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  • When are you putting your trees out?

    When are you guys and girls putting your trees out? The weather here on my side of Washington is finally warming up. The o ly snow I see is on the mountains. I hope other parts of the country are warming up too.

    I tried putting my trees out about two weeks ago and a cold spell killed them back at night. Well at least the green tips that were waking up.
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    Mid-March at the earliest.
    Steve
    D-i-c-k-e-r-s-o-n, MD; zone 7a
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    • #3
      My 15 day forecast doesn't look so good either so I was thinking the same. Mid to end of March and there will still be days were I may have to moved them back in until mid April.
      Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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      • #4
        I have seriously had the itch to start doing the shuffle, but I have a feeling it may get old if I end up shuffling through the end of April! Lol! Its warming up nicely on most days but still dropping below 32 on most nights here for me..So Id say mid March the earliest as well
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        • #5
          It depends on your weather and whether or not you can protect them from a frost. I move mine out when they start leafing out or when I know there won't be any frosts anymore, whichever comes first. If they leaf out first I only move the ones breaking bud and I keep them huddled together in case they need to be protected. I can't move them back in if a frost comes. I'd probably do the same thing even if I could move them back in.
          Bob C.
          Kansas City, MO Z6

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          • #6
            I started the shuffle 2 weeks ago, they are back in the garage,tomorrow they will be out again,temps are going up again 60's to 70's tomorrow
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Aap View Post
              I started the shuffle 2 weeks ago, they are back in the garage,tomorrow they will be out again,temps are going up again 60's to 70's tomorrow

              Let me burrow some of that heat! I'm trying to get a head start with the fig shuffle.
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              • #8
                I will start the shuffle next week, likely. 67 on Sunday, and the lowest temp after Sunday is 35....I'll just shelter them in the carport that night. I've stored them all in a closet in our carport all winter, and I've got zero dieback, to the best of my knowledge. All have green tips. It's quite impressive, as we've had nights in the 20s several times this winter, and these are all first year plants. I think protection from the wind must be super-important.

                My peach tree started leafing out last week, randomly, so I guess I'm doing the shuffle with it. It was living in the carport...not even in the closet out there. Now its currently living in my living room for the next couple nights. Stupid peach.
                Brett in Athens, GA zone 7b/8a

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                • #9
                  I moved some pots I had indoors all winter out to the covered porch two weeks ago.

                  We had frost yesterday morning so glad all outdoor pots in garden are still covered as they are starting to break buds under the frost cloth. The 10 and 15 day weather forecast does not show freeze. Today is the day to uncover the outdoor trees. The frost cloth will stay nearby in case the plants need a quick cover up.
                  Jerry, Canyon Lake TX 8b

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                  • #10
                    I Live in Zone 7b. And I have kept all my figs and pomegranates inside my garage. My Pomegranate is started to leaf out. What should I do? Can I keep my plants out?

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                    • #11
                      The shuffle can get old when you start super early. With my limited time this year I'm doing what I can to delay the shuffle as long as possible. I have a north facing garage, so that helps keep the garage cooler for a bit longer. I open the garage door late at night while I putz around in there and do the same early mornings while I have breakfast, basically trying to turn over colder air to keep bud break at bay. Plus watering with ice cubes or snow to keep the roots cool as I can.
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                      • #12
                        For me in cold Quebec i will get them out in early april. I wait until the forcast for severe frost is past and them out they go
                        Vincent Canada Québec zone5

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                        • #13
                          My tiny trees are out all the time but in the shade. My large trees are out in full sun all the time. They are waking up nicely😃

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                          • #14
                            I now have to many to drag in and out individuality, I don't expect anyone to do it with or for me.

                            I'll be modifying a trailer to hooks them all then just move the trailer in and out.

                            Quick and easy! !

                            And I'll start as soon as the trailer is ready, so hopefully in the next couple weeks.
                            Last edited by COGardener; 02-27-2016, 02:00 PM.
                            Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

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                            • #15
                              I usually put my out around income tax day (April 15). Last year I build a simple hoop house with PVC pipe and clear plastic and put some out mid March. I think it helped to them started early. The link below is handy to find your last frost date based on zip code.

                              http://davesgarden.com/guides/freeze-frost-dates/#b
                              Bill - Long Island, NY 7a
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                              • #16
                                The fig trees that went into dormancy were put out about two weeks ago. Sorry! Feels like late spring or early summer already, and it is still winter.
                                Larry

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                                • #17
                                  I'm waiting for now. It's difficult doing the shuffle. I did the trailer thing for one season but the taller, bigger, heavier trees didn't work well.

                                  I think I will start shuffle mid-April 2016 most likely.

                                  What zone are you all located?
                                  Shailesh, Pennsylvania, ZONE 6B

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                                  • #18
                                    So, after being on vacation for 11 days, I came home to find nearly ALL of my trees not only breaking bud.... but leafed out and growing!

                                    So, assuming that the weather cooperates and nothing comes up.... I will be modifying a trailer to hold all of my potted trees (not just figs). Once done, they will be starting there shuffle tomorrow.
                                    Scott - Colorado Springs, CO - Zone 4/5 (Depending on the year) - Elevation 6266ft

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                                    • BrooklynMatty
                                      BrooklynMatty commented
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                                      Fig Shuffle already!!!! You need to take pics once you finish your trailer setup. Hope you had a great vacay btw, with all your traveling ...you deserve it.

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                                      Well they are on the trailer, it was an interesting job to maintain the ballance. It is easy to lift, yet so heavy I can't push it up the incline of the driveway.

                                      Had to hitch it to the truck to move it into the garage. Once the wheels were in the garage it was easy to move into the place.

                                      Matt, vacation was awesome!!! Thank you.

                                  • #19
                                    They are out now! Don't hate, it will be over a hundred in the shade during summer, if we are lucky that won't be until July.

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                                    • #20
                                      It started snowing today out of nowhere. Mother nature is trying to pull one over me. Might wait until next week.
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                                      • #21
                                        7a here--one last snow this weekend so I'll have to settle for digging holes this weekend. I'm aiming for the end of the month with acclimating in the sunroom for the weeks prior.
                                        Zone 7a in Virginia

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                                        • #22
                                          It depends on each State weather, Sarina.
                                          ​Here is Texas, the weather is nice , varies from 50 F to 75. I started to bring out my trees last week , even some of the rooted cuttings that have strong root system (I pot them now in 1 G ). I just check them this morning and all of them are doing fine




                                          ​The first three are New Jersey Giant, the last one is Rhonde de Bordeaux (cutting got from ourfigs auction last time)So far they survive the night temperature for a week . Just a few to see how they are doing with the weather. If they start to wilt, I will play around with them , for experimental purpose as always ...
                                          Last edited by maimai2; 03-02-2016, 09:11 AM.

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                                          • #23
                                            When the overnight temperatures stay above 45 deg F and the daytime temperatures are above at least 50 deg F.
                                            Its at least another 1 - 2 months before that happens at my location.

                                            The 45 deg F is the most critical because root growth will start when the soil temperatures are above 45 deg F with bud break occurring at warmer ambient temperatures.
                                            Pete R - Hudson Valley, NY - zone 5b

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                                            • #24
                                              Here in south central PA I usually wait until the end of March up through mid April. We have a ton of plants so I'd rather not do any sort of shuffling with them. It's an all day affair just to get them packed away. Our garage stays cool due to cool ground temps and insulation, so I'd rather delay it as long as possible!

                                              As for newly rooted cuttings, I usually start in early to mid-May (forecast depending). We have a 5x8 trailer that's easy to roll in and out of the garage so protecting them isn't a big deal.

                                              Perhaps once we have a hoop house I'll set them out earlier to get a head start.
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                                              • #25
                                                Monday! As long as the long range forecasts stick. I'm sure there will be some days that I'll have to move them back in the garage but they are going out.

                                                The cuttings inside will stay inside a bit longer.
                                                Don - OH Zone 6a Wish list: Zaffiro, Moro de Caneva, Nerucciolo d'Elba, Bordissot Blanca Negra, Rubado

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