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My questions; we live in Williamsburg, VA, can it remain outdoors in the winter in a screen porch?. Can I plant it in the ground in a sheltered place? Should I remove the fig from the pot and re-pot in the same size pot after cutting the ball back? Other ideas?
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It would be a good idea to repot the tree. You should probably go up a size to maybe a 22" - 24" pot. If you are concerned about the weight, you might consider switching to a heavy (thick) molded plastic pot. These are tough but lighter weight than a clay pot.
Before repotting, prune the top fairly hard (to about 4'-5'). This will reduce the top foliage to match the loss of root mass from the repotting process. It might be a challenge to get the tree out of the pot because the roots keep expanding over the years and really anchor it in. It is possible that you might have to break the pot to get it out! Once you have gotten it out, cut off the bottom 4" of the root ball with a saw and then slice about 1" off the sides all the way around. You may have to use a saw to do this as well. Then place the tree in the new pot with some fresh potting mix. It will probably take about a year for it to recover. There is always a small chance of losing a plant due to the stress of repotting but generally they do well once they recover. It would be helpful to fertilize the plant after repotting.