Our seeds come from making controlled crosses with desirable female varieties and persistent males. Seeds are an affordable and fun way to create a new variety of figs.
Fig genetics are complex, but it is important to know that the chance of getting a female (edible) fig tree that will ripen figs outside areas with the fig wasp (called a common fig) from a seed is 25%. The chances that it is a high quality fig is harder to quantify, but certainly lower. We use controlled crosses which means the chances of a common female fig is higher than chance crosses between wild figs since non-persistent male figs cannot have persistent/common offspring and at least half of the male figs are not persistent.
Our seeds are started from artificially pollinating desirable varieties of female figs from our crop of persistent caprifigs. You can find the process described on our blog in detail.
Seedlings are listed by their parents so you will know the parentage of the plant you are purchasing. Germination percentage is typically 50-90%.
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