Fig trees may produce 1 or 2 crops: 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. Some cultivars rarely produce breba crops, and other cultivars produce inferior tasting breba crops. Below are select fig varieties that can produce top quality breba figs: Marseilles, Violette de Bordeaux, Desert King, Kadota, Grantham’s Royal. Palermo Red produces decent quality breba fruit. A breba crop will usually be of limited quantity, unless the tree is of considerable age.
The trees of the fruit photoed below are grown in bark mulch and a small amount of peat moss or compost, with some lime and fertilizer, in pots and stored in garage in winter where the temperature remains at least slightly above freezing. The growing zone is 6b, West Virginia. The cultivars shown usually ripen their figs in July in the order listed. The dates below note the days of the photos, not a ripening span.
June 4th & 5th, 2016 (early start indoors):
Violette de Bordeaux: Nero 600m
July 4th & 6th, 2016:
June 26th & July 9, 2016:
July 4th & 7th:
July 16th, 2016:
July 18th & 21st, 2016: