so we need a little extra protection for our figs.
We use netting to keep the birds from the fruit. We also prune a little so the trees are reasonably easy to net. The prunings root easily and we've been able to propagate and pass on little trees to friends as well as increasing our own collection.
Have fun at E.L. ! Ask for George to help you!
We got the Brown Turkey in the late summer and it had been grown maybe six months from when it was a pruning. It did set a little fruit that fall that did grow but never ripened. It set new fruit in the spring that matured.
If you have the space and desire pick up a male and a female hardy kiwi while you're there. The fruits are small, about the size of a cherry tomato, and smooth, not fuzzy, and edible skin and all. Just like a regular kiwi on the inside. Very prolific and tasty!