Ficus Update

A couple of years ago (or three) I got a clearance NOID fig for $10. The little thing was alive but not very impressive.


I've been growing it in a large pot and overwintering in the garage, and it's starting to become something to see.


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In fact, I thought it was time to put it on display front and center...


...right next to the street.

My biggest concern is that deer would prune it, but they've never taken a bite before -- but I've kept it close to the house every year so maybe that deterred them?


That foliage!


Looks even better when contrasted with the fine-textured bright bamboo foliage, doesn't it?


Now I wonder: is this a variety that will produce edible fruit at some point? Kind of exciting not knowing what's coming next!

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Mark and Gaz  – (July 6, 2018 at 5:33 AM)  

Glad it’s doing well. Will that not be hardy enough in your area?

Lisa  – (July 6, 2018 at 7:24 AM)  

Beautiful plant!

And hey, I think this might post!

Renee  – (July 6, 2018 at 8:43 AM)  

I love those leaves! Have the deer continued to ignore it now that it's further from the house?

danger garden  – (July 6, 2018 at 10:34 AM)  

I'm wondering the same as Mark and Gaze, this is not hardy for you in the ground?

Alan  – (July 6, 2018 at 12:21 PM)  

I have no idea which species/variety this is, so don't know how hardy it is. We get single digits F most years, and sometimes below 0 F -- which I'm sure would kill it to the ground. Maybe I'll try to root a cutting and experiment?

Alan  – (July 6, 2018 at 12:21 PM)  

And yes Renee -- deer have not touched it.

Hoover Boo  – (July 6, 2018 at 2:59 PM)  

If it is a cutting grown then yes, fruit. A seedling might yield a male tree (they are dioecious) with no fruit.

Fig trees are often successfully grown in large pots here, so you could get some yummy fruit. They like heat. Every bird and rodent within miles will go for the fruit, so be prepared to net and screen off.

Rock rose  – (July 9, 2018 at 7:35 AM)  

Whether or not it makes fruit is it still a great plant for foliage. I am always envious when gardeners start sharing their photos of their figs. I did grow one in the ground for a short time, as an espalier, but it began to take over and we were worried it might undermine the house. Maybe I should go for pot culture too.

outlawgardener  – (July 9, 2018 at 9:57 AM)  

Fruit or not, fig foliage is a favorite! Yours is looking very happy.

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