The common fig is an attractive, hardy, large shrub or small tree with huge lobed green leaves and delicious edible fruits, for which it has been cultivated for thousands of years. In the UK it has many uses. If it is to be grown for its fruit, it will require regular pruning and is best grown in a warm sheltered spot, ideally against a wall where the roots will be restricted. The alternative is to grow it in a large container. It is an attractive plant in its own right and if planted in a prominent position the large distinctive leaves and branch structure can look quite impressive. This standard form will look particularly good in a large pot on the patio. Features
Caring and Maintenance
- Comes in a: 15L pot
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 220-250cm (7-8ft)
- Approx. Growth Height: 2.5m (9ft)
- Approx. Growth Spread: 4m (13ft)
- Position: Full sun
- Soil Requirements: Well drained
- Exposure: Sheltered
- Flower Colour: N/A
- Flowering Period: N/A
- Foliage: Deciduous
If growing in a container move the plant outside in spring, once the prospect of frosts has gone. Mulch outdoor grown plants in spring. Water well in summer. Figs can produce fruitlets in spring and summer. Only the small fruitlets produced in late summer can survive the winter, so remove any large fruitlets which you don't believe will survive. Fruitlets produced in spring may ripen in a greenhouse but are very unlikely to ripen outdoors. Remove any fruits which are not large enough to ripen at the end of the season.
PlantingPlanting Distance: 3m
If growing outdoors plant in a sunny location, ideally against a wall for protection. Figs also grow very well in containers, as they can be overwintered. Containers can also be sunk into the ground. Soil should be moisture retentive, as they grow well in soil with good drainage. A pH of 6.0 - 7.5 is ideal. They can be planted at any time but spring is the best period, as it gives the plant a full growing season to become established.
Dig a hole that is 60cm x 60cm x 60cm and 20cm away from the base of a wall. Backfill with soil and with compost if necessary. Slabs can be used underground to limit root growth and encourage fruit crops.
These fruits should be eaten or frozen within a few days of harvest. They please even the most sophisticated of palates, and can be made into jams and preserves to bring great summer memories on autumn or winter days. Freshly picked fruit will bring your desserts to life with a flavour that simply can't be matched by mass produced, shop bought fruit. When planning your garden, try to choose varieties with fruits that ripen from early summer to late autumn to ensure a constant supply of fresh fruits throughout the warmer months.