Figs have been cultivated for thousands of years and yet, still remain popular as home grown fruit. ‘White Genoa’ is a cultivar that has proved to be successful in the Pietermaritzburg climate and surrounding Midlands areas. It’s a robust grower that produces heavily, with two ripening periods; one in summer and the main crop in early autumn. Medium sized figs have greenish-yellow skin with sweet, amber coloured flesh. Excellent for jams or picked green for making fig preserve. Fresh fruit are delicious eating as well.
Plant figs in a sunny position in well drained soil with free air movement all around the tree. They can also be grown in a large pot or container. Water them during dry period only. Feed in spring and summer with a low nitrogen fertiliser like 2:3:4. Prune back any long or unweildy growth in winter. Regular pruning is not necessary in the home garden.