Ficus Carica - Fig Tree variety : Violet of Kutfej

  • This is an old Hungarian variety, with dark red flesh and violet coloured skin. Large fruited, very cold tolerant, sweet variety from Central Europe. Fruit size can reach more than 100g. Parthenocarpic, so no need of the fig wasp for pollination. It is a good cropper and the fruits can grow to the size of a small tomato. Very hardy and the fruits are weather resistant. It is well suitable for growing in the UK. The fig is a well known fruit, cultivated since ancient times and grows wild in dry and sunny areas. It is mostly cultivated around the world for its fruits but it is also a great architectural plant with very ornamental leaves, plus the foliage turns yellowish in the Autumn. After their fall, the fruits often remain on the bare branches. We have different leaf forms, deeply lobed to slightly lobed. Figs can be found in continental climates with hot summers as far north as Hungary and Moravia, and can be harvested up to four times per year. Thousands of cultivars, most named, have been developed as human migration brought the fig to many places outside its natural range. Two crops of figs are potentially produced each year, but in UK conditions, it is safer to use varieties with one crop as the first crop would often be damaged by Spring frosts. Most common figs have all female flowers that do not need pollination; the fruit develops through parthenocarpic means, but there are varieties which requires the fig wasp for pollinisation (this insect usually cannot live in UK climate, this is why parthenocarpic varieties have to be used here to have fruits). We send out 6 months old plants (from cutting), potted into 9cm pot. Excellent quality, 10-15cm tall plant in a 9cm square pot (if a picture of a plant in pot is shown, it is an example of what is sent).

Flower colour: "green" (real flowers are inside the tiny fig which is an inflorescence)
Flowering time: May-June
Hardiness: down to -15C
Growth rate: medium
Autumn coloration: yellow
Position: fertile loam is best (on calcareous soil) / full sun / fruit ripening needs a hot position

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