I’m new at growing fig trees in Virginia. One of my goals this year is to increase the variety of fruit our little hobby farm produces. To that end, I’ve added two thornless raspberry bushes, one blueberry bush, and now – fig trees!
Meet “Chicago Hardy” fig. It is supposed to be hard to zone 7. My area is a 6b, so close to 7, and some books list it as hardy to zone 6, so it’s borderline hardy without protection.
Right now, I’ve planted the little seedlings into pots. My husband and I have a little contest going. He took one of the trees to try to grow in his office and I have one in my office. We are going to baby them and see who can grow the best little tree.
Then, we will transplant them into larger containers or into the orchard and, fingers crossed, with lots of caging around them to protect against the deer roaming the farm.
Here’s to fresh figs in our future…maybe our far future, but, with luck, love and God’s providence, figs! Yum!