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Fig, Chicago Hardy

Fig, Chicago Hardy

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Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

Figs are best grown in in organically rich, moist, well-drained soils, in full sun to part shade. Figs may be grown in protected locations in Ohio (e.g., against south-facing walls, warmer microclimates of the yard) and USDA Zones 5-7, but plants will usually show significant die back in cold winters if not protected. Stems that die back will re-sprout in spring and produce fruit on the new wood. 'Chicago Hardy' is considered to be the hardiest edible fig. Its stems are hardy to 10 degrees Fahrenheit and the roots are hardy to 20 degrees below zero. When winter temperatures fall below 15°F, consider additional protection for outdoor plants (e.g., burlap, sheets or frames). In Ohio, plants are best grown in containers in full sun. Water regularly during the growing season but reduce watering in fall. Containers must be brought indoors in winter and may be overwintered in cool, dark garages or basements. Productive and easy to grow, bearing delicious medium-size figs. Fruits are purplish-brown with a good sweet flavor, ripening from July until frost. Large green leaves create a tropical feel in the garden or landscape. It will grow 10 to 15 ft. tall and 9 to 12 ft. wide although it may only grow 3 to 4 ft. tall in cold climates if it dies back. Deer resistant.


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