Fig 'Diggers Purple Heart'
Donated to Diggers by Cheryl Dingle, a Diggers member from regional Victoria. Cheryl's tree came from a cutting from a farm in Alexandra, and was reported to have been brought into Australia by a Spanish or Italian immigrant in the late 1800s. Cheryl named it 'The Heart Fig' after the distinctive heart-shaped leaf, and described it as 'the Rolls Royce of figs'. Once we tasted it, we couldn't agree more! Delicious sweet fruit with a thin skin that means you can eat the fruit whole. You'll NEVER see this one at the supermarket!
Plant figs in full sun in a soil enriched with decomposed manure and compost, preferably with a neutral pH. While tolerant of most soils, figs require adequate drainage and dislike wet or waterlogged sites. Mediterranean plants, figs will tolerate periods of dry soil, but this may reduce cropping. Stake at planting and protect from strong winds which will damage the fragile branches. Mulch well at planting.