Growing Fabulous Zone Hardy Fig Trees

Garden Guy
Thursday, 13th December 2012

Our Facebook friend 'Garden Guy' sings the praises of fig trees and tells us exactly what zones you can grow them in, and recommends we all start rooting cuttings and trading them.

Got a fig tree? They are Super Easy to grow and there are over 700 different types in the US alone and more then 1000 worldwide. The most common in the US are Black Mission, Brown Turkey, and Green Ischia.

Figs grow in zones 7-11b, but there are more cold hardy varieties out there. Some people as far north as zone 5b have figs growing, many are unnamed family heirlooms brought over from immigrants to the US long ago. Often they are found growing against old buildings, abandoned restaurants, or old houses.

My grandfather gave me my first fig tree and boy was I proud of it! Since then I've added about 20 more trees and still looking for more. The fig tree is mentioned in the Bible and is one of the oldest cultivated trees in the world. I'm sure you remember what Adam and Eve's first articles of clothing were... that's right, fig leaves.

I knew an old man who once said that it couldn't have been an apple they ate off the tree that day because the only thing tempting enough to give up Eden was a ripe Black Mission fig. Fig trees make a perfect candidate for organic gardening because they are already mostly pest and disease free. Fig trees are also very easy to root from cuttings and this makes it very easy to share cultivars from around the world. I love trading fig tree cuttings and urge you to do the same if you have them. If you don't have a fig tree ask a neighbor or friend if you can have some branches and try to root them yourself or buy a fig tree from eBay or craigslist. If nothing else, visit Lowes or Homedepot. If you'd like to trade some fig tree cuttings with me feel free to contact Daniel at [at] Thanks and Happy Gardening.

About Desert King Figs (illustrated): this variety may not be as juicy and large as a Brown Turkey but it has just one flush when the tiny figlets appear. This means it starts to bud in Spring rather than in the Autumn beforehand and so the fruit is less vulnerable (not so large and fleshy) and therefore not likely to be hit by early frosts like the Brown Turkey. We find that whilst we get wonderful but erratic crops on our freestanding Brown Turkey in years when there are no late Spring frosts, we are almost always guaranteed to get a smaller but more reliable crop from the Desert King. Maddy Harland.

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