Two years ago I purchased and grew a wonderfully beautiful brown turkey fig tree in south Toronto, Canada. Alas, it died as I overwintered in in an unheated garage which I thought might be sufficient. Last year, I purchased a Mission fig which I overwintered indoors. Since it was warm and received some light, it grew, but terribly leggy and anemic. This spring, I allowed it to grow without pruning, leaving its spindly and lanky growth alone. It provided me with 6 edible fruits.
My question is:
Do I attempt to again winter this tree in my unheated garage? This time, I would take more effort with its insulation. This way, I will more likely recreate a better dormancy period in hopes of more fruits next year. In addition, since my tree is only about 5' tall with about 8 branches, would now be the ideal time to prune since I believe that they fruit on new growth? is the Mission hardier than the Turkey? (It was also a particularly bad winter when I lost my Turkey).
Do I again bring it in the house, pare it down to fit, and keep new growth at bay?
The hardest but likely best method?:
Dig a trench and bury the bugger?
I'm thinking @kevinsky might chime in here. fingers crossed. @stormy, I know you know the answer but you're way too warm to know the plight of Torontonians.