Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
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.
Chicago Hardy 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 protective place for the winter.
Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy' Characteristics
Soil MoistureMoist to Average
Average to Dry Soils