Delicious and super easy to grow, figs are a must for suburban gardens in the Illawarra.
We’ve planted four different cultivars of figs: white genoa, white adriatic, excel and prolific.
Fresh figs retail at around a dollar each in the shops. With a fig tree costing about $30, they can easily pay for themselves within just one season of fruiting. Fig trees grow so fast that two years after planting in the ground you can be harvesting figs before you know it. They’re also one of the easiest fruit trees to propagate, so if you know of someone who has a nice fig tree, ask them if you can nip off a branch and create a fig tree for free!
Fig trees are deciduous, meaning they lose their leaves in the winter, and sprout gorgeous new growth in the spring.
Birds, bats and many native animals love figs just as much as humans do! Our approach is to share a bit with our local wildlife, but make sure we get our share too by tying a paper or cloth bag over individual figs as they start to swell and look like they are just a few days off ripening.
We’re lucky to have gorgeous endangered grey heading flying foxes in the Illawarra, and they’re really vulnerable to getting stuck in nets put over fruit trees like figs. If you do net your fruit trees, be sure to have the net stretched tightly over a frame and secured to the ground to prevent wildlife becoming tangled.
If you'd like some more info about growing figs, heck out our fig fruit tree profile.