Monday, March 30, 2015

A Fig!

Last year I purchased a tiny Chicago Fig tree from the nursery.  
While I have had many dried figs, I have never seen a fresh one 
probably because you don't see too many fig trees near St Louis MO.
They would die from cold in some years if they are not protected.

This variety too will die to the ground when temperatures fall
below freezing as they do here a lot.  The Chicago fig; however,
bears on new growth so when it begins to sprout again, it will 
fruit the same year.  They get to be about 10-12 feet tall and
just as wide when planted outdoors.  I have read that they do well
in containers so I assume they stay under 10 x 10 indoors.

This one has lived in a large pot in front of my full glass back door
that gets full sun in the afternoon.  Our entire back wall is lined with 
windows and plants seem to thrive there.  I will have to plant it outside
because I can't block our hallway with this fig tree which- 
if you look closely has a 
right in the middle of this photo! I hope this little guy ripens!


Sunnybrook Farm said...

Dried and fresh figs are totally different so I am trying to grow some here but I don't have your variety, I think one of mine is a turkey fig and the other came out of a yard and has survived for years so I don't care what it is if it lives. Our plants are still covered with hay and wrapped in plastic as we were down to 15 yesterday. Good luck, they are a neat plant, just don't run around wearing the leaves.

Powell River Books said...

My mom and dad had two fig trees outdoors when they lived in Southern California. They produced like crazy. The first thing I did when I went to visit in the summer was to head to the tree and eat a few. They had a Mission Fig and one I think was called a Turkey Fig. Those were very large and juicy. Since I moved north I haven't eaten a fresh fig in many years. - Margy

Manny said...

Oh wow. I haven't unwrapped my fig tree from the winter yet. So yours is potted? It is tough trying to get them to survive the winter. we wrapp it to prevent it from freezing. Last year it barely survived the winter and had to grow it from a shoot again. We didn't have a single fig last summer. I'm hoping for better results this year. But in the past fresh figs are delicious!

Harry Flashman said...

I haven' had a fresh fig in years. I need to get one of those little fig trees so I can have one once in awhile.

Lisa said...

I planted 2 fig trees last year and am hoping for some figs this year. A friend got me hooked on dried figs and I love them! It's just like a fig newton without the cookie and added sugar. Best wishes on your tree!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

mine is potted because I never got around to planting it but it says they do OK in containers. I don't have room to keep it indoors but since this variety will fruit on NEW growth, it is used in nothern climates where it is OK for it to die to the ground and regrow from the bottom. I will keep it covered somehow once we really plant it.

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

I've no idea what kind our fig tree is... but it's been here for years!
When we bought our home it was well established already.
I love figs!
I hope yours does well and you get to enjoy figs.

Manny said...

I'll have to show you through pictures what we do to ur fig tree for the winter. It will have to wait until November. I just hope I remember.