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Fig 'White Genoa'

Ficus carica 'White Genoa Fig'

Fig (Eng.), Vy (Afr.)

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Ancient fruit trees that is part of the Seven Species. It is a fast growing fruit tree that will produce delicious fruits in summer 3-5 years after planting. It is edible as fresh fruit, dried, jam and other preserves. Good shade providing tree and an attractive espalier possible.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Harvest fruit early in the morning as soon as it turns slightly yellow and soft. Use preferably same day. After picking the fruit will no longer ripen and therefor can not be picked too early!

Propagation

Cuttings
Make 30-40cm cuttings while pruning in Winter. Plant deep - about half the cutting under soil.
Seed
Sow seeds in Winter and they should germination from Spring to Summer.

Special features

Attracts birds
Birds love the delicious fruit.
Drought resistant
Once established, figs can survive dry times.
Wet sites
Figs often grow next to streams and rivers.
Hedge plant
Figs can be espaliered into interseting shapes and serve as a hedge screen.
Attractive leaves
Large fragrant leaves.

Geography

Origin
Western Asia
Natural climate
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial 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
Fruits are served fresh, dried or preserved - and the leaves can be used in cooking too.
Notes
Cullinary - edible fresh fruit, jam and other preserves. Good shade tree. Attractive espalier

Personality

Family
Moraceae
Flower colour
White - pink. Flowers are inside the fruit and actually the part you eat!
Scent
Mild

Problems

Fig stem borer and birds. Fig Mosaic Virus show as dappled yellow spots on the green leaves - remove the tree!

Companion plants

Shade loving plants - Aggressive roots over time so keep away from buildings

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