We are sold out for the 2014 season of fig trees and cuttings!

Please email me at flatbushfigfarm at gmail.com to get on our mailing list. We won’t sell your info, but we will let you know when new cuttings and trees are available and how to get them. We are planning to sell Flatbush Dark, Flatbush White and Brooklyn Dark cuttings in Spring of 2015 and will let you know how to buy them. We may sell a very limited number of trees this fall and promise to keep you posted. In the mean time, follow us on twitter, facebook, instagram and see how that goes!

Thanks for visiting…

-Nelson Ryland

So you just bought a fig tree…Here’s a quick post about how to plant it and a few links that could be helpful.

PLANT YOUR TREE IN THE GROUND

Its best to plant a fig tree after the threat of frost passes (around mid May) or in the Fall. First, dig a large hole 1-2 feet wide and deep. Mix a high quality lightweight soil with the native soil; composted manure is great too. Set fig tree 2 to 4 inches deeper than the root line. Plant, if possible, a few feet from your foundation on the Southeast corner or some Southern exposure. Press soil firmly around the roots and water. Do not apply fertilizer at planting time. From my experience, figs are unusually adaptable plants so don’t worry about getting it perfect, the trees going to grow and after two autumns you’ll be eating your first figs.

Do I need to wrap my fig tree in the winter?

I don’t…and they seem to produce tons of figs…Some people do. I think everyone has to decide for themselves. I feel like its an extra maintenance step that I don’t have time for in the fall! But please decide for yourself, I think its a personal decision. :)


Alternatively, it can be kept in its pot outside, but there is some risk of the roots freezing. The bigger the pot, the better chance of growing awesome figs…

 I want to plant my fig tree in a pot, will it live through the winter?

First off, make sure the pot is as big as possible. I would recommend 18-24 inches wide. Some folks keep their potted fig tree after it loses leaves usually in late November, in a cool space like an enclosed porch or sun room or garage…And then they bring it back outside in May. This is a probably the best method. Others bury the entire pot in the ground. I’ve done this and it works great. Its obviously some extra labor but does an effective job at insulating the roots from freezing. I have also just left some potted fig trees outdoors which is the riskiest option. I would consider wrapping the pot with burlap and covering the soil with compost or dead leaves for some extra insulation and hope for best. My next door neighbor did that last year with a Flatbush Dark in a 24 inch pot and it survived.


I’ve heard that figs like their roots contained?

I think their is some truth to this, but for the record, I’ve never followed the advice below because for me its too complicated. I DO think that a potted fig tree, or one that has its roots contained, will fruit faster. Read what is written below with a grain of salt, for me its too dogmatic.

According to the UK Telegraph:

"It is essential that the roots are contained and not allowed to spread. Left to its own devices, the tree will make vigorous growth at the expense of a good crop of fruit. There are two ways to restrict the root run."

Grow the tree in an (18in) diameter pot

Alternatively, plant into the soil at the base of the wall where the root run is restricted to a planting pit that is (2ft by 2ft) and (2ft) deep. Dig the hole directly in front of the wall, bearing in mind that it involves a lot of digging and several barrow-loads of soil.

Line the three open sides of the hole with (2ft) square concrete paving slabs stood upright, so, with the wall, they form a (2ft) square box. Add (6in) of broken bricks or clean stone to the base of the hole for drainage.

For the full article, go to this link.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/3343769/How-to-grow-figs.html

When I have fig related questions, I like to ask people on the figs4fun forum http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/ which is a friendly and very knowledgeable group of fig growers.

I can also be emailed directly at flatbushfigfarm AT gmail.com.

 THE DEATH STAR IS 42% FUNDED
Spring 2013, Flatbush Fig Farm

With the weather getting warmer, its almost time to plant your fig cuttings and bring them outside. I wanted to post some basic instructions and pass on some updates about our experimental backyard family business…First off, thanks to all of our customers for supporting us, Edible Brooklyn for telling our story and Stems Flower Shop for being our distribution arm. Thank you!

So far this year we have raised $200. for the Flatbush Community Garden for their 2013 season. We have also raised 42% of the $399.99 for our Lego Death Star set which is the goal we set in December of 2012. Jack (7) Sam (5)  and *Reid (19 months) are excited about that. Just 229.99 more to go!


*I’m not sure if Reid actually understands what I’m talking about

 

A lot of folks have started asking about buying trees. If you want to buy a fig tree, feel free to pre-order one at Stems. Stock is very limited. We will have a lot more available in the late summer and early fall. Looking forward, we are experimenting with selling a few other plants. These include Bronx Seedless Grapes which have been growing on my porch for 3 years and are totally amazing. Also, Rose of Sharon…We possible will have very very limited supply and don’t know if this is going to be a permanent addition. We will keep you posted.


Find us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/flatbushfigfarm

Also you can follow us twitter  https://twitter.com/fig_trees


Enjoy the Spring!


Thanks,

Nelson


ORDERING

You can pre-order you fig tree through Stems right now for pick up starting in mid May. Telephone: 347-240-5850 Call Tuesday-Sunday 11AM-7PM

Our Prices:

Fig Tree Cutting: $20

Fig Tree in 2 gallon pot: $30

Fig tree in 5 gallon pot: $50.


PLANT YOUR FIG CUTTING


In early May your fig cutting probably has some good looking roots and even some leaves coming out. Its about time to get that tree in soil and used to the outdoor weather. Buy a 14” pot (or larger) and some potting soil, figs will grow in just about anything. I use a mixture of organic potting soil and composted manure. Bring the newly potted tree outdoors, but not in direct sunlight for a few days or the leaves may get burned and die. If that happens, your tree will probably be fine, but may be set back a few weeks while it produces new leaves. Please note you can plant the cutting in soil before May, but don’t bring it outside until the threat of frost has fully passed.

 

In the fall, your potted tree can be planted in the ground (see below for planting in the ground instructions). This is the ideal way to get a successful fig crop within two seasons. Alternatively, it can be kept in its pot outside, but there is some risk of the roots freezing. The bigger the pot, the better chance of growing awesome figs…

 

Some folks overwinter their potted fig tree after it loses leaves usually in late November, in a cool space like an enclosed porch or sun room or garage…And then they bring it back outside in May. This is a good method. Others bury the entire pot in the ground or simply keep it near their house outdoors in a protected spot. I usually keep my potted figs outdoors and cover the soil with leaves. It seems to work fine.


PLANT YOUR TREE IN THE GROUND


Its best to plant a fig tree after the threat of frost passes (around mid May) or in the Fall. First, dig a large hole 1-2 feet wide and deep. Mix a high quality lightweight soil with the native soil; composted manure is great too. Set fig tree 2 to 4 inches deeper than the root line. Plant, if possible, a few feet from your foundation on the Southeast corner. Press soil firmly around the roots and water. Do not apply fertilizer at planting time.

 

Do I need to wrap my fig tree?

 

I don’t…and they seem to produce tons of figs…Some people do. I think everyone has to decide for themselves. I feel like its an extra maintenance step that I don’t have time for in the fall! But please decide for yourself, I think its a personal decision. :)

 

When I have fig related questions, I like to ask people on the figs4fun forum http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/ which is a friendly and very knowledgeable group of fig growers.

 

I can also be emailed directly at flatbushfigfarm AT gmail.com.

tiroteo asked:
Hi, i'd like to buy 1-2 small trees to plant on my terrace in Williamsburg. What are the prices and where can i get them? Thanks

Hope this helps!

You can pre-order you fig tree through Stems right now for pick up starting in mid May. Telephone: 347-240-5850 Call Tuesday-Sunday 11AM-7PM


Our Prices:

Fig Tree Cutting: $20

Fig Tree in 2 gallon pot: $30

Fig tree in 5 gallon pot: $50.

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