How to Grow Fig Trees From a Seed

Overview

There are over 1,000 varieties of fig trees and most prefer warm, tropical climates. Remnants of fig trees have been found in archaeological sites from as long as 5,000 years ago and have played an integral role in many of the world's first human cultures. Fig trees produce sweet, juicy fruits and can reach more than 50 feet in height. They tend to expand laterally, sometimes twice as wide as they are tall. To grow a fig tree from a seed, you must have access to fertilized seeds such as those grown in Greece and Turkey.

Step 1

Clean seeds by running them under warm water and using your hands to remove any remnants of flesh. Try soaking the seeds for a few days to loosen any tough particles and allow to dry fully afterwards.

Step 2

Fill a shallow tray no more than 6-inches deep with 50 percent perlite and 50 percent potting soil. Mix thoroughly.

Step 3

Push fig seeds into soil and lightly cover with dirt. Seeds should be no more than ½ inch below the surface and 1 to 2 inches apart.

Step 4

Place your container in direct sunlight for eight or more hours a day.

Step 5

Keep the soil moist by misting seeds with water one to two times a day. Douse the soil with water as soon as the top 1 inch of soil begins to dry. Never allow standing water as it could kill your seeds.

Step 6

Transplant seedlings to their own individual pot or outdoors if the threat of frost has past. Seeds will sprout in 10-24 days and are ready to be transplanted after a second pair of leaves has fully grown.

Tips and Warnings

  • New fig trees will not survive freezing temperatures and should be kept indoors until the threat of frost has passed.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilized seed
  • Perlite
  • Potting soil
  • Tray
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Pot

References

  • Purdue University: Fig
  • Veggie Gardening Tips: Tips for Growing Figs in Containers
  • California Rare Fruit Growers: Fig
Keywords: grow figs, fig tree, fig seed

About this Author

Kelsey Erin Shipman has worked as a travel writer, poet, journalist and award-winning photographer since 2004. Her work has appeared in various newspapers, magazines and journals. Shipman has also authored three collections of poetry: "Cold Days," "Bastante" and "Short Poems." She earned a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Southwestern University.