Figs for very cool climate
Hello to all,
This is my first message so forgive my english,I also posted it in Figs4fun forum.
My name is Yves, I live on the north west coast of Brittany, there the climate is oceanic, with a very cool summer at 14-21Ã¯Â¿Â½C/58-70Ã¯Â¿Â½F on average for the low/high and a mild winter at 5-10Ã¯Â¿Â½C/41-50Ã¯Â¿Â½F. The USDA zone is 9B with -2,5Ã¯Â¿Â½C/27,5Ã¯Â¿Â½F at the lowest expected every year. 800mm/31" of rain with 2/3 fall between october and march.
I'm looking for figs varieties that would give a good crop of figs in such climate.
Here we have a very popular fig called "Croisic" (Gillette) for the figs are juicy and fairly sweet here. Croisic is a town in south Brittany where that fig was first described.
I have Ronde de Bordeaux in ground for three years now, it bears around 30 figs for the first time this year but figs are just ripening right now with a bland taste, a bit to late especially this year which is the coolest for ten years.
In pot I have Dalmatie (Stella), Goutte dorÃ¯Â¿Â½e, PastilliÃ¯Â¿Â½re, Brown Turkey, give no figs or to late.
I planted this year: Dauphine gave one nice big juicy fig in august!! Osborne's prolific, Desert King, Grise de Saint Jean.
I think I should look for The San Pedro type figs like Desert king or common type with an abundant and good Breba croop like Grise de Saint Jean, a cold tender but very early and excellent breba crop, the most famous breba of France.
As a San Pedro I found Lampeira in addition to Desert king, it's a portuguese variety with an excellent breba crop also called figue des confiseurs (Confectioner's fig) and very early too! It produces the first week of june, two weeks earlier than Dauphine in Portugal.
Do you have any experience of figs varieties for cool areas?, I'm thinking about the people from the Pacific northwest, North California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.
Thank you very much.