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How To Grow And Care For Fig Trees

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Topic: How To Grow And Care For Fig Trees

Every Southern garden should have a fig tree. These small trees or shrubs produce delicious fruit with flavors best experienced ripe from the tree. Unlike other fruits, figs ripen entirely on the branch, so planting your own allows you to harvest the freshest fruit. The common fig tree (Ficus carica) thrives in warm climates and usually does not require pollination to bear fruit. Some varieties of fig trees rely on wasps to pollinate. Despite bearing delicious fruit, fig trees can be invasive, as the roots spread widely in optimal growing conditions. Additionally, fig trees are not safe for animals and are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Symptoms include gastrointestinal issues and skin irritation. The fruit from fig trees is generally considered safe for human consumption, but some people have a negative interaction with fig leaves and sap. Rashes or skin irritation can occur in some individuals after exposure, so wear gloves when maintaining this tree.1 Here’s a guide to growing your own delicious common fig tree and the growing conditions that will help it thrive. Fig Tree Care: Figs are self-fruitful, so you need only one plant to produce fruit. Mature fig trees can be 10 to 30 feet tall. If you have more room, plant several. Choose early, mid and late-fruiting selections to extend your harvest from summer into early fall. Some figs will produce bonus fruit early in the season, called a “breba” crop, and the main crop. Figs can vary in size, shape, flavor, texture, and harvest time and can be black, green, brown, violet, yellow, or purple. Figs trees are invasive in some areas like Florida because optimal growing conditions encourage the tree’s roots to spread widely. Light: Full sun is essential for an abundant harvest and the sweetest fruit. Ideally, you should plant fig trees in an area that receives six to eight hours of direct, daily sunlight. Less sunlight will prevent trees from producing as many figs compared to those planted with adequate light. Soil: Fig trees grow in various soil conditions, but slightly acidic and well-drained soils are best. Soil with rich, organic matter helps supplement growth. Regular potting mixes work well for fig trees in containers as long as it retains moisture and is well-aerated. These plants grow well near coastal regions but also tolerate loamy, clay, or sandy conditions as long as soil is well-drained and retains some moisture. Water: When fruit is developing, it’s important to water regularly. Check daily, and pick just as the fruit ripens. During the first year, as plants become established, water regularly and mulch. Once established, figs can be very drought tolerant.

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