Growing and Harvesting from My Very Own Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

One of the coolest things ever was pulling ripe figs right from the tree in California and enjoy them with friends at Veggie Trials last summer. I’ve always wanted a fig tree of my own not only because they produce yummy fruit but because the tree is beautiful.

Growing and Harvesting from My Very Own Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

In this video, check out the last of the fig harvest after a long summer of enjoyment.  The tree provides more than just edible amazing fruit – the shade in the dome is amazing during the hot high sun days.  Be sure to check out the video below and comment. You maybe surprise WHO is the biggest fig fan in my home. 

 This video was recorded and edited on my iPhone.

The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

Chicago Hardy Fig Tree
Chicago Hardy Fig

It wasn’t until I figured out how to harvest the fig that I truly fell in love.  A few years ago I wasn’t watching the delicate fruit and it would riping and rot because I didn’t know you have to harvest within a day in the growing conditions I have the tree in.  I am not sure if they ripen as quick outdoors.  One thing for sure, the fig is NOTHING like pears or apples we grow in our orchard.

Chicago Hardy Fig Harvest Time

If you are in the cooler end of the zoning you will want to mulch the tree really well before winter arrives. The tree may even die all the way back. I’m keeping mine in a large tall container growing in the Geodesic Bio Dome this winter.  The Chicago Hardy Fig tree is rated for zone 5-10.

Amazing Fig Harvest

lush bite into hardy fig

Rich in iron and high fiber in these little boost your energy flavor booms! Not only can you just eat these amazing fruits off of the tree but there are many recipes featuring these treats.  The tree I grow in the dome has been producing 3-4 figs each day for the month of July and August.  

My Thoughts

Helpers in the Dome Greenhouse

I totally recommend this tree in any garden. Because it is so hardy you can basically grow it anywhere.  Give it a try!

Let’s Connect

I really hope you get the chance to experience this fig variety in your home garden.  If you are not sure what to do after reading this post be sure to comment below.  As always, connect with me on my contact page featured on this website.

Happy Fig Growing,

Bren Haas

Note: This page was updated from a Giveaway post in 2015.

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