Fig 'St Dominique Violette'
Reportedly grown at Burnley Horticultural College in Melbourne as early as 1875 and listed in old mail-order catalogues up until the 1930s, this violet-skinned, French fig is worthy of a reprise. Sourced through a local orchardist family on the Mornington Peninsula, whose family have been growing fruit trees in Victoria for three generations, this fig is one for the collector and connoisseur of fine fruits. Self-pollinating.
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.