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Where to Buy Our Fruit Trees, Vines and Berries

Although Four Winds fruit trees, vines and berries cannot be purchased online (coming soon!), they are available from your local California nurseries and garden centers.
Sincere, heart-felt praise!

“I ordered a Midknight Valencia dwarf citrus tree for my sister for Valentine's Day.  The tree arrived in a timely manner, and was wrapped with such care, I knew the tree inside would be perfect. It's been two months now and following the instructions you provided has rewarded us with magnificent foliage, and we are seeing a lot of buds!  Thank you for growing such lovely citrus trees.  Your quality is outstanding, and being 3rd generation hard-core gardeners, we're a picky bunch so I don't swoon this easily over just any 'ol nursery.  You have my business indefinitely.'"


Sally
Seattle, WA

Figs

black_mission_smBlack Mission

The most popular variety planted in California. Purplish-black skin, strawberry- colored flesh, rich flavor. Heavy bearing, long-lived, large tree. Coast or inland. Fresh/dry/can. Self-fruitful. Light Breba crop, closed Eye

brown_turkey_smImproved Brown Turkey

Large, brown skin, pink flesh. Sweet, rich flavor, used fresh. Widely adapted - coast or inland climate. Cold hardy, Small tree, prune to any shape. Self-fruitful.  A wonderful container plant. Large Breba crop and main crop.

janice_seed_smJanice Seedless Kadota

New "white" fig. Large, sweet, delicious, light greenish-yellow fruit with practically no seeds. Prolonged harvest, August through November at Fremont, California. Suited to coastal and inland climates. Prune to any shape. 100 hours. Self-fruitful. Patent Pending.

kadota_smKadota

Large, light greenish-yellow 'white' skin, amber flesh. Long-lived,vigorous. Prune to any shape. Very sweet fruit needs hot weather to ripen. Fresh/dry/can. 100 hours. Self-fruitful.

white_genoa_smWhite Genoa

Old variety, a favorite in cool coastal areas--also excellent inland. Greenish -yellow skin, amber flesh, distinctive flavor. Prune to any shape. Self-fruitful.

conadria_smConadria

Light greenish-yellow skin, pink flesh. Great fresh or dried. Likes the coast, very vigorous, hardy long-lived tree. Small tight eye resists spoilage. Ira Condit selection.

blackjack_smBlack Jack

Large, purplish-brown Black Mission like figs but much larger and better flavor, sweet and very juicy, strawberry-red flesh. Very best or fresh eating and drying.  Harvest August - October in Central California.  Naturally small (semi-dwarf) tree. Great in containers.  Self-fruitful.

osbourne_prolific_smOsborne Prolific

Large fruit with very attractive purplish-brown skin, amber pulp.  Especially pleasing flavor.  Long-time favorite in cool coastal areas, excellent inland as well.  Prune to any shape.  Self-fruitful.

osbourne_prolific_smPeter's Honey

Beautiful, shiny, greenish yellow fruit when ripe. Very sweet, dark, amber flesh. High quality. Superb for eating fresh. Warm location with a southern exposure is required for ripening fruit in maritime Northwest. Originated in Sicily. Good cold tolerance. Zones 6-10.  Close eye by honey drop.

panache_smPanache "Tiger"

Especially fine flavor! Small to medium sized fruit, green in color with yellow "tiger" stripes.  Leaves are not variegated. Strawberry pulp is blood-red in color. Light Breba crop and the main crop is late.  Self-fruitful. Closed Eye.

violette-de-bordeaux_smViolette de Bordeaux

Small to medium size purple-black fruit with a very deep red strawberry pulp.  Distinctive rich flavor.  Excellent fresh or dried.  Breba (spring) crop, hardy.  Good for container culture or small spaces. Closed eye  Zones 5-10.

king-fig_smKing (Desert King)

Light green "white" skin, strawberry colored pulp.  Rich flavor, excellent fresh-eating quality.  Large breba (spring) crop.  Main crop is light. Prune heavy in summer.  Widely adapted, hardy, Zone 5 – 10, Self-fruitful.

excel Excel

One of the best all round white figs, very hardy and adapted  to a wide range of climates. Amber flesh is very sweet and full flavored. Very Resistant to cracking, medium closed eye. Great for all fig purposes. Ideal in containers., Kadota Hybrid, Bill Storey Selection, Zone 6-10.

flandersFlanders Fig

Light tan with violet stripes and long slender neck, amber pulp with fine rich flavor, one of the best flavored varieties. Great Breba crop and heavy late crop. Vigorous grower. Good in coastal locations as well as hot inland. Not identified as hardy. Closed eye, Ira Condit Selection

purple smyrnaPurple Smyrna

Not a true Smyrna type so does not require caprification. Large dark purple colored skin with fine rich flavored strawberry colored flesh. Very tasty selection. Widely adapted. Zone 7 – 10.

chigaohardyHardy Chicago

Medium size fruit with light brown to violet skin. The flesh is strawberry red with a wonderful rich flavor. Hardy to 10 degrees but can die back to the ground and still produce a crop by late summer. Small Breba crop, Great in Containers, Zones 6-10.

texasblueTexas Blue Giant

This large purple skinned fruit with amber flesh that was introduced by the well know fruit hybridist from San Antonio Texas, Eddie Fanick. It is very large and very sweet. It is good fresh or dried. Good Breba crop and main crop. Good on the coast hot inland climates. Closed eye, Zone 8-10

 

Fig Tree Care

Fig Tree Care

Fig trees are easy to grow! The fruit can be eaten fresh or used for cooking and baking. Figs are low maintenance and drought tolerant once established. Fig trees are adapted to a wide range of climates and soil types and are great in containers. They can be kept to any size with regular pruning.

 

Planting
To plant your fig tree dig a hole deep enough to cover the root-ball. We recommend digging a hole in a cone shape and planting the tree to the center of the cone. In heavy soils, mounding to 12 inches above soil line is recommended. Tamp (pack) down soil several times while backfilling the hole to avoid air pockets. After planting, water the tree to settle the soil firmly around the roots. Make a basin for future watering.  Do not apply fertilizer at planting time.

When transplanting check for roots collecting at the bottom of the pot. Gently loosen up the roots at the bottom to help them quickly extend into the surrounding soil. This is also recommended when painting in containers.

When planting in a container select a premium potting soil and a ¼ bark. Mix the total volume of the container with a mixture of potting soil and a 1/3rd, the ¼ inch bark.  

Choose a location with at least 8 to 10 hours of sunlight, always favoring the morning sun. Certain varieties of figs such as Black Mission can be very sensitive to freezing. Young trees can be particularly susceptible to cold damage. Be aware of impending cold weather and even delay planting until after predicted last freeze.

 

Watering

The number one reason for fig loss in the first 2 years is poor draining soils. Become familiar with how your location drains and mound to 12 inches above the soil line where drainage is poor. Figs are quite drought tolerant once establish but water management in the first 2 years is critical.
Good water management includes regular irrigation and mulching to get tree established. Regular irrigation on established figs helps to improve size and juiciness. Once established figs require little water.

 

Pruning. Unpruned fig trees can spread 25’ or more. Figs will produce a thick dense canopy with little pruning. Figs can be held to any height with regular pruning. They make an ideal plant for espalier or as a patio container plant.

Many varieties bare an early crop called a Breba crop, usually in early summer. The later crop called a main crop comes in late summer to early fall.

 

Fertilizing
In general, fig trees do not require regular fertilizing. Excessive applications of nitrogen can have a negative effect on fruit quality. The one exception is for figs grown in containers, which should be fed three or four times a year with a balanced fruit tree fertilizer.

 

Cold Weather Protection

 Fig trees are most susceptible to cold injury when going into dormancy. Small young trees are particularly sensitive to freeze and care should be taken to protect or delay planting until all danger of frost has past. A mature tree when totally dormant can withstand much colder temperatures. However, this varies by variety and care should be taken to select varieties that are suited to your area. Some varieties of figs can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees

More information on overwintering figs in extremely cold climates can be found by this link: http://figs4fun.com/Overwintering_Fig_Trees_Biggs.pdf

After freeze damage occurs, give the tree ample time to grow before removing the frozen limbs. Prune frost damaged branches in the spring once the threat of heavy frost has passed.

 

Harvesting
Some varieties of figs can bear two crops per year. The first crop, known as the breba crop, is produced in the spring on the previous year's growth. The second, main crop is produced in the fall on that year's growth.

For best quality, allow figs to ripen on the tree, and pick as they become somewhat soft. Some areas such as the southern seaboard of the United States deal with on-the-tree spoilage or souring caused by microorganisms in the fully ripe fruit. These organisms are usually carried into the open eye of the fig by insects, particularly the dried fruit beetle. Frequent harvest and the removal of overripe, spoiled figs can greatly reduce spoilage problems. Selecting varieties that have a “Closed Eye” will easily deal with the problem.

 

Fig Mosaic

A common concern with domestic figs is the presence of the virus Fig Mosaic. Fig Mosaic Virus results in yellow mottling of the leave and often deformed leaves. It is spread by the eriophyid mite Aceria fici. This mite is present everywhere figs are grown and with one bite can transmit the virus. It is very hard and costly to control this insect and as such not many nurseries that propagate figs choose to. While thought to have an effect on overall crop production this should never effect the quantities desired by a typical home gardener. This appears to be most severe on a few select varieties such as Black Ischia and Adriatic and other less popular selections. The Black Mission is often referred to as being severely affected however, our years of experience do not show this to be the case. That is except in propagation, where take can be affected or leaf mottling which appears to have no effect on fruiting or excellent quality.