Q. I wrap my fig tree as instructed ie. burlap, hay, leaves, tarp etc. but every spring it's dead to the ground. It grows back but no fruit. What
Thank you for your question about the fig fruit tree, and below is the information we researched for you:
It appears that assuming there is no intrinsic or extrinsic disease that is visible during the growing season; leafs damaged, infestation, rust & discoloration, noticeable on leafs & bark, nematode infestation of roots can only see if roots are exposed (which figs incidentally have very few disease issues), so the following should be noted:
1) The location of the tree should ideally be on the south side of the property, preferably adjacent to a white, or light colored wall to reflect more heat from the suns rays in winter & promote good growth 2) It should grow small little figs at end of the summer 3) Sounds like you should cut back 1/3 of the stems to push more growth & promote better fruiting on a smaller selected amount of stems; this dosen’t answer the dieback which is probably due to location of fig? (Where are you located in NY state?) Uou might want to consider taking cuttings from this fig tree/shrub & planting it in a container, then take the fig inside for the winter, store it in a non-heated garage assuming its a cold hardy fig & not a fig that can only grow in Fla or Calif, MY GUT FEELING IS IT DIES BACK EVERY WINTER due to very cold location. Another factor affecting the plant is maybe it's unwrapped too EARLY; best time is after last frost around Mothers Day to unwrap. One more thing is did you ever get figs in the past? You may have a variety that simply can't thrive in the northeast, better to grow 'Celeste' or 'Brown Turkey' varieties.
Note: We recommend getting a new variety like Brown Turkey & putting it into the garage after leaf drop & then taking it out after mothers Day. Hope this is helpful. Courtesy of the Stan "The Fig Man" and volunteer who will return the 18 of August and can be reached by phone 718 817 8681 (9;30am-12:30pm) Thursdays.
The NYBG Plant Information Service