Why I Love To Grow Figs
I really didn't give this subject much thought, and if I was pressed for a quick answer to this question, I suppose I would just say that I have a love growing plants, in general, and since the fig is a plant, I love growing figs too.
But upon more careful thought, I think that our fig trees are very different than most of the other plants that we could grow.
I am not a very patient person, and I have a very short attention span. The first thing I learned about growing figs is that you can expect results from your growing efforts very quickly. You can buy a fruiting-size fig tree and have instant gratification, or you could start from scratch, root some cuttings and still get fruit in maybe two growing seasons. What other fruit trees start producing in so short a time...and without another variety for pollination? Apples, Pears, Olives, Persimmons, Paw-Paws etc. all need at least two-to-tango...double the space...double the costs, and a long wait for fruiting.
Figs are very dynamic growers, and they force you to do something to keep them within bounds, like pinching, pruning, fertilizing, re-potting, root-pruning, etc. For me, it keeps my interest to see the rapid changes in the plant from season to season, and to actively play a part in the production of fruit. Even while dormant, they still provide an interest by giving us plenty of materials for propagation. Trying to root cuttings is a very interesting project and also very rewarding. How satisfying is it to give away new trees to friends and family...trees that you rooted?
The fig trees help us make new friends, lets us exchange growing ideas, lets us trade cutting wood, and helps us spread superior varieties all over the world with other fig-lovers/growers. They can also provide us with wonderful, and nostalgic memories. How many times does a fig grower wish they could once again watch their grandfathers lovingly tend to the beloved, family fig tree, and taste the thick, jammy fruit that grandpa just picked... still warm from the sun? No other fruit trees give us such a rich opportunity.
Life passes us by very quickly, and we all could use some time to unwind and relax. Tending to our fig trees forces us to stop for a while, and slow down the fast pace. The fig tree almost always rewards our nurturing attention.
The fig tree is a true gift from God.
Just sharing some thoughts with my fellow fig-lovers.