Our favorite hardy fig! Most cold hardy fig generally available. Excellent quality, medium-large, velvety soft, dark purple figs have very sweet, rich, thick strawberry pink pulp and very thin edible skin. Just delicious! Fast growing and very, very productive! We've been growing Chicago Hardy successfully outdoors in KY since the early 2000s and it also thrives in our unheated high tunnel trial.
Discovered in Chicago, Illinois by Fred Borne, growing in an urban location in the 1970s. Very cold hardy. When left unprotected in colder winter areas (zones 5 and 6), this fig will sometimes die back to the ground, only to sprout back from the roots in spring and be loaded with figs that ripen in late summer! Unlike most other figs it does not need 1-Year old or older growth to fruit. This is very rare and useful for people wanting to grow figs in KY, IN, IL, OH, NY, etc. In warmer areas such as MS, GA, LA, (or in colder areas under protection in the winter), it thrives and does exceptionally well, even in the extreme humidity and heat of the Gulf. One Gulf Mississippi grower told us it's one of his best figs of all (Carriere, MS). Without winter protection in zones 6-7 it usually will die back to the ground, or very close to the ground.
Chicago Hardy figs are medium-small, prolific, and have excellent, rich, sweet flavor. Leaves are smaller, more squarish and not deeply lobed. This fig is an excellent starter fig or addition to any urban landscape, edible landscaping. permaculture, orchard or fig collection. Disease resistant. Mt. Etna type cold hardy fig. Highly recommended!
PLEASE NOTE: If it is Autumn when you place your order then the plants leaves will be turning yellow and dropping. Your figs may thus be dormant and leafless upon arrival, or may have a few leaves still but they will be ready to drop soon.
Site requirements: Full sun location. Figs will grow in a range of soil types provided the planting location is well drained. Protected yet sunny locations, such as on the South, East or West side of a building is ideal.
Size at maturity: 8-15′, depending on location, climate and care.
Pollination: This fig requires no pollination in order to set fruit.
Resistant to: Figs are known for remarkable disease and insect resistance. Chicago Hardy is resistant to cold, mold, rotting, splitting after rain and fig rust (fungal disease of leaves). Ants can get interested in figs and heavy rains can make the current figs rot, so keep well-picked. Figs continue to put on new fruit constantly until frost.
Hardiness: USDA zones 8-10. Winter protection in zone 6-7 recommended.
Plant size: 1-2 ft in 9 inch deep nursery tree pot.
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