Planting, Growing and Harvesting Figs
Figs are a delicious treat that thrive in warm climates, but can also be grown in more temperate regions with a bit of extra care.
Figs thrive in areas with long and hot summers and tolerate colder if grown in containers and properly insulated from freezing temperatures.
Grow the most common and popular fig tree (Black Genoa) for home gardiners in your upcycle bags!
Black Genoa Fig trees can grow in upcycle bags in most types of well-drained soil that contains plenty of organic material.For outdoor fig trees in upcycle bags, plant the tree in the spring or early fall in full sun.
Fig Growing Guide
Black Genoa is a fantastic fig variety best eaten fresh off the tree or made into jam. Hardy and frost tolerant, figs grow best in a warm dry climate.
Black Genoa. A fast growing, medium sized deciduous tree growing 3-5 metres tall. During summer, this variety produces masses of excellent quality.
A freshly cut fig branch can be crudely placed in the ground.
It will root, grow, and eventually produce heaps of the very same fruit borne by its mother tree.
Black Genoa prefers light free-draining, neutral soil in a warm and sunny position. Enrich soil with well decomposed manure or compost and mulch well.
Any reasonable moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. Figs grow well in large containers or as an espalier (Trained trees lend structural elegance to garden)
Black Genoa is a fast growing, medium sized deciduous tree. When growing in an upcycle planter bag, restrict tree to 2 metres tall, by continuous pruning.
During summer, this variety produces masses of excellent quality, delicious dark red fleshed fruit with purple-green coloured skin. Self-pollinating and producing two crops per year, it is a reliable and heavy cropper with a vigorous spreading habit. This is a great variety for making jams, drying or eating fresh.
Concerns of gardeners being afraid to plant fig trees in upcycle container bags are laid to rest regarding vigorous growth, massive size and a reputation for a vigorous root system.
A sheltered site in full sun. In colder areas grow against a north-facing wall with a frame that makes it possible to install a plastic cover in areas with very cold winters.
Sow and PlantSet out plants in upcycle planter bag in early spring, just as they are emerging from winter dormancy. Figs produce fruitlets which flower the following year and produce fruit.
Figs easily tolerate periodic frosts, but hard freezes (temperatures below -4°C) can lead to death of branches and dormant buds. Cold also can kill plants back to their roots, from which new plants often regrow.
Top-dress the root zone with a balanced organic fertiliser each spring, and mulch with well-rotted organic matter year round. When growing figs in containers, apply worm liquid compost every 2-3 weeks once fruits appear.
It’s easy to make and use a natural liquid fertilizer (also known as worm tea). It not only is good for your fig plants and soil, it is also easy to apply
Fruits are ripe when the skin feels soft and starts to split when gently squeezed. Figs can be dried or made into fig preserves.
Then at harvest time it is possible to pick on a daily basis the ripening figs on the tall branches and beat the birds
Make Fig Jams and Chutneys
Fig Jam made with figs, orange, lemon, ginger, cloves, and cinnamon.
Black Genoa Semi Sun-Dried Figs
Dried figs are an excellent source of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants
Make Fig Preserves
When you here someone talking about Preserves, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Hopefully it will include Fig preserves.