[NAFEX] hardy fig varieties
bassem at gardener.com
Wed Jan 25 09:21:01 EST 2006
The common fig Ficus carica is the hardiest of all ficus species. The
branches are damaged by 10 F degrees and lower. The roots are very hardy,
given proper protection figs can survive very low temperatures. When
talking about hardy figs, it doesn't refer to how cold can these figs
survive, but how well they will fruit in cold zones.
I have around 30-40 varieties I'm testing with in my zone 6. Most being
in containers. The trees that have proved to be the best cultivar for
this area... is Chicago hardy. This variety if even left unprotected in
zone 6 will die to the ground.. but then in may it starts growing back
and by end of august you'll have ripe dark fruits from it. Celeste dooing
Beware of growing figs that require caprification (needs pollination)
will not fruit in the east. Such as Desert King, apparently it fruits
well for PNW, if the wood dies down when sprouting back all the figs will
There are many unnamed cultivars that I have that been doing great as
well, I got one I've named Brooklynese, it produces 2 large crops of
light colored figs in my zone....
Many varieties are yet to be decovered.
zone 6, Bethlehem, pa
----- Original Message -----
From: "Alexander Dragotin"
To: "North American Fruit Explorers"
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] hardy fig varieties
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2006 10:03:00 +0100 (CET)
Dear Bass,Thanks for the information on storing fig cuttings. It
seems you are experienced in the fig species. After you have USDA
zone 6 surely you could name some most hardy varieties? I would
highly appreciate it.Alexanderzone 5/6a_dragotin at yahoo.de
bassem at gardener.com schrieb:
Figs cuttings are known to start molding or dry up, even if kept
in the fridge... What I do for storing Fig cuttings, here in the
northeast. I take the cuttings right before I wrap them. usually
november or late octobe r.. I dip the whole cutting in 10%
chlorine 90% water solution... Then wrap them and place them in a
plastic bag.. and keep them in the fridge.. usually around 40
deg. in late winter... I can start rooting them... and I get at
least 90 % success rate.
I Imagine same solution would work for other scion wood. it keeps
them from molding.
zone 6, PA
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