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Little Ruby™ Fig

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The very best fig for containers! These cute, bite-sized figs are red-fleshed and super-sweet. Kids go wild for them, so dry plenty of them for nutritious snacks. Also delicious fresh, and quite a conversation piece as an appetizer. Excellent for growing indoors, in the greenhouse or on a patio. The tree is quite unusual in that it will produce a surprising amount of fruit even if grown in a pot as small as a 7-gallon. To increase fruit production, top the tree when young to encourage lateral branching. Tolerates some partial shade, though the harvest will be diminished.
“Closed eye” when ripe; helps resist splitting and souring. In warmer zones, a first crop is possible in late July and again in mid-September.

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Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Small - Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 8.0
Taste Super Sweet
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 7 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 7 - 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 4 - 6' tall x 4 - 6' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 4 - 6' apart to ensure room for growth.


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

Learn all about how to grow fig trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Built a new greenhouse and your recommendation.
PDW on Jan 13, 2021
Your description...suitable for pots.
DAVID E on Sep 2, 2020
Built a new greenhouse and your recommendation.
PDW on Jan 13, 2021
Nice plant for indoors/outdoors with the added benefit of edible fruit.
Robert H on Jan 13, 2021
Your description...suitable for pots.
DAVID E on Sep 2, 2020
Small space gardening
Therese S on Aug 15, 2020
I have wanted to add a fig tree to my indoor/container garden for a bit now, and I finally decided to do it. I was between this and the Brown Turkey, but the possibility of a sizable harvest of adorable fruit led me to choose the Little Ruby. I considered getting a second variety too, but I'm going to give the first one a year and see how where we're at.
Alli F on Jul 24, 2020
always looking for new varieties, and this is good for a container garden
Barbara D on May 28, 2020
I've been wanting a fig tree for a while, but my backyard is running out of room. This adorable tree with adorable fruit is the perfect solution.
LAUREN E on Apr 28, 2020
Nice plant for indoors/outdoors with the added benefit of edible fruit.
Robert H on Jan 13, 2021
Small space gardening
Therese S on Aug 15, 2020
Where can I see images of mature Little Ruby tree?
WaldoThinking on Jan 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our trees are young so unfortunately we do not have any pictures listed of a mature variety. When your tree matures, it will be approximately 4 - 6' tall x 4 - 6' wide. I would direct this to google images to find the best picture of a mature tree.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I live in zone 5 but have a greenhouse - will you deliver now rather than wait until spring?
Dennis H on Jan 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: If you would like us to ship your order at a different time, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. We would be glad to help you arrange what suits you and your growing zone best.
Will it produce in 2021 if bought fall of 2020?
Elverra H on Dec 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Figs are a quick bearer and typically will produce in 1-2 years.
Does this tree have a cold hour requirement to bear fruit?
Serenity L on Sep 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This is a great question. Figs require at least 100 chill hours to set fruit.
Does this need to be in a container so it can be moved inside during the winter, or can it be planted directly in the ground in zone 6B? If it can be planted directly in the ground, does it come back as a perennial, or is it an actual tree? My father used to have a fig tree that was a perennial that only got to be around 4' tall when I was a kid, but I can't find anyone who knows what I'm talking about when I try to find one. This one is the closest I have found as far as size, which is why I'm asking. ????
DonnaFreak on Jan 14, 2021

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