Browse our fine selection of figs, from the popular Mission to the highly productive Flanders!
Hardiness: Mature trees stand 10°F. Lower temperatures cause freezing to the ground, but new growth resprouts from the roots. USDA Zones 7-11. Chilling needed is only 100 hours.
Sun or shade: Trees tolerate shade; maximum sun is required for fruit.
Spacing: 15-20’. With pruning they can be placed closer.
Pollination: Varieties we offer do not need pollination.
Lifetime: 100+ years.
Propagation: By rooted cuttings.
Harvest time: The first (over wintering "breba") crop ripens in summer, the second crop ripens in fall. In cool summer areas only the breba crop may ripen. Fruit is ripe and ready for harvest when it droops on the stem from its own weight.
Years to fruit: 2-4
Pests: None of importance.
How To Grow
Soil requirements: Figs are adaptable to varied soils. A well-drained fertile loam, close to neutral pH is best.
Cultural requirements: Plant on the south side of a building or wall and protect from cold winds. Figs do not need much fertilizer. While water requirements are low, regular irrigation during dry spring and summer spells will result in consistent growth and good crops. Prune to a vase shape allowing air and light to penetrate the center of the tree.
How to Use
In the kitchen: Fresh figs are a wonderful treat. They are delicious dried or eaten fresh or cooked into sauces and jam.
In the landscape: With its large dark green leaves and spreading habit, the fig tree has a tropical appearance. Trees can slowly grow very large but can easily be kept small with pruning. It is beautiful planted on the patio or near walkways. Grow as a potted plant on a porch, deck or other sunny area and bring inside during severe winter weather.