The Sal's Fig tree is a popular cultivar of fig tree known for its ability to withstand cold temperatures, making it suitable for growing in regions with harsh winters. Sal's Fig is a prolific fig tree variety that produces a bountiful harvest of medium to small figs ranging in color from black to dark purple. These figs have a luscious dark strawberry pulp and a white to amber flesh with a rich, sweet flavor. It's particularly notable for its excellent hardiness, making it a great choice for regions along the East coast. In cooler climates, it tends to ripen later in the season.
This fig variety has an interesting history. It originated from the Dipaolo family in Long Island, New York, and it bears a striking resemblance to the Hardy Chicago fig. Sal's Fig exhibits vigorous growth and is well-suited for Northeastern climates. It's worth noting that this fig is known for its hardiness, although it may not be entirely immune to severe winter conditions.
Appearance: The Sal's Fig tree typically has large, lobed leaves that are bright green in color. The fig fruit itself is small to medium-sized and can vary in color from light brownish to brownish-purple when ripe.
Cold Tolerance: One of the key characteristics of the Sal's Fig is its ability to tolerate cold temperatures, down to around -10°F (-23°C) or even lower with proper winter protection. This trait sets it apart from many other fig varieties, which are more sensitive to cold.
Fruit Flavor: The figs produced by the Sal's Fig tree are sweet and have a mild, honey-like flavor, generally more intense fig flavor than other fig varieties. When fully ripe, they can be enjoyed fresh or used in various culinary applications, including desserts, jams, and preserves.
Fruit Production: Sal's Fig trees are known for being dependable prolific fruit producers once established. They typically bear fruit on both new and old wood, which means they can produce figs even after severe winter pruning. The plants are known for their hardiness and robust growth.
Growing Conditions: Sal's Fig trees thrive in full sun and well-draining soil. They require regular watering, especially during dry periods. Pruning can help maintain their shape and encourage fruit production.
For fig enthusiasts, Sal's Fig is often highly regarded, especially alongside other favorites like Negronne (also known as Violette de Bordeaux). While Negronne may have an edge in taste, Sal's Fig is known for its productivity and enjoyable flavor.
Each Cutting will be at minimum 8" long. Cuttings Come per-packaged, Prepared & Ready To Root In 8-12 Weeks. ~!!
Just leave package on top of your refrigerator and see it happen ~!!
Other Directions for Rooting ~!
Figs are easy to propagate as they root very easily. There are several ways to propagate them.
Take cuttings which are 6 inches long. The best cuttings will have some of last year's wood on them.
If the weather is still unsettled and likely to frost, store the
cuttings in a sealed zip lock in the produce bin in your refrigerator.
If the weather is warm and likely to stay warm, pot your cuttings in
sand or a good-quality potting mix.
Using 4-inch deep plastic pots, pack a half sheet of newspaper tightly
into the bottom of the pot. Put a little mix in the bottom, stand 1 to 4
cuttings upright in each pot, and fill with the mix.
Water the pots thoroughly and stand them in a very bright, BUT NOT
SUNNY place. It should be warm 70+ F. Cover the pot with an empty 2 or 3
liter soft drink bottle with the bottom cut out (leave the lid on).
Don't water the cuttings again until they are very dry. Test for
dryness occasionally by lifting the pot. If the pot is very light, water
it by setting it in a pan of water and letting it soak. When you see
vigorous growth, it is time to harden off the new plants. Remove the
bottle cap and see how they do. If okay, remove the bottle after a few
days. Keep an eye on them and reinstall the bottle if the plants wilt.
After a few days it will be time to pot up the new plants. Don't do
this just because you see leaves growing. Sometimes there will be 4 or 5
leaves and few, if any, roots. Wait until you see vigorous growth.