Indoor Fig Tree

An indoor fig tree is one of the least known varieties of container trees and arguably yields the sweetest, most delicious fruit! These beautiful dwarf fig trees are a fig lovers dream and a joy to grow.

Topping out at about six feet tall, dwarf fig trees are ideal for growing in containers. They grow slightly taller than most indoor fruit trees, but they’ll still fit comfortably in any indoor living space. These handsome small trees love direct sun and they also love humidity, so pick out a sunny room with direct sunlight exposure and mist the fig tree often – even misting every day isn’t overdoing it.

Indoor fig tree care

Growing Dwarf Fig Trees Indoors

The main difference between an indoor fig tree and other trees on this site is you’ll want this tree to spend as much time as possible outdoors and bring it in during the cold months. If you have the dwarf tree indoors for 12 months every year, you probably won’t get as much fruit as you’d like. When the weather begins to consistently drop below freezing, i.e. 32 degrees, bring your fig trees indoors, otherwise keep it outside.

Where Can I Buy a Hardy Chicago Indoor Fig Tree for Sale? 

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If you are looking to buy an indoor fig tree for sale, you can have the confidence to shop online. Many online garden plant specialists offer a guarantee and are able to ship quickly to you. I have bought quite a few trees now from our preferred supplier and always find then delivered in good condition and the soil damp. We recommend the Chicago Hardy fig tree for growing indoors.

Are you keen to bring an indoor fruit tree in to your home? Download our ebook! It focuses on the many types of indoor fruit trees that are currently on the market and highlights all the important care tips to ensure your tree will be happy, healthy and productive for many years to come.

Chicago Hardy Indoor Fig Tree Care

A Chicago fig tree can be planted in the ground or in containers and will be very hardy to the cold weather. However, if the temperature ever gets down toward zero degrees where you live, we don’t recommend planting this tree in the ground. Although the Chicago fig tree originates from Chicago (giving hope to gardeners of northern states), figs in general are native to Mediterranean climates and in the United States tend to thrive on the southern west coast and other temperate areas where the thermometer doesn’t stay below freezing for extended periods of time.

Hardiness zones for the Chicago fig tree are listed as Zones 4 to 10, but Zone 5 definitely receives harsh winter weather. With that said, it will thrive in an indoor container (a large tub actually) if it’s placed in a sunny exposure and then taken outdoors as soon as the weather consistently warms up. These fig trees can grow up to 12 feet tall but will be contained if planted in a large tub. The tree is self pollinating, but in talking to friends who are experts with indoor fig tree care, they tend to do better in pairs, although it’s just as easy to place your tree outdoors during warmer months and let the bees do the pollinating …

In terms of care, dwarf indoor fig trees tend to be remarkably pest free. They like slightly moist soil conditions, but the soil should be well draining. Be sure your container has drainage holes as you don’t want your Chicago fig tree sitting in a puddle of water. A little dose of citrus tree fertilizer in the spring is also helpful …  If you find your indoor fig tree losing leaves you must check whether the tree is too cold (or in a draught), or too hot (from a heater). You must also check if the soil is too wet or too dry.

The fruit itself from these trees is full size and is perfect for eating fresh or including in cookie and cake recipes. You can expect the tree to yield ample crops of fruit within two years. Two crops per year are normal – one in the summer and one in the fall, with the fall crop generally being larger and more reliable. The fall crop tends to be better because the tree will have been outdoors for a few months at that point.

This Hardy Chicago fig variety is very popular because of the vast difference between figs picked fresh vs. store bought. Even in grocery stores that sell a lot of figs, they’ve probably been picked a few weeks prior and sat in a warehouse. Dwarf fig trees give gardeners the chance to enjoy the delicious fruit in our own homes. Our friend who owns an indoor fig tree insists he’ll never buy from the grocery store again!

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