Ficus 'Flanders' Fig

Tree Sleeve
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Produces a light crop of figs in spring and a heavier crop later

The Ficus 'Flanders' Fig, an Ira Condit Selection, can be grown as a towering, multi-branched deciduous shrub or petite tree. Although fig trees are not known for their visible blossoms, their flowers are actually nestled within the fruits, they are still a charming addition to any edible garden or landscape. The 'Flanders' variety yields two harvests of mouth-watering figs annually: a modest breba (spring) crop and a more abundant late crop. These medium-sized figs boast a slender neck, edible tan-hued (greenish yellow) skin adorned with violet stripes, and amber flesh that bursts with a rich, refined flavor. Enjoy these figs fresh, dried, canned, or preserved and benefit from their substantial calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron content.

The 'Flanders' Fig is a versatile plant, making a striking accent or specimen, and can also be trained as an espalier or nurtured as a container plant. In the ground, it grows robustly, swiftly reaching a height of 20 to 30 feet at maturity, but it can be pruned to your desired shape and size. However, be mindful that a heavy winter pruning will eliminate the breba crop. When grown in a container, the tree will be considerably smaller but will still produce full-sized figs.

As one of the earliest cultivated fruit trees, native to regions from Asiatic Turkey to northern India and widely grown in Mediterranean countries, the Ficus carica, or common fig, is a temperate species that thrives in cool coastal climates with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. However, the 'Flanders' variety is heat tolerant and flourishes equally well in hot inland climates. In colder climates, plant your ficus in a warm, dry spot and apply a generous layer of mulch before winter.

Figs are one of the simplest fruits to grow, requiring full sun during the growing season, dry weather during fruiting, and some winter chilling. They adapt well to a broad range of soil types and pH ranges but favor well-drained loam enriched with organic matter and a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Fig trees are drought-tolerant, typically content with natural rainfall for most of the year once established, making them an excellent choice for xeriscapes and water-wise gardens. However, they prefer consistently moist soil when fruiting. This tree is self-fertile and begins bearing fruit 1 to 2 years after planting without requiring pollen from other varieties.

Figs can be left to dry on the tree and collected after falling, or they can be picked ripe and dried. Regular turning during the drying process enhances the quality of the fruit.

This fig tree will ship at the appropriate planting time based on your growing zone. This fig tree does not ship in December or January. Plant height is 18-36" when shipped.

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Genus Ficus
Species carica
Variety 'Flanders'
Item Form Tree Sleeve
Zone 8 - 10
Habit Upright
Height 20 ft - 30 ft
Additional Characteristics Edible, Fast Growing
Foliage Color Medium Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Heat Tolerant
Uses Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Foliage Interest, Specimen
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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