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How to grow Figs

How to grow Figs

Learn how to grow Figs in your own back yard. Its easy with our step by step guide. Figs come in many varieties though most of us only think of figs as the type you find in the middle part of a biscuit. Figs are not terribly particular about the type of soil; just remember that they must be placed in a spot that is sunny all day long. An ideal spot would be the south side of a building.

Figs are adaptable to a wide range of conditions and will happily grow in a pot or container , Figs add an enormous amount to both the home orchard and the ornamental garden.

Fig Tree Varieties:

A number of varieties  are available in garden centres most of the year.

  • Brown Turkey is a medium-sized, brown fig with pink flesh. Good flavour. Best when fresh.
  • Brunora Black is a NZ selection, rich red fruit produces both early and late crops. Ripens more after picking.
  • Brunswick – early season, long brown fig with sweet amber flesh. Good flavour, cold hardy. Fruits summer and autumn.
  • Mrs Wiliams early season, dark skin colour with amber to red flesh, sweet flavour. Good pot specimen
  • Vlasshoff is a hardy fig which produces an early crop with sweet flesh.

Fig Tree Growing conditions

Choose a well drained position with a slightly acidic fertile soil, in a sheltered positionFigs will handle some frost, and many survive in areas that would be deemed too cold. But the key is providing shelter for the figs while they are getting themselves established. Choose a cold hardy variety for cold climates.
Most varieties need a long hot summer for the fruit to fully mature, hence its critical to plant or place figs where they will receive maximum light. Water well through dry periods particualy when the tree is young. Water is a vital ingredient in the fruit production of a fig.
Young fig trees should be watered regularly until fully established.

How to Harvest Figs

Harvest when the figs start to exude that delicious aroma and begin dropping from the tree. Birds love figs so be quick to get to your crop before they do. Un-ripe figs don’t ripen if picked early.

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