Today, everyone seems to be growing fig trees. From chefs in top restaurants to home veggie gardens, figs have been revived. It's no wonder these oval fruits with little edible seeds and soft flesh are well liked. They're delicious eaten dried, candied, or fresh. They can be used in savory or sweet recipes.
Figs began in warm climates of Africa, Asia, and southern Europe. They made their way to North America by Spanish missionaries who put down roots in southern California.
Popular Fig Varieties
One of the most well-liked fig varieties is referred to as “brown turkey” though there are many other selections to pick from. Those living in warm climates can plant and grow their fig trees outdoors. Established fig trees can yield fruitage once or twice a season.
Colder climates can still grow figs as potted trees that go outside in the summer and under cover in the winter. Since figs are self-fertile, they don't need a second tree to set fruit.
Fig trees can be ordered online, from a catalog, or found in nurseries. Make sure you carefully read the tree descriptions and pick the tree that best fits your space and environment. If you need assistance, ask a tree specialist.
If you’re growing your fig tree in a container, put the tree on a rolling stand so the tree can be moved easily. Also, put the pot on a big saucer to capture any draining water. Your fig tree might need to be re-potted as it outgrows your original container.
Maintaining a Fig Tree
Maintain your fig tree by creating a regular watering schedule, particularly during the first year. Water the tree deeply and use a layer of mulch to help keep the soil moist. Put the potted tree in a sunny area and keep it watered. The tree could require more watering than usual during the summer.
Feed the fig tree with an all-purpose fertilizer on a regular schedule too. When fruits get to their full size and color, remove them. You should store them or use right away. Figs can remain in the refrigerator for up to five days.
When the weather turns to autumn, put the tree in your sunroom or your greenhouse. Check the soil regularly to see that it’s moist and the roots haven’t dried out.
Only water the tree when the soil is dry. You don’t want to overwater the tree.
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