Hardy Fig 'Desert King' is one of Wendy's Faves this season...this is what she has to say:
I love figs! I prefer to call this one ‘Dessert Fig’ because desert sounds hard to grow and in actual fact this one grows well in zone 5 and up! The first crop forming on old wood, called the breba crop, is abundant. The figs turn from light green to yellow at complete maturity with sweet fruit that simply melts in your mouth. At the end of the season, in early September, if you have fruit that looks like it will not ripen in time, you can perform the 150-year-old trick called, ‘oiling the fig’. Simply dip a toothpick in vegetable oil and stick it into the eye at the fat end of the fig and remove. The fig will ripen within 7 days. It works…I tried it!
Now northern gardeners can enjoy growing delicious figs. ‘Desert King’, or as we like to call it: Dessert King, is a cold-hardy Fig that produces an early crop of sweet fruit. It's also self-pollinating and is one of the most productive fig trees available - each branch can bear up to 6-8 fruits.
A fun and tropical-ish addition to your landscape...with benefits: fresh figs. 'Desert King's' fruit is described as "melt in your mouth friuty and sweet like honey"! Figs usually form as the nights begin to cool in September, then are ripe usually from late September through October each year. The plant will die back to ground level in the colder climates, which is normal. In the Spring the plant will grow back and produce fruit again. You can protect them with a layer of leaves held in place around the base of the plant.
Find our more about Hardy Fig 'Desert King' by watching Episode 126 of the Botanus Garden Club.