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Leaf & Petal Designs Hardy Olympian Fig Tree

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This item will not be shipped according to the normal zone delivery schedule indicated on the zone map. In order to send the highest quality plant at the best time for planting, these will ship out to all zones the week of May 6th, 2019
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Overview & Details

Leaf & Petal Designs Hardy Olympian Fig Tree
Plant and harvest figs of your very own with this Olympian Fig Tree. It produces large, super-sweet fruit and allows you to harvest two crops of figs each year. Enjoy your yields by eating them fresh, making tasty preserves or even stuffing and roasting them.

What You Get

  • "Olympian" fig tree in gallon pot
  • Planting and growing guide
  • Manufacturer's 1-year limited warranty

Good to Know

  • Plant is alive and growing at the time of shipment.
For warranty information, please call HSN.com Customer Service at 800.933.2887 (8 am-1 am ET).
This item is not for sale to customers in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It cannot be shipped to a P.O. Box. Orders must have a physical address.
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The Basics

Country of Origin: USA

Key Specs

Plant Form: Potted; alive and growing at the time of shipment
Common Plant Name: Ficus Fig Tree
Variety: Ficus carica "Olympian"
Annual/Perennial: Perennial
Height at Maturity: 4' to 8'
Spread at Maturity: 4' to 8'
Time to Reach Full Maturity: 1 to 2 years

Care

Sun/Shade Requirements: Full to partial sun
Watering Requirements: Adequate and consistent watering is essential for your plants; infrequent, long soakings of water that thoroughly saturate the soil are more effective than frequent, light applications of water
USDA Hardiness Zone(s): Winter hardy in-ground in zones 6 to 10; in zones 3 to 5, it is recommended that you plant the tree in a container so you can move the plant indoors before the first frost
Planting Space Distance: At least 6' apart
Bloom Period: Summer

Features

Olympian fig tree
  • Produces large, tangerine-sized fruits that feature purple skins, violet flesh and a super-sweet flavor
  • Allows you to harvest 2 crops of figs each year; a heavy crop ripens in summer followed by a lighter crop in early fall
  • Make tasty preserves and delicious desserts, or simply enjoy the fruit fresh from the garden
  • Maintains a relatively compact habit with a height no taller than 10'
  • Roast fresh figs in the oven or make a savory chutney to serve with cheese platters
  • Add figs to oatmeal for a tasty breakfast treat
  • Stuff figs with goat cheese, wrap them in prosciutto and roast for a sweet and savory appetizer
  • Figs are an excellent source of potassium, fiber and calcium
  • Thrives in cool, coastal climates and withstands temperatures down to 0 degrees F once established, which is a rare trait in fig trees
  • Thrives in-ground or in a large container on the patio, deck or balcony
  • Withstands the cold weather of the North and thrives in the hot, humid South
  • Self-fertile and disease- and pest-resistant
  • Tolerates some drought once established

Planting Instructions
  • In zones 3 through 5, we strongly recommend planting in a container in order to properly protect your plant from winter damage.
  • Thoroughly hydrate the plant by submersing the root zone in a container of water for 10 minutes while you prepare for planting.
  • Prepare the root ball for planting by gently disturbing the surface roots with your fingers, fork, or gardening tool and pruning any damaged roots. This will encourage the roots to begin growing outward into the new soil.
  • Dig a hole twice as deep and twice as wide as the plant's root ball. Partially backfill the hole with soil and place the plant into the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the ground surrounding the hole. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure the plant is not planted too deeply. If it is, raise the plant carefully and re-firm the soil.
  • Water thoroughly.

Continuing Care
  • Apply a 2" to 4" layer of shredded bark, compost, leaves, straw or other organic matter around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures and discourage weed growth. Replenish the mulch as needed.
  • Adequate and consistent watering is essential during your plant's first year in the garden. Infrequent, long soakings of water that thoroughly saturate the soil are more effective than frequent, light applications of water. 
  • Do not allow the soil or the original root ball to completely dry out. During the first summer, you may need to water as often as every few days in periods of drought and extreme summer heat. To determine if your plant needs water, dig a few inches into the soil next to the plant. If the soil is dry 2" to 3" below the surface, it is time to water.
  • Overwatering can be as damaging as under watering. Be sure that the area surrounding your plant has adequate drainage to move water away from the plant. If you choose to plant in a container, always select one with drainage holes to prevent your plant's roots from sitting in water.
  • Feed your plants once every 2 to 3 weeks during the growing season with a water-soluble fertilizer.
  • Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with surrounding plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots, as soon as you see them.
  • Harvest figs when they have changed from green to purple. Figs do not continue ripening once they have been picked, so avoid harvesting until they are fully ripe. When the fruits are ripe, they should feel soft and hang down instead of standing perpendicular to the branch. Gently pull the fruit from the plant, handling it as little as possible to avoid bruising it. After picking, store the figs in a refrigerator and do not wash them until you are ready to use them. The sweet, nutritious fruits can be eaten fresh, preserved or used for cooking. Do not consume any other part of the plant.
  • In late fall or winter of the first year after planting, choose four to eight strong, evenly spaced branches to form the basic framework of the plant. Remove any other growth to allow the plant to devote its energy to the selected branches.
  • In years following, thin any branches that become overlapped and cut each main branch back by about one third of its length in late fall or winter. Remove any main branches that have become unproductive to allow them to be replaced by new wood. Dead or damaged wood may be removed at any time to maintain a healthy plant and an attractive appearance.

Winterizing Instructions
  • In zones 6 through 10, fig trees may be left in the ground during winter. If freezing weather is expected, protect the roots by mounding a 6" to 8" layer of shredded bark, compost, leaves, straw or other organic material around the base of the plant. Potted figs should be moved into a protected area on exceptionally cold nights.
  • In colder zones (3 through 5), fig trees should be grown in containers and moved to a cool, dark, protected area that does not freeze for winter. Allow the plant to enter dormancy and lose most of its leaves before bringing it indoors.
  • Watering should be reduced significantly while the plant is indoors. Do not overwater or allow your plant to sit in water.
  • In spring after the threat of freezing weather has passed, remove mulch from in-ground plantings and move containerized plants back outdoors for the summer.

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