Fig Main Crop Ripening Time Examples

Fig trees may produce 1 or 2 crops per year: a breba crop, of figs growing from dormant buds that did not fruit the previous season, and/or a main crop, of figs growing from the buds on new limb growth. Below are select fig varieties that can produce top quality main crop figs.

Once a fig tree begins to ripen figs each season, it will continue to ripen figs for 2 or 3 weeks or 2 or 3 months depending upon the cultivar and growing conditions. The cultivars shown below usually begin to ripen their figs in the order listed.

The first 8 varieties below are among the earliest ripening of each of 8 basic fig flavor, pulp and skin color modes.

The fig trees are grown in bark mulch and a small amount of peat moss or compost, with some lime and fertilizer, in 5 to 7 gallon pots (with root escape into ground) and stored in garage in winter where the temperature remains at least slightly above freezing. The growing zone is 6b, West Virginia. The dates under the varietal names note the days of the photos, not a ripening span, but give a general idea of ripening times, beginning with early ripening cultivars and continuing to later ones. 

Ronde de Bordeaux
August 5th, 6th, 11th & 15th, 2016:

Improved Celeste
August 5th & 15th, 2016:

Mt Etna
August 18th & September 1st, 10th, 2016:

Brooklyn White
August 17th, 26th & September 6th, 2016:

LSU Tiger
August 22nd, 31st & September 2nd, 2016:


August 17th, 19th, 22nd, 2016:

Longue d’Aout / Nordland
August 13th, 16th, 30th & September 2nd, 7th, 23rd, 2016:

LSU Purple
August 24th, 2015 & August 22nd & September 8th, 2016


August 31st & September 9th, 2016:

Violette de Bordeaux
August 25th, 2015 & August 31st & September 9th, 14th, 2016:

Long Yellow

August 26 & September 7th, 8th, 2016:

Violet Sepor
September 6th, 2016:

Mary Lane
September 10th & 11th, 2016:

September 9th, 11th, 18th, 2016:

Black Madeira / Figo Preto
September 27th, 2016: