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A Guide to Growing Figs | Southeast Regional Report

Get started now to enjoy this sweet fruit perfect for Southeastern gardens

'White Marseilles' figs. Photo: Paula Gross

We live in the perfect climate for growing an ancient agricultural crop pictured on pyramids and mentioned in Greek texts, the Bible, and the Quran. So if you’re not already, ask yourself, “Why am I not growing figs?”

I asked myself this question after years of admiring proud old farmhouse specimens. Somehow I had adopted the belief that they weren’t quite hardy and that I didn’t have the space for such rural abundance. Luckily, an urban gardener with not one but two espaliered cultivars dispelled those myths, and now I wouldn’t want to be without the big bold leaves and sweet summer fruit of my ‘Brown Turkey’ fig (Ficus carica ‘Brown Turkey’, Zones 6–9).

Growing and caring for figs

Figs (Ficus carica cvs., Zones 6-9)  are one of the easiest fruits to grow in Zones 7–9, so it’s not surprising that they’ve been a part of Southern home…

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