The female parent of this seedling is Exquisito, a seedling tree from California. Exquisto is a delicious fig that darkens as it ripens, but at first appears green as it starts to swell. The ripe color ranges from nearly black, to mottled purple/green. The male parent is Saleeb, also known as UCR 271-1, which is a yellow colored persistent caprifig with a closed eye.
Seedlings are vigorous growers and are sold in 3″ tree pots, but are ready to be up potted and grow. Many of our seedlings grew to over 6′ in their first year!
Seedlings are genetically unique plants that come from making controlled crosses between a desirable female plant and a persistent male fig. Seedlings offer the chance to be the first to own a new variety of fig, and even apply for a patent on it.
Photographs in this listing are of figs are of the parent figs, buyers should be aware that seedlings are for those who like to take a chance at finding something new. Buying plants grown from cuttings of desirable varieties (cloning) is a faster way to get delicious figs quickly. Low cost and high quality varieties are available here in the plants category and from other sources.
Fig genetics are complicated, however 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 one of our seedlings 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 seedlings 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. After pollination they are grown in trays until they are large enough to transplant into 3X3 tree pots and put in the greenhouse. Seedlings grow quickly and once they out grow the 3X3 tree pots they are put in 4X4 pots where they grow further and are sold in 4X4 pots. Please see the sample images of seedlings with each listing.
Seedlings are listed by their parents so you will know the parentage of the plant you are purchasing.