One of the best. Olympian Hardy is very cold hardy, productive and the fruit quality is excellent; figs are quite large and round, tender, very sweet and exceptionally flavorful. Shows superior cold hardiness and resiliency. Flavor is exceptional: tangy and berry-like and very sweet. Lovely, perfect appearance and nice firm, chewy texture too! One of our very best items. Would be well suited to cool summer areas also, where it can still ripen good figs.
Olympian Hardy was discovered thriving in a suburb of Olympia, Washington. It had been growing there for over 100 years, with no winter protection and yet producing delicious, fully ripened fruit despite cool coastal summer conditions. Unprotected it is cold hardy to about 12 degrees F. With solid winter protection can take substantially colder temperatures and does well in zone 6 with winter protection. We’ve overall been very pleased with it’s performance in our region. After years of trial we consider it 2nd only to Chicago Hardy for fig quality and production in a very marginal fig growing area like KY. Ripens in mid-late September-November in KY.
An exciting and promising new variety to push the cold-climate fig-growing limits. One of our highest quality and most productive figs we’ve trialed. An excellent addition to any fig collection and a must-have for the cold-hardy fig growing enthusiast. Has thin skin and is just full of very sweet amber pulp. In warm climates/weather the figs are green, as it gets colder they turn purplish.
Site requirements: Full sun location. Figs will grow in a range of soil types provided the planting location is well drained. Protected locations, such as on the South, East or West side of a building is ideal.
Size at maturity: 8-15′, depending on location, climate and care.
Pollination: This fig requires no pollination in order to set fruit.
Resistant to: Figs are known for remarkable disease and insect resistance. Ants can get interested in figs and heavy rains can make the current ripe figs rot, so keep well-picked. Figs continue to put on new fruit constantly until frost.
Hardiness: USDA zones 6-10. Winter protection in zone 6 recommended.
Plant size: CHOOSE SIZE. Bare-Root February-May. June shipped potted in special tree pots.
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