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Fig Trees for sale - What type of Fig Tree should you get?

Updated on February 16, 2013

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.

Fig Trees

Black Mission Figs
Black Mission Figs

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
Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

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.

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White Kadota Figs
White Kadota Figs

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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Black Jack Figs
Black Jack Figs

Black Jack

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!

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      CenterAll72 4 years ago from New York

      It depends on how far you are moving. If you do decide to take it with you put it in a 20-25 gallon pot. And make sure you leave enough space for the tree in the moving truck.

      Be aware though that the fig tree will suffer from transplant shock. So some of it's leaves may fall off.

      It's definitely feasible. You just need to be very careful. Also make sure the tree makes it to it's new destination with least amount of stress as possible.

      Any more questions feel free to ask.

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      Diana Tucker 4 years ago

      I have a small white kadota fig tree that I ordered on-line last Spring and planted it. It is beautiful - has beautiful green healthy looking leaves and several tiny little figs this year. We are going to have to move this year, probably around September or so and would like to kno whow feasible it is to try to take it with me. It's about 4 feet tall. Thank you for your help.

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      CenterAll72 5 years ago from New York

      @Brenda That's interesting that you only get a spring harvest. You should definitely cover the tree for the winter. This gives it proper time to rest. Also move the tree to another location so it gets more direct sunlight. Let me know what happens.

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      brenda cole 5 years ago

      thank you for all of the great information.

      i'm having a problem with my Chicago fig ... i get a HUGE flush of figs in March/April, and they all fall off in May. i usually get another flush and get to pick a couple of figs a year, but it really is getting frustrating.

      i live Maryland (zone 7a), i only have one fig tree, i don't cover it in the winter, and once my oaks leaf out it only gets about 6-7 hours of direct/full sun a day ... i'm sure one of these things is probably my problem (?) ...

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      CenterAll72 6 years ago from New York

      @Ferose Wow your kids are lucky. Fresh figs are sooo good in my opinion. But I love dried figs as well.

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      CenterAll72 6 years ago from New York

      @Sonya Lucky you I wish I was growing up with a fig tree lol. That's exciting let me know how the figs taste when they finish growing.

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      Ferose Khan 6 years ago from India

      The kids loved that they could pick fresh figs and pop them into their mouth whenever they liked!

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      Sonya 6 years ago

      I love figs and am so very excited to be growing my own fig tree! I grew up with a fig tree and I LOVED it!!! My little fig tree already has a little fig on it. Very excited!

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      CenterAll72 6 years ago from New York

      Thank you very much. And I greatly appreciate letting me know I was missing such an important detail. I will get on it.

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      Anne Pettit 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wow! Great hub. I am going to get a fig tree. I love figs. The one thing I did not get from your hub is: How long until a fig tree bears fruit?

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      CenterAll72 6 years ago from New York

      Yea it's a true and sad fact that you made. Figs don't seem to be as popular as other fruits. I wish more will experience the joys of figs.

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      Dreamer at heart 6 years ago from Northern California

      The fig is an interesting tree. Few people know much about what it looks like or how it grows. Interesting hub.