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Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

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Chicago Hardy Fig Tree

Chicago Hardy Fig is one Cool Tree

Size:  5 Gallon

Ships Tomorrow
Tue, Jan 27
List: $ 149.90
Sale: $ 74.95
6 at $ 71.20 each
Planting Mix for Fig Trees
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.

Soil Contents
$ 13.98
Sale: $ 6.99
Chicago Hardy Fig Tree
Transplant Fertilizer
DIEHARD™ Transplant - 2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using DIEHARD™ 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 need nutrition.

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

1 oz. Per Gallon Size Container
1 oz. Per Ft. High Bare Root Plant

DIEHARD Transplant
$ 11.90
Sale: $ 5.95

Here’s why:

  • The cold hardiest Fig available
  • Low maintenance tree with high fruit yields
  • Drought tolerant
  • Pest resistant

A Fig Grows in Chicago
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!






Growing Zones: 5-10

Mature Height: 15-30 ft.
Mature Width: 15-30 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Soil Conditions: Well Drained
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Ficus carica 'Chicago Hardy'
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-10
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-10
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It's Easy to Plant 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.

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.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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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
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December 31, 2012
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.
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September 13, 2014
7 months 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.
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September 25, 2014
7 months ago
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!
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September 8, 2014
7 months ago
Growth Rate
the fig tree barley grew from the day we received it. hopefully next season will prove to be a winner.
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October 6, 2014
From woodlyn, PA, US
7 months ago
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how big is a tree quart pot?
A shopper on Jun 8, 2014
Best Answer: A 3 qt pot is about the size of a Milk gallon.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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Does the Chicago Fig need to be covered in the Winter here in S. Mass.? Bill
bill w on Nov 18, 2014
Best Answer: No, the Chicago Hardy Fig is cold hearty enough so you will not have to worry about that.
Reply · Report · Angela SStaff on Jan 5, 2015
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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.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jan 16, 2015
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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.
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is a chicago fig tree deer resistant?
Mike C on Jul 23, 2014
Best Answer: While no plant is 100% deer proof because deer will eat anything if food is scarce the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree isn't the first choice for deer. They'll prefer lots of other foliage over this fig tree, therefore the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree is deer resistant.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 28, 2014
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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.
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will the chicago fig grow on the Ms.gulf coast?
pepper on Jul 21, 2014
Best Answer: The Chicago Hardy Fig Tree should grow well there. IT does well in zones 5 - 10.
Reply · Report · Allison BStaff on Jul 25, 2014
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The winter was hard on my fig tree. Although i had it wrapped with burlap and stuffed leaves in the middle and covered the roots and wraped it in a tarp most of the branches died. I waited before pruning off the dead branches to be sure. I noticed a distinct line of grren low on the plant branches and above that was all brown and dead. The tree is now growing great but its small again and wonder if i'll get any figs this year?
Mike C on Jun 23, 2014
Best Answer: It's possible to get figs this year, but your tree might use its energy in recovering instead. If you pruned back flowering branches they'll need to regrow first.
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Can I keep this as an indoor-only potted tree all year long? If so, what size pot should it go in and how or when should I prune it to keep it from getting too tall for the room? Or is there a better fig tree for indoor-only use?
A shopper on Jun 20, 2014
Best Answer: As long as the Chicago Hardy Fig Tree gets enough sunlight it will be fine. The Brown Turkey Fig doesn't get as large as the Chicago Hardy Fig. It's best to prune these trees in early Spring before the growing season. They're recommended to be planted outdoors though, because they both grow quite large. The Celestial Fig and Brown Turkey Fig both grow extremely well in containers.
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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.
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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.
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Most trees and plants on the website are pictured in their mature form. Depending on the product and growth rate, mature development can take years for your plant to resemble the photos.

Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Late spring to early fall
trees are shipped potted
Some dormant trees
prefer to be potted
Most dormant trees shipped in the
late fall through spring arrive bare root

Bare Root trees are shipped without dirt or any green foliage showing. Some customers who have never planted bare root before, think that they received a "dead stick" with roots. These dormant trees are basically sleeping over the winter as most trees do. Because of their hibernation-like stage, this is a great way to transplant these trees. Since a bare root tree lacks foliage, they need very little moisture.

Most Trees and Shrubs are Pruned Before Shipping... at No Cost to You

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Pruning makes plants appear to be less-full than the ones you may have seen at your local big box garden center. A retailer's goal is to have plants look their best while sitting in the store. Our goal is to have them look the best after you plant them.

Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.