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A closeup of the lime green (unripe) and purplish (ripe) fruits of the Chicago Hardy Fig
A single five pointed, dark green leaf of the Chicago Hardy Fig on a white background
A closeup of the lime green (unripe) and purplish (ripe) fruits of the Chicago Hardy Fig
A single five pointed, dark green leaf of the Chicago Hardy Fig on a white background

SWEET AND JUICY HONEY LIKE FRUIT WITH BEAUTIFUL FOLIAGE

FEATURES:

  • Purple to black skinned fruit with a strawberry pink flesh ripen in late summer through fall
  • Dark green, funky-shaped leaves turn a bright yellow in fall
  • Self-pollinating variety; only one is needed to produce fruit
  • Chicago Hardy has proven to be one of the cold hardiest varieties available
  • In warmer climates, you can expect two harvests: one in early summer and one in fall
  • Excellent in patio containers
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from our Grower

    Growth Facts

    • Hardiness Zone: 6-10
    • Mature Height: 10-15' tall
    • Mature Width: 9-12' wide
    • Exposure: Full Sun
    • Spacing: 10-15' apart

    Chicago Hardy Fig

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    Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

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    SWEET AND JUICY HONEY LIKE FRUIT WITH BEAUTIFUL FOLIAGE

    FEATURES:

    • Purple to black skinned fruit with a strawberry pink flesh ripen in late summer through fall
    • Dark green, funky-shaped leaves turn a bright yellow in fall
    • Self-pollinating variety; only one is needed to produce fruit
    • Chicago Hardy has proven to be one of the cold hardiest varieties available
    • In warmer climates, you can expect two harvests: one in early summer and one in fall
    • Excellent in patio containers
    • Hand Selected, Fresh from our Grower

      Growth Facts

      • Hardiness Zone: 6-10
      • Mature Height: 10-15' tall
      • Mature Width: 9-12' wide
      • Exposure: Full Sun
      • Spacing: 10-15' apart

      Why plant Chicago Hardy Fig?

      Sweet, juicy figs. They’re so soft and perishable, you almost never see them at the grocery store. You pretty much have to grow your own tree to be able to have your fill of these decadent morsels. But don’t Fig Trees only grow in warm climates? Not anymore! With the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree, even if you live in the North, you can know the pleasure of having delectable sun-ripened figs right outside your door. Let them mature to perfection, and they’ll develop a mouth-watering honey-sweetness. With fiber and a nice assortment of vitamins and minerals in every bite, this is all-natural snacking you can feel good about, too!

      Native to the Middle East, western Asia, and southern Europe, Fig Trees have a long history in western civilization. According to archaeological remains found in the Middle East, figs were most likely our first agricultural crop, farmed even before wheat and barley. There is some controversy over the true origins of the Chicago Hardy Fig, but the most popular story attributes its introduction to a grower named Fred Born. Around 1984, Born was asked to do a magazine article on overwintering Fig Trees, and a reporter tipped him off to a large Fig Tree growing on Chicago’s South Side. Born visited the tree, got permission from the owner to take a couple of cuttings, and the rest, as they say, is history.

      How to use Chicago Hardy Fig in the landscape?

      Your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree will turn you into a fig fanatic. There are so many delicious ways to enjoy figs! You can add them to bars and smoothies, make elegant tarts with them, punch up salads with them, even throw them on a pizza. Figs make classy hors d’oeuvres when stuffed with blue cheese, honey, and walnuts, and fig jam is a wonderful way to relive fig season when there are no more fresh fruits to satisfy your craving.

      Planting Zones

      Hardiness Zone: 6-10

      How To Plant Chicago Hardy Fig

      Grow your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree in full sun. A site in front of a south-facing wall will provide additional warmth in northern climates, giving you more fruit. Well-drained soil is a must, and your tree will be relatively drought tolerant once it is established. In very cold climates, you may choose to wrap your tree in the winter with fiberglass insulation or build a chicken wire cage around it, filling it with mulch or dry leaves. Figs also grow happily in pots and can spend the winter in an unheated garage. They do require a cold period in dormancy, so don’t put it in a heated room or greenhouse.

      How To Water

      Fig Trees will appreciate watering deeply, and regularly during its first few years in the ground. Irrigate weekly, and especially during long dry spells or extreme heat after it’s established.

      How To Fertilize

      Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

      How To Prune

      If needed, pruning on your Fig should be done during winter, when it is dormant.

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      Size Small, Medium, and Large plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 7-12 business days.


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