Figs are small deciduous trees with large leathery leaves. Southern Black produces elongated fruit with a dark purple skin and dark cherry coloured flesh.
Southern Black figs ripen in Summer. Figs are ripe when the skin changes colour and the fruit becomes less firm. The fruit bruises easily - pick before they are fully ripe, but not too early - they will only fully ripen on the tree.
Make long (30-40cm cuttings) during Winter when dormant. Plant them deep and allow to grow the following Spring.
Seeds are often spread by birds or animals that ate the fruit. Sow during Winter, but expect germination only in Spring or Summer.
Birds love the delicious fruit.
Attracts useful insects
Pollinated by fig wasp.
Use a large container.
Grow happily along streams and rivers.
Fig trees can be espaliered into a interesting hedge screen.
Soil PH preference
Figs are used fresh, dried or preserved. The edible fruit is actually fused flowers with their seed.
Figs are high in fibre and essential minerals like Calsium, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and Vitamins.
Fig stem borer and birds! Remove trees with Fig Mosaic Virus(dappled yellow spots on the green leaves).