June 19, 2018
I have a "Stella" fig tree I want to replace. I don't really like the fruit and when some friends who love figs didn't like them I figured it was time to go. I have a Negronne in a pot and end up liking the fruit, so I figure that black figs are probably more up my alley. Several questions: What is a tasty black fig that could replace the tree with (Tree is 8 years old). I want the tree to get some height although a huge tree is probably not desirable. Also, should I just get rid of the whole tree or can/should I graft different types of figs. In my "tropical" garden so would like it to look nice. I have checked out different varieties on the OGW website but honestly have no idea what would have a pleasant flavor.
March 16, 2015
November 17, 2018
We don't usually graft figs, because they are easy to start from cuttings (or by stool layering) and they can grow well on their own roots.
That doesn't mean, that it can't be done.
It would be nice to have some different figs, without have to wait multiple years, for new trees to attain a goodly size.
In my imagination, Whip grafting might be productive.
Hey! Out there! Have any of you ever grafted a fig?
March 16, 2015
“Hey! Out there! Have any of you ever grafted a fig?”
I had been advised early to allow them to “clump,” or sprout multiple limb-shoots from the ground, rather than prune them to a single trunked “tree.” If a hard freeze occurred, the outside, younger 'limbs' might die, but the inside larger ones most often survived. Also, allowing them to clump worked well when pruning; remove the largest stocks, allowing younger, smaller shoots to take over. Brings the height down, and thins the 'bush/ clump.'
My suspicion is, even if successfully grafted, they’d seriously over-grow the graft scions with shoots from below it … and that the scions could not provide the nutrients necessary to feed the root system. If I replaced a fig, I’d remove as much of the original as possible; a total dig-out. But they grow fast, often fruiting the second year.
Brown Turkey (if likely related to Vern’s) was my favorite. It could handle colder weather than most, with mid-season ripening, if ‘purple’
March 16, 2015
Also, I had a Stella fig tree, we nicknamed it ‘The Cardboard fig.’ No taste, and though recommended by someone … I didn't pass it on.. It fortunately fruited early enough to make digging out and replacing it with a Desert King, easier.
As I’d recommend a Brown Turkey above, they’re easy to find at nurseries, so you could get a couple years jump on growth. And, they’re a smallish sized fig. In my experience, one third the un-pruned size of a Desert King (though I loved both).
November 17, 2018
Yup! The big producer in my yard, is Desert King.
It grows so aggressively, that I'm must occasionally prune it way, way back.
I remove the large trunks, and let the tree revitalize itself through new growth.
New growth, that is much closer to the ground.
That way, I can actually harvest the figs. Left un-barbered, the trees rapidly become so large, that a majority of the figs are unreachable.
More troubling, the figs trees grow so large, that they threaten to overwhelm my apple trees.
No small feat. My apple trees are 20+ feet high, and broad-shouldered. 111s, that have been given free reign for decades.
June 21, 2015
Among dark figs, my best result is Hardy Chicago. It's productive, reliable, and the figs are very tasty. Hardy Chicago is my best producer.
I like the flavor of Petite negri better. They are more figgy. Beautiful black figs with red inside. The challenge is they are often too late, and a lot of them get moldy in the fall rain. I bought that tree 20 years ago from Wayside Nursery in S Carolina, I think. mIn later years their catalog had the same photo but the name changed to Negronne. Petite negri grows slowly, about 8 feet tall and side in 15 years.
Lattarula is also an excellent producer, both early and late crops and big juicy green figs, not dark. They are sweet and delicious and juicy, but not as figgy flavored as the darker figs.
I have grafted figs. It takes some care due to the fragility of scionwood due to the center pith, but once they start growing they are fine. All of my current fig trees are cutting-grown because large herbivorous animals, relatives of Bambi, ate the grafted trees.
August 9, 2015
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