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Fig, Black Mission

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Sweet, pear-shaped fruits with delectable red flesh.

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Figs are loaded with flavor and vitamins. This popular variety, originating in Spain, produces sweet, pear-shaped fruits that ripen into a rich, dark purple-black with delectable red flesh. Great for jellies and jams, and healthy, on-the-go snacking.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

120-480 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

48-60 inches

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.


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Mar 25, 2019

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    First Date: Mar-28 - Last Date: May-16
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Fig: Potted Fruit Plant

How to Plant

Planting Potted Plants:

  • Choose a location in full sun in an area with well-drained soil with a pH of 5.0 to 6.5. Figs prefer a medium soil with several inches of organic matter or compost mixed in, although they can be grown in almost any type of soil as long as it is well-drained.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12 inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Space plants 10 feet apart in the garden. Figs may also be grown in large pots at least 24 inches wide and deep.
  • Dig a hole at least 2 times the size of the root ball.
  • Set the plant in the hole so that the root ball is level with the surrounding soil, backfill and press the soil firmly into the hole cavity.
  • Water deeply. The water will seal off any air pockets around the root ball.
  • Use a stick or marker to indicate where the plant is planted.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients. Control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulch around the plants to a depth of 2-3 inches or organic matter to preserve moisture and prevent weeds. For fruit plants an organic mulch of aged bark or shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep plants well-watered during the growing season, especially during dry spells. Plants need about 1-2 inches of rain per week during the growing season. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Do not fertilize unless leaves are showing a nutrient deficiency.
  • Monitor for Pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Prune in winter or early spring before the new growth begins. Prune only for an open habit, and to remove dead or broken branches.
  • Figs benefit from winter protection in colder areas. Be sure the variety you have is recommended for your hardiness zone. If you are planting in containers and want to leave them outside in winter, be sure to select a variety recommended for one zone colder than your zone as plants are less protected in a container. You can also bring the container inside or to a protected location such as a garage. Do not allow to dry out over the winter. You can also mulch heavily with organic material such as leaves, or wrap with several layers of waterproof paper or burlap. Unwrap in spring. If low temperatures have killed some stem tissues, plants may be cut to the ground and new growth may emerge from suckers.

Harvest and Preserving Tips

  • Plants should produce fruit in 2-3 years after planting.
  • Protect fruit with bid netting.
  • Figs produce two crops a year, one early summer on last year’s growth and another in late summer on the currents season’s growth.
  • Harvest ripe fruit for fresh eating. Their necks will shrivel and the fruit will hand straight down.
  • For dry figs, allow all the fruit to fall from the tree and finish drying them by spreading the fruit on trays in the sun.
Full Sun
120-480 inches
48-60 inches
Life Cycle
Growth Habit
Food Use
Edible Fruit, Sauce
Ornamental Use
Fig, Black Mission is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very Tiny, No Growth This arrived terribly small and shabby looking compared to fig trees I have bought elsewhere. It was scarcely two inches tall and hasn't grown a bit. I am pretty disappointed. Burpee should mention just how small it is in the listing.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Little fig The little fig tree arrived healthy and in good shape. Shipped well. Unfortunately in spite of my best efforts, due to a sever drought, the little tree parished. I'm disappointed but no fault of the company.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great growth rate Rather small when received. Has experienced a dramatic growth rate and is really healthy looking.
Date published: 2016-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quadrupled in size! I bought this fig in march 2016. As other reviewers describe the tree is very small upon arrival. I haven't had fruit yet but my fig is gorgeous growing nicely. I wanted to let others know that even if it's small it has been propogated and cared for well prior to being sent. If I had room I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
Date published: 2016-07-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected I too was very disappointed in the size of the Fig tree I received. I had 2 fig trees from another seed company that were much larger and had fruit the first year. Unfortunately the gophers killed them. I expected a tree that would be comparable to those I had before and was shocked when I saw this tiny little tree. It was maybe 3 inches tall planted in a 4" pot. I had to plant it in a larger container until it grows tall enough to plant in the ground. I agree with others that Burpee should disclose the actual size of the plant and when to expect fruit to develop on it. I'll post another review in 2-3 years when I get some fruit from it!!
Date published: 2013-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy Little Tree I purchased my fig tree last summer. It arrived as a twig with a few leaf buds, just as one would expect of a new tree. I was glad for that since the bigger the tree, the more stress shipping places on it. I potted mine and gave it a place of honor on the deck until the cold weather began, when it moved into the garage with reduced waterings. No sooner had the weather begun to warm outside, than the fig began to show its first true leaves, and it has now grown and produced even more leaves. Of course I expect no fruit for a few more years while the tree is still growing, but so far I am highly pleased with how healthy the tree has been so far!
Date published: 2012-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eh. What did I expect for 12 bucks? Okay. So I received my fig tree early last week. And yes, it is very small. Maybe 7 inches tall. Maybe? But, in all fairness, it arrived in one piece, with about 6 leaves on it. Also, when I transplanted it, I could see loads of very healthy looking roots. It's been about a week, and there is a new leaf opening up. I probably won't get any fruit from it this summer since it is extremely tiny, but what did I expect for 12 or 13 bucks? Burpee really should disclose the approximate height of the tree in the description of the product so that people know what they're getting. I've included a very grainy cell phone photo of the plant next to a drinking glass to show the size of the plant.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Black Mission Fig I just received my two fig "trees". They are doing fine in the ground. However, They are approximately three inches tall, in a stick of peat moss or something, in a small pot of dirt. Any roots, which I could not see, were in the three inch stick of peat, or whatever this material was. There were no roots to be seen in the dirt or outside of the 3 inch stick that the plant was set in.
Date published: 2011-04-28
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