Fig (Ventura Dwarf) Tree

Fig (Ventura Dwarf) Tree

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The popular Ventura Fig is a compact tree that produces luxurious edible fruit with green skin and dark red flesh.  It is the perfect tree for a small courtyard garden, as it grows best in a large pot (or half wine barrel) and also espaliers well.    

Our Ventura Figs are young specimens in 1.5 litre pots.  

What is the Ventura Fig? (Ficus Carica Ventura)? 

Fig trees are deciduous fruit trees, native the the Mediterranean and western Asia. This structural tree looks gorgeous in Elegant and Mediterranean-style gardens, and is also an option for a rooftop garden.  Their large green leaves have 3 - 5 lobes, making them an exotic addition to the garden.

In late summer, the Ventura variety produces tear shaped green figs with elongated necks.  Inside, they have dark red flesh and a lots of crunchy seeds.  Left to its own devices, this tree will grow to about 3m high and 2m wide, but size can easily be managed with pruning and by growing it in a half wine barrel/pot.   

Culinary Uses for Ventura Figs

Figs are a taste of summer - sweet and floral, but not tart.  Their flavour is a cross between dates and strawberries, with a hint of vanilla or honey in the background.  They are used frequently in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and European cuisine.

Figs are delicious eaten raw soon after picking.  We also love roasted figs and summer stone fruit served with mascarpone cream and a drizzle of honey.  This fruit works well with savory dishes, pairing well with with blue cheese or goats cheese, or lamb and pork. Try Figs wrapped in prosciutto and BBQed - so good! Make leftover fruit into jam or chutney, or dry them.  

Growing Conditions - Ventura Fig Trees

Figs planted containers can be planted at most times of the year.  You only need to plant one tree for a good crop of fruit. Strawberries and Marigold are excellent companion plants.  Restricting Fig tree roots at planting encourages heavier fruiting and prevents them from taking over the garden.  Take care not to plant near drains.

Fig trees thrive in full sun, rich but free-draining loam and sheltered from strong winds.  Their main requirement is regular water (especially when fruiting). Plant with a  good dose of compost and manure pellets, and top-up with food in spring and summer. Dormant Figs tolerate moderate winter frosts, but budding trees are sensitive to spring frosts.  

Figs naturally form into a vase-shaped, spreading shape. Prune lightly in winter if needed to keep it compact, remove disease, or encourage air flow.  We don't recommend pruning in summer or without gloves, as the milky sap can cause blisters.  

Figs need to ripen on the tree, so you will need to think about bird protection in fruiting season.  The fruit is ripe when it starts to flop and has a little 'give' when squeezed.

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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