All About Figs with Shirley Bovshow
What makes figs adaptable to growing in different climates around the country?" • Fig trees become dormant in the Fall so they are able to survive through very cold winter weather- down to 20-degrees.
• Fig trees can be pruned and trained to stay at a manageable size in a container so they are easy to move indoors in winter to a cool, dark place.
• There are a variety of fig trees for short and long growing seasons.
What do fig trees need to grow successfully in a container?
• Select a site that gets full sun during spring to fall. • Well draining soil. • Slow release fertilizer beginning of growing season, or, fertilize with weak, diluted solution every week with tomato plant food. • Consistent watering.
How do you plant a fig tree in a container?
• Large container, at least 18"-inches in diameter for a 5-gallon size nursery tree. Not too much larger than the root ball as fig trees like to have roots "bound." • Potting soil or equal parts peat, perlite and vermiculite. • Plant the fig tree at same height it is in nursery container. • Remove any "sucker" growth. Suckers can then be used to create new plants! • Water When does the fig tree flower and produce fruit?
• Depending on variety, figs will produce one or two crops during growing season.
• First crop in May-June (breva) and again in late summer (main crop). Fig Varieties:
I brought some common fig trees that are "self fertile" and some fresh and dried figs.
• "Italian Everbearing Fig tree produces fruit similar to "Brown Turkey" but larger. (I have some on table for you to sample).
• "White Genoa Fig" tree bears green fruit with pink flesh similar to Green Kadota fig which I have here for you to sample). • "Panache Fig "tree - green and white striped fruit with sweet pink flesh.
• Calimyrna • Black Mission
Thank you to Green Thumb Nurseries for the fig trees SuperGarden.com.
Thank you to Melissa's for our delicious fresh and dry figs Melissas.com!