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  • Fig Growing in the South?

    I have recently discovered that I really really REALLY like figs. Ok, so maybe I love them. Who are you to judge me obsession with the fleshy pink little gems? Anyway, I was wondering if any of you have figs on your farms in the South because your resident nutty young equestrian here has decided that she would like to grow some of her own. If you do have figs, which varieties do you grow/why/how well are they doing?

    Any other fig related facts/growing tips would also be appreciated.
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    What state, what zone?

    In mid-northern Alabama figs grow.
    I have no idea what variety my neighbor had. But they put enough out for a couple of jars of fig jam...
    Originally posted by BigMama1
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    • #3
      In Phoenix we had a brown turkey fig tree, and here in Georgia I planted a black mission fig. (Whatever was on sale in the Park Seed or Gurney's catalog...)

      I think you're fine pretty much anywhere in the south.

      Plant it away from doors and frequently used walkways -- they seem particularly attractive to wasps, and other creatures and bugs will come for any fruit that drops.

      Mine is out by the driveway, across from the garden. It's visible, but not somewhere I have to pass close by it very often.
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      • #4
        I live in central Georgia and have a couple of varieties on my farm. One is called Turkey Figs I don't know what the other is. The Turkey figs seem to come in a little later than the other variety though. The Turkey figs also seem to be sweeter. They are not an undergrowth tree so plant them where they will always have full sun. They don't like droughts so make sure you can water them if the rains don't come. My figs were here when we bought the place 20 years ago and despite getting eaten to the ground by horses one year they come back. BTW horses LOVE figs. I often see my QH gelding walking around the tree knocking them down so he can eat them.
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        • #5
          I LOVE figs. Grew up in Ga with large mature trees all around.

          Now I'm in S Fl and although they sell them here, I have yet to get one to survive!

          Some varieties need a pollinator too I think. ??

          I just picked up two more from Home Depot to try yet again!
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          • #6
            We can grow figs up here in BC. Mine are the green ones with pink insides and are ripe on August 1st. But on a hard winter they die back. In Vancouver they grow well because it is warmer in town.

            Ripe figs are considered erotic and if you think about it, I can see why.
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              #7
              Originally posted by Alagirl View Post
              What state, what zone?
              North Carolina. I live in the foothills, so I am right on the border of zone 7 and zone 8.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Young Equestrian View Post
                North Carolina. I live in the foothills, so I am right on the border of zone 7 and zone 8.

                you should have no probs then.

                I am 7, going into 6, depends a bit on the micro climate...
                Originally posted by BigMama1
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                • #9
                  There are fig trees at my barn- don't know what type as they were here before me. I know nothing about tree keeping so I have to admit they are probably neglected but we get a ton of figs off of them anyway...... they must be very forgiving! We are located in Mooresville, NC

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                  • #10
                    You can have lots of choices for fig trees! I'm in Va. near Middleburg, in the blue ridge. Zone 6. I can grow Brown turkey figs, 2 crops a year! I do have my tree wind protected, with bushes/small tree. The bushes and crape myrtle are pruned back to keep the sun on the fig. The negro fig will grow here, too.

                    If you go to Dave's Garden website, there is a ton of info. There will be links to plantsmen whose nursery stock will be suitable for your climate zone. There will be information on how to plant and care for the tree.
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                    • #11
                      "Ficus Carica Higo"

                      I went on Dave's garden to do a search for you. The edible figs are within this group name:
                      "Ficus Carica Higo"
                      Then there will be the cultivar name which gives you the variety and specific characteristics.

                      I think you will have many choices to consider, and they are easy to grow if you follow the basic directions when you plant. They thrive on benign neglect, but do better with mulch and winter protection in colder climates.

                      Note that horses and dogs love to eat them!
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                      • #12
                        I know someone who managed to grow figs in Massachusetts. He kept them pruned so they were very compact. Each winter he'd bend the trees over and bury them in mulch to protect them from frost damage.

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                        • #13
                          My grandfather from Italy grew figs in northern NJ.
                          Each fall, he would trim the branches back and wrap the remaining branches in burlap.
                          We ate figs for years, and to this day, I cannot eat a store bought fig...ugh.
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                          • #14
                            We even have fig trees here in El paso!

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                            • #15
                              They grow here in Texas. My great-grandparent's homestead that my dad owns now sill has fig trees growing around the old house that my great-grandmother had planted. And they still produce! My MIL also has fig trees in her yard that she picks from. I have no idea the variety. If you grow them though, remember to wear long sleeves when you're picking.
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                              • #16
                                My barn owner/trainer has a fig tree. The horses and the chicken LOVE IT!! I'm not sure what variety it is, but we're in northeast Georgia.
                                There's a restaurant nearby that serves a fig and prosciutto sandwich. Oh holy holy, so yummy!

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                                • #17
                                  Oh yeah they grow down here...until the chickens discover them, anyway. We had a lovely dwarf tree. Evidently, the green fruits were not only delicious (I never got to try any), but the roots were tasty as well. Then the little bastards turned it into a dust bath. So by all means, get a fig tree, but skip the flying chickens (Blue Andalusians in this instance).
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Young Equestrian View Post
                                    North Carolina. I live in the foothills, so I am right on the border of zone 7 and zone 8.
                                    You should have no problems with the weather. I grew up in Lumberton and just about everybody had at least one tree. If you didn't, you were culturally deprived.

                                    They do require some care and pruning, and netting is necessary to minimize bird damage. There's plenty of information online.

                                    You might also want to check out pecan trees. It takes a while for them to bear, but they're worth the effort.
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                                    • #19
                                      My friend lives right around Jasper, TX and she has a fig tree in her yard...yummm....she made me some pineapple fig jam that I ate this morning on toast...OMG was it ever good!!!
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Young Equestrian View Post
                                        I have recently discovered that I really really REALLY like figs. Ok, so maybe I love them. Who are you to judge me obsession with the fleshy pink little gems? Anyway, I was wondering if any of you have figs on your farms in the South because your resident nutty young equestrian here has decided that she would like to grow some of her own. If you do have figs, which varieties do you grow/why/how well are they doing?

                                        Any other fig related facts/growing tips would also be appreciated.
                                        A friend of mine at work keeps bringing figs in and I keep grabbing them. Anyway just this past Friday I asked where he got them and he sent me this link:

                                        http://www.willisorchards.com/category/Fig%20Trees

                                        We're quite a bit more north than you are and he told me he doesn't do anything other than add a thick layer of mulch around the roots for winter. I think he's been bringing in Texas Everbearing but he said he has two more varieties but I don't know what they are. Either way they grow here so they should grow well in your area.

                                        edited to add: He's in Earlville Maryland.
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