The Desert King (San Padro Fig) produces large fruit with strawberry-colored flesh. Expect the first crop of the Desert King to be huge and great-tasting!
• Average mature height: 4-8 feet
• Light: Full sun
• Self-pollinating? Yes
• Soil: Well-drained. Will not tolerate excessively wet soil, but needs ample moisture during fruiting.
• Water: Keep moist
• Zones: 8-10
A baby plant, that is 3-8 inches tall, will arrive at your home in a 3-inch-deep pot. Then, raise your new baby to maturity under your caring, green thumb.
Our figs are grown by tissue culture from mature cells, which is a superior method that produces healthier plants that can fruit much sooner than if they were grown by seed. None of our figs are grown from seed; the narrow stems indicate that they are grown from this premium tissue culture method and, within months, can grow large and robust.
Figs do best in a mediterranean climate marked by hot, dry summers and low humidity. In humid or rainy areas, figs are subject to fig rust. While rarely fatal to the tree, and only indirectly affecting the fruit, the appearance of fig rust isn't desirable. You can also snip off the affected leaves if you want. Help avoid this problem with the new leaves by keeping the areas under the tree free of leaf debris and keeping the leaves from getting too wet when watering. Copper fungicide sprays (like Bonide and Serenade for organic gardening) can help during the rainy season, too.
Questions or Problems?
We have shipped thousands of plants safely to their destinations; however, please send us a picture of your plant(s) within 48 hours of arrival if you have any questions or problems. We can then assess for our Live Delivery Guarantee.
A few leaves may die during shipping. No fear! It's still healthy and will grow new leaves. Trim old growth and repot into a larger pot to encourage new growth.
Power up your fruit, nut, berry and bean plants with Wellspring Gardens' premium slow-release Fruit, Nut & Berry Fuel. Apply the specified amount to your plant's soil surface. The formula lasts 90 days when soil temperature is 80°.
• 5-inch round pot: 3/4 tablespoon
• 1-gallon potted plant: 3 tablespoons
• 2-gallon potted plant: 6 tablespoons
Cold Weather Shipping
We don’t advise shipping in freezing temperatures. Please ensure temperature lows in your area aren't under 35℉ when you order. If they are that low, just email us and we will be happy to hold your order. Also, make sure to track your package closely and retrieve it as soon as it arrives. We insulate packages bound for cold destinations. We do not, however, use heat packs.