Helpful Gardening Tips
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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
Fig tree (Ficus Carioca) - Prized since antiquity
The common fig tree is a quick-growing deciduous shrub originating in the Mediterranean. Perhaps one of the earliest plants cultivated by humans, its distinctive large lobed leaves are what is often depicted as the first “clothes” for Adam and Eve. The common fig is prized for its sweet fruit and as an ornamental tree.
Depending on the variety, the height of a common fig can range anywhere from a large shrub (10-15’ tall) to a small tree (15-30’ tall) with a width equal to its height. An optimal location for a fig would be in a corner or at the edge of a property where it has adequate space to spread. Choose a location with full-sun, without competition from other trees. Figs are not picky, but they prefer soil that is organically rich with good drainage. Once established, figs are relatively drought tolerant and do not require much water. Unlike most other fruiting trees, they are also relatively deer tolerant.
Fig trees do best in warm mild climates: USDA hardiness zone 7-9. Their range can be extended to zones 5-11 with a few caveats.
In colder northern latitudes figs will thrive if given wintering protection. A thick layer of mulch will protect the roots, and the tree can be wrapped with insulation. Even if a harsh winter causes dieback, a fig’s roots are hardier than its branches, so the tree is likely to regrow. Another option for cold weather is to grow your fig tree in a container and bring it into the garage or a shed when temperatures drop.
If you’re in a warmer tropical climate and are unconcerned about an optimal fig harvest, the trees make beautiful shade specimens. Fig trees require 100 chill hours at temperatures below 45°F for optimal fruiting.
Harvesting sweet fruit:
Fig trees do not bloom the way we expect a usual flowering tree to blossom. What we call the “fruit” is an inside-out flower. A group of flowers blooms inside a pod, which matures into the sugar-rich fruit we eat. Depending on the variety, the common fig fruits in late summer or early fall. Some varieties produce twice or even three times a season.
Figs do not ripen once picked, nor do they ship well, so the best way to enjoy a fig is to cultivate them yourself. To ensure an abundant harvest, figs benefit from winter pruning after the coldest part of the year has passed. Remove dead or diseased branches, low growing branches that won’t get much sunlight, suckers growing up from the base of the tree, and branches that didn’t fruit during the fruiting season (these will not fruit in the future). Fertilizing a fig tree in the spring can help boost your fruit crop. Increased watering during the summer can also help, especially when the tree is full of fruit, and it is notably dry and hot.
Depending on the variety, a ripe fig ranges in color from green to purplish-brown. Fruits are ripe when slightly soft to the touch and bending at the stem. Figs can be eaten fresh, dried, or canned.