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Ficus Carica (Fig tree)

It’s green, green, green everywhere with Ficus Carica, otherwise known as the fig tree. It has huge, green hand-shaped leaves and in spring it also has green blossom. The trunk is grey and it produces tasty fruit: figs. The fig tree is a deciduous tree and you can plant it in the ground or in a container, tub, or pot for your terrace or balcony.

Exposure
Partial shade, sun

Options for winter
Packing

Fruiting
Yes

Flower colour
Unobtrusive

Flowering time
July, August, September

Water needs
At regular intervals

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 80/100cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 80/100cm

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Plant height incl. pot
80/100cm

Stem circumference
10/15cm

41.20
41.20

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 150/175cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 150/175cm

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Plant height incl. pot
150/175cm

Stem circumference
15/20cm

111.50
111.50
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Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

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Plant height incl. pot
175/200cm

Stem circumference
20/30cm

225.55
225.55

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

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Plant height incl. pot
175/200cm

Stem circumference
30/40cm

304.10
304.10
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Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

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Plant height incl. pot
175/200cm

Stem circumference
40/50cm

367.45
367.45

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica On stem 175/200cm

  • Out of stock

Plant height incl. pot
175/200cm

Stem circumference
50/60cm

443.45
443.45
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Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Stick 40/60cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Stick 40/60cm

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Plant height incl. pot
40/60cm

12.10
12.10

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Stick 60/80cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Stick 60/80cm

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Plant height incl. pot
60/80cm

27.30
27.30

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Rack 70/80cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Rack 70/80cm

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Plant height incl. pot
70/80cm

34.90
34.90

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Rack 100/120cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica Rack 100/120cm

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Plant height incl. pot
100/120cm

83.05
83.05

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica bonsai 100/125cm

Fig Tree / Ficus Carica bonsai 100/125cm

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Plant height incl. pot
100/125cm

225.55
225.55

Ficus Carica (Fig tree)

The fig tree gives your garden a Mediterranean look. Even if the sun isn’t shining, this tree will certainly put you in a good mood. Fig trees blossom in May and develop fruit without the help of pollinators. This means you don’t need to buy two trees. Any figs that don’t develop this season will ripen in the next year. So nothing is lost. You can harvest the ripe figs from October. They contain juicy flesh and important nutrients. Ficus Carica is winter hardy to around -10 degrees Celsius. If your tree is outside in a pot, place it in a garage or shed for the winter, sheltered from the wind and cold.

Growing your Ficus Carica

Ficus Carica has been around for thousands of years. The trees mainly grow in tropical and sub-tropical regions, and a huge variety of trees has developed.
Figs have also been cultivated for centuries. The Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Romans already knew how good fig trees were. They provided food and products for trade, and figs were also an effective edible remedy for constipation.

Why choose a fig tree?

  • It’s a beautiful plant whether you plant it in the ground or in a tub, pot, or container.
  • It’s strong, hardy, and grows well.
  • Ficus Carica produces beautiful green blossom in spring.
  • You can eat the figs and even make a delicious jam from them.

When should you plant your Ficus Carica?

It’s best to plant your fig tree between February and mid April, but don’t plant it when it’s freezing. The soil also certainly shouldn’t be frozen, as it would be too cold for the plant to take root. Aside from this, it’s also impossible to work frozen ground.

What’s the best way to plant your fig tree?

It’s best to plant a Ficus Carica in spring in a sheltered and warm spot, preferably against a south-facing wall. Fig trees don’t like strong winds, so a wall protects the tree from cold northerly winds. The sun also heats up the wall and the wall retains that heat for a long time. That means your tree has a really nice place to grow and flourish. It’s also the perfect way to ensure that the figs ripen. You can start harvesting them from October.
Keep the soil moist after planting your fig tree. The short roots still need some help. But don’t overwater, as this tree doesn’t like wet feet.

Tips

  • Place the fig tree in a warm and sheltered spot in full sun or partial shade.
  • Preferably place the tree in a spot that isn’t affected by strong winds.
  • Protect it and the fruits from frost in the winter. You could place a fleece over the crown or you could also wrap it up in a tree jacket.
  • You need to tie up the branches from March to November.
  • Water young trees regularly.
  • Fig trees prefer a chalky soil.

Positioning
Be aware that the tree will grow to at least three metres in height and could reach up to nine metres. So, make sure you leave at least two to three metres of space around the tree. That way, it will look beautiful and won’t encroach on any other adjacent trees.

Advice and Care

Water
Fig trees need a lot of water in the summer. They use a lot of moisture. You’ll see immediately if your tree isn't getting enough water, as the leaves will start to droop. Make sure you keep the tree well-watered when you’ve just planted it.
Don’t overwater when the fruits are ripening as the fruits can burst if they get too much water.

Fertilizer

Fertilize your Ficus Carica in the spring and again in the summer if necessary, using an organic fertilizer. 

Pruning
Pruning is really easy. Spring or early autumn is the time to prune back the branches, but no further than one or two buds. Only prune in the autumn after the leaves have fallen.

Treating common problems
Ficus Carica can suffer from red spider mite after the winter. These affect the new leaves, creating brown spots. Other common problems include grey mould, brown scale, red spots, or mealybugs. These can damage the entire tree. You could combat these pests with special products that are available from garden centres or DIY stores.
If the bottommost leaves of your fig tree have yellow spots, the tree is standing in soil that’s too wet.

Advantages and disadvantages of the Ficus Carica

Advantages

  • It’s really easy to prune your fig tree. Actually, it's quite a low-maintenance plant overall.
  • The plant’s roots spread far and deep, so the roots can obtain water from greater distances, This means fig trees are very suitable for warm, dry, and nutrient-poor sites.
  • The figs are edible and are also delicious.

Disadvantages

  • The Ficus Caria is not very wind resilient.

Conclusion

Are you looking for a stunning Ficus Carica for your garden, terrace, or balcony? If you’ve always wanted to have your own fig tree with delicious figs, and you like having a tree that doesn’t require much maintenance, then this is the perfect tree for you. Order your Ficus Carica today.
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