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  • It's time to move 'em on out!

    Long term forecast finally looks like friendly enough to move the potted figs outside tomorrow! After tonight's low of 30ish, the lowest temp in the forecast is 40F degrees. Just in time, too, some of them are pushing out brebas and buds are swelling.

    I don't intend to do any shuffling unless there is frost/freeze coming. They are big kids now!

    Pics to come tomorrow or Monday once it's done. And before you know it'll be time to graft fruit trees and plant figs. Yahoo, it's spring!
    https://www.figbid.com/Listing/Browse?Seller=Kelby
    SE PA
    Zone 6

  • #2
    Mine have been outside for a few weeks, sans the 27 degree night we had last week where they came back in. My new ones have only been outside a few days though. Exciting times!
    Brett in Athens, GA zone 7b/8a

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    • Kelby
      Kelby commented
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      I'll start taking the new ones outside soon, too. Maybe tomorrow?

  • #3
    Spring it is indeed. You fellas have an awesome growing season. I took mine out a couple of weeks ago just like Brett and moved them back inside for that same cold night! My inground trees have been set back a few weeks by that freeze,all new buds and brebas gone but they will come back ant it will be a great season.
    I,Mrs K and young Miss K are visiting family at the Big Apple for a couple of days and to celebrate Easter so my babies have been left outside for the first time this season to fend for themselves !
    Happy Easter to all that celebrate and to those who don't ,have a great weekend and happy growing!

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    • #4
      I like your folks attitude. It sure is nice to see some spring activity. Happy Easter everyone!!
      SW MO Zone 6a

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      • #5
        I've been doing the shuffle for awhile now, it's getting close to being over. There is still numerous nights ahead that will be dipping down to or near freezing. Maybe ina couple more weeks.
        Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

        “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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        • #6
          It makes me feel lucky to live where they stay out in the weather all year....even the babys on mats
          Ross B. Santa Rosa Calif zone 9b, wish list: CdD Blanc, Igo, Palmata, Sucrette, Morroco, Galicia Negra

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          • #7
            Lucky indeed.
            Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

            “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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            • #8
              As long as they are light enough to shuffle! I learned my lesson the hard way with my big conadria last year. Once it got wet, I couldn't budge it and when 34F hit it, all the leaves died. Luckily it is an early variety and still fruited.
              Youtube: PA Figs eBay: tdepoala
              Wishlist: Galicia Negra, Paritjal Rimada, Black Ischia UCD

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              • Kelby
                Kelby commented
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                We can do it! You can pay me in figs, haha. I charge 10 figs for the first 10 minutes and 20 figs per hour after that.

              • Chrisk
                Chrisk commented
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                Way too much Kelby ! Johnny, I ll do it for 9 and 19 respectively !

              • PA Figs
                PA Figs commented
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                If it is as heavy as last year we will overdose on figs before getting it in My long season varieties will not be moving into larger than 25g pots after that experience!

            • #9
              I'm planning to build individual rolling platforms on heavy duty casters with inflatable wheels. Make them as all terrain as possible.
              Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

              “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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              • #10
                Hard core Scott! Cool stuff. Make sure you take a few pics to share!

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                • COGardener
                  COGardener commented
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                  Indeed. A bit of work to build, but save a good deal of time doing the shuffle.

              • #11
                I just did the same thing Kelby... well I did a few of them. We still have some 30's coming, and last frost here is ~ April 20. I figure I will throw some frost cloth over them if needed.

                I see buds swelling on apple and plum trees! You are right, soon I will be grafting, thanks for the scion!

                Phil
                Zone 7A - Newark, DE; Zone 8A - Wilmington, NC;

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                • #12
                  The weather keeps going up and down. 25 mph gusts of wind today that blew over my temp. greenhouse, over night lows of 26. Overnights in the high 30s or 40s for a few days, then 33. I'm going to cram as many of the more tender ones into the greenhouse as possible. This wind is truly annoying.
                  Arne - Northern NJ - Zone 6A

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                  • #13
                    Happy easter etc and congrats to all fellow figgers on the arrival of spring! 35 or so fig trees fertilized and ready to go for me, a little more than half are in the greenhouse and the rest are outdoors. There does not appear to be any fig shuffles in the future as the long range shows nice warmth after next week. There is one thing though: my aching back! And next year looks like A LOT of root pruning to be done.
                    Rafael
                    Zone 7b, Queens, New York

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                    • Kelby
                      Kelby commented
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                      Plant in the ground and there's no shuffle or root pruning!

                    • Rewton
                      Rewton commented
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                      The last couple weekends I have had a lot of experience with the "unglamorous" side of container fig culture. I had several figs in 5 gallon SIPs that needed to be root-pruned and potted up.

                  • #14
                    Over the past week I have moved about a third of my 40+ fig plants up out of my cold room storage to the driveway-the ones that were getting green tips or brebas forming. It is 50 degrees in that cold room this week. Have uppotted just 7 to the 5g SIPs I have made from recycled buckets, it is a slow process when there is so much else to do in life. I have had to do the fig shuffle most nights this week due to temps of 31-34 at night, but tonight looks like the last below 40 for the next 2 weeks.
                    Ed
                    SW PA zone 6a

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                    • #15
                      Uh I had mine out all week but tonight there is a freeze warning so ~40 trips later everything is back in for the night. Hopefully this was winter's last hooray because this is the third time I got everyone out and then had to move them back.
                      NC Zone 7a-b

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                      • #16
                        By the way I'm in NC zone 7
                        NC Zone 7a-b

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                        • #17
                          Moved mine out a few days ago, feels good to finally have them back outside. Seems like theyve been inside for 6 months.
                          Travis
                          Pittsburgh, pa

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                          • #18
                            Yep. Need to hit the Advil after tonight.
                            NC Zone 7a-b

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                            • #19
                              couple more days for me then maybe I will move em out. We have thunderstorms predicted for a couple days and the winds can be pretty bad around here so I may hold off a little longer. All of my trees seem to be happy in the south facing window anyway.
                              Jeff in 6a

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                              • #20
                                28° last night. Going to be in the 30s tonight, so tomorrow they should be able to stay out for a while. I believe they've all adjusted to the sun, so that's one less thing to worry about!
                                Frank ~ zone 7a VA

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                                • #21
                                  Long range Forecast is 40's - 50's overnight with 60 to 70 degrees F. for day time highs... They are out for good...

                                  Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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                                  • drphil69
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                                    I've got it a little warmer than you, Pete. Mine were out for good 2 weeks ago, though I had to cover them 2 nights as mid-30s light frost was predicted.

                                  • AscPete
                                    AscPete commented
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                                    They have actually been out for almost a week... I'm in the process of root pruning and or bare rooting most of them this weekend.

                                • #22
                                  I've left mine out for the last couple nights, if the forecast holds true. ... out they will stay.
                                  Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

                                  “Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” – Bill Mollison

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