[NAFEX] Zone 5 Figs....microclimate

S & E Hills ehills7408 at wowway.com
Sat Mar 10 07:45:14 EST 2007



If planting against a south facing wall is not an option, what would the
next best exposure be?  Would east Facing be preferable to west or north?





From: nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Bassem Samaan
Sent: Saturday, March 10, 2007 6:05 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Zone 5 Figs


I grow around 40 + different varieties of figs in zone 6. Most of them in
containers, around 6 trees in ground currently. I keep experimenting and
trying to identify what's best for cold area. I keep watching for the
earliest figs to ripen for me and that's what will be in ground next. I'm
not interested in Breba crops which is formed on 1 year old wood, because of
the die back you may not get Breba crop in cold zones. I would stay away
from varieties that have breba crop only such as Desert King, unless you
want to keep it in a pot and wintered indoor.

My winners so far are Chicago hardy, it's perfect for lazy gardeners like my
brother, and my sister. With minimum protection it will sprout back and
produce a main crop annually. Also "Sal's Fig" which is a very similiar to
Chicago Hardy, ripens around same time with similiar flavor. 

Another variety that I have collected and named "Brooklyn White". It
produces an extra large size fruits for breba crop if the wood didn't die
back, then another heavy crop of sweet white figs. It does very well

 One variety that I'm begining to fall in love with, I also collected it and
named it " Dark Portugese". A Portugese immigrant that recently passed away,
have brought this fig from his hometown. The mother tree is so large and
produces a heavy crop in our area. The fruit is small to medium, and it's
red in color inside and outside. The extra sweet pulp I've been either
eating fresh or made into jelly.

The key to grow all types of figs in cold zone is to find the right
microclimate. I plant my figs against a south facing wall, where they get
lots of sun. Never plant a fig out in the open, you'll never see a fig on
it, except maybe for Hardy Chicago, it may produce some. 

Bassem S. 

Zone 6, Bethlehem, Pa




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