"Fig Report - All Figs went to the ground and are Coming back strongly !
No difference on Hardiness between Brown Turkey, Black Mission, or Hardy Chicago"
In reference to your fig comments, I've seen various discussions about fig hardiness. Some folks claim there really aren't any major differences in fig hardiness - that they all seem to get damaged between 15 and 10'F - the main differences (in their suitability for growing in northern locations) being when they fruit and how fast they recover.
Do you (or anyone reading) agree with that or do you think there really are hardiness differences among figs?
Here in northern Delaware, a lot of people stopped protecting their figs in recent years as they seemed to survive without dieback - so the plants have been getting huge - then, this year, we learned our lesson and everybody's figs have died back.
I was thinking of going with "Chicago Hardy" but I also have a small plant I bought off a neighbor who has multiple plants and normally has so many figs that he sells the fruits via Craiglist. So, if it does well here, I might just go with that plant. But I am seriously considering protecting this plant, at least while it is small and easy to cover.