Figs: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

Fig blog post
These easy to grow trees are a great addition to your warmer climate garden (typically zones 8+, but some varieties can survive zones 6+). If you live in a cooler climate, fig trees also maintain well in containers for an indoor/outdoor tree! This blog post talks about how you can grow your own figs with our free From Seed to Spoon Mobile App.

How to Grow:

It is best to plant fruit trees after your last spring frost. You can also plant 8 weeks before your first fall frost. You can see specific dates for your location using our FREE iOS, Android, and Universal Web App.

Dig a hole that is a few inches bigger than your pot the fig tree has come in. If planting outdoors, space fig trees 20 feet apart in full sun. Take care to notice what plants are around the area as well, see the companion plant section below. Water your fig tree regularly. Make sure soil drains well.

Companion Plants:

Companion planting is a vital part of organic gardening. Companion plants assist in the growth of others by attracting beneficial insects, repelling pests, or providing nutrients, shade, or support. There are also plants that do not like being next to each other. Some plants get too tall and can provide too much shade for your plant. Sometimes certain plants attract the same pests, so it is important to try and separate these. Herbs are especially great companion plants because they help to repel pests from your other plants!

Beans (Pole)Nasturtiums 
LavenderSummer Savory 

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Pests can be one of the most difficult challenges you face in the garden. We strive to grow food without the use of pesticide and luckily there are natural solutions for most of these nasty pests! The pests listed below are common pests for figs:

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Figs will begin to produce within 2-6 years of planting. Figs will be ready to harvest when they are fully colored and slightly soft. Simply pick figs by pulling gently from the tr

Cooking & Eating!

Figs can be eaten straight from the tree or used in baking recipes! They can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple days only. Preserve easily by freezing or drying.


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3 thoughts on “Figs: How to Grow and When to Plant in Your Backyard or Patio Garden!

  1. Figs in Oklahoma? I suppose that if they grow in Eastern Oregon and Illinois, they can grow there. I took cuttings (which were actually rooted root suckers) from about fourteen cultivars of figs, and put them onto a vacant parcel as stock plants. It is too shady under the redwoods for them to develop fruit, but they are happy to make plenty of cuttings. Almost half are important cultivars that I grew up with in the Santa Clara Valley.

  2. Informative. I like to learn as much as I can to get started planting trees, put plants, etc. Thank you

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