More About Ficus carica
- Spreading habit with upturned branch ends
- Flowers for an extended time, sometimes producing two crops of fruit per year
- Leaves are rounded with three to five lobes
- Sap found in stems, leaf bases and unripe fruit is a skin irritant
- Bloom Time: Early to late spring
- Ripens: Late summer
References disagree on fruit production:
1. Female flowers do not need fertilization to become fruit.
2. Male and female flowers on each plant make every plant self-fertile.
3. Specific fig wasps are required to fertilize flowers to produce fruit.
4. Figs are not a true fruit.
Common Fig Growing and Maintenance Tips
Very desirable fruit make this plant worth the work to grow in our climate. Wood frame structures clad with clear plastic can be built to protect the figs that are planted in the ground. Figs planted in containers should be placed in a protected place for the winter.
Ficus carica Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Average to Dry Soils