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Ficus Carica 'Black Genoa' (Fig)

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Plant description

ficus carica fig black genoa

The fig is a deciduous large shrub to small tree, that is grown for its edible, tasty fruit. 'Black Genoa' has a large sized fruit with purple skin and red flesh, with a rich sweet flavour. It bears mostly in summer, with a small first crop possible in spring on the previous years shoot growth. It is deservedly popular for the home gardener, as well as for commercial growers, as it produces prolific crops. This variety is good for jam making. It has an open, spreading growth habit.

Figs are fast growing, frost tolerant and self fertile. They like a light to medium, well drained soil. They prefer a warm, dry climate, but need regular watering when the fruit is developing. Fertilising is best done in winter with a good citrus or general purpose fertiliser. The plant can be pruned to size if needed, though they naturally develop a nice shape with no pruning. Pruning will invigorate the plant and encourage fruiting, as fruit is borne on new wood. The milky sap is an irritant, so protection will be needed.

The fig fruit is what is known as an infructescence, and the flowers and seed develop inside the fruit structure.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: not specified
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 6 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: not specified
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
High frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Not specified.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: well-drained.

Clay: not specified.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6-6.5

Diseases

Anthracnose

Pests

Fruit fly, nematodes, mites, possums, birds

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: Winter.

Types of fertiliser: Good general purpose or citrus fertiliser, applied in winter.

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