Hello gardeners, I am looking for someone experienced with fig trees to give me some tips on overwintering small seedlings. I've made an impulse buy and have two Chicago Hardy fig seedlings on-route to me.
I've looked up wintering fig trees indoors, but most tips seemed to be about more mature trees, and I wasn't sure if I could follow those advice on smaller seedlings. I would assume that they would need to be potted and held indoors, but are there any tips I should be paying attention to so that they survive and stay healthy? Should they be in the sunniest spots, or should they be in more darker environment? Should they be watered regularly? etc.
Also, come springtime, assuming the seedlings have survived, should I be planting them outside right away, or do I want to keep them potted and more protected for another year? I am located in northern NJ, USDA zone 7a. I am fairly well protected from wind, but I need to clear some more trees to let more light into my backyard.
Thanks for reading, and any advice offered would be greatly appreciated.
Any general gardening tips would be appreciated as well. We've planted tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, etc in the garden before, but this is the first time we're dealing with fruiting trees. I am wondering if I got bit more trigger-happy and eager than I should have for a new grower as I've got a Japanese plum and peach tree planted already, and have two apples and two paw paws coming to me this fall as well. Very excited, and yet slightly worried that I might not be successful with all my experiments.