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Location: Western Kentucky-Climate Unpredictable Zone 6b
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I have a question about Chicago Hardy Figs in wintery climes. I want to plant enough of these for a decent harvest and I am sure they will die back each winter here. If they die back does the spring regrowth maintain a consistent size year to year or should I expect an increase ?
 
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I have ordered mine and I live in zone 6. I don't know what to expect either.
 
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Where I grew up in southern MI, some neighbors had a couple of fig trees that they would bury every winter. They grew them on a mound at one end of a trench and would sort of half-dig them up and tip them into the trench and cover them up, not sure whether it was with soil or just mulch, but it was a zone 5-6 climate and got to -20 once. In the spring they'd uncover them, stand them up tied to a stake, and away they'd grow....
 
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Location: SE Wisconsin, USA zone 5b
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I picked up my Chicago Hardy Fig last fall as a closeout from a big box store. We overwintered it indoors with some hairy vetch and it leafed out beautifully this Spring. I am going to plant it near some large boulders in our yard for some heat regulation and hope for the best.

The Italian immigrants that worked with my father grew figs here. They would dig up 1/2 the root ball, then lay the trees on their side and cover them with leaves for the winter. In the Spring, they would stand the trees back up and grow delicious figs. I sure hope my fig makes it ok as I have no intention of doing all that work!

I also look forward to hearing other's experience with figs in cold climates.
 
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Location: Berea, Kentucky
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I have kept them in Ky why bringing them into a unheated sun room in the winter. The ones I have are just two flat big to move around. I am going to try to over winter them in a hoop house this coming winter. I have planted the largest on in the ground (in the hoop house) I have 19 gal. feed tubs filled with water for a thermal battery. This winter I'm going to pack fall leaves all around them.
 
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Location: Henry County Ky Zone 6
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mine are in the garden with no special protection, last year (their 2nd year) they grew about 3 feet and had a good crop of figs. this year they don't look so good but are just getting buds so i hope they will do as well this year. It has been a cold spring.
 
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I have a Desert King fig and an unknown variety I got from my father. I will check eith my nrother to see if he knows anything. I have successfully propagated the one from my dad and now have three little trres. I will yry the same with the DK soon. So far as all are in pots I have nroight them in the house for the winters. The DK went out too early and got covered in ice. Full of baby figs as I type this.
 
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I have a Desert King fig and an unknown variety I got from my father. I will check eith my nrother to see if he knows anything. I have successfully propagated the one from my dad and now have three little trres. I will yry the same with the DK soon. So far as all are in pots I have nroight them in the house for the winters. The DK went out too early and got covered in ice. Full of baby figs as I type this.
 
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