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How to Grow Figs

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Fig trees are easy to grow in the ground in hardiness zones 6 and above; in colder climates they appreciate containers that may be sheltered in the garage over the winter. The plants have a shallow root system, are drought resistant and the fruit is well loved by birds and squirrels
  • Figs may be purchased at a local nursery to transplant in your garden or propagated from an 8- to 10-inch wood cutting grown in a container for the first year. Figs enjoy full sun and appreciate being sheltered from the weather; planting on the south or southwest side of your home is best
  • Figs do not continue to ripen after being picked and have a short shelf life; they may be stored up to 24 months in an airtight container after drying in the oven or dehydrator. While there are 700 varieties of figs, many require complex pollination to produce fruit
  • The common fig bears fruit without fertilization and is well-loved by home gardeners. The fruit and leaves have health benefits, including neuroprotection and blood sugar regulation; they are versatile and may be roasted, cooked, baked, added to a roast or salad or made into chutney

Something about figs feels rich and decadent. The fruit has deep colors, a distinctive shape and a gentle scent. Throughout history the fig tree has become a symbol of peace and prosperity. The fig is from the genus Ficus and the mulberry family (Moraceae).


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