Ficus carica Figs are handsome deciduous fruiting trees with large, tropical looking leaves and a spreading habit. Right at home in a large container or in the ground, they make a stately presence and will gladly bear delicious fruit. In an area with a long growing season, figs typically bear twice yearly, the second crop being markedly lighter. They appreciate a location in full sun and a well-balanced fertilizer in spring and early summer. Generally disease and pest resistant. Can easily be brought indoors for the winter in zones 5 and below.
After unpacking your plant, allow a few days for it to gradually acclimate to full light exposure. If planting directly into the ground, choose a location with well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. For container-grown, the plant will require re-potting to a larger container as it grows. Up-pot when the plant appears root bound or when large roots push out the drainage holes. Finished container size should be approximately 8-10 gallons. Bear in mind that figs are content with confined roots.
Water regularly during the first growing season, but do not allow the soil to become soggy. Fertilize early in the season with a well-balanced fertilizer or with a slow release fertilizer for container plants.
Pests & Diseases
Figs are not bothered by pests or diseases. Ants are sometimes attracted to very ripe fruit and can be repelled by spreading Insect Trap Coating around the trunk. Cover plants with Bird Block Netting if birds are a problem.
Standard potting soil in containers, or well drained loam with plenty of organic matter when planted in the ground.
Figs are hardy to between 0°F and 5°F, although we recommend protecting the plant if temperatures drop below 15°-20°F for extended periods. Bring container plants into an unheated garage or wrap planted trees with protective covering such as our Frost Blanket.
Up to 10-15 pounds per plant