LSU Purple Fig Tree

$24

2-3 ft.

Description

Perfect for Container Growing

For a hardy tree that delivers super-sweet fruit with little effort, look no further than the LSU Purple Fig Tree. Bred by the Louisiana State University College of Agriculture for superior disease resistance, the LSU Purple Fig is ideal for those who want ease with amazing results.

And what sets the LSU Purple Fig apart? It produces fruit as early as the second year! Most fig trees take four to five years to reach full maturity and set fruit, but the LSU Purple Fig is capable of setting small crops of figs in its second or third year.

So, you can enjoy figs from April through December. Unlike other fig trees, the LSU Purple Fig has three fruiting seasons: a light crop in early spring, a big main crop in July and a late crop in November and even early December. This prolific bearer will keep you eating sweet, healthy figs almost year-round.

Plus, LSU Purple Figs get rave reviews for flavor. These figs have a notably high sugar content, so the flavor is super sweet. They also are mild, not overpowering like some varieties, so they’re perfect for eating right off the tree, drying for storage, or making into jams and preserves.

Planting & Care

The LSU Purple Fig (Ficus Carica) is a variety of fig that was developed by researchers at Louisiana State University to be able to withstand hot, humid temperatures in southern states and are more disease resistant. They’re recommended for USDA growing zones 7-9 if planting outdoors, but if you are in zones 4-6, pot your fig tree and keep it in a garage or shed during the winter months. The LSU Purple Fig Tree will reach an average mature height and width of 8-10 feet. It can be pruned to be a small tree or a large shrub. You can expect your tree to fruit in early spring, mid-summer and in early winter. Figs from this variety of tree have a higher sugar content and are more sweet than the average fig but is also one of the highest plant sources of calcium.  When ready to harvest, the fruit will be slightly wrinkled with a black skin. Eat your fruit right off the tree or use it for canning and making jellies.

Planting Location: When deciding where to plant your fig tree keep in mind that fig trees will perform best in full sun. They can tolerate shade, but prefer full sun. Plant them in an area that doesn’t get hit with harsh winter winds. Fig trees grown in containers should be placed by large sunny windows if kept indoors.

Planting Directions (in ground):
1) Once you’ve selected the perfect planting site dig a hole that’s three times wider than your tree’s root ball, and just as deep.
2) Loosen the soil on the sides of the hole with a shovel or pitchfork. Next, remove any debris like dirt clumps, grass, or rocks from the hole.
3) Place your tree in it, and make sure it’s level with the surrounding ground and standing straight up.
4) Begin to back fill your hole and gently tamp the soil down to eliminate air pockets.
5) After the planting process is complete give your fig tree a slow deep watering by holding a hose at its base and counting to 20.
6) Mulch around the base to conserve soil moisture and to keep weeds/grasses back.

Planting Directions (potted): Be sure the pot has good drainage!
1) For container trees, select a container that’s slightly larger than the root ball (1-2 sizes larger than the initial container the fig came in works best).
2) Add a mixture of your natural soil and organic planting mix to the container before you place your tree in it.
3) Make sure your tree stands straight up in its container and give it a good drink of water until you see water coming out the bottom of the pot. If your pot doesn’t contain drainage holes, you can quickly add some with a small drill.
4) Allow the top 2 inches of the soil to dry before watering again.

Watering: Fig trees have a fair drought tolerance. Once established they will need a deep watering once every one to two weeks. Feel your soil, if it feels like its drying out close to the surface then it’s time to water your tree. Trees kept in containers will often need more water than those planted in the ground. Keep on your trees more often during times of extreme heat or prolonged droughts.

Fertilization: Usually fig trees don’t require any fertilizing, unless you know that your lawn is lacking in nutrients. If you need to fertilize your trees it’s best to do so in the early spring. Use a slow release, well balanced organic fertilizer, like formula 10-10-10.

Weed Control: Placing a 3 to 4 inch thick layer of mulch around the base of your trees will prevent weeds from growing. It will also regulate the soil temperature, and help the soil retain moisture.

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