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Fig 'Eva'

Ficus carica 'Eva'

Fig (Eng.)

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Figs are small deciduous trees with large leathery leaves. Eva is an early to mid-season fig and produces small fruit with green to purple skin and straw coloured flesh. The fruit is used fresh, dried or preserved.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily so pick before they are fully ripe and use with-in a day or two.

Propagation

Cuttings
Make long 30-40cm hardwood cuttings and plant deep (a third to halfway) into sandy soil. Keep moist.
Seed
The seeds are spread by birds and animals that eat the fruit. If sown in Winter, it will germinate in Spring to Summer.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds feast on the delicious fruit.
Attracts useful insects
Pollinated by fig wasp.
Drought resistant
Once established, figs can endure droughts.
Pot plant
Use a huge container.
Wet sites
Make sure to drain well when young, but often grows happily along river streams and wet sites.
Hedge plant
Fig trees can be espaliered into interesting shapes to make a hedge screen.
Attractive leaves
Three to five lobbed green huge fragrant leaves that turn yellow in Autumn before falling.

Geography

Origin
Fig trees originate from parts of 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
Flowers form the edible fruit.
Notes
Culinary - fresh or preserved

Personality

Family
Moraceae
Flower colour
White-Pink. The flowers are inside the green skin and actually the part you eat!
Scent
Mild

Problems

Fig stem borer and birds! Remove trees when Fig Mosaic Virus is found( yellow spots on the green leaves).

Companion plants

Shadeloving plants

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