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Common Fig Tree

Ficus Carica

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Plant Care

Watering

During summer, Water daily or when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. During Winter season water once in 2 days or when the soil starts to become slightly dry at the top. Keep the soil lightly moist at all times, but do not overwater as this will cause brown spots and leaf drop. Curly or dry leaves suggest, the plant is dry and needs watering. Water in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Always check your soil before watering.

Light

During summer season keep the plants in shaded area and during winter season plants can withstand direct/indirect light.

Temperature

During summer season or when the temperature is above 45°C place the plant in shaded area. During winter season or the when the temperature is below 45°C the plants can be directly placed in direct/indirect sunlight.

Fertilizer

Fruit and Flower Fertilizer

Plant Bio

The common fig (Ficus carica) is a deciduous, fruit-bearing tree that belongs to the mulberry family (Moraceae). It is widely cultivated for its sweet and nutritious fruit, known as figs. Here's a description of the common fig:

Leaves: The leaves of the common fig are large, deeply lobed, and typically have three to five lobes. The leaves are bright green and create a lush canopy during the growing season.

Fruit: Figs are the main attraction of the common fig tree. The fruit is a unique structure called a syconium, which is a pear-shaped, hollow receptacle with tiny flowers lining its interior. The skin of the fig can range in color from green to purple, depending on the variety.

Size: Common fig trees vary in size but can reach heights of 10 to 30 feet (3 to 9 meters), depending on the specific cultivar and growing conditions.

Bark: The bark of mature fig trees is often smooth and light gray.

Growth Habit: Fig trees have a spreading growth habit with a wide canopy. They can be grown as a shrub or pruned to form a small tree.

Care Guide for Common Fig:

Sunlight:

Figs thrive in full sunlight. Plant them in a location where they receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight each day.

Temperature:

Common fig trees are well-suited for warm climates. They are hardy in USDA zones 7-11. In colder climates, figs can be grown in containers and moved indoors during winter.

Soil:

Figs prefer well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 6.5. Sandy loam or loamy soil is ideal. Good drainage is crucial to prevent waterlogged roots.

Watering:

Figs are relatively drought-tolerant once established. Water regularly during dry periods, especially when the fruit is developing. However, avoid waterlogged conditions.

Fertilization:

Fertilize fig trees in early spring with a balanced fertilizer. Avoid excessive nitrogen, as it can promote excessive vegetative growth at the expense of fruiting.

Pruning:

Prune fig trees in late winter or early spring to shape the canopy, remove dead or damaged wood, and improve air circulation. Pruning can also help control the size of the tree.

Harvesting:

Figs are ready for harvest when they are soft to the touch and have a rich color. Harvested figs do not ripen further once picked.

Pest Control:

Keep an eye out for common pests such as aphids, scale insects, and spider mites. Treat infestations promptly.

Disease Prevention:

Figs are generally resistant to many diseases. Good air circulation, proper spacing, and avoiding overhead watering can help prevent issues like fungal diseases.

Mulching:

Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the fig tree to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature.

Container Growing:

Figs can be grown in containers, which is particularly useful in colder climates. Use a large container with well-draining soil.

Winter Care (Colder Climates):

In colder climates, protect fig trees during winter by wrapping the branches with burlap or covering the entire tree with a winter blanket. Container-grown figs can be moved to a protected area.

Growing a common fig tree can be a rewarding experience, especially when you can enjoy the delicious and nutritious fruits it produces. Adjust care practices based on your local climate and growing conditions.

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