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Growing fig trees in a greenhouse or under plastic can expand the varieties that can be grown, as it can avoid rain absorbing into the skin and ruining the fruits, and also regulate humidity and keep temperatures warmer in the winter.
When not growing under plastic, you are limited to varieties that only perform well in humid areas and can survive winter lows. -It's important to consider both the minimum temperature a fig tree can survive and the duration of the cold.
The challenge with commercial figs is that many of them are quite soft and can turn to mush quickly. Cold storage and harvesting in the morning can help maintain fruit quality.
Organizing the fruits in a way that they aren't stacked on top of each other in a container and considering skin color and size can also be important for commercial fig production.
Are you looking to grow figs commercially in a humid climate? Look no further! In this post, we dive into the unique challenges and solutions for successfully cultivating figs in humid environments like Cape Cod or Philadelphia. From utilizing greenhouses and plastic to selecting the right varieties, we've got you covered. Whether you're a small organic farmer or a local restaurant owner, this post is packed with valuable information to help you grow market-friendly figs that will impress your customers. Don't miss out on the secrets to fig success- read on!
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Growing figs for a farm CSA or commercially for local markets can provide several benefits for farmers.
High demand: Figs are a popular fruit that is in high demand in many local markets and are becoming the next "in" food. They are being used not only for consumption but in skin care products, health products, and even as a coffee alternative. This can lead to a profitable crop for farmers.
Long harvest season: Figs typically have a long harvest season, which can provide a steady source of income for farmers.
Versatility: Figs can be used in a variety of ways in the kitchen, from fresh eating to preserving, adding value to the crop.
Low maintenance: Once established, fig trees require relatively low maintenance and are drought tolerant, which can make them a cost-effective crop for farmers.
Sustainable crop: Figs are a perennial crop, which can be a sustainable option for farmers as they do not need to be replanted every year.
Variety of options: There are many different varieties of figs available, each with its unique flavor and texture, which can be a great way to offer a diverse selection to customers.
Local market: Selling figs in a local market can be beneficial as it allows farmers to build a relationship with their customers and understand their preferences.
Organic: Figs can be easily grown organically, which can be a great way to appeal to customers who are interested in buying organic produce.
A Case Study for Growing Fig Trees Commercially in Humid Climates
Hi Ross, I have a small organic farm/CSA service and provide my produce too few local restaurants. I’ve gotten hooked on growing figs over the last few years and have found your blog incredibly informative and useful.
I’m curious if you might have any insight or suggestions for more commercial/market friendly figs that could perform well in my climate. I’m in zone 7a, Cape Cod. I understand there are unique differences between properties considering micro climates and have found most of the varieties I’ve tried so far have actually done quite well.
I have a 10x20 ft polycarbonate greenhouse I can utilize and imagined mostly growing in containers with some I’m trying out in ground. I have a few good pockets on the property in warm protected sunny spots.
Any thoughts would be appreciated and looking forward to trying the LSU Tiger cuttings I’ve purchased. Thank you, Eric