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Osborne Fig

Osborne Fig

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Osborne Fig

The skin is purple and yellow striped with medium juicy fruit that has a rich-flavored, amber flesh. Excellent fresh, dried or canned. This tree can reach up to thirty feet.  This is a great choice for a cold hardy tree.  This tree will produce fruit twice a year, in the spring and fall.  This tree goes deciduous in the winter.

Fig trees do not need to be fertilized.  If your tree has not grown a foot in the growing season you should add nitrogen.  You should add nitrogen about four times during the winter through midsummer.

We recommend applying LGM Cedar Bark a foot wide to prevent weeds and retain moisture.   The cedar bark will help insulate the roots and prevents root competition.  Cedar mulch has insect repellant qualities because it contains natural cedar oil which can deter termites and certain types of ants.  If mulch is applied all the way to the tree trunk it will cause the trunk to rot, make sure that there is about an inch of spacing between the tree trunk and the mulch.

We also recommend growing Yarrow under fruit trees, it is said to enhance fruit production.  The roots mine the subsoil for potassium, phosphorus, calcium, copper, and magnesium making it a nutrient rich mulch.  Yarrow also is considered a cover crop and assists building up the soil, mining for minerals, breaking up compacted soil, and attracting beneficial insects and pollinators.  You can plant Yarrow plants around the trees, seed the soil before mulching, or chop up the leaves to create a mulch.  

- Full to sun to light shade

- Prefers well drained soil with high lime content- they can grow in heavy clay, limestone, or sand

- Water once a week- make sure the top two inches are moist

- Hardy up to 10 degrees