Speaking of fruit trees, remember my beautiful fig tree . .
That was back before our first freeze. Here it is now:
Remember how I told you that there are lots of green figs that freeze on the tree? Here’s one small part of the tree:
In the spring, little shoots will come from the ground and then we’ll cut all the branches back almost to the ground and start over. It will be late June or early July before we get figs again. I’ll miss them til then!
I’m so glad you talk about the fig trees. I planted one this fall and would have been worried to see it die back! But now thanks to you I know it will come back in the spring. Everything has its season.
Do you have persimmons? I got a Fuyu, then read that they don’t bear fruit till they’re about five years old. I’m wishing I had some of those wild persimmons out in West Texas.
I’ve had my fig tree for several years but had left it in a pot because I knew I wouldn’t stay in that house (sure wish I’d been able to bring that fabulous pecan tree I left there!). Since I’ve been here, it’s been in the ground for a couple of years but hasn’t done squat!! It’s only about a foot tall with 3 or 4 leaves on it. If it doesn’t do something next year, it’s gone! Dumb tree….
Even here in mild California, our fig tree is looking pretty dead. Makes it easier to prune.
I’ve heard that if you cut all bearing branches back by half in July the remaining fruit has a better chance of ripening before it gets too cold. Haven’t tried it yet but plan to try it next year.
We had a 2 fig trees like that when I was growing up. Daddy hardly ever cut it back. The branches always put out the next year and we always had ripe figs in July. I remember many hot days in that fig tree picking figs for fig preserves, trying to get them before the birds did. This was in central AL so climate should be similar to yours.