USDA Gardening Zones

Which USDA gardening zone am I in?

The USDA has set up an essential guide for gardeners which helps them determine if their plants or fruit trees will grow in their climate. This helps a gardener choose whether they want to go through the trouble of planting a rare plant species in their region, whether outdoors, in a pot or a greenhouse. There are many fig tree varieties and some grow better in certain areas than others. The USDA zones range from 1a-13b and in the Northeast USA, you will find a range from 3b-7b. Fig trees in general can grow very easily without much care in zones 5 and above. This resource at plantlust.com indicates that Brown Turkey fig trees grow best in zones from 6a-9b.

This blog features steps on how to grow a Brown Turkey fig tree in zone 7a. It is recommended that anyone living in 4 and lower should grow their fig trees in pots or in a greenhouse and be protected from Winter temperatures that dip below 20 degrees F.

Determine which zone you live in

Here is a Zone Map

USDA half zones complete with a legend
USDA half zones complete with a legend

 

New Jersey, where I grow fig trees in zone 7a
New Jersey, where I grow fig trees in zone 7a
Connecticut USDA Zone Map
Connecticut, where I frequently tend to a fig tree in zone 7a.

Rooting From Summer Cuttings

Rooting from summer cuttings is very simple with this instruction

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Rooting Fig Tree Success
This fig tree was successfully grown from a summer cutting.

Rooting with this method has close similarities to rooting from winter cuttings. It’s essentially the same, however it requires complex tools found in the Rooting Materials post. Materials required are in the root starter kit as mentioned in the page. (Humidity Dome, Plug Tray, Growing Tray, Rooting Hormone and Seeding Heat Mat, sold separately).

Follow these 7 easy steps

  1. Go to your existing fig tree and look for a fresh straight bark branch about 6 inches long. It should be about the thickness of a pencil. If you don’t include this, you will notice that the green end will rot. Be sure to remove the leaves.
  2. Wrap the cut ends with damp paper towels, seal in a plastic bag (I use ziploc bags) and place in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. This will put the cutting into a normal dormant mode, making it behave as if it’s Winter.
  3. Prepare your plug tray by filling the plugs (holes) with grow medium. Add water and let it drain in into the growing tray under it.
  4. Prepare the insertion of the cutting by first setting the hole with a pencil.
    Poking the hole with a pencil
    hole example from the rooting from winter cuttings instruction
  5. Apply rooting hormone onto the cut end of the clipping. You can use your fingers or a small brush to apply the rooting compound. Slide it into the hole. Pinch the bottom of the plug tray to press the soil against the end of the clipping.
  6. Place the plug tray into a growing tray. Cover this with a humidity dome.
  7. Place the entire hot house onto an insulated table (preferably wood). To maintain the grow medium temperature at 70F, insert the seeding heat mat under between the terrarium and the table and plug it into an outlet. Check the temperature periodically. If it goes over 70F, unplug it. Move this entire unit into a shaded area, in a greenhouse or near a window in your home. If it’s inside a greenhouse, you might not need the seeding heat mat.

Dryness is not your friend. Let’s add moisture.

Lift up one end of the humidity dome and using your spray bottle, mist a spray of water inside to get it super steamy inside. You will need to do this everyday. Check on this daily.

The tree above that is featured in this section in the orange pot succeeded as one out of 18 cuttings that I tried this out on.

Please tell me your results in this process in the comments section. Did you have success? Did you need to modify these instructions to reach a better outcome?