Ficus 'Flanders' Fig

Tree Sleeve
Item #29505


Two crops a year | Great container plant

Ficus 'Flanders' Fig, a closed eye, Ira Condit Selection, is a tall, multibranched deciduous shrub or small tree. Although fig trees do not visibly flower, as the tiny flowers develop inside the fruits, they are still attractive plants, suitable for an edible garden or landscape. 'Flanders', one of the best tasting varieties, produces 2 crops of delicious figs a year: a lighter breba (spring) crop and a heavier late crop. The medium-sized figs have a long, slender neck; edible tan-colored (greenish yellow) skin with violet stripes; and amber-colored flesh with a fine, rich flavor. Figs can be eaten fresh or dried and can also be canned or preserved. They contain significant amounts of calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron.

'Flanders' Fig makes an excellent accent or specimen but can also be trained as an espalier or grown as a container plant. In the ground, it grows vigorously, quickly reaching 20 to 30 feet tall at maturity, but it can be pruned to shape and size. However, a heavy winter pruning will remove the breba crop. In a container, the tree will be much smaller but will still set full-sized figs.

One of the earliest fruit trees to be cultivated, indigenous to regions from Asiatic Turkey to northern India, and grown widely in Mediterranean countries, Ficus carica, also called common fig, is a temperate species that grows very well in cool coastal climates with hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. However, 'Flanders' is heat tolerant and grows equally well in hot inland climates. In colder climates, plant ficus in a warm, dry location and generously mulch before winter.

One of the easiest fruits to grow, figs require full sun during the growing season, dry weather during fruiting, and some winter chilling. They grow well in a wide range of soil types and pH ranges but prefer well-drained loam with plenty of organic matter and a 6.0 to 6.5 pH. Fig trees are drought tolerant, usually satisfied with natural rainfall most of the year once established, and are a good choice for xeriscapes and water-wise gardens. However, they prefer consistently moist soil when fruiting. This tree is self-fertile and starts bearing fruit 1 to 2 years after planting without any pollen from other varieties.

Figs can be allowed to dry on the tree and gathered after falling, or they can be picked ripe and dried. Frequent turning during the drying process improves 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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