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Description

Also called bensonhurst purple fig

Productive and easy to grow. Bears delicious medium-size figs. Exhibits drought-tolerance once established. May die back in colder climates and resume growth in spring. Bears fruit early on new growth. Fruit produced on the older wood will appear in early summer and fruit on new growth will appear in early fall. Ripe fruit has a dark mahogany color. Originates from Sicily. Grows well in containers! Heat-tolerant. Ripens in July through frost. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Fruit Color Purple
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July Through Frost
Shade/Sun Partial Shade - Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 6.5
Taste Sweet
Texture Fine Grained
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 10
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 15 - 30' tall x 15 - 35' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 35 - 40' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Love figs and this variety is rated for my zone
Richard K on Jun 30, 2018
Daughter has one and bloomed first year.
Helen H on Feb 7, 2018
Love figs and this variety is rated for my zone
Richard K on Jun 30, 2018
In search of a birthday present for my mother, I simply googled ???trees for each birthday???, because she???s been planting a lot lately. The fig happened to be her birth tree. Not only that, it also ended up being the birth tree of her sister who recently passed away. Thank you Stark Bros for making this happen!
Albert P on Jun 22, 2018
Daughter has one and bloomed first year.
Helen H on Feb 7, 2018
We live in Michigan and my son and daughter in law have this kind and they love it. They moved to a new house and they missed their fig tree. Their fig tree was awesome. So I thought I would surprise my daughter in law and give this to her.
Susan W on Nov 20, 2017
I have a brown turkey fig and it doesn't produce many figs here in Oklahoma. There are figs on it now (late Sept) but they are unlikely to mature before we have our first frost. I had a Dakota but I think I lost it for good this year. Each year die back and a little less hardy. I also have a Celeste and I don't get many figs from it. The Chicago Hardy came highly recommended to me by one of my coworkers. He has had excellent luck with it and it has given him lots of figs each year.
Elaine S on Sep 26, 2017
Great cold hardy strong figs our grandparents ordered this tree years ago and it is a great producer.
Jamie C on Sep 21, 2017
grows in my growing zone and can be grown in containers, has a slightly different profile and time of ripening than the brown turkey fig which will enable us to compare the two.
DORIS N on Sep 11, 2017
Have two already and they are AWESOME!
JOHN T on Aug 26, 2017
Love figs. Had trees in Tennessee that produced over 100 per day in Aug & Sept ( total, 7 trees) Moved to Indiana, need cold variety.
Lee R on Apr 23, 2017
Can leave outdoors year round
Richard C on Apr 19, 2017
I wanted a fig that could die off and grow back if we have a colder than usual winter.
Laura M on Apr 9, 2017
We have 2 trees and want another! They are delicious and so easy.
Gretchen S on Mar 19, 2017
I live in Illinois...grew up in Texas with fresh fig preserves...have to have them in my garden.
Kelle E on Mar 18, 2017
I tried fresh figs while visiting a friend's house. It is excellent, has iron and good fiber. You cannot buy a fig that tastes like one picked from your tree.
Carol E on Mar 3, 2017
Friends of ours have this variety of fig tree and the figs from it are delicious. Their tree is very hardy and has done well in our climate here. They even dug their tree up and replanted it and the tree has done very well.
Madeah D on Feb 26, 2017
winter hardy
susan p on Feb 25, 2017
It is listed as cold hardy. First year planted in a large pot, second year in the ground. I had a bunch of delicious figs. Can't wait for this summer!
MADONNA B on Feb 18, 2017
Wanted a dwarf mature size and interested in harvest dates and hardiness. Want to plant in partial shade as well as full sun.
KATHLEEN C on Feb 8, 2017
~10 Figs the first year
CARL G on Jan 22, 2017
a friend told me about it. Her's produced figs first year, survived the winter.
charles s on Jan 4, 2017
We love figs and wanted to add a hardy fig tree to our backyard. Purchased in the fall of 2015, kept inside and planted early spring of 2016. Tree grew from a 3 ft. stick to about 8 ft. tall tree in one summer!!!! and had 25-30 figs on it. Very pleased with it, Great choice, highly recommended
BASSEM E on Nov 3, 2016
We loved our container fig when we lived in Charleston and realized we should give one a try on our balcony in DC. This looks like a great option, so we are going for it!
Merry R on Oct 12, 2016
this tree puts out an abundant crop of figs and is easy to grow
GARY H on Oct 3, 2016
I wanted a winter hardy fig to avoid having to shield the tree and root system from north east winter weather. As an aside I just purchased this tree a very short item ago and it has already grown more than ten inches!!!
John S on Sep 6, 2016
Lots of research. cold hardy, fruit quality
isaac s on Aug 4, 2016
Have other figs in pots..
Wanted to try this one...
Kim W on Jul 29, 2016
I have one of these that is doing very well in our zone and I a buying this one for a friend.
Wayne S on Jul 23, 2016
My husband loves figs. I have noticed some trees in St. Louis. Figures if it worked in Chicago it would work here!
Cynthia L on Jul 6, 2016
I wanted a fig tree that could withstand a cold winter. I plan to grow this in a planter pot and only have room for one, so self pollination will be perfect! I can't wait to have fresh figs as they are difficult to find in the midwest!!!
Jennifer A on Jun 4, 2016
My neighbor recommended them
Pam B on May 20, 2016
self-polinating, cold hardy
Andrea C on May 8, 2016
We had this variety at our previous home and were well pleased with the vitality of the tree and quality of the fruit. We expect a repeat performance.
henry o on May 7, 2016
Super Hardy Fig which I can leave in the ground throughout the winter here in central New Mexico.
AL F on Apr 26, 2016
This fig should do well in this zone. I have plum and apricot trees that are very happy in Spokane Valley
LaVaun M on Apr 26, 2016
I want to try growing a fig tree in a container. From what I hear, this variety will be able to handle the winter where I live
Michael C on Apr 25, 2016
cold tolerance
Kathy R on Apr 23, 2016
The only fig tree I can find that can survive in a colder climate (zone 6b for me).
Paul A on Apr 21, 2016
Hardy, Self Pollinating and Works well in a container
Tracey B on Apr 19, 2016
I chose this particular plant because of the hardy quality of it. It is recommended for the growing region that I live in which is within the 5-10 growing region. I had no idea that fig trees we're so hardy to be
able to withstand a colder type winter.
Eric G on Apr 17, 2016
Honestly? Because my southern grandma would make the best fig preserves. I miss her and her canning and this was the only fig that looks like it may survive our zone. And I loved eating raw figs straight off the tree in Uruguay. I'll think of her and Uruguay every time I eat figs.
C and C J on Apr 11, 2016
This was the only fig I found that does well in shady/sunny conditions.
JOANNE B on Apr 6, 2016
I have this variety outside my window at work....delicious!
Amanda C on Apr 3, 2016
Cold weather hearty
Steven D on Apr 3, 2016
Two ordered in 2012 are doing well, wanted two more.
BRUCE G on Mar 29, 2016
Because sounds hardy.
Karoly T on Mar 28, 2016
Want a winter hardy fig.
Deborah R on Mar 22, 2016
Flavor and hardiness in Zone 7B, I'm going to plant the fig tree into the ground into the fall and protect it during the winter with cardboard and tarp.
Cindy R on Mar 11, 2016
Produce fruit on new growth
Karin P on Mar 9, 2016
hardy enough to survive freaky weather swings. Even though I live in 6b, I prefer hardier plants.
Zoe K on Mar 8, 2016
I grew up in CA and love the figs we grew. I didn't know there were any hardy varieties and I am delighted to find this one. I have high hopes and am looking forward to trying it. Thanks!
Kathleen H on Mar 4, 2016
In search of a birthday present for my mother, I simply googled ???trees for each birthday???, because she???s been planting a lot lately. The fig happened to be her birth tree. Not only that, it also ended up being the birth tree of her sister who recently passed away. Thank you Stark Bros for making this happen!
Albert P on Jun 22, 2018
We live in Michigan and my son and daughter in law have this kind and they love it. They moved to a new house and they missed their fig tree. Their fig tree was awesome. So I thought I would surprise my daughter in law and give this to her.
Susan W on Nov 20, 2017
Which fig tree is best suited for a northern Indiana climate?
Karen on Feb 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I purchased the Chicago Hardy Fig early last spring. Planted it early spring and it grew to almost 3 times its stem size and had a half dozen delicious figs late summer. I purchased this tree to withstand bad winters in North New Jersey. Winters can be near zero and bad winds. I did not cover the tree last fall because of my illness. Waiting for spring to see if if has survived 10 below and cold winds a couple of weeks ago. Hope for an early spring and lots of good fruit.
do you have the dwarf variety?
Patrick L on Apr 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, we don't have the dwarf size, but many growers have had success keeping this tree smaller with pruning. Unlike most other fruit trees, fig trees typically don???t require routine pruning, but you can prune them to a size that works for your space. Many fig tree growers find that keeping them between 6-8 feet tall is most manageable, especially in a container environment.
Can you keep Chicago hardy fig as a houseplant?
rose b on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I bought two last year one for my mom and hers harvested about 30 figs last summer that she said were very tasty brought it in for the winter.. we are planting hers in the yard this spring. mine did not do so well in the harvesting department maybe got 3 figs were not eatable.. maybe this year we both brought our fig trees in for the winter I rent my home so it will stay on my porch in a large pot I can let you know how it harvests this year both have not harvested any fruit over the winter. hope that helps you have not had it long enough to advise indoor plant or not.
can I plant outside in Bedford, ohio ?
rose b on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Heck yes! I'm a couple of degrees of latitude North of you I think, and in USDA Planting Zone 5b. I just planted this fig last summer and it established well. This will be its first winter survival - a meek winter. I cannot say for sure that it survived yet. Check back with me in May? -Brian
found 3 figs in my tree bought in June 2015 but inside is white and not sweet or any flavor?
Cecilia R on Jul 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Your fruits are not ripe if white inside. When ready a fig's inside is red to brownish red. and should be some what juicy, not dry.
My Chicago Hardy Fig was delivered at the beginning of April. It is in the house in the same pot until the temperatures warm up here in NH. It has 2 small figs developing at the top along with the leaves. Should I pinch the figs off or let them develop? Thank you.
Karen W on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I would let them develop. I got my fig tree last year and they produced three figs. I wasn't sure if they'd be edible or not, but I let them do their thing. When they became dark and slightly soft, we picked them and ate them. They were delicious!
I bought Chicago Hardy fig tree last year and planted it in a large pot the tree is doing well but it is growing like a long poll with no side branches except for the very top how can I get some side branches to come out of the lower part of the tree any advice would be appreciated....Thank You ?
Anthony T on May 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: My tree is growing the same as yours, which seems to be common for this variety. You should be able to prune the "pole" back to a lower bud and the remaining buds below your cut will grow into a new scaffold of branches and leaves, but I would recommend waiting to prune until the tree goes dormant for the winter so that you don't lose any potential fruit that may develop at the branch/trunk tip this year.
Can i plant this outside in Fitchburg,mass?
J costa on Sep 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. This is a remarkable fig variety that is quite cold-hardy and will do fine in your zone, which is 6A.
How do I winterize a fig tree?
Christina D on Aug 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I've buried the entire plant in leaves as well as the bottom foot of the plant.
In either instance, the plant still froze almost to the soil line. They always grew new tops and bore fruit. I gave up trying to save the tops when I can get delicious figs without all the effort. I've threatened to build a greenhouse over a fig plant but why when we get figs with no heroic efforts?
We'd get more fruit but is it worth the extra work? I think not. I hope this helps.
can I plant my Chicago Hardy Fig in the ground? I am in SE Michigan. Have had it in a pot for two years now, bringing it in in the Winter.
SUSAN F on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Susan. This is Kathy from Omaha, Nebraska. We planted our fig in the
ground last year and it came back fine. A couple of things: 1) it was a little slow to break dormancy this spring, and 2) it dies back to the ground, so it's more like a shrub instead of a tree. Having said that, however, it is extremely vigorous and is at least five feet tall and three feet wide with numerous figs. Hope this helps!
fig tree was indoors for 4 yrs and did fine, although no figs. put it outside for first time on patio and leaves are starting to brown and curl. why?
nick r on Aug 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Your tree is suffering stress from being moved to a full-sun environment. This needs to be done gradually; the leaves are "sunburned." They will grow back. The tree may not be producing because it has outgrown its pot. Check the roots and see if they are growing out the bottom of the pot or have reached the sides of the pot. You can either air-prune the roots and keep it in its current pot, or transplant it to a larger pot. Make sure it stays moist (not wet) and allow it to dry out between waterings.
I would like to purchase a chicagohardy fig tree for a large ( 2' x 2' x 2' ) square container - in my back yard in Philadelphia PA - would this be a suitable tree for this environment? I will not be able to bring it inside in the winter - so can i cover it with something ? thanks
MaryAnn K on Oct 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We have both Brown Turkey and Chicago Hardy and live in Springfield, Illinois. We cover them with three feet of straw and they do very well. They are in the ground (ground level) and die back in our area. Regrow bigger and more productive each year.
Last year I purchased a dwarf hardy chicago fig tree from you. It grew a few figs and leaves. They fell off and I brought it inside and put it in my closet for the winter. This spring I took it out and there was a 3 ft. yellow stem coming out the middle with three tiny leaves on top. Should I trim this back so more branches will grow?
Shirlee B on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Trimming the ends of the branches back will cause more growth to develop from buds that remain. If you like the look and location of this growth, you can trim it some to encourage more growth that will appear during the growing season.
I am in zone 6B, but we do get at least a few nights of negative 5-10 below 0. Can I plant the chicago hardy fig out in the ground? if so, should I cover with a tarp or other protection in winter? Thanks
Kathleen H on Mar 4, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi, I live in Bayside NY and also it's zone 6B. I planted Chicago hardy fig from Stark Bro's last year and harvested 5 figs. These figs are small but taste is like sweeter than honey. The stem get twice thicker than first I got. I planted it on the ground at front garden and I didn't do anything to protect from frozen temperature. I just got out to see and I found new buds on the stem. So Chicago hardy fig has a tolerance to cold temperature. I hope it helps you to make a decision.
From what part of the branch do Hardy Figd originate?
Shirley G on Aug 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Shirley,
Just like in the picture, the figs are at the top of the branches, and are usually covered by the big leaves. Mine is in its second year, and the leaves have formed a beautiful canopy to prevent the fruit from scorch.
If I wanted to plant this tree in the ground but still control size to keep it dwarfed, could I plant this tree in a root pouch and then put it in the ground? Or would this be achieved just by pruning?
Maggie on Feb 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In my experience, when I tried to keep my trees in pots to restrict their mature size, I dug holes and "planted" the pots in the ground. The trees' roots eventually grew through the holes in the pots into the ground. I'm not sure how durable a root pouch is. Root girdling and other harmful problems might arise, so, playing it safe, I would say pruning is the better method at controlling the mature tree size of your fig tree if you plan on planting it in the ground.
can this be grown in a large pot on a deck?
Vince on Mar 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Vince, I planted two Chicago Hardy bareroot [Stark Bros] last year in 24" wood wiskey barrels and they are doing fine. The young "non-hardy" golden figs died from cold weather the year before in the same barrels despite mt effort to protect them from freezing. Now proven to survive I will be investing the effort to espalier these Hardy's. I was careful to use good shrub grade potting soil and trace element amendments and during the first dormant season I pruned the first growth slightly to train them to the shape I wanted. I removed the small fruit that emerged the first year and will probably do the same the second year. It's a relatively warm March and the buds have begun to swell. Caution: feed lightly until well established and ready to set fruit. I expect that the more confined space for roots will force faster fruiting which might not be desirable when the trees are young. Proper pruning will yield better results. These guys are trees and will get big and wild, even in a pot. The fruit will be worth the effort and should you move you can take them with you.FYI, I am also growing espalier'd apples, peaches & plums in 24" barrels.Bob from Atlanta zone 7.
DO I need to wrap this tree during the winter in zone 6b?
Peter W on Apr 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 6a. I've had this tree for two years. In year 1, I left it outside and it died back and I almost tore it out to throw it away. I had protected it with burlap I didn't wrap it tightly. When I was going to pull it out, I noticed that there were tiny shoots emerging from the roots so I left it alone and voila - it grew to about 4' but produced no figs, alas. This winter, I dug up the tree and moved the pot it's in to a very cold bedroom and away from direct light (cold is usually around 60) and it started budding in February and now has many large green leaved. The last frost date up here is around Memorial Day so, after checking the weather, I plan to replant it in the same warm spot and hope for the best. My advice is that fig tree does need protection.
Do I need to cover the tree in the winter since we are living in zine 5 b?
Linda M on May 31, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We are in zone 6 and almost all our several fig trees have died down to the ground line nearly every year. They have mostly resprouted to form small shrubs with very little fruit, no matter what variety we had at the time. I've even tried burying the entire plant in leaves with a structure to keep the leaves in place.No good either. I'm ready to pot both our current figs up and bring them into our heated greenhouse to see if we can get more than 2or 3 ripe figs. The few we've gotten that ripened were worth nearly any effort to produce them. Figs are not for,lazy people but the fruit is the best we've ever grown. No insects or diseases seem to bother them, just cold temperatures. Lots of luck with your figs Enjoy them any you get.
I have a 3-year old tree with a 3-inch trunk. It's been kept dormant in the garage over the winters but kept moist. It's been outside for a couple of weeks now, but only the bottom branch is leafing. Should I cut the trunk down to ground level?
Sam D on May 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: If you scratch the trunk and see green it should be fine. Unless it looks dead, I would not touch it right now. Give it a few more weeks. My figs didn't die back to the roots this year so I cut the dead parts off. They have started leafing out and I can see it will keep leafing out more.
Do rabbits like to chew on the fig plants? Just wondering if I need to put a cage around it to get any fruit.
Steven S on Jan 16, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I have not had any trouble with rabbits. I did however have a major raccoon attack last summer.. I doubt that any animal will eat the leaves. They have a strong scent, and probably are not too tasty.
I live in Joplin,Mo ...I Think it Zone 6b..has anyone had any luck in this area?
bud brixey on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bud, I live in Columbia and planted a couple of these last year. They over-wintered but are still pretty small. The new growth comes up from the ground and not from the previous years growth. I have been asking around and the general advice is to: plant them in a protected space with good Southern exposure, tie down the branches and mulch heavily in late Fall, grow in a high tunnel or other protected space. I am going to go with the tie-down and mulch option this year and I might order a couple more and plant them on the South side of the house in an area that can be converted to a mock high-tunnel for the Winter months. My Mom lives in Miami and she claims that there are lots of figs that produce between Miami and Pittsburgh and so I am hopeful.
Could I plant this fig (or one of the other varieties) in a large container and winter it in our unheated high tunnel? I am in northeastern Pennsylvania, zone 5b.
Anita A on Aug 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hello Anita,
You should be able to over-winter your Fig trees in this manner. I have over-wintered my 2 figs in my garage which is un-heated as well and I am also in zone 5b. I initially planted my trees in large (10 gallon ) pots and put them in the coolest area of my garage away from light. The coolest it gets in my garage is about 28-30 degrees. I believe the trees can withstand even cooler temperatures without damage down to 20 degrees or so. My trees have not shown any damage stored this way. I make sure they are completely dormant in the fall before I bring them in. You just need to give them a little water in the winter. I just check the soil for its moisture content and add just enough to satisfy the plants needs. I have even put fresh fallen snow on the surface of the potting soil to melt down into the soil. Make sure to be careful when you put the figs outside in the spring. their buds will swell in the garage in the late spring and the leaves are very delicate and can be damaged if brushed against or the pot dropped suddenly.
Good growing,
Bill
Can I plant this in a container?
Girlygold21 on Jun 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted mine in a container. Last year (its first year), it didn't produce any figs. This year, though, it has quite a few tiny ones already. The fact that it was in a container allowed me to wheel it in the garage for the winter. I brought it outside when leaves started to grow this spring, and I spent a few weeks rolling it in and out every evening & morning since the nights were still so cold. So far so good :).
How tall will this tree get if I live in a region where it dies back every winter? I would like to know if it is safe to plant under a low power line.
Megan N on Aug 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Megan. I am glad to share with you. First winter after I planted my tree, even though I mulched it well, I thought it had died. Then it began to put out growth and grew to about 3-ft high that summer and had a few figs on it. It did not die back the next winter but began growth on existing shoots and wound up to be about 9-ft tall and 6 to 8-ft diameter. I was expecting it to be a tree but it turned out to be more of a bush. That summer and fall it had so many figs that I made jam from them and enjoyed ripe fresh figs and gave lots away. I thought that finally I was in fig heaven. Then, although last winter was mild, none of the old shoots put out any leaves or growth this spring. I waited and waited and finally cut off all the old shoots and found all of them to be dead. Then, wonder of wonders, the fig started putting out new shoots from the bottom. Right now, the center shoot is approximately 7-ft high and full of figs at every leaf. Other surrounding shoots are shorter than the center one and have figs on them. But there are some other shoots that are way outside the bush that do not have any figs and I may trim them off. I suspect that the tallest shoots may reach 8 or 9-feet high max. So if your tree can have @ 10-ft clear height, or more, over it, you should be OK unless your power line is lower than that. Again, I am sorta disappointed that my Chicago Hardy Fig is a bush and not a tree, and that it may die back here in East TN in the winters, as long as it keeps coming back in the Spring and bears fig fruit, I am OK with that. Hope this helps you a bit. Thanks and have a great experience with your fig tree (bush).
How long can I keep the tree in a 20 gl pot?
Mr. P on May 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I ke my two figs in containers until this spring at which time I planted them in a location which received plenty of sun but had natural protection from evergreen trees. I will wrap them from here on in as it is less of a hassle that moving them in and out of the garage.
What is the minimum amount of sunlight this tree can get and still fruit well?
Martin R on Jul 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I worked in a greenhouse in another state. Six hours per day was considered full sun. I've always had my fig trees on the south side of any shade so they were in full sun. This did not prevent them from freezing to the ground, which forced them to fruit on the current growth. of course I'm always pushing the envelope regarding growing zones, but we've had small crops of wonderful tasting figs nearly every year. I hope this helps.
How big of a pot?
mindy on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I was told a pale that you buy at Lowes is just right. I did that. I put mine in a porch with a roof. I wrapped them with insulation. I just took that off. I am still keeping them under the porch till the weather gets better
when is it time to fertilize my Chicago fig tree ?
Benwa on Jun 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The best time to fertilize is during the growing season, as needed. During the fall and winter when the plants are shutting down for their dormant rest, roots are storing nutrients rather than taking nutrients in, so it is not an ideal time to fertilize then.
Which would be the pollinator for the Chicago hardy? I like my figs big
Liliana C on Jul 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Brown Turkey is an excellent pollinating partner for Chicago Hardy.

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Plants arrived in perfect condition. Got them in the ground in early November and already they've added a twelve inches stem growth despite a chillier than expected winter.
February 25, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
awesome fig trees
Ordered two for the yard in nw Illinois ,zone 5. They came in pretty much as to be expected as sticks . After spring planting and weekly watering they budded out,made a few branches ....AND ..midway thru summer they blossomed and then gave us 4 figs!!!! I had 3 and I think a squirrel had the other. Not bad for less than a year growth.
Buried them over winter,uncovered them in April and now they both are leafing out already. Can't wait to see what we get this year!
Thanks Starks,you've never let me down!
May 23, 2016
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CHicago Hardy Fig
SO FAR SO GOOD, I Think.
I received your shipment in excellent shape. Fine packaging. I planted it, per your instructions. We decided to put it in a whiskey barrel rather than into the ground. This should allow us to move it into winter storage. This was the main reason for selecting this type of fig.
There has been no activity on the trunk all winter. Not very surprising. I scratched a small spot on the upper trunk and it's good and green under the skin. All should be good.
February 23, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
So pleased!
As soon as I received my tree, I planted it in a half-barrel. The only problem with it was that it was taller than I expected. I was told I could shorten it, which I did. That caused it to branch out very nicely. It set fruit fairly late in the season, several of which ripened, but the rest remained on the tree when I brought it into the garage for the winter. This Spring I roll it in and out of the garage as the weather permits and it is growing with huge leaves and the fruit left on in the Fall is maturing beautifully. I also see buds that will be this year's fruit. I am so proud of this tree and it is great fun to watch. Besides the fruit is absolutely delicious.
May 16, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Year later, still healthy
Living in Michigan help decide on this tree due to bitter winters. Lost a couple of branches but that may be due to the winterizing process. Overall, no complaints.
June 27, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Chicago Hardy Fig
I planted two figs outside the year before last. They are slow to bud Spring 2015, but once they leafed, they were nice bushes. Last year they were loaded with figs but due to the late bloom and odd weather during the growing season only about 1/3 matured. The ones we ate were delicious. They are just starting to bud this year. Dayton, OH
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 4 years ago
Beautiful.
I purchased this fig tree last year and potted it up. I kept it in the garage through the winter and before our weather was warm enough for it to go out, I had buds on it. I purchased one for a friend and he planted his in the ground last year and had figs! His survived the winter just fine. Mine is in the ground this year and is growing like crazy....very healthy! Excited to see what happens.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
Ten Years and Counting in Colorado
We are a solid Zone 5 in Northern Colorado and my Chicago Fig has survived for over ten years. Granted, it dies to the ground each year but it resprouts a little bigger and more vigorous the next time. Our season is so short that I have only eaten a ripe fig fruit once or twice, but the foliage alone makes this a show-stopper. I have yet to try protecting the stem with a ring of chicken wire and dried leaves, but I think it would give the plant a leg up.
July 18, 2016
Great
Love figs so I got a tree to grow my own. Got 10 from the tree my first summer. Anxiously waiting to see how many I get this year!
May 11, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
My favorite fig for withstanding cold
We are in middle Tennessee. We have one of these trees in the garden and last winter it suffered no cold damage (probably down to 5 or 10 degrees F). We have three more in Smart Pots that we keep in our unheated garage. When they start to leaf out, we open the garage door during the day and close at night. They are about a month ahead of the one in the garden. We get lots of figs.
May 10, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago