Who gives a fig? How much is a fig worth? A fig question?

One dollar, one question about figs, one answer. With a question included, Paypal $1 to mountainfigs at gmail dot com. I will answer your question publicly on this page. If I feel I can’t give a good answer to your question, I will refund your dollar or offer the opportunity to pose another question. Bad questions will be refunded on the spot. (Bad questions are questions I choose not to answer and bear no relation to the actual quality of the question. There may be no bad questions.) Questions previously asked will be accepted if I think I can add something new to my previous answer; or, if I’ve forgotten I gave a previous answer! If you’ve bought my fig cuttings or plants or if we’ve traded, of course feel free to continue communicating with me about figs outside this dollar forum.

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Now, who gives a fig?


Q: Best in-ground fig for growing zones 5 through 7?
A: This answer is easy: any Mt Etna fig, aka Hardy Chicago, Black Marseilles, Dark Portuguese, Gino’s Black, Takoma Violet, Maryland Berry, etc. These are either all synonyms or very closely related strains of the same fig, and by far the best for in-ground growing in short seasons. I can’t say that there is a close second-best fig for in-ground short season growing but you can take a look at a brief fig ripening order list and take your chances!