Fig, Desert King


Full sun, Zone 7  *Not hardy in Alberta – must be grown inside!*

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Full sun, Zone 7 

*Not hardy in Alberta – must be grown inside!*

Ficus carica ‘Desert King’

Pot size: #1, #2

Unlike most of our other figs, Desert King has a green skin – not purple – so don’t be fooled by it outwards appearance when determining ripeness! This fig is one of our more-recent additions, but so far we’ve been blown away by its succulent red flesh and depth of flavour. It’s also one of our earliest figs to ripen, and makes for excellent fresh eating. Self-pollinating.

The basic requirements of a productive container-grown fig tree are as follows:

  • a container with drainage (at minimum a 5 gallon container – we prefer to use 22″ Patio Planters)
  • a mixed blend of topsoil, potting soil, and compost
  • a location that receives more than 6 hours of direct sunlight a day (more is better) from May through September
  • a warm temperature from June through September (can be outside or inside, recommended  18 degrees Celsius or warmer, on average
  • an indoor space to overwinter in dormancy (we recommend a temperature between 0-10 degrees Celsius to ensure dormancy)