Q. Can fig trees be grown outdoors in the New York area?
Figs (Ficus carica) are semitropical plants that grow in areas where the winter temperature does not drop below 15°F (-10°C). Apart from their temperature requirement, figs are easy to grow. They flourish in a variety of soils and are relatively disease-free. They should not be over-fertilized. It is best to plant figs against a south-facing wall in full sun. Fig trees should be protected in the winter by covering them with insulating material such as carpet or burlap. That said, it is common to see fig trees doing well in the New York area without any protection at all. Some varieties are more cold tolerant than others, e.g. 'Brown Turkey', 'Chicago Hardy', 'Celeste', 'LSU Gold' and 'Brooklyn White'.
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- Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information Service