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Fig 'Black Genoa'

Ficus carica 'Black genoa'

The Black Genoa is a mid-season fig with a red to black skin and red pulp. Figs are grown from ancient times and valuble food source that has become popular in the modern day, although it does not have a long shelf life.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

For juicy sweet figs, let them ripen on the tree. Pick as soon as it is ripe in late summer, otherwise spoilage and souring will occur. No matter what variety you grow, wear gloves when harvesting, as the sap in the stems can be a skin irritant.

Propagation

Cuttings
Make long (30-40cm) cuttings and root in sandy soil mix.

Special features

Hedge plant
Figs can be tree-trained or espaliered into beautiful shapes and make an effective hedge screen.

Geography

Origin
Named after the Italian Mediterranean island of Ischia where this variety originated.
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

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

Uses

Medicinal
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Edible
Fresh, dried or preserved!
Notes
Culinary

Personality

Family
Moraceae
Flower colour
Pink
Scent
None

Problems

Keep a look out for the Fig Stem Borer, an insect that can live inside the stem for up to 3 years! Open up any little holes with excretion to make sure the nymph is not living inside and kill if found.

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