Sweet Temptation Fig™ – 2 plants

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Sweet Temptation Fig™ will grow in the cooler regions of Australia as well as warmer and subtropical climates. Sweet Temptation Fig has a low vigour and so is easier to manage than many other fig varieties. These qualities make Sweet Temptation fig ideal for confined garden spaces and pots or tubs. The fruit is sweet with firm flesh and good shelflife. This variety is a prolific bearer.

This variety is part of the PlantNet® Backyard Beauties® for exceptional fruit trees.

Description

Site Selection – Plant in full sun. In hot climates, consider a space where the tree receives afternoon shade to reduce fruit scalding. If planting, prepare your site with compost, soil improvers, or composted manure, and make sure the soil is free draining.

Planting Dig your hole at the time of planting. Dig a hole twice the width of the rootball/pot, and one and a half deep. Backfill with a mixture of premium garden soil and good quality soil from the hole. Mulch and water in well. Note – do not use this fill in extremely clay or sandy soils. Create a mound, spend time adjusting your soil, or use a pot. See more information about this in the growing guides in our Plant Care tab.

Potting – Use a pot at least 50cms wide and deep. Use high quality premium potting mix, you may add perlite or pine bark to add structure. Mulch and water in well.

Staking – Staking may not be necessary but where utilised, use two stakes with soft, loose ties around the tree. Ensure the tree can still ‘wiggle’ in the wind to develop strong anchorage on its own. Remove the stakes when the trunk is thicker than the stake used, or in year 2.

Watering – Use the 1,2,3,4 method to establish. Water once a day for a week, then every two days for two weeks, then every three days for three weeks, and so on. Always adjust to your local weather and increase watering in hot and windy weather, decrease in cold or rainy weather. Young fig trees require more regular watering that older trees.

Fertilising – Use a balanced fertiliser blend. The main fertilising period is late Winter/early Spring and again in Autumn. To give you a general guide, PlantNet® has created a great guide for fertilising deciduous fruit trees in pots from trial work completed by PlantNet® over a 3 year period. Please note that these recommendations are specific to apples, pears, and stone fruit. A great plan to follow for figs is Trial 2.

Pruning – Pruning encourages new growth, and fig trees fruit from new growth. A good time to prune fig trees is in winter, focusing on dead or diseased wood, then removing crossing over branches and suckers, and finally focusing on shaping. Fig trees can be shaped in many ways and can regrow after pruning vigorously. Play around with shaping and explore ways in which to increase your fruiting wood by pruning.

Pest & Disease Control – Fig trees aren’t generally susceptible to many pests or diseases. However, you can view more common pests and diseases on our fig tree growing guide.

For further information, visit our Plant Care page to view all of our growing guides, fertiliser trials, and seasonal tips!