FIG GROWERS IN TEMPERATE CLIMATES know that lots of the figs on their plants won’t ripen before the first fall frost causes the plant to go dormant. Such a waste!!
Some fig lovers protect fig plants from fall frost to allow more fruit to ripen before the tree goes into dormancy.
An unheated plastic greenhouse or tunnel can raise the air temperature considerably—delaying dormancy, and ripening more figs. Yum!
Pictured to the right is my fig-growing friend Joe on a balmy October day (balmy in the plastic tunnel, that is!) inspecting his figs. (see Joe's website for figs, Prickly Pear Cactus, Grapes, Blackberries and other edible plants)
Pictured below is Joe with those same plants during the summer, when there is no plastic over the metal frame.