UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

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How to grow: UC Backyard Orchard, Fig

Pest management: Figs

Summary from Sonoma County: Figs, Figs, & More Figs

The Basics

When to plant: Early spring, while still dormant

Harvest window: Many will yield fruit during two windows: May–June, then again August–October, depending on variety

Fertilization: If needed, a light application of nitrogen in early spring, while tree is still dormant, is recommended

Annual care overview:

  • Prune carefully in early years, to ensure strong support for these relatively vigorous trees. As the tree ages, avoid heavy winter pruning to ensure fruit production on previous year's wood.
  • Remove suckers throughout the growing season
  • Monitor and control for gophers, which are especially fond of fig roots

Some Recommended Varieties for Santa Clara County*

Black Mission, Bourgesotte Noire, Grosse Montreuse, Jurupa & Osborn Prolific, Panachee & White Adriatic

* Many other varieties may also do well here in Santa Clara County. This list is based on UC Master Gardener trials, taste tests, and feedback from local growers.

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