Potted Tree – Black Mission Fig

Potted Tree – Black Mission Fig

I have been wanting to add a fig tree to our garden, but read that fig tend to be bushy and require regular pruning to avoid overgrow. Naturally the choice for me is to plant mine in a container, for a couple reasons: 1) to keep it at a manageable size so we won’t become fruit victims 2) since figs have very pretty foliage it can make an excellent ornament potted plant for our patio. I cheated and picked up this baby black mission fig tree, which has been grown from cutting by a local grower, last August. I re-potted and gave it some minor pruning in late October, not so much as it was still very young, but enough to stimulate growth. Honestly I was quite please with the healthy rate it grew out new shoots and leaves. I also pinched off old leaves as they turned yellow. It started fruiting for quite a while, perhaps since December, but the fruits stay green. There was a point the impatient-me even wondered if they would ever ripe on their own or am I missing something. And of course just after a week of not paying close attention, yesterday he sneaked up on me with these beautiful deep purple figs.
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My extensive research on which fig variety to plant does pay off, black mission provides a sweet refreshing taste. Only after my kids and I have chomped down all of them did I remember that I forgot my cheese and wine! Next harvest, there are still some green figs on the tree.
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