Chicago Hardy Fig Tree
Chicago Hardy Fig is one of the most prolific figs to grow in cold areas of the northern U.S.. The fall fruits are born on the new canes that grow during the summer, a plant with four new stem growths can produce up to 150 purplish brown figs. The figs are of excellent flavor. Often referred to as a Mt. Etna type fig, Chicago Hardy has become one of the most reliable varieties for cold climate growers.
One of the easiest fruits to grow, and a true gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their tender, shipping them long distances is virtually impossible. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them (most of the time)!
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Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: Figs do well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fruitful.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-12 ft. in height, smaller with pruning.
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fig.
Ripening Time: July and September.
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. Cover plants with netting if birds are a problem.
USDA Zone: 6-10