Fig Trees | The Top 4 Choices
Fig trees are hardy and easy to grow. They come in a variety of sizes, but even the larger fig trees tolerate heavy pruning and can be grown in pots. Fig trees are self pollinating so you only need one tree to get a lot of fruit. Most fig trees produce fruit in the very first year so you definitely enjoy quick gratification with a fig tree! Buy fig trees online at our North Carolina nursery.
Figs are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This super-fruit is a yummy treat, fresh or dried, and is the main ingredient in an endless list of recipes.
Fig Tree Varieties
Growing Zones: 7 to 10
Mature Size: about 20 feet tall and wide
Description: This is a popular all around fig with a sweet and mild flavor. The Brown Turkey Fig tree is fast growing and a heavy producer. This variety is heat tolerant.
Mature Size: 5 to 10 feet tall and wide
Description: The Celeste Fig tree is ideal for small yards and containers. The fruit is ranked high for its sugary-sweet taste. This dwarf tree is pest and disease resistant and heat tolerant.
Mature Size: 15 to 30 feet tall and wide (smaller in cooler areas)
Description: Almost anyone can grow figs with the Chicago Hardy Fig tree! This heavy producer is heat and cold tolerant as well as pest and disease resistant. The Chicago Hardy is a firm fig that is sweet and tasty.
Growing Zones: 7 to 10
Mature Size: 4 to 6 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet wide
Description: This Fig tree is the smallest variety you can find making it perfect for container growing with no pruning needed. It is a heavy fruit producer despite its size. Little Miss Figgy is a dwarf version of the Violette de Bordeaux Fig and has the same delicious fruit but in a compact plant. The Little Miss Figgy fig tree is pest and disease resistant.
Fig Tree Care: the Basics
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Very adaptable, any well-drained soil
Water: Water deeply with a hose a couple times per week when newly planted. Once established figs are drought tolerant. Potted figs should be watered when the soil dries down about 2 inches.
Food: Fertilize in early spring with a slow release fertilizer and when planting to give your tree a boost.
Pruning: Prune in late winter to maintain size and shape.
Harvesting: Do not harvest your figs until they are ripe indicated by a rich purple/brown hue and a fruit that has some give. The ripening process stops when the fruit is picked.