Last year, I planted a fig tree (in a spurt of optimism). I deliberately planted the tree at the end of the house near the block wall that absorbs heat during the day and then releases it overnight.
The little tree grew happily all summer. It lost its leaves in the fall, but they are deciduous trees and this is normal. I mulched it in and let it settle down for the winter. Then came the 17 degree weather, and I mulched the tree a little more, but didn't really have time for much else.
This spring, I checked on the tree and the branches were brittle and dead. The fig tree, it seemed, was no more. I was very sad. But my husband said, "Leave it for a bit and see what happens."
Well, as it turns out, he was right! I checked again yesterday and there are tiny leaves poking up from under the mulch at the base of the dead branches. And they are the distinctive shape of fig leaves - the fig tree is growing! It hasn't died and I still have a fig tree!
I think I'm going to see how much growth we get through the summer, and then decide if I want to dig the tree up and put it in a container for the winter, or try to do something to protect the branches from the cold. Any suggestions?
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