Italian 258 is a berry-flavored fig that is highly regarded among the fig community for its wonderful, complex flavor. This medium to large fruited variety produces figs with a purple exterior and deep red interior. The complex berry flavor of this fig gives hints of passion fruit and tangerine in each sweet and juicy bite.
Italian 258 originated in Italy and was brought to California in the 1980s by fig enthusiast C. Todd Kennedy. Trees are profile and will produce bountiful harvests once established. This is a great variety for eating fresh off the tree.
What You Get
- Fig trees will be shipped as temperatures allow. We won't ship trees if they could potentially experience freezing temps during transit.
- Each fig tree is shipped in a 4x9" pot with an established root system. All our fig trees are shipped individually. If you order multiple trees, you'll receive a separate box for each tree ordered.
- As soon as your fig tree is delivered, carefully cut open the box, remove the packaging, and allow the tree to get some sunlight.
- We recommend watering daily and waiting at least a week before planting. This will allow the tree to recover from any shipping stress and adjust to your climate.
FIG TREE GROWING TIPS
GROWING ZONES: Most fig varieties are relatively cold-hardy until temperatures start to drop into the low teens (°F). If you consistently experience temps below 20°F in the winter months, you'll want to cover your fig trees during the cold season. If you have fig trees planted in large containers, you can also bring them indoors during the cooler months.
WATERING: If you have well-drained soils, fig trees will benefit from frequent watering. The more water you give them, the more they'll grow. Just be careful not to oversaturate the soils. Many fig varieties will produce a secondary crop of figs in the late summer or fall months if adequate soil moisture is present.
FERTILIZING: Be careful not to over-fertilize young fig trees soon after planting. Once they form new roots, you can fertilize the trees to promote new growth. Pour a water-soluble fertilizer solution or sprinkle a granular fertilizer around the base of the plant in the spring months. We like to use a somewhat balanced (relative equal parts N, P, & K) fertilizer, but a soil test should provide more information as to any nutrient deficiencies in your soil
.PEST AND DISEASES: Fig trees usually do not have near as many pest and disease issues as other fruit trees. Rust is common and is nothing to worry about. This will appear as brown specks on the leaves and usually intensifies in the warmer months. To reduce rust, you can spray trees with Neem Oil, Horticultural Oil, or Liquid Copper in the late winter before trees start forming new leaves. This won't completely prevent rust, but it will reduce it somewhat. Rust is inevitable and doesn't hurt the trees at all.
PRUNING: Fig trees don't require pruning, but you can prune them as aggressively as you'd like depending on your growing space. If your fig trees are in containers, you can prune them so that they're easier to move inside during the cold season. Some varieties will tend to grow taller and can be pruned to make a more "bushy" tree. Pruning isn't necessary, but it won't hurt the tree if you need to do it. Pruning should be done in the fall months once the trees lose their leaves.