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Fig Trees

Fig Trees, or Ficus carica, produce sweet fruits that are great whether they’re fresh, dried, or made into jams. In the past, people often saw figs as symbols of wisdom and learning. Some of our most popular figs include the Chicago Hardy Fig, Desert King Fig, and the Italian Honey Fig.


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Fig trees, with their uniquely lobed leaves and succulent fruits, are a prized addition to gardens and orchards. Perfect for warm climates, they offer both nutritional benefits and an exotic appeal, bridging history and modern cultivation.

Fig trees are versatile, growing in various soil types, and can even tolerate drought conditions once established. They come in various cultivars, producing fruits that range in color from golden yellow to deep purple. Beyond fresh consumption, figs are often dried or made into preserves, enhancing their shelf life and sweetness.

When considering fig trees for your space, think about size constraints as some can grow quite large unless pruned regularly. Care is minimal, making them suitable for both novice gardeners and seasoned horticulturists. Dive into our selection and embark on a journey with this ancient, cherished tree.

Fig Trees FAQ

When do fig trees bear fruit?

Fig trees typically produce their first small crop when they're around two years old. By the time they reach four to five years, they can yield more substantial crops. Most varieties produce two crops annually: a smaller one in early summer and a main one in late summer to fall.

How long do fig trees live?

Fig trees possess remarkable longevity. When planted in favorable conditions and given proper care, they can thrive for several decades, sometimes even reaching up to 200 years. Their extensive lifespan is a testament to their resilience and deep-rooted history in cultivation.

How fast do fig trees grow?

Fig trees exhibit a moderate to fast growth rate, often growing 12 to 24 inches annually under optimal conditions. Factors such as soil quality, adequate watering, and overall care can influence their growth. With time and proper care, they can reach heights of 10 to 30 feet.

How much sun do fig trees need?

Fig trees flourish under full sunlight. They require a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight daily to ensure healthy growth and fruit production. Placing them in a sunny spot not only promotes fruiting but also bolsters overall tree health.

Are fig trees self pollinating?

Many common fig tree varieties are self-pollinating, or parthenocarpic, producing fruit without needing cross-pollination. However, certain types might need a specific wasp species for pollination. For most home gardeners and commercial growers, self-pollinating varieties are the most convenient and productive choice.