Figs are the ideal fruit tree for a Mediterranean climate as they relish the long hot dry summers experienced in southern and inland Australia. In cold areas where crops are slow to ripen, grow figs against a warm, north-facing wall to maximise warmth and improve ripening.
Where space is restricted, figs can be espaliered against a sunny wall for example in a courtyard. Compact and dwarf trees are now available that suit small spaces.
Although figs grow best in a Mediterranean climate they also flourish in humid climates.
Aspect Sunshine and warmth is vital so select a protected, north-facing spot with shelter from cold winds.
Soil Any well-drained soil suits but a neutral to slightly alkaline soil (around 7) is ideal. Keep soil healthy by topping it up with Seasol Super Compost throughout the year.
Climate These are Mediterranean plants that do best in warm, frost-free locations but will grow from cool regions to the subtropics.