I am new to the the forum and am a fig beginner. I only have two Brown Turkeys (planted against a south-facing wall and protected in winter) but plan to expand my collection. My husband and I run a backyard nursery that specialises in grapes, berries and other small fruit plants. We are in Zone 6 and this limits our fig choices.
Jon and I were talking about growing figs from seeds. I noticed that growing figs from seeds have not been touched in the forum, so I think that its a good idea to talk about it here so that there is a reference to it for those interested.
Jon said -
` I don't think fig seeds would be a problem, but they do not come true to the parent. So there is no telling what you would get. Half would be male caprifigs, The rest might or might no have fruit, and most would not be great. I keep about 10 seedlings each year, just for fun, and have one winner, one promising, and one maybe.`
How are the fruit from your seedling trees, Jon? How long did it take from seedling to fruit bearing?
I have actually tried to germinate my Brown Turkey seeds but they did not germinate. An old German nursery guide book (G. Krüessmann 1954) states that fig seedlings from figs grown in Germany will not bear fruit.
Has anyone else tried their hands at breeding fig plants?