During the summer I met this wonderful person that gave my family a fig tree for free. It is sitting in my backyard, waiting to be planted, so I thought this was a perfect opportunity to share with you what I have learnt.
First off, what is a fig tree?
A fig tree is a tree that produces an edible fruit (it isn't really a fruit at all it is an inflorescence) called fig, they can grow to be 15 to 30 feet tall. There are many different species of fig trees, making a lot of different fig.
What do they look like?
The fig tree tree looks like any other tree except it has quite distinctive leaves. There leaves are very round and are very lobbed. It has a bit of a hairy texture and it is bright green.
The figs itself can have many different colours and tastes. Some are more Burgundy while some can be pale green. It all depends on the type of fig tree you have. The are pear shaped, and can grow to be 3 to 5 centimetres long.
The inside of this fruit is filled with many flowers and seeds which is why it is not a fruit at all. It is an inflorescence, like I said before.
What do fig trees cost?
The cost of a fig tree depends on the fig tree itself. It can depend on what species it is, but also how old it is. A fig tree can be 20 to 250 dollars.
How do I plant my own fig tree?
It is recommended to plant your fig tree in early spring or late fall. You can plant it near your house, but always leave room for the roots to grow. You should plant them at least 20 feet away. To plant the tree, dig a hole large enough to fit all of its roots. Then place soil that has great drainage (this will help the tree thrive). Make sure you are planting it in a very sunny place.
If you do not want to plant to plant it, you can keep it in a large pot filled with good soil. You can also add wood chips for better drainage. Place it in a place that gets the most sun.
When should I water my fig tree?
Fig trees need at least one to one and a half inches of water a week. If the leaves start turning yellow, that means it needs water straight away.