The fig is a small deciduous tree with large leathery leaves. Black Mission is a mid-season variety and produces medium-sized fruit with a purple to black skin and strawberry to red flesh. It is popular to use the fruit - fresh, dried or preserved.
Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily so pick them before they are fully ripe. Use fresh, as they last only a few days after being picked.
Make 30-40cm cuttings while pruning in Winter and plant deep - about half the cutting under soil.
Sowing time Autumn to Winter. Space seedlings 4-6m apart.
Birds feast on the delicious fruit.
Did you know that the flowers are actually forming the fruit? They are fused together and the inside are hundreds of edible flowers!
Large green leaves are 3 or 5 lobbed.
Once established, figs can endure drought.
Figs can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes and make an effective hedge screen.
Soil PH preference
Figs are used fresh, dried or preserved.
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Culinary - fresh or preserved
Fig stem borer can live up to 3 years inside the stem - killing beautiful old trees or huge areas in orchards. Protect your trees by placing a soft bidum and hard gause around the bottom meter of trunk.