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Fig 'Cape White'

Ficus carica 'Cape White'

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The fig is a small deciduous tree with large leathery leaves. Cape White is early to mid-season and produces a small fruit with green to yellow skin and yellow to pink flesh. It has a short fleshy stem. It is used fresh, dried or preserved.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Cape White is an early to mid-season variety. Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour to light green and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily, therefor pick before they are fully ripe and use fresh - they only last a day or two.

Propagation

Cuttings
Take long cuttings(30-40cm) in Winter while dormant and root in well-draining potting mix.
Seed
Sow seeds in Winter.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds feast on the delicious fruit.
Drought resistant
Once established, figs can endure drought.
Hedge plant
Figs can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes and make an effective hedge screen.
Attractive flowers
Did you know that the flowers are actually forming the fruit? They are fused together and the inside are hundreds of edible flowers!
Attractive leaves
Large green leaves are 3 or 5 lobbed.

Geography

Origin
Middle east and West Asia.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Loam
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Tender

Uses

Medicinal
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Edible
Figs are used fresh, dried or preserved.

Personality

Family
Moraceae
Flower colour
White-pink
Scent
Mild

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