This symbol denotes disease resistance
"He who tends a fig
will eat its fruit."
Proverbs 27:18 (NIV)
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Alma, a new fig variety released by Texas, is a late season variety with very high fruit quality. Fruit skin is golden yellow when ripe, and the golden flesh has an excellent rich, sweet flavor great for fresh eating, cooking and preserves. Very productive, even at a very early age, with moderately vigorous growth. Alma is frost sensitive, especially as a young tree and should be protected in winter. Zones 7b-10.
Celeste is also a very winter hardy and productive variety resistant to splitting and souring. The medium size fruit ripens in early to mid summer to a purple-brown color. The very sweet peach colored flesh is great for fresh eating, freezing, preserves and dried. Zones 6-10
Cultivated for centuries, figs are one of the oldest (and easiest to grow) fruit known to man - a true gift from God. Not only are they great eaten fresh, they also are dried, made into preserves, baked with, and are mixed into ice cream! Pliny, the Roman writer (52-113 A.D.) wrote, "Figs are restorative. They increase the strength of young people, preserve the elderly in better health and make them look younger with fewer wrinkles."
Figs are widely adaptable to many soils, but do best in those that are well-drained and humus-enriched. Plant in full sun in well-drained compost-enriched soil with a
pH of 5.5 - 6.5 is best. Don't plant any deeper than the top of the root ball, and fertilize with two Grape-Berry Agriform tablets the first year. Mulch well (2-3") and
keep a weekly deep watering the first two summers either by rain or irrigation. In colder zones, the south side of a building will provide more winter protection. When young and temperatures drop below 15° F, prepare to cover with a blanket, wire basket with mulch, or trench in. Overwintering information is available at the Cornell website. The first year, cut the whip back to 12-18" in mid to late spring (after hard frosts) for good branching. If the top branches die back in winter don't worry, figs bear their main crop on new growth produced during the spring and summer. You'll know the fruit are fully ripe when they have a crook to their stem and the flower scar at the bottom begins to open.
Johnson Nursery, Inc.
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