Grantham’s Royal Fig Tree
A fantastic and relatively new fig for the Pacific Northwest! Grantham’s Royal is a San Pedro fig just like the famed Desert King so it creates a large breba crop but requires the fig wasp’s pollination in order to produce a second crop. Breba crops are just as huge and early as Desert King and the flavor is excellent with berry and peach notes. A great choice for any growers in cool climates that require early crops, but your climate must be mild enough to overwinter its breba crop on the previous season’s growth, usually Zone 7 and up.
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.
Hardiness: Hardy to between 0° & 5° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 8-15 ft in height, smaller with pruning.
Taste: Berry and peach notes
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fig.
Ripening Time: Late July – early October
Yield: 10-15 lbs. or more per plant
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not bothered by pests in our region. Cover plants with netting if birds are a problem.
Fig Mosaic Virus is a benign virus that exists in all cultivated fig trees. Yellow spotting of the leaves is a cosmetic symptom that shows more in container culture, but is quickly outgrown once trees are planted in the ground. The presence of FMV in all cultivated figs has become widely accepted, as even the national germplasm repository for figs maintained by the USDA has Fig Mosaic Virus. If the presence of FMV is a concern, then purchasing fig trees may not be the best option for you.
USDA Zone: 7