Brambleberry Farm
Brambleberry Permaculture Farm LLC

Hardy Figs

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Hardy Figs 2'' plugs $3, Quart pots $6, Gallon* pots $12

 

We have been successfully growing figs in USDA Hardiness zone 5/6 for the past five years. Each year the figs die back almost to the ground but then come back up ready to go in late spring each year (sometimes as late as the end of May - don't give up on them!). We have chosen varieties which yield two crops a year and therefore fruit on their first year’s growth. In some years when winter has stuck around late, the figs have been slow to bud out and the big crops they set failed to ripen before fall frosts. But getting fresh figs to feast on 2 out of 3 years is totally worth the few off years! In addition, they are gorgeous landscape plants with their large lobular leaves. Our plants reach around 8’ in height each year starting from the ground and form multi-stemmed bushes. Fig leaves can be used to wrap meat and fish before grilling or broiling to impart a coconut-like flavor to the meat! Though the plants are very drought-hardy, we have found that watering well during dry times helps the fig crop to ripen more consistently (it seems the plant will abort its crop to cope with drought). Best in full sun, but can take half-day’s shade no problem. Best in a location protected from the North and West (where winter winds come from).  Figs do not need a pollinator.  Space 5’-8’ apart in row. 

 

Celeste Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Very sweet purplish bronze skinned fruit, compact growth habit  

Fruits on current year's growth, purplish bronze skinned fruit, compact growth habit.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Chicago Hardy Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Produces medium-sized purple-skinned fruits with bright pink/red flesh.  Has a sweet, peach-like flavor when fully ripe.  Originated in Chicago, attesting to its hardiness!  

Fruits on current year's growth, purple-skinned fruit.  Full to Part Sun.

 

LSU Gold Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Medium to large sweet golden-yellow fruits.  Developed at Louisiana State University but has been a star performer at Hidden Springs Nursery in northern Tennessee, which is where our stock is from.  Surprisingly, it has often been the first fig to ripen in the fall.  

Fruits on current year's growth, gold-skinned fruit.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Magnolia Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Large bronze skinned fruit with good flavor  

Fruits on current year's growth, Large bronze-skinned fruit.  Full to Part Sun.

 

Vern's Brown Turkey Hardy Figs (Ficus carica): Produces medium-sized golden -brown fruits with honey-colored flesh.  Very sweet!  This is a slightly improved strain of the well-known Brown Turkey.  Leaves are slightly more deep-cut than Chicago Hardy.  

Fruits on current year's growth, gold-skinned fruit.  Full to Part Sun.


We do not ship plants. To reserve plants please either call us, or email us , and schedule an appointment to pick them up. We can also DELIVER  for a fee to our general region.  


*size designations are nominal. We use “trade gallons” (which are slightly less than a gallon) as well as recycled pots that may vary in exact size.  Every plant may not be available in every size listed.  Gallons are common for grafted trees and quarts are most common for everything else.  There are usually a very limited number of two gallon plants available – first come first serve.