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Common Fig Ficus carica 100 Seeds USA Company

Common Fig Ficus carica 100 Seeds USA Company

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The common fig (Ficus carica) is a widely cultivated species known for its delicious and nutritious fruit. Here are some key points about the common fig:

Description: The common fig tree is a deciduous tree or large shrub, usually ranging from 3 to 10 meters (10 to 33 feet) in height. It has large, lobed leaves with a rough texture on the upper surface and a soft, hairy texture on the underside.

Fruit: The fruit of the common fig is botanically an inverted flower, with tiny flowers lining the interior of a fleshy receptacle, which we commonly refer to as the fig fruit. Figs vary in color from green to purple, depending on the variety, and they have a sweet, honey-like flavor when ripe.

Cultivation: Fig trees are relatively easy to grow and can thrive in various climates, including Mediterranean, subtropical, and temperate regions. They prefer well-draining soil and plenty of sunlight. Fig trees are often grown from cuttings or purchased as young trees from nurseries.

Propagation: Fig trees can be propagated through cuttings, which are taken from mature branches during the dormant season. These cuttings can be rooted in soil or water and then transplanted once they develop roots.

Care: Fig trees require minimal maintenance once established. Regular watering is important, especially during dry periods and when the fruits are developing. Pruning can help maintain the shape of the tree and improve air circulation, reducing the risk of diseases.

Harvesting: Figs are typically harvested when they are fully ripe, as they do not ripen well once picked. Ripe figs are soft to the touch and may droop slightly on the tree. They should be picked carefully to avoid bruising.

Uses: Figs can be enjoyed fresh, dried, or used in cooking and baking. They are often eaten on their own as a healthy snack, added to salads, or used in desserts, jams, and preserves. Hardy in zones 8-10.

 

Growing Instructions for the Common Fig

 

  1. Soak the seeds in lukewarm water for 1-2 days. 2. The seeds should be germinated in a tray filled with moist granular bonsai mix, small lava grit or vermiculite, rather than regular compost or potting soil. 3. The seeds need a warm, humid climate to germinate. In less humid regions, put a plastic cover or bag over the tray and put the tray in a warm area that receives indirect sunlight. As long as condensation appears on the inside surface of the bag or lid, the seeds don't need to be watered. Germination can take up to 8 weeks. 4. The seedlings can be transplanted when they are 4-5 inches tall. Ficus seedlings can be planted into regular potting soil and should be watered well for the first two weeks after transplanting. Ficus seedlings also perform better when kept in indirect sunlight for the first month before being moved to a location with direct sunlight.

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