Figs (Ficus Carica L.) On the Farm

The Common Fig

  • Binomial Name: Ficus Carica L.
  • The edible fig is one of the first plants that were cultivated by humans.
  • Figs are one of the highest plant sources of calcium and fiber.
  • The fig fruit is actually the flower of the tree.
  • Parthenocarpic: Produces fruit without requiring fertilization.

We’re growing 3 fig trees on our farm. They’re a very interesting tree to watch grow. None of the fig trees are over 2 feet tall as they’re less than a year old. Two fig trees of an unknown variety have been planted in front of the house and growing in a shady spot. The 1 in the back is planted in full sun.

Our fig trees already have quite a few figs growing on them. Fig trees are a parthenocarpic plant -they do not require fertilization to produce fruit. The fig fruit is actually the tree’s flower. Our little trees are producing fruit so we know this genetic mutation works quite well.

We’re very excited about our figs. The first harvest should be in mid to late June. Luckily, the fig tree will fill with fruit again for a picking later in the year as well. Fresh figs are delicious!


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