One of the most well known figs in cultivation (since 1769). It is known for its blackish-purple skin with a strawberry coloured centre. ‘Black Mission’ Fig has a wonderful flavour that is very distinct. These delicious, high sugar figs are superb either fresh or dried. Also good for canning. ‘Black Mission’ produces a heavy first crop (breba) in early summer and then its main crop in Fall. This fig is a very vigorous grower.
Zone 7 – 11
Height – 4 – 10ft
Sunlight – Full, Partial Sun.
Growth rate – Moderate.
Drought Tolerance – Good with established plants.
Harvest time – dependent on variety.
Years to Bear Fruit – 1st Year! Hint: Never pick your figs green, and always let them ripen fully on the tree before picking for the sweetest and richest flavour.
Evergreen or Deciduous – Deciduous
Chill Hours – 100. Start hours after leaves have senesced and fallen off. Dormant, deciduous types do not require light while dormant, and they must be kept cool (under 10’c-50’f) to keep from sprouting (growing). An unlit, ventilated garage that does not ‘freeze’ is ideal.
Figs make a welcome addition to home container gardens and landscapes. They can be container grown as a tree or pruned and grown as a bush. They fruit on the current year’s growth. This allows the plant to fruit even if it froze to the ground during winter months. These are all self-pollinating varieties. Fruit can be eaten out of hand, dried, baked, frozen, and used in preserves.