Figs are popular for both their sweet fruit and beauty, and gardeners everywhere can enjoy them by planting them in containers. Since they are normally hardy only in USDA zones 5 and 6, where temperatures don't drop below 10 degrees F, fig trees must be brought indoors or sheltered during cooler weather. In containers, they only require a little extra care, such as extra fertilizer and regular pruning of the roots.
The Paradiso fig, also often called Genova fig, yields extremely sweet fruit in fairly large amounts. The figs are medium-sized, with the second crop usually having better flavor than the first. Although the leaves are large, the tree itself can be kept fairly small with regular root pruning. Paradiso fig is native to the Mediterranean and produces fruit in August and September. The figs are white or light yellow outside, and pale pink inside.
San Pietro Figs
San Pietro figs are large and mild flavored. Although suited to a very mild climate, San Pietro figs can thrive in containers when they are brought indoors during cold or stormy weather. Fruit is usually produced in late June and then again in September, but production may vary depending on weather and temperature conditions. The figs are dark red, with red pulp.
The Golden Honey fig comes by its name honestly, with a sweet honey-like flavor when ripe. This fig tree is also known as Votata, and can grow fairly tall, so care must be taken to prune the roots on a regular basis. Joe Morle of Figtrees.net recommends pruning the roots every four years. The work is worth it. Golden Honey fig is a heavy producer, bearing in both August and September.
Unlike what its name suggests, the White Triana fig tree doesn't produce white figs. But it does produce very sweet figs that are yellow on the outside and red on the inside. This tree also spaces its crops between July and September, an attractive characteristic for home gardeners who don't want to become overwhelmed with too much fruit at once.