Certainly one of the best figs for the British climate. It crops reliably in the UK given a sunny sheltered spot, ideally against a south or west facing wall. Once established, the plant is drought tolerant and provides excellent shade, and also produces wonderful Mediterranean fruit that are naturally rich in Vitamin C. Will grow well in a pot, or in a pot sunk into the ground to within 2.5cm of the rootball.
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: alkaline, neutral, chalky, loamy, sandy
- Moisture: moist but well-drained, well-drained
Caring and Maintenance
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.
- Planting 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.
RHS Award of Garden Merit
The Award of Garden Merit or AGM is an award made to garden plants by the British Royal Horticultural Society after a period of assessment by the appropriate committees of the Society. Awards are made annually after plant trials (which may last for one or more years, depending on the type of plant being trialled) at RHS Garden, Wisley and other RHS gardens, or after observation of plants in specialist collections. This is intended to judge the plants' performance for conditions in the UK.
These figs are delicious fresh or even used in a pie as seen below!