Top 5 must have fig trees

tyler1121January 26, 2014

Hello all! I was wondering what are you top 5 must have fig trees? Im new to fig trees so im curious about what are great fig trees.

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bronxfigs

If you post your climate zone rating, section of the country, and a hint about your growing conditions, e.g. containerized vs. in-ground....full sun, and how you will over-winter your figs....you will get more accurate recommendations.

Try:
Hardy Chicago *
Black Mission *
Green Ischia
Brown Turkey
Celeste
Kadota
Atreano-Belleclare *

* High quality figs, delicious, easily available, prolific, short-
season, quick-bearing.

Good luck, and have fun.

Frank

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 5:36PM
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girlbug2(z9/10, Sunset zone 24)

Kadota
Black Jack/black mission (some say they are the same, but BJ is a sport)
Panache Tiger
Violette de Bordeaux
Peter's Honey

All but the Kadota grow well in my zone (semicoastal).

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 10:06AM
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juragan

How about Khurtmanni / Red Palestine?
the color is so delightful..

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 8:44AM
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tyler1121

Those reds look awesome.

    Bookmark   February 10, 2014 at 11:58AM
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DoctorB73(none 5a)

I am in zone 5a and am looking to expand my fig collection for container growing of figs. I would like to add one or more of the following:
Black Mission
Osborne Prolific
Dauphine
Black Madiera
Conadria
Green Ischia
Celeste
Atreano- Belleclare
Please contact me for trades or to sell cuttings.
Thanks!

Bob

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 8:04PM
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gorgi(z7a_NJ)

Are you sure you want only 5?
I bet that you will end up with at least 50!

    Bookmark   February 11, 2014 at 8:59PM
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timmy2green

Is Khurtmani the same as red Palestine?
Timothy

    Bookmark   February 13, 2014 at 11:35AM
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elizabethk1

I used to grow figs when we lived in GA. Moved to Pittsburgh for 12 years, took a cutting from GA and had figs every year! Just moved South again - Charlotte - zone 7. Any suggestionns for top 5? I cannot recall the name of the yellow-green fig we grew in GA, but would love to grow it again. They were big and so, so juicy and sweet. Any ideas? Also, when should we plant? Thanks!
PS - Sadly, a friend from PA told me that the buyers of our home ripped the fig tree out. I almost cried. I babied that tree through 12 Pittsburgh winters and cherished those figs.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 2:17PM
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juragan

actually, khurtmani comes from Palestine, which is widely cultivated in israel.
So, I prefer called khurtmani as red Palestine than red israel

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 9:06AM
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scott_ga

Hardy Chicago/Sal's EL/Marseilles Black VS
Celeste
Black Madeira
Col de Dame
Violette de Bordeaux

What color was the pulp of the fig that you grew in Georgia?

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 8:52PM
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lindamarie

Juragan, I would love a cutting of your Red Palestine! I have LSU Gold, LSU Purple, Celeste, Alma and Italian Honey

    Bookmark   March 5, 2014 at 1:17AM
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Dennis AKA Snaglpus(8a)

TyGa,
I have a cousin that lives in the ATL! Man I have a lot of figs growing in the Queen City! Try growing these:

Tacoma Violet
Celeste
Don Fortiss
Marseilles Blace
Peter's Honey
Excel

Dennis
Charlotte, NC
Zone 8a

    Bookmark   March 23, 2014 at 3:19PM
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charlieboring

My top 5 are:
1. Hardy Chicago (still have cuttings)
2. Celeste (purple) (still have cuttings)
3. Fico Nero (Black Fig) (still have cuttings)
4. Nero Nobili (Black Nobile) (still have cuttings)
5. Brown Turkey (still have cuttings)
Honorable mention - Texas Everbearing

    Bookmark   March 27, 2014 at 7:36AM
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darthtrader(10 SoCal)

Violette de Bordeaux
Black Madeira
Ischia Green
Peter's Honey
Col de Dame

    Bookmark   March 31, 2014 at 3:52PM
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elizabethk1

Scot-ga, sorry I haven't checked here sooner.
Wow, it's hard to recall the color of the pulp in the green/yellow fig. I believe it was pale, but I could be wrong. Many years ago. So many here in the top 5! I'm considering Peter's Honey, Kadota and Ischia Green. Are they all fast growers? I prefer thin skin - do any/all of these have it? And sweet - I'm a fresh fig eater and occasionally grill them. I wish I had a bigger yard so I could have more!

    Bookmark   April 3, 2014 at 10:13AM
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girlbug2(z9/10, Sunset zone 24)

lizkuntne,

I grow Peter's Honey in my backyard, it is very precocious, sweet, and thin sknned.

Kadota is quite sweet but does require a long hot summer to ripen. I have mainly eaten it off of trees in Fresno, CA but have never grown them personally. I would describe Kadota as medium thickness of skin, not exactly thick.

Still trying to find a reliable source of Green Ischias!

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 10:56PM
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veggie_girl

Juragan, where did you get that?

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 6:01PM
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bullet08(7)

get as many as your space will allow and keep those you like and eliminate others you don't.

everyone likes Hardy Chicago and VdB. Black Madeira is supposed to be the one of the best figs, if not the best. but it needs long, hot summer with plenty of sun.

Col de Dame figs are amazing taste, but they are late ripening.

there are unknowns that taste great, but might not be too readily available.

you can rack up fig trees like 6 yr old collecting pokemon cards.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2014 at 1:16PM
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nature_gardener

New to growing figs. Have a few common ones planted last year. Would love to buy or trade for cuttings of Hardy Chicago, black Madeira or any other figs that will grow in hot south zone 8.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2015 at 10:44PM
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dirtguy50 SW MO z6a(6a)

Did the OP say where they are located? Maybe I missed that. Seems that would make a big difference. JMO

    Bookmark   January 8, 2015 at 12:12AM
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