Planting Information for the Adams Fig:
Position – The Adam’s fig tree thrives in full sun, where the fruits can ripen in its warmth. But, they are hardy, so they do well in a spot where they can get moderate afternoon sun too. Thanks to the big leaves, this tree is ideal for providing plenty of shade.
Size – The Adam’s fig tree reaches a height of between 2 and 5 metres and a spread (or canopy width) of between 7 and 12 metres at maturity (which is at 10 years of age).
Soil Type – This fig tree loves a well-draining soil that is kept moist. The ideal pH for the soil is between 6.0 and 6.5.
Mulch – Use organic mulch like straw or woodchips and cover the area around the tree well to ensure that the soil feeding your Adam’s fig remains moist. Just remember to keep the mulch a few centimetres away from the tree trunk itself so that it doesn’t become waterlogged.
Watering – This hardy tree can endure a short drought period. But, if it gets too dry, give your tree extra water to give them a boost. For the rest of the year, they require only a moderate amount of watering.
Fertilising – Usually, fig trees do not need to be fertilised. However, if you see that its leaves are not developing well, then a little well-balanced fertiliser can be applied. For one tree, only about 220 grams of fertiliser is required once a year. Be careful not to put too much nitrogen into the soil.
Pruning – What makes this tree even easier to grow is that it requires little to no pruning. Dead or diseased branches can be removed. Prune it late in winter, before any new growth begins.
Harvesting – Figs stop ripening when they are plucked, so be sure to let them ripen on the tree. As soon as they start to soften, they are ripe for the picking, which is some time in summer. You can store them in the fridge before eating them fresh, adding them to salads, or using them for delicious jams and preserves.