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  • Stabilizing buckets?

    Came home today to my three fruit bearing fig trees toppled over by the wind and lying on the ground :-(

    Couple of figs were knocked off but I haven't seen any real damage yet.

    So what do you guys growing in buckets or similar containers do to stabilize your trees?
    Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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    Some drive stakes into the ground to make a line, stretch a cable between the stakes then secure the containers to the cable.
    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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    • #3
      That's a good idea.

      I should have mentioned they are on the driveway though. What about on in a driveway or deck?
      Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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      • #4
        You could try building a raised wooden bed, set the buckets in, and fill with either a bark mulch or stone to help stabilize the pots
        Hi my name is Art. I buy fig cuttings-so I can grow more figs-so I can sell more figs-so I can buy more fig cuttings-so I can grow more figs....

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        • #5
          Even a simple 2 X 4 frame with stabilizers.
          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
            I had a few of my trees topple over in the wind more several times this year. Next season I'll try to partially bury mine in the ground. On pavement, I wonder if you could stabilize a pot by putting cinder blocks around it and then strapping the cinder blocks together. It'd be a quick and dirty way to make a buttress and lower the center of mass.
            Johnny
            Stuff I grow: Google Doc

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            • #7
              Good ideas. My first thought was old tires which quickly got a "No, please no. That is just straight up ghetto". Hehe
              Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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              • #8
                Ghetto Figs taste better, don't they?
                Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by don_sanders View Post
                  Came home today to my three fruit bearing fig trees toppled over by the wind and lying on the ground :-(

                  Couple of figs were knocked off but I haven't seen any real damage yet.

                  So what do you guys growing in buckets or similar containers do to stabilize your trees?
                  i use the 2' long pieces of rebar sold at lowe's or homedepot or other builder supply stores,it's cheap and drive in one per bucket beside bucket, tie rope or string or wire around bucket and post,works well,
                  zone 6

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by don_sanders View Post
                    That's a good idea.

                    I should have mentioned they are on the driveway though. What about on in a driveway or deck?
                    you can drive rebar in on edge of driveway it makes only a small hole ,should work,and rebar can be small diameter it doesn't take much to hold buckets. and rebar will outlast us i use mine year after year
                    zone 6

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                    • #11
                      Good reason for us growing in buckets to keep them pruned a little lower than normal.

                      Ed
                      SW PA zone 6a

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                      • #12
                        Don,

                        Full length of rebar run across the top of all the pots one on each side of the pot then at the ends of the rebar have a couple of cement blocks tied to the rebar.
                        Cutting sales have ended for the season. Plant sales will start March 1 at 8 eastern time. If it is still too cold in your area I can hold your plants till a date of your choosing.

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