Fig Trees for sale - What type of Fig Tree should you get?
Fig trees for Sale
Fig trees being available for purchase is nothing new. In fact they have been available for sale since ancient times. But with the internet making everything more accessible. The question isn't, "Should I buy fig trees?" but, "What kind of fig tree should I buy?".
There are hundreds of varieties of figs that you can grow in your garden. But I will only touch upon four types: Black Mission, Chicago Hardy, White Kadota, and Black Jack. Each one having different qualities when it comes to taste, size and color. They are also different from each other in their abilities to resisting cold winters.
Black Mission Fig Tree
This fig was named after the Franciscan Missionaries that brought this tree from Spain to California back in 1768. Since then they have became the most popular and highly favored among most fig eaters.
The Black Mission Fig has Black-Purplish skin while the interior flesh is that of a strawberry color. The fruit tends to produce a sweet rich flavor. Sweet enough for making jams and jellies.
Black Missions are not very resistant to cold winters. Sure they can survive freezing temperatures for a few days. But places with a long cold winter season are advised to place them inside. They are best grown in places with semi-tropical or tropical climates.
Black Mission Figs usually start ripening from Late July/Early August until October.
Chicago Hardy Plant
Chicago Hardy Fig Tree
The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree tends to produce figs that are purplish-brown.The flesh is a dark reddish color, and the taste is sweet with the distinct fig flavor that you all love.
The cold hardiness of this tree is what makes it popular among gardeners in the northern region of the United States. With the ability to survive temperatures of 0-10 degrees Fahrenheit, the Chicago Hardy can be grown in the ground without the worry of not producing fruit for the next season.
But to be safe it is advisable that you cover your tree. If you live in the northern states.
The Chicago Hardy Figs usually ripen from Early August to Late October.
White Kadota Fig
The White Kadota Fig is one of lighter figs of the bunch. Their skin if a pale green color even when ripe. Their flesh is a pinkish to light red color. The skin staying green tends to make it difficult for beginners to know whether they are ripe or not.
Well there are a few indications that a Kadota Fig is ripe. One indication of ripeness is Size. The Fig will start to get so large that it droops on its stem. Clue number 2 is the color, if the fig has a yellow greenish hue then it's about time to start picking. Clue number 3 is touch, if the fig is soft to the touch then you have a winner.There are also other indicators of ripeness as well if you would like to find out the rest then Click Here.
Kadota Fig Trees are somewhat Cold Hardy though they are not recommended to be grown in the ground in the Northern Regions of the United States unless you are willing to take the necessary precautions to protect them for the winter.
White Kadota Figs ripen during the fall season. Usually the month of September or even Early October. But sometimes Ripening can start as early as Early July.
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This fig is named for its dark purple color which actually appears to be black once it ripens. The inside flesh is strawberry red. Many times the fig will actually turn black if it is ripe.
Black Jack's are large and long and taste very sweet.
Though the tree has the Potential to grow up to 15 feet. It is a natural Semi-Dwarf meaning that it can be kept 6-8 feet through the use of pruning. Even at this size it will still be a heavy producer of fruit.
Just like all Fig Trees they can be grown in the Northern States, if you are willing to take the necessary precautions to winterizing your tree.
But it will be very useful for you to keep this one potted, and prune every winter season.
Black Jack Figs experience ripeness a bit early. They can start the ripening from June and last until September.
These Fig Trees are self fertile meaning that they will bear fruit if grown by themselves. But with any other fruit tree you will get more in Quantity and Quality if you have another one for them to pollinate with.
So enjoy your Figs for many years to come!