Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!
Figs are incredibly healthy; they are free of fat and cholesterol. They have the highest content of minerals and have more fiber than any other fruit. This hardy shrub produces dark-colored, small-to-medium edible fruit that has skin in tones ranging from light brown to violet and has a sweet, rich flavor. The fruit inside is the color of a strawberry. The medium-sized fruit ripens to a delicious sweetness in late summer and early fall. The succulent fruits can be enjoyed fresh or dried. They are high-yielding and easy to grow. The ‘Chicago’ hardy fig prefers full or part sun, can freeze to the ground and come back to produce a crop in the same year.
Now northern gardeners can enjoy growing delicious figs at home. 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. ‘Chicago’ Hardy Fig plants have striking, vibrant leaves that have a similar shape to oak leaves, only much larger. Self-pollinating. Spacing: 3-6′. Chicago Hardy’s fruit will be sweet and ready to eat by late summer or early fall.
Fresh figs in the North, grown in your own apartment, by late summer! Is it possible? We also recommend it for container gardening, making it a great choice for apartment dwellers. While it thrives outdoors, this fig tree will even succeed potted if brought inside during the colder season.
It is similar to the brown turkey fig and is hardy to at least USDA climate zone 5, where winter temperatures can drop to below zero degrees F. The ‘Chicago’ hardy fig is a hybrid variety that has been developed in recent years. This variety can die back to the ground in winter and should be protected with mulch.