Jennifer Smith wrote:Thank you David for the answer and the info. I really like figs and miss fresh ones. I guess I am actually in zone 6 ish but this year has been crazy cold
I've been doing a ton of reading on figs the past few months as a new plant to try out in my garden. I'm zone 6b (SE Pennsylvania). From my research it looks like Zone 6 should be able to support, with minimal effort, 'Brown Turkey', 'Chicago Hardy', and possibly a new variety from WA called 'Olympian'. With good siting and some winter protection 'Celeste' (AKA a ton of other varieties), 'Lattarula', and maybe 'Violette de Bordeaux' should be choices too. There are probably quite a few rare varieties that would survive too, there is a pretty large Figgy community out there that is always trying things out with more varieties than I care to imagine.
I'm planning on putting in a couple varieties this spring with large rocks around them for winter insulation. I tried one 'Brown Turkey' this past year and it looks like it survived the 0 degree temps of late. I should check in on it tomorrow...
Jennifer Smith wrote:What are good companion plants for figs? I am doing an internet search now.
Another forum I visit was recently discussing this. There didn't seem to be any consensus, but some people noted using marigolds to supress nematodes as well as geraniums, thyme, and mint for general pest repellent properties. Figs are generally pretty pest free, however.