I received a fig tree (fruit-bearing type) as a Christmas gift and want to find out the correct time and way to set it into the ground. I live in central Mississippi.
Figs need warm weather and lots of sunlight to ripen, so we suggest that you plant the tree in a 30-gallon container with good drainage and put it outside in mid-spring if the tree is dormant; if it has leaves, be sure not to put it outside until all danger of frost has passed. If you want to plant it in the ground, put it close to the south wall of your house for extra warmth. The benefit of container planting is that you can move the tree indoors when the weather turns colder and thus extend the ripening period.
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