Ficus 'Chicago Hardy' - fig tree Description
- The hardiest fig – grows even in zone 5
- May die back to the ground in cold areas but regrows from the roots
- Sweet purple-brown figs ripen in early-mid autumn each year
- Distinctive foliage with a pleasant fragrance
- Site in full sun and a protected location for best results in cold climates
Special Features: edible, hardy, unusual, deer resistant
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- Botanical name: Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
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- Sun exposure:
Full sun (min. 6 hrs/day).
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- Soil type:
Requires alkaline soil with good drainage.
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- Height x width:
10-20 ft x 12-22 ft/li>
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Best in a vegetable garden.
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Soil: Does best in neutral to slightly alkaline soils (pH 7.0 or higher). Moist but well-drained soils are best. Can tolerate some dryness once established.
Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day). We highly recommend planting in a warm, protected spot in cold climates where the plants will be sheltered from blasts of cold air. Against a south-facing brick wall is ideal.
Space: Plant 10-20 ft
Fertilizing: High fertility is recommended for best crop, especially in cold climates. Apply a granular garden or rose fertilizer in early spring, then again in late spring and in early summer. Tomato fertilizer is a good alternative.
Winterizing & Maintenance: Mulch at least 3" deep in cold climates. May die back to the ground in cold areas but will regrow from the roots. A long, warm season will produce the best fruit; harvest before a frost hits if necessary.
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