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Fig 'Violette de Bordeaux' (Ficus carica)

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The signature makings of the common fig meet purple-prose embellishments in the Violette de Bordeaux Fig (Ficus carica, Beer's Black, Negronne Fig). The Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree grows shallow, fibrous roots that can grow wide in diameter if space allows. This small deciduous fruit tree produces edible figs with a big flavor. 

People like growing fig trees because they are generally foolproof in the event of total disaster. They can be destroyed from a bitter frost, heat damage, or overzealous pruning, but will bounce back better than before. Growing fig trees in containers is doable, provided the roots have enough room and soil to expand. Fig tree care requires deep watering, and soil that has plenty of drainage and nutrients. This tree needs plenty of warmth and sunlight during the growing season, and a controlled climate once temperatures drop for the winter. Unlike some fig tree types, Violette de Bordeaux Fig is adapted to tolerate more warmth than usual. Some think that additional exposure to warmth makes for the best fruits. In exchange for good care, you can enjoy a fig’s lobey-leafy company for years to come — Some varieties live as long as 200 years. 

Violette de Bordeaux Fig may fruit once or twice per year in the spring, and again in the fall. The fall harvest after a long hot summer usually produces better fruit.  The extravagant purple fruits of Violette de Bordeaux burst with a deep saturated red color and rich, cinnamon-like flavor. The fruit can be eaten off the tree, dried, or preserved. They are a great source of calcium, iron, copper, potassium, and vitamin A.  

How to Grow Figs

Plant Type: Deciduous Fruit Tree

Harvest Season: Summer - Fall 

Mature Size: 6 ft. tall and wide

Soil & Moisture: Rich, moist, well-draining. Reduce watering during winter dormancy.

Light Requirements: Full Sun, Light Shade

Self-Fertile: Yes

Zone Hardiness: Outdoors 7+, Patio/Greenhouse 4+