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Chicago Hardy Fig Tree


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-t- Planting Mix
Chicago Hardy Fig Tree Planting Mix

Helps your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ (DIEHARD™) Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 5-10

Growing Zones 5-10
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-10
(green area above)

You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

15-30 ft.

Mature Width:

15-30 ft.


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Botanical Name:

Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'

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Withstands Temperatures down to -20F

A Cold-Hardy, No-Fuss Fig

No matter how cold it gets, the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree will never let you down. It's a Fig-yielding machine that can withstand some of the coldest winter temperatures Mother Nature can dish out. Also known as the Cold Hardy Fig, it can literally freeze over and still come back strong the following spring, producing bushels of plump, delicious figs.

Achieving heights of up to 30 feet, the Cold Hardy Fig can be trimmed to size and maintained as small as 6 feet high if desired. The large, three-fingered leaves offer a thick screen of lush greenery when left to flourish. Add to that the deep purple figs that provide a lovely visual accent and you have a stunning, functional tree that will enhance any planting location you choose.

This Tree really Gives a Fig-and then some!

As wonderful as the Chicago Hardy looks, the real prize is all the figs. The golf ball sized, richly colored fruit abounds. Slice one open and behold the juicy flesh of these high quality figs. Perfect for peeling and eating right off the tree in late summer to early fall, you'll be enjoying these amazing figs in your first season after planting. And the numbers may surprise you. Your Chicago Hardy will yield as many as 100 pints of figs each season!

These healthy, delicious treats can be used in a variety of ways to spruce up meals and desserts. Whether tossed into salads, added to oatmeal or wrapped in prosciutto for an unforgettable appetizer, your homegrown figs will always keep things interesting in landscape and kitchen alike.

Order your Cold Hardy Fig Tree today!

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Customer Reviews

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My fig tree arrived in perfect condition! Box was well protected and my tree was perfect, it even has baby figs. Was very pleased with this purchase and am looking forward to ordering more! Thank you
December 31, 2012
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AMAZING GROWTH!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The fig tree was a little under 2 feet tall and under 2 feet wide when I planted it. Now less than a year later it is almost 5 feet tall and over 4 feet wide, it is bursting with life and so many healthy leaves. I even found my first few figs, which is amazing as I thought it had put all its energy into growing! WOW! Fig trees and most other fruit trees struggle a bit in the Florida weather but Fast-Growing-Trees have the best chance of surviving here AND FGT replaces them if they don't make it. Tip: ALWAYS BUY INSURANCE on trees no matter where you live because sometimes it takes a while for them to get in trouble, so you need the years coverage.
July 24, 2015
Safety Harbor, FL
1 year ago
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So Far So Good
The little tree seems to be doing okay. The fruit it had on it ripened and tasted great. No new growth as of yet. I assume it is establishing it's root system.I'll be waiting to see how it takes our Ohio winter, as this one is forecasted to be a rough one. Keeping my fingers crossed--as I titled this, so far so good.
September 13, 2014
over 2 years ago
Great tree
The tree arrived healthy. I planted it in the yard and within 2 weeks, it had buds on it for figs. It's growing rather well so far and I'm happy with it. All that remains at this point is to see how it fares over the winter months being so small a tree.
September 25, 2014
over 2 years ago
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Great fig tree!
I My grandma got me this tree. Slow growth, but has survived this winter, with cold lasting throughout March! We wrapped it in burlap for the winter, and not much more, but it is still healthy. No figs, but that is expected, because I received it in October. It is small, but I love this tree.
April 4, 2015
New York City, NY
Growing Zone:
cold hardy fig
Still way to early for a review, must see that it survives out CT winter. But the fruit we got was nice!
September 8, 2014
over 2 years ago
Growth Rate
Better than expected
Plant was delivered on time and healthy, several figs already on the tree. Planted immediately according to directions. No sign of root shock. Still early, but it looks like it took. One fig has ripened and signs of new growth are apparent.

Very pleased!
July 29, 2015
1 year ago
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Planted tree in early spring. About a dozen figs are growing strong. Two thumbs up
July 25, 2015
Annapolis, MD
1 year ago
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Chicago hardy fig
Very happy with my fig tree. Came very small, so I was afraid to plant n the backyard, but doing well outside, still in pot and setting few fruits already.
July 25, 2015
1 year ago
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All positive. Looks great, growing well and nothing negative I can say. Looking forward to ripe fruit time.
July 25, 2015
1 year ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

Step 1: Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Planting & Care

Step 2: Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3: Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Chicago Hardy Fig Tree again after the transplant is complete.

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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We live in an area in which has harsh winter weather. Therefore, this was the perfect fruiting tree for us.
Harvey H on Oct 15, 2016
Figs trees , biblical
Yacoub, a on Oct 11, 2016
We live in an area in which has harsh winter weather. Therefore, this was the perfect fruiting tree for us.
Harvey H on Oct 15, 2016
Erlinda M on Oct 14, 2016
Figs trees , biblical
Yacoub, a on Oct 11, 2016
Always wanted one in this snow.
Jorge F on Oct 7, 2016
Hardy. I live in Illinois.
Young D on Oct 7, 2016
My sister have this kind of tree in Kansas and she was telling me the fruit was delicious, very easy to grow. I am going to try it and see how it goes.
Please making sure it will growing in zone 7, that where I going to grow it. Thank you
Trung T on Oct 6, 2016
Nobody else has a fig tree. Thought it would be fun for my Mennonite neighbors.
Cheryl L on Oct 4, 2016
I sent them as gifts and one of the recipients, John Kass a page two editorial reporter for Chicago Tribune wrote a column on figs and mentioned theChicago Hardy Fig I sent him
michael b on Sep 29, 2016
i like the description and the fact that it grows very cold hardy.
patti t on Sep 28, 2016
We chose this fig because we are in zone 5 and also they are tasty figs! Hopes are high for our first fig tree!
Scott S on Sep 26, 2016
Choose this for the cold zones it grows in. Love figs and am looking forward to growing this tree along with my other fruit trees!
Richard S on Sep 24, 2016
Grows in my Growing Zone
William C on Sep 19, 2016
I am developing an orchard that is small in both # of trees and height. This tree can be maintained at a height of less than 15'. I love fresh figs. It is very difficult to find fig trees that can thrive in zone 5, and this one can. Although it does not provide good fall color, that does not matter in my "back-of-the-property" orchard.
Elaine R on Sep 18, 2016
My son needs a fig tree, and this is a perfect time to plant it. It will withstand a New Jersey winter, but not their screwy roads
Maija P. on Sep 17, 2016
figs are hard to find and we love them.
vincent c on Sep 12, 2016
because we like hardy figs and they grow good in our South GA climate..
donna m on Sep 11, 2016
friend has one, good looking and tasty
james h on Sep 11, 2016
I love the fruit
george j on Sep 8, 2016
Was looking for one in the store and couldn't find one. Was happy to find one . I grow many fruit trees and wanted to add to the varities
Mary L on Sep 6, 2016
love figs
Richard B on Sep 6, 2016
we family love it
muzaffar b on Sep 4, 2016
We have had a potted fig tree for years, did not know about the hardy Chicago Fig until very recently. It gets harder every year to lug our tree in and out, so we're looking forward to having a tree that will grow and produce figs outside! Can't wait to get it!
Francine T O on Jun 15, 2016
Cold Hard my last fig bush did not make it threw this cold season
Hiram S on Jun 13, 2016
I love figs and the leaves are so beautiful to look at.
Carol W on Jun 9, 2016
ROBERT W on Apr 22, 2016
I had 3 reasons for buying figs. I have never had a fig and am looking forward to trying one. A pregnant friend of mine first brought it up, telling me how in Italy where she grew up, figs were prominent and how much she missed them. So reason #2 is as a baby gift for her...and reason #3 is as part of my cancer prevention, healthful lifestyle. In Ty Bollinger's videos it is mentioned that vine / tree ripened fresh fruits produce a chemical that is cancer killing. I'm on board with that!
Judy A on Apr 22, 2016
I hope this tree grows in my area of Wisconsin
mary h on Apr 18, 2016
I just lost my own fig tree to frost this spring. Would like a hardier version so I don't need to bring pot in and out of the house every year. Hopefully this one will do and yield fruit as sweet as my others
Mark M on Apr 16, 2016
It's my sister's preferable fruit.
Alfred D on Apr 15, 2016
It can withstand the cold.
Carol B on Apr 15, 2016
My grandmother had a fig tree in her backyard and I really like figs. I'm not sure that I can keep this one alive. I live in western Colorado and I am from the south. Lots of difference in climate. We will see.
sharon c on Apr 14, 2016
in celebration of the neighborhood that used to be Italian and had fig trees in many backyards
erika b on Apr 12, 2016
My wife really wants a fig tree and it's cold hardy
John D on Apr 5, 2016
One word.... Delish!!
Mary D on Mar 31, 2016
Healthy alternative
Richard S on Mar 30, 2016
Wanted something that would survive Zone 5 winters in a planter. Let's see how we do.
Sandra M on Mar 29, 2016
cold hardiness is a definite + for my area and like being able to trim as needed.
linda r on Mar 26, 2016
Love figs , have a few plants put always looking for type that can withstand winter in NJ
agostino m on Mar 25, 2016
wanted a hardy fig
douglas w on Mar 24, 2016
I do not know any thing about this fig tree, wants to check it out.
Dewey H on Mar 24, 2016
I love figs and wanted a tree that would survive in my area.
Brian J on Mar 19, 2016
It was good for zone 5 and we wanted a fig tree.
Linda S on Mar 17, 2016
Inspired by the fig tree at the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Enormous canopy, fruit bearing and beautiful.
Diane R on Mar 17, 2016
Due to it's hardiness given we live in Chicago
Hannah A on Mar 13, 2016
Chicago Figs grow very good in zone 6. God bless.
Brad K on Mar 12, 2016
My brother has a place in the Catskills!
Robert S on Mar 11, 2016
Want to make sure they survive our winters in TN/KY border. Lately, our winters have been much colder than usual. Looking for edible plants.
Frances C on Mar 11, 2016
Love fresh figs
betty r on Mar 11, 2016
Got one last year and produced in its first year. Loved it so much got some more for me and a friend of mine.
Michael E on Mar 6, 2016
Love Figs, had one at my old house... thought I would get another.
Heather S on Mar 3, 2016
Erlinda M on Oct 14, 2016
Always wanted one in this snow.
Jorge F on Oct 7, 2016
will it grow outside in zone 6?
A shopper on Aug 4, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Chicago hardy figs will grow in zone 6. We had one growing for 3 seasons. But . . . you need to protect it in the Winter. I did not protect it during the winter of 2013-2014; and it did not make it so I got one from Fast Growing Trees . I have hear of a fig that has been growing for a number of years and is now about 8 ' . They have a frame work and even blankets that they used. It is possible but you need to protect it.
what is the ideal height to maintain this fig tree ?
alienann on May 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: This variety is only supposed to grow to around 6 feet. I see no need to prune it to be smaller.
When will the fig bear fruit?
Helen Y M on Jun 3, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Figs tend to bear fruit no matter the age of the plant. We have seen some fig plants that are less than 2 years old, full of fruit.
How tall is the fig tree?
A shopper on Jun 9, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Fig Tree can grow 15-30 ft. tall. The 3 gallon size is about 2 feet tall.
can this grow in Katonah NY? can I plant it in the earth or do I need a pot ?
Girija S on Jun 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I gave this tree to my brother in law last year. He planted in the ground ,and it went through a record breaking winter. It already has given fruit this year and is growing just great.
Do I need to cover this fig in the winter. Living in the Reading, PA. Area. (South Eastern PA) thr taste of this fig has compared to other figs...sweetness and quality. Or, do you have a better selection for a fig tree in my area of PA? Thx!
Bob M on Jun 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree won't need to be covered, but placing a sheet over it at night to protect it from frost will protect it if you get worried. Place mulch, pine straw or hay around your tree to keep the roots warm. It produces a sweet fig that's rich in flavor similar to the Turkey Fig.
can I grow it in a pot than bring indoors after all leave fall off?
Irene R on Jun 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: That's what I do. In the fall, I bring our fig trees into the garage and let them winter over, giving them maybe a cup of water once a week. Keep trees out of direct sunlight (you can cover with black plastic). And then just put them back outside in the spring.
Do you need two trees to pollenate?
rob g on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree is self pollinating, so it doesn't need a mate. However multiple trees always help with pollination.
my chicago fig is still in a large container and doing excellent....is it too late to plant it in the ground here in northern massachusetts?
alienann on Jul 14, 2015
You can still plant your fig, but it will require a little more attention if it is extremely hot. You also have the option of waiting until fall and planting it then, as long as it continues to do well in the pot.
Is it okay to plant a fig tree in August or should I wait until next Spring? I live in zone 5.
Sonia M on Aug 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'm nowhere near an expert but I have three of these and they really are hardy. I've heard that the best time to plant trees is in the fall but I planted mine in the spring and it's coming along. And don't give up on them easily. After a heavy snow and long periods of intense cold, they are doing just great.
Could we trimmed hardy fig in summer? or it is best to wait spring time
Yves P on Jul 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is best to prune them in the winter or fall.
Will this tree do well on the Oregon Coast in Seaside, OR.???
A shopper on Jun 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Oregon Coast would be a fine area for a Chicago Hardy Fig Tree to grow.
Planted my Hardy Chicago Fig Tree September 2015. Appears to be growing well this year in warm sunny weather. Can you provide pruning instructions for optimum fruit yield ?
Felix L on Jul 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They produces fruit on old and new growth, but more prolifically on new
growth. Prune lightly in late winter just before new growth emerges to remove dead or
damaged wood, and open plant up to the sunlight
Are your fig trees organic,and do you use roundup ?
gary i on Apr 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: To comply with USDA phytosanitary regulations, we are required to apply a mild chemical treatment to all fruit trees shipped over state lines. This treatment is required to prevent the spread of potentially devastating pathogens from one state to another and is mandatory for all growers. Once your trees arrive, you can use all natural and organic growing techniques to grow organic fruit.
No we do not use round up
When is it safe to plant the fig tree?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It's best to plant this tree in the early spring or early fall. Since it's currently mid winter we suggest planting this tree 6 weeks after the final freeze in your area.
how much sun this this tree needs daily?
scooter on Jul 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree does best with at least 6 hours of sunlight a day. This fig tree is shade tolerant, and does well in full to partial sunlight.
Couple questions. Is the 3 gal tree already producing? Will it withstand direct sunlight in zone 9?
j m on Jun 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree will produce fruit within a year of being planted, but may need some time to get established in its new environment first. It can withstand full sunlight in zone 9.
Can fig tree be planted in a pot?
Gerri C on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes they can, I live in Mass cold temperatures and I have the tree in a pot take it out during the summer and keep it in during the winter, the tree can survive the cold and snow, but I like in a very large pot, baring fruit. Enjoy
Will it do well in clay soil?
FrancisMeuse on Sep 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Grew it in a pot last summer, then put the tree and the soil from the pot in a hole about twice the diameter of the pot. I'm in New Jersey near the Delaware River and the soil has lots of clay. This summer it's going crazy. About 40 figs so far. Last summer in the pot only got 6 or 7
Do we need another tree for pollination?
Gloria Y on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Nope. Mine fruited the 1st year. It is important to restrict the root growth though. Either in a pot or put slab rock under the plant when planting.
Will this tree grow outdoors in Minneapolis MN?
Je L on Aug 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They claim it is hardy in cold weather. Overall I would not recommend it. The first one I got didn't survive the winter in New Jersey. The replacement they sent was a seedling. All the growth it on tender stems. I doubt it will make it through the winter. There certainly are not going to be any figs this year. I will never buy anything from this place again.
Do the roots stay shallow, or will they go deep? How deep a container do I need?
Zeo P on Aug 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I grew mine the first summer in a 15 gallon pot and it seemed happy and produced a few figs. This year I put in in the back yard and it's about 3 feet tall and has about 20 figs developing so far. The roots did not grow to the bottom of the pot last year, so I suspect it has shallow roots.
If it's 20 below zero temp, can it survive?
Bhupat D on Jun 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Roots will survive. And maybe 1-2 inched of trunk if covered with mulch, leaves or both. Starts growing back in June, within a month reaches around foot, foot and a half. Looks like medium sized bush by fall. Will never take a tree form where temperatures reach -20, unless somehow winter protected. But it bears fruit on the new grows anyway.
is this hardy fig tree self pollinating?
john c on Apr 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes we keep these in our greenhouse through the winter and are currently harvesting figs so yes they are self pollinating
I live near Detroit. Is it ok to plant the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree behind our house facing east?
Mahadevan S on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
In the description it says to peel and eat the fruit...do I need to peel the fruit to eat it?
Peggy V on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I do not generally peel figs; they can be eaten with the skin or without.
before I buy this fig tree, when is the best time to plan it, summer or fall?
Governor J on Aug 2, 2015
BEST ANSWER: My experience is early spring , I've planted the summer and fall they did okay but we're stunted for a long time
We planted two Chicago Hardy fig trees in early May; branches had no indication of any growth. Now, about a month and a half later, there is still no sign of sprouting of anything. Do I need to wait until next growing season to see any leaves, etc? We're in central Maryland; plants did not have any frost and have been well-watered since they were put in the ground.
Glen S on Jun 17, 2015
BEST ANSWER: We never put small fig trees in the ground as we live in NY - we put them in 5 gallon containers and wrap them up and put in the shed for the winter - last year when we received the fig tree - it did have some growth on it - no figs ... this year after we have taken it out in April the leaves have grown dramatically and we see indication where figs are forming ... check that the stems still feel alive and not dry and brittle - I'm sure by next year you will see growth!
How fast does this tree grow? How many feet a year?
Jackie on May 23, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I only bought the tree a year ago. All I can say is, it is growing beautifully, and is very healthy. I am not sure exactly how much it has grown in size, but it is quite a bit. We kept it indoors in the garage over the New England winter. Can't wait to see what we get for a yield this year. I'm glad we bought this particular variety and we're hoping for very good things to come.
can i grow inside? I also have a Mission Fig Tree indoors that's about 12 years old. bearing no fruit. Suggestions?
Angelyn P on Jun 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Chicago Fig Tree can get 15 to 30 feet wide and 15 to 30 feet tall, so it isn't recommended for indoor growth. It would survive indoors with proper care, but would have to be regularly pruned back. You may need to pollinate you Mission Fig Tree by hand. Take a paint brush and gently paint over each bloom daily to spread pollen. Don't wash the paint brush. Indoor Trees don't have the wind or bees to naturally spread pollen.

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