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Fig 'Chelsea' (Standard)

Ficus carica, Common Fig, Patio fruit tree

Hardy Shrub

Each of these attractive standard fig trees originates from a magnificent specimen which has stood for many years on London's Chelsea Embankments, overlooking the River Thames. Well known to locals as a 'free fruit bowl', this parent plant has lovely olive green foliage and bears high yields of well flavoured fruit.

Fig 'Chelsea' is supplied with a small head of branches above a straight single stem to create an attractive standard tree that is ideally suited to growing in patio containers. The delicious figs develop in spring and ripen from August to September. A second crop often develops in late summer and if protected, these fruits will ripen during the following summer. Height: 2m (78"). Spread: 1m (39").

Ideal For:
patio, kitchen garden, greenhouse, exotic garden, specimen plant
Position:
full sun
    • 1 x 4 litre potted fig bush

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    • Despatch: By end of January 2017
    • £29.99
Grow fig trees in a sheltered, sunny position. A warm, south facing site against a wall is ideal. Figs prefer a moisture retentive, fertile, well drained soil that is slightly alkaline. Prior to planting fig trees, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Figs have a vigorous growth habit but can be restricted by constructing a 60cm (2’) square, open bottomed brick or concrete pit around the root system. Add a 15cm (6") layer of broken stone to the base of the pit. Alternatively plant figs in large patio containers using a well drained compost such as John Innes No.3. When growing fig trees in containers they should be repotted every two years. If figs are to be wall trained, install support wires prior to planting.
Water fig trees regularly, particularly during hot dry periods. Figs will not require much feeding except for a mulch of well rotted manure or compost to the base of the plant in spring. In particularly cold areas container grown plants can be moved to a frost free position in winter to protect the developing fruits and fruit bearing shoot tips from frost. Protect the fruits and stems of figs grown outdoors by wrapping them in a layer of straw and hessian in severe weather.

When growing figs in the UK climate the fruits will develop in spring and ripen throughout the summer for harvesting in late summer or autumn when soft. A second crop may begin to develop in late summer. Leave these figs intact - any that survive the winter will ripen the following year. Caution: The foliage and sap of Ficus carica is harmful if eaten and may irritate the skin and eyes.

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