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We have quite a few members at this point, so this should be easy. If everyone participates, we'll have a nice list of recommended figs to help new people choose well. After we get further along, I'll convert it to a more friendly format and post it.

Please post you state, zip code, and the 5 best figs that you grow. Best meaning overall good taste and sweetness, along with good productivity. More or less the 5 varieties you wouldn't be without.

I am California 92114

Black Mission NL
Celeste
LSU Purple
Paradiso
Vista/Violette be Bordeaux/Negronne



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Here at my location in Ottawa for a few years in a row I have success with the following i.e. better ripening than other varieties (yet) :

Sal (EL)
Marseilles VS
Hardy Chicago
Natalina
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NC, 28214
Stella
Ronde de Bourdeaux
Marseilles VS
O'Rourke
Celeste


Got plenty of other varieties that have not ripened yet.
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If I am asked for advise by a newbie, I would recommend the following variants for southern British Columbia, Canada, PC V2P3T4.

Desert King(Must Have)
Latarulla
Osborne Prolific(Tony's Greek)
Marseillies VS
Hollier
Barbillone

DK is the most reliable. I have many others under evaluation and some variants like Vicenzo, Slocan(likely Longue d'Aout), Elana, etc can performed outstandingly under near perfect weather conditions from Spring into Summer, especially with Indian Summer.


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This is great information.  Thanks from a very new fig grower.  I'll be taking note.


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Malta Black
Sal Gene strain
Marseilles vs black
Hardy Chicago
Kathleen Black
Stella
The first four cultivars,are very good tasting,no souring ,cold resistant and very easy to grow!
The last 2,are exceptionally tasty large figs,but they are not as easy to grow as the first three,here in NJ,due to cold winters,lack of heat ,too much rain,etc.
Also there are other exceptionally tasting figs,I had a chance to get ripe fruits from,but none are so dependable producer of ripe figs ,like the first three I mentioned.
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So far in 01844 (Methuen, MA):

Hardy Chicago
Marseilles VS
Celeste
LSU Gold

Others in trial.

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M8V Toronto, ON

So far after 2010, I will recommend these:
Natalina
Hardy Chicago
Desert King
Paradiso "Nero/Bronze"
Lattarulla
Verte (Purely on taste alone)
Colsanti Farms Dark
Unknown Calabrese Italy-Red
Kadota/White Texas Everbearing
Palestine Black
Ficazanna
VdB
Easy to grow, all reliable and from good to excellent in regards to yield.

Cant wait until 2011.


 




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Marseilles vs black
Conadria
LSU Gold


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Marseilles VS Black
Hardy Chicago
Sal Gene Strain
Peter's Honey
Stella

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Texas 77619 Zn9

Violette de Bourdeaux

Celeste

Tena

Many more to be evaluated. Stay tuned!


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Jon If at all possible can you lock this to the top of forum page, It seems to be a good reference thread for not only new members like myself but for others to refer back to and do some comparisons
Thanks Sal G

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I locked it at first, and it seemed that maybe people weren't seeing it, so I decided to let it "float", and bump it up each day. Eventually I'll re-pin it and/or put the data as a link at Figs 4 Fun.

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Yorktown, VA
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Celeste
Brown Turkey
LSU Purple
Conandria

Hoping to find a few more.
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In north coast of Spain, climate Z9, mild winters, no frosts, rainy (55 inch/year), mild summers (95 % summers days below 90º F), tends to be cloudy but from time to time decent sunny summers.

My list, in order of preference:

- Bakio (an unknown variety, resembles Marseillaise)
- Negronne (soon could be in the 1st place)
- Ronde de Bordeaux
- Longue d'Aout
- Marseilles VS

* Promising varieties, on advanced trial: Grise de St Jean, Noire de Barbentane, Sucrette, Noire de Caromb,

* I have a lot of varieties on an initial trial with good hope: Pastiliere, Kathleen's Black, Paradiso, Italia 258, "Baud fig", Smith and some more...
* So far Black list: Madeleine des Deux saisons, Sultane, Fiorone di Ruvo.




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Still time to hear from about 606 of our members.

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What do you mean by "So far Black list: Madeleine des Deux saisons, Sultane, Fiorone di Ruvo, Hardy Chicago", and why?


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I say "so far" because it is not a closed list, unfortunately it will include new members in the future.

Why I include those varieties in my black list:

Madeleine des Deux Saisons:
- It is not productive
- It splits and sours badly at the first rain.
Sultane:
- the main crop is late
- It is a good taste fig but nothing special
Fiorone di Ruvo:
- capricious breva producer
- absent or scarce main crop
Hardy Chicago (edited on 05-October-2010):
I initially included Hardy Chicago in my Black List, I have to admit today that it is better than I thought. If it is cropped well ripened, it is a very good tasting fig. I have removed it from my black list.

All the above is according to my opinion, experience and climate. Taste is a personal thing, I know that many people will disagree with me.


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Southern LA,  9A

- Smith
- Hunt
- White Honey
- Hardy Chicago

For the fifth, I am tempted to put LSU Gold because I love how it tastes and its apple-esque size, but it splits too easily in this humidity and constant rain. So, I'll put...

- LSU Tyger (O'Rourke)

Smith and Hunt were astoundingly good this year. If I had an unlimited supply of those, I don't think I'd ever eat anything else. I'll be rooting lots of those this fall.

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Far northeast, New Brunswick, Canada.

This will be my second year for eating figs.  The prolific and tasty ones so far are: from last year:
Celeste
Tony's Greek (from Paully22).
Yugoslavian black (from Dusan)
Vicenzo (Paully22)

still to taste this season:

Black Jack (Adriano):
North Carolina fig (Ottawan).

The black Jack is outside in ground, the others are in a plastic greenhouse in ground.  Zone usually 4b/5a, but this winter it behaved like a zone 6, and summer is the same so far.


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Down's Celeste
Red Italian
Green Italian
Sals Bellaclaire
Patrick Super Giant
A list that will surely change as trial trees bear, tastes improve and hardiness is proven. Zip 37303

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I just wanted to say how very valuable this information is for a new guy.  Thanks to all for taking the time to post.  I wish I had unlimited time and funds to grow all the recommendations.  I look forward to the end of season comments, too.

If you get a minute, have a look at the website I started just a week ago, link is in my signature. 

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Off topic,
Andrew you have a nice looking website started there. I am sure it will grow and become more informative for those growing figs in colder areas. I am also in Zone 5a a bit north in Ottawa but am very much familiar with Vermont since I stayed there for 4.5 years (in mid-60s; what a time that was) doing post-graduate work in Electronics at UVM. Good and lasting memories of the place.

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Thanks, Ottawan.  My oldest son graduated UVM. Still lives in Burlington and works for IBM...nice town.

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what FUN Jon:
Stephen here @ 72701:

WHITE RUSSIAN
PETIT NEGRI (thanks Ottawan!)

AIN'T SEEING  A N Y  THING FROM:
Celeste (I have 4 flavours)
Hardy Chicago (s/b great location: so. wall of slab house: my ONLY actual tree)
White TX Everbearing--not very hardy as well.
Panache ?
to be continued...
Kalamata not hardy, lost both in snowy '09-'10 winter while others survived, no problem.
Haven't given up on:
Black Jack
Black Mission
Brown Turkey


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Stephen
I know a fig called "Petit Negri" but I have not heard of a fig called "Petit Negronne". So is it Petit Negri or Negronne?

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Hello from central Pa. I'm new to posting on here but have been reading the "board" for a year. I have a Brown Turkey, good taste, erattic bearer, that has been inground for 20 years+. Other recent, yet to taste, in ground figs are Hardy Chicago, Gino's, Paradiso and Dark Portuguese, also potted figs are: Italian Golden Honey, Celeste, Black Triano, Petite Negri, Golden Celeste and VDB. Jon

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Current best-tasting and most productive figs


Col de Dame (blanc)  Stands up to rain, intense berry taste, late bearing.

Hardy Chicago and Sal's EL   Good taste, productive, and stand up to rain fairly well

Black Madeira   Unique taste, late bearing, heavy bearing, splits in rain, but still tastes good.

Violette de Bordeaux  Good raspberry taste, shy bearer

Peter's Honey  Mainly for the brebas, taste mostly just sweet, occasionally cream soda taste




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Although I can't speak for many varieties, I guess I can certainly include black mission. It's had a long and dependable history in Tucson, dating back to when Father Kino brought them to the region. I picked a batch today and every single one looks perfect. In my yard, at least, they never split, mold, or go sour.


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GOOD CATCH Ottawan!
Petit Negri they are.
[def. not Negronne]

I think.


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I am in zone 5B.

This was a good summer.  Many days in the 80s and a couple of weeks in the 90s but...night time temps are often in the 50s and sometimes in the 40s.

Most of my trees are still quite young, so it is hard to say.  I'm sure my list will change next year when some of my trees are older.   So far, I have had good luck with the following:

1.  Hardy Chicago - Bears young.  Ripens before anything else I have and ripens everything.  Doesn't mind rain or cold nights.
2.  Marseilles VS Black - Bears young. Starts to ripen right behind HC
3.  Sal's - Gene's Strain.  Same as above
4.  Violette de Bordeaux - Ripens late, but doesn't seem to mind cold nights and rain. Compact and productive
5.  I'll have a better idea next year.

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Zone 6b South NJ(Egg Harbor Twp)
1. Negronne
2. Hardy Chicago
3. Celeste
4. Ronde De Bordeaux
5. Italian Honey

6. Marseilles VS



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Hello,
    I am in zone 5, northeast Kansas, 66044.     Many of my container grown figs are still young, some just making figs for the first time and need more time to see how they pan out.   This list of "5 best" will undoubtedly be updated over time but for now...

Violette de Bordeaux - consistent producer of good tasting figs
Sicilian Black (from James Robin) - consistent producer of very good tasting figs, plant seems to be a bit slow growing.  
"Pananas Purple"  - This is an unidentified fig and the only one grown in the ground with winter protection.   Is productive most years (it makes a lot of decent flavored figs but sometimes they don't ripen before it starts cooling down.   The large one in a pot ripened much earlier this year).
Malta Black  - Just had some this year.
Marseilles (from Monticello)  - A good tasting fig

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Well this is my second season growing figs so most plants are still very young but anyhow here is my best so far in Order.

1- Paradiso " Bronze " From Dusan
2-Italian Fig " Colasanti Farms' Dark Fig
3-Black Mission "Monrovia"
4-Hardy Chicago " Richter's Herbs "
5-English Brown Turkey " Local "




 


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I'm east of San Jose, Ca 95127, sunset zone 16.
So far:
Lampiera
Bourjassotte Gris
Desert King

I get 2 crops from both the lampiera and King, with the breba being pretty bla and the 2nd crop outstanding. Lampiera is much richer in flavor than King.

Stella - looks very promising, but This is the 1st year fruiting for it.
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Buffalo,NY Zone 5b

Many are in my trial-so looking towards next Summer to see which ones perform and how well. I am just as addicted as the rest of you. lol

For Summer of 2010:

Hardy Chicago- got about 100 off each tree/bush. Very rich and super sweet and still ripening with decent taste in cooler temps with rain.

Unknown Mission variant- Very similar to Hardy Chicago, some are still ripening and the flavor is good.

English Brown Turkey- Super sweet but not very figgie, also still ripening it's fruit with decent flavor.

Excell- did great until the rains started, the figs are still ripening but each one
gets a split.

Flanders- some are ripening right now, so In a couple more days or so, I will sample it.

Violet de Bordeau- wow!! Very tasty and still ripening the last few. These were
super tasting.

Also have LSU Gold, LSU Purple, Conadria, Magnolia, Texas Blue Giant, Black Madiera, Tarentella, White Triana, Stella and Atreano that each made a few figs, but I don' t know if they will ripen

Many more varieties are just babies, so this will change next season.

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Hi, I'm new to  fig growing, thanks everyone for the info. Could anyone recommend a fig for zone 7a? 
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goldie,

i'm in zone 7 too. i just started getting fig trees, so i have no clue what is good. but from what i have read, violette de bordeaux (negronne) seems to be good for just about everywhere, so i got one of that and two others.

pete

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hello! guys,i am from jiangsu province of China; i hope you can give me some advises for planting figs. I don't know what kind  of figs fit  here! so please help me!

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Alex, welcome to the forum. It will be interesting to see how figs grow in your area. I checked the internet for information about your weather and if the chart below is correct you would need figs that hold up well cool damp weather perhaps somewhat like our Northwest coast.  Good luck and have fun.

"gene"

 

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall and Days of Rain

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Temp F

37.5

39.7

47.1

57

66.3

73.4

82

82.5

75.3

64.5

54.5

42.6

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10

10

13

13

12

14

11

11

12

10

8

7

Rain Days

9.4

12.0

13.7

14.0

14.6

13.3

11.2

11.4

12.0

8.2

8.1

8.0

 


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thank you!

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All my figs are in 5 gallon buckets, come out of the basement on May 15 & go dormant around Oct 20 or so.  Figs are outside, not in a greenhouse.

My favorite is Conadria which does not ripen every year but when it does they size up nicely.

LSU Celeste Improved
Hardy Chicago (some years the figs are much smaller than usual)
LSU Gold
Brown Turkey




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I am North Carolina  28602

Marseilles VS
Sal's EL
Hardy Chicago
LSU Improved Celeste
Hunt

This list is, of course, subject to change ;)

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Hi All,

I am on San Francisco Peninsula - on the border of zones 9/10 and Sunset zones 15/17.  Summers seem to be getting cooler and windier here the last couple of years, with more frequent afternoon fog than we used to have (we used to never see much).  Daytime highs rarely over 80.  Winter low of 29. 

The figs I have (all a few years old), have not ripened.  They include:  Brown Turkey, White Genoa, Tiger, and Kadota.  I think the problem is not enough heat - but maybe it's the varieties I've planted?  Are there some that would do better without a long, hot summer?

Thanks!



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No doubt the problem is your cultivars,that are not suited to cool,short  Sommer.
Try:Gino's fig,Desert King(breba),Marseilles vs Blk,or Blue Celeste.

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I am in zone 7B - reporting from Charlotte, NC

We had a long summer.  We had early high temps in April and long hot days in July and August.  Looking forward to next year.  Here were my best:

Ronde de Bourdeaux - truly amazing.....wife's favorite
Black Madeira - unique flavor
Dark Portuguese
Gino's - heavy bearer and super fantastic taste
Pananas Purple
Hardy Chicago - super sweet
VdB - another super sweet
Petit Negra
Golden Atreano - BOOM!  What a sweet fig
Sal's
Green Greek - darkest...red sweeter than strawberries
Malta Black
O'Rourke - sweet sugar fig
Scilian Black - darkest fig in collection but very good.
Parasido - one of the best tasting green fig with red center
Strawberry - another-- best tasting green fig with red center
Blue Celeste
Celeste
Red Taco - beautiful red sweet fig

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Hi Dennis:What do you mean when you say Green Greek:sweeter than strawberry:?
Do you mean Strawberry with a lot of white artificial,sugar,around them,or just strawberry.
I have never eat a sweet strawberry bought from store or otherwise grown by me ,here in NJ.
They grow beautiful large but sour.
In the store they are huge beautifull and sour.
Now I was eating some wild strowberry in the Transilvanian mountains,and those were sweet and flavorfull.
I even grew alpine wild strauberry,suposelly from France,here in NJ,a Fragaria species,with the same result:Sour,when ripe.
I concluded is the climate:too hot in the Sommer for sweet strawberry. 
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Hi Herman2, what I mean is Greek Greek figs are sweeter than small wild strawberries or farm strawberries.  Strawberries in our local grocer are watered down and mass produced for money.  But if you go to local farms and pick your own, they taste sweet and juicy.  To me, Green Greek figs are sweeter than those wild strawberries.  You guys gotta try Green Greek figs.  Excellent tasting fig!

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Hi! Dallas Texas area--"These are in ground"

Most hearty are:
Texas Everbearing (crazy productive and extremely fast growing)
Danny's Delight ( still young but put figs on as soon as it was planted grows
                        fast)
Celeste ( dwarf like in my yard with good amount of great figs)
Unknown Pastilier ( fast growth instant figs)

Not a good fit:
Bournabat ( The one I wanted the MOST tried and tried and it died anyway
                 :((  )
Panache ( 2 years little growth and no figs ever)

The rest of my figs are in pots :)
The temp here is Very hot summers, warm rainy fall, from 70's to 20's in the winter, and 30's to 80's spring.. with extreme flux at any given time.

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