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Funnily enough we call figs 'fruits', but the part we eat is actually a cluster of flowers - on the inside. Some varieties, require a tiny wasp to enter the fruit and pollinate it, but don't worry; most edible figs in Australia are self-fertile! Varieties including brown turkey, black genoa and preston prolific, but the most common type is the adriatic fig or symrna fig.
Figs will tolerate a wide range of climates, but fruit best in areas with a relatively dry summer and little to no frost during winter (so perfect for Perth). Young trees are susceptible to frost and should be protected during their first and second winters. However, once established, fig trees are frost hardy.
The perfect time to plant is during the autumn and winter, so the trees can establish themselves while it's cold. If planting during summer make sure the soil is constantly kept moist. You can buy figs as bare-rooted stock or in pots at most nurseries.
Planting & Maintenance