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Desert King Fig

Ficus carica ‘Desert King’

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Desert King Fig

Ficus carica ‘Desert King’

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Ficus carica ‘Desert King’

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The Desert King Fig is the best variety available for areas with cooler, damp summers, exactly where most figs don’t fruit well. It carries a reliable ‘breba’ crop in mid-summer, and a possible main crop in early fall, depending on where you live. The figs are medium-sized to large, with green skin that turns yellow when ripe, and with deep red internal flesh. The flavor is rich and sweet, tasting of strawberries and honey. Nothing beats a home-grown fig, fully ripened on the tree, for flavor, sweetness and juiciness.

  • Gives a good crop even in areas with damp, cool springs and summers
  • Green-skinned fruit turning yellow, with dark red flesh inside
  • Produces a reliable heavy crop around mid-summer
  • Hardy and cropping well even in zone 6
  • Can also produce a second fall crop in some regions

Plant your Desert King Fig tree in full sun, and allow enough room for its final size. It is hardy in zone 6, cropping well. Grow it in any well-drained soils, including drier, sandy or stony soils, which produce the largest crops. Remove the growing tips from long stems that haven’t branched out, to encourage lateral stems, which give a larger crop. Normally untroubled by pests or diseases.

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