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Fig Tiervy/Tiger

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While “tiervy” is its well-known Afrikaans name, this tree is also known as a tiger, panaché or candy stripe fig. They are characterised by the green and yellow stripes on the skin and the beautiful deep-pink flesh inside. They have an exquisite light, sweet flavour, which makes them irresistible enjoyed fresh or added to salads and desserts.

 

Figs promote efficient digestion, help to prevent heart disease, and assist in keeping sugar levels optimal. They provide copper, magnesium, potassium and many vitamins. They attract birds too, which are always welcome guests to your garden.

 

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Position – The tiervy fig tree does best when planted in full sun (at least 8 hours of direct sun a day). It should be planted 6 to 8 metres away from other trees to allow the canopy to spread well.

 

Size – This reaches an average height of anywhere between 2 and 7 metres, with a canopy spread of between 5 and 7 metres wide.

 

Soil Type – As long as the soil drains well and doesn’t become waterlogged, the fig tree should do well. It is not fussy about types of soil, but does best in sandy-clay loam with a pH of between 6.0 and 8.0. The soil needs to be about 1 to 1.5 metres deep.

 

Mulch – Mulch around your tree to keep the soil moist and to prevent too many weeds. Use organic mulch like wood chips, grass cuttings, hay or compost. Always keep mulch 20 to 30 centimetres away from the tree trunk. If you have a problem with ants, apply wood ash around your tree.

 

Watering – These trees are drought-tolerant and hardy. Water your young tree regularly to establish it. Mature trees need only be watered once every week or two. If your tree isn’t getting enough water, the leaves will turn yellow and drop off.

 

Fertilising – With the right soil, your fig tree shouldn’t need extra fertiliser. However, if your soil is sandy or if the previous year saw the branches growing less than about 30 centimetres, then a fertiliser can be used. Regular fertilising only needs to be done for fig trees in pots. Over-fertilising with nitrogen helps the tree to grow, but inhibits any fruits.

 

Pruning – The tiger fig doesn’t require much pruning. Prune them immediately after harvesting the main crop.

 

Harvesting The fruits will be ready in summer and will usually appear 2 to 3 years after planting the tree. When they are ripe, the skin will change from green to a yellow-green colour and the fruit softens a bit. To avoid bruising them, pick them when they are still a little firm.

Weight 2 kg
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