F1.2 ABOUT FIGS
Many Fig varieties have more than one common name, and often by mistake, the same name has been tagged to different varieties. When modern Fig pioneer Ira Condit published his “Fig Varieties: A Monograph” in 1955, he was able to identify at least 657 different cultivars or varieties after all common names had been accounted for. Sadly, in the Nursery trade there are often mislabeled varieties and many mislabeled Figs are sold locally without the knowledge of the Retail Nursery.
Edible Figs have been grown in the Pacific Northwest since the late 1800’s and range as far north as the middle costal regions of British Columbia. They grow quite well in many of our coastal cities including Seattle, Tacoma, and Vancouver B.C. In inland areas like Lynden, Monroe, Roy, and Chehalis, the microclimate dictates that few if any varieties will produce on a regular basis if they can even survive. Always remember to grow varieties suited to your local microclimate!
One way to gain additional heat at the root system and accelerate ripening is to plant Figs in a raised bed with a retaining wall on the south side. The two Figs in this raised bed will ripen their crop earlier than if they had been planted at ground level.