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Desert King fig

Posted by keepitlow 6/7 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 12, 10 at 9:04

Is it a good one to get for taste and container growing in Z6?

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RE: Desert King fig

  • Posted by gorgi z6b NJ (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 12, 10 at 11:16

The DK is a "breba-only-fig" (fruit on last year wood),
unless one is blessed with them-fig-wasps.
So far I had very little success with any of the
"San Petro" figs here in NJ (others had better luck, and
may differ).
Sadly, all SP figs are on the top off "my" list to

The DK is famous to be very good for the PNW.

RE: Desert King fig

What can you recommend for a green fig that is a good producer, sweet and easy to grow?


RE: Desert King fig

Latarrula would fit your needs, especially pot culture. However if your are in PNW, DK is an excellent fig to have in terms of reliability, taste & producer.

LOL George, I am the opposite -- I tend to focus on San Pedro types as anchor variants. Most of my San Pedro's are young, likely 3 years away from giving me their real results.

RE: Desert King fig

I'm in NE US. The seller said he also had Oregon Honey. What do you think about it?

RE: Desert King fig

  • Posted by ejp3 7NY (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 12, 10 at 23:22

I think DK is a must for the northeast if growing in pots like you intend. I say this because it gives you the earliest figs of any variety I can think of, the figs are big, and they are very good tasting. Now I know of some one further north that has success with dk in the ground, but that's too much work for me.

RE: Desert King fig

I had a brown turkey fig that was in the ground for at least 10 years, when some gophers got into the roots and almost toppled the tree over.
I rescued it and put the tree (broken up by gophers) into three pots. They've been languishing in these pots for several years, producing no figs.

I want to know if "Brown turkey" or "desert King" is better for my area, Ashland, Oregon, zone 7? I want to replant this tree in the fall with some chicken wire (1") underneath it. I'd like to buy another tree if anyone has advice on the best variety.


RE: Desert King fig

joanicole I live in the desert but I have heard many members from OR and WA say that Desert King is the tree to have where you live.

RE: Desert King fig

Desert King is a favorite in the PNW, but Violette de Bordeaux is also extensively grown. Violette is suited to growing in pots and the figs are reputed to be quite tasty.

I don't know how cold hardy Violette is to be put in the ground in Oregon.

RE: Desert King fig

  • Posted by murky z8f pnw Portlan (My Page) on
    Tue, Aug 31, 10 at 19:47

I think Desert King is supposed to be quite vigorous, I wonder if that makes it more challenging to grow in a pot.

RE: Desert King fig

Naw no challenge if a fig plant is vigorous in pot long as 1 has the will to manage a fig plant by root pruning and pinching when its needed.

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