I have had an interest as a gardener and enjoying the delicious nature of figs ever since my childhood after years of visiting my grandparents in south Alabama. There, they had the most memorable sweet Brown Turkey fig trees. Since then, I’ve always had an interest in propagating them in the New Jersey where the climate can be harsh on them. After giving them away to friends, I created this information blog so that any questions they might have would be answered here. After 18 years, my mother decided that I’ve finally become an expert with the knowledge that I’ve developed even though I don’t see my self as a master yet. She had an idea that I should apply for the local Rutgers Cooperative Extension Master Gardener certification course. Read more
Shelter for your fig tree is right around the corner
Now is the time to think about how you want to winterize your fig tree
When I was a child growing up in New Jersey, I spent much time my family’s vegetable garden since it was like a shelter from the rest of the world. There, we grew string beans, squash, lettuce, tomatoes, strawberries, rhubarb and even had a blueberry bush. Most of the time spent in the garden was discovering insects to learn which ones were healthy for the thriving ecosystem of the garden and which were the pests. The garden was just something we tended to during the growing season and then it was gone. We didn’t have fig trees and instead we went to visit my grandparents in South Alabama to pick the Celeste and Brown Turkey figs off of the trees while trying to reach the fruit before the birds got to them. I usually believed that the only place to grow figs was in the South. That’s when my mother and I discovered figs for sale at a local nursery and figured that they probably grow in USDA zone 7a. Read more
There are known aphrodisiacs in folklore that eating a raw fig while nude is an act of sexuality. My friend thinks that a fig is shaped like a scrotum. When one is cut in half, the pink interior is succulent in nature as the moist interior flesh of a woman’s pink vulva. Heavily seeded, figs were compared to the seeds of fertility. Read more
Home-plate as in baseball? No, we aren’t playing baseball with figs. Although it could be fun to smash them with a baseball bat through a powerful swing. Because there are so many visitors noticing the Figgi Riggi blog, I have decided to move Figgi Riggi. It was changed from figgiriggi.wordpress.com to it’s own unique domain home at figgiriggi.com.
The USDA has set up an essential guide for gardeners which helps them determine if their plants or fruit trees will grow in their climate. This helps a gardener choose whether they want to go through the trouble of planting a rare plant species in their region, whether outdoors, in a pot or a greenhouse. There are many fig tree varieties and some grow better in certain areas than others. The USDA zones range from 1a-13b and in the Northeast USA, you will find a range from 3b-7b.
Here’s a basic illustration on fig identities. It just shows how to identify figs through the leaf silhouette. However, the variety on this blog is not listed here. The fig tree shown in this blog is the Brown Turkey fig.
General Care: How to know if your environment is suitable for growing a fig tree? Before you decide, check to see if you can get a minimum of 6 hrs sunlight for your tree. Once you’ve confirmed this, get a fig tree! Although it’s not so simple. Find out which USDA zone you are in and then determine which variety will grow in your climate.
There are times when you just want to simply know how to take care of your fig tree. Your tree is either grown from a pot or outside.
How you grow it depends on your climate. If you live in an environment where the temperatures reach extreme cold conditions in the Winter season such as in New Hampshire, upper portions of upstate New York or even in Canada. In this case, you should consider growing your tree in a pot. Growing it in a pot means that you take it indoors to a cool dark room during the cold Winter months while the tree sits dormant like a grizzly bear sleeping in its den. For warmer climates such as in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania or Maryland you can certainly transplant your tree out in your yard. For further instructions, look under Potted Fig Trees and Outside Living. Read more