Recommended with Colonel Littman’s Black Cross Fig Tree
- Product Description
- Planting & Care
- Shipping Info
We got the cuttings for this very tasty black fig from Colonel Littmanâ€™s tree in Gainesville, Florida. Colonel Littman originally got his starts from Mr. Cross in Tallahassee Florida, so Colonel Littman called the fig â€œBlack Cross.â€
We donâ€™t know its true origins but we do know itâ€™s not a Mission, Black Jack, Petite Negri or Violette de Bordeaux as this figâ€™s skin is a different color. Fruit ripens July-August.
|Grafted||No, on its own root system|
|Growing Zone||8B, 9A, 9B, 10A, 10B|
|Mature Height||12-15 FT|
|Mature Width||8-10 FT|
|Sunlight||Part to Full|
Fruitscaping with Fig Trees
Figs are one of the easiest, most problem-free fruits you can grow. Theyâ€™re a great choice for organic gardeners as the few problems they do encounter can always be overcome without the use of harsh chemicals.
Figs come in a wide array of flavors, textures and ripening seasons. Some have thin skins with delicate, juicy centers reminiscent of maple syrup. These are perfect for eating fresh from the tree. Whilst others have a natural rich, sweet texture that lends itself well to drying or for making preserves.
Small by nature, the fig tree is ideal for use in the shrubbery border. Their distinctive leaves make an excellent accent or specimen tree. Try mingling the broad, deeply lobed leaves of the fig with the willowy pomegranate and fine- textured, misty blue tones of the blueberry. Tie it all together with a lush ground cover of strawberries for a never-ending cycle of flowers, fruit and fall color. The smooth, limber trunk of the young fig is perfect for training into espalier or twisting into odd specimen trees. Lay the trunk flat against the ground and the new vertical shoots make an instant hedge. Small-space gardeners take note. The root restraint of container growing brings extra-bountiful crops from the fig.
- Starter Fertilizer:Â Â Plant with Espoma Organic Bio-toneÂ® Starter Plus.Â This will increase root mass and help avoid transplant loss in difficult planting conditions.
- Fertilizer to Maintain:Â Â Our varieties of Fig Trees work great with Espoma Organic Citrus-tone Fertilizer.
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Fig Eyes:Â Figs canâ€™t see, but they do have eyes. At the bottom of the fruit is an opening known as the eye. Water or insects can pass through this opening and cause fruit rot. Varieties with a long neck or peduncle allow the fruit to droop, preventing moisture or pests from entering the eye. While we would love to sell only closed eye figs, there are so many great varieties out there that we give the â€œeyeâ€ information when available.
Birds: If birds are a problem in your area, select the light-skinned fig varieties. Birds have a built-in notion that ripe figs are supposed to be dark. They think the yellow-skinned fruits arenâ€™t ripe yet and leave them alone.
Weâ€™re so sorryâ€¦Â but due to agricultural restrictions we cannot ship any plants outside of the United States, or to the states ofÂ California, Hawaii and Alaska. Also,Â citrus trees cannot be shipped outside of the state of Florida.
Unpacking Your Plants Guide: Prior to receiving our plants, please click this link to read our Unpacking Your Plants GuideÂ to get to know the steps to keeping your plant healthy after receiving it.
We do NOT ship bare root: Â Our trees are shipped in the same exact containers they are grown in, for the most healthy transition. The plants are watered well before they are packed and wrapped in a shipping bag to ensure they stay moist during transit.Â It’s as if you came and picked them up right from our nursery yourself!
Why do we not offer free shipping? At Just Fruits, we price all of our plants online exactly as we do in the nursery. Therefore, the shipping cost is simply what it costs for us to get your order from the nursery to you. Many competitors may increase the plants’ prices in order to hide shipping costs… we do not do that. We want our customers to see exactly what the plant costs are, separate from what the shipping costs are. That way if you decided to come visit the nursery to pick up your plants instead, you would know how much you save in shipping.
Weather Watching:Â Â We now ship all year round! However, we do watch for extreme weather. If there is extremely cold or hot weather expected around your shipment date and on your path of shipment, we will contact you and notify you that we plan to hold the shipment for the next possible shipping date with better conditions. If you ask us to still ship it, through the conditions, we will not be responsible for any damage caused to the plant & UPS will not refund any claims. We love our plants, and do not want to see them die, so we would rather wait until itâ€™s the right time to ship it, than risk losing a plant in transit.