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  • 2 or 3 varieties in one hole & need input

    I only have a few spots left for in ground planting and I have a few extra fig varieties still in pots. I'd like to plant 2 or 3 varieties in one hole. The spot also has a slight roof over hang from the house protecting it from the rain a bit more than just being out in the open and I thought that the Black Zadar might appreciate this quite a bit because I've heard it can be a splitter. I was curious if anyone had any input on which varieties might coincide a little better than just throwing random varieties together. Any input helps as I have been walking by and staring at the same spot for a few days and just cannot make up my mind.

    Here is what I have to play around with...
    Grantham's Royal
    Desert King
    Hative D'Argenteuil
    Black Zadar
    Zaffiro (such a unique fig that I'd kind of like to give it its own space to shine)
    Ischia Black (planned on just grafting this variety to something else in ground but Im not set on anything)
    Takoma Violet
    Improved Celeste
    Ronde de Bordeaux
    Long D'Aout
    Italian 358 (not sure on this varieties ability to do here)
    Olympian (a good friend with a lot of knowledge says not to waste my time with this one but one of his friends says it is his favorite fig that he grows so im conflicted on this variety)

    I also have a few varieties in ground I wouldn't mind moving if it was worth it for a nice combo.
    Niagara Black
    Marseillis Black VS
    Salem Dark (I think I'm going to cull this one or something. I cant find many good reviews or even much information on it in general. May be a waste of time when space is limited)

  • #2
    How about making a few frankenfigs and grafting a whole bunch of those varieties onto a few trees? You could probably get better production. Have you considered that option?
    South Jersey, zone 7a- 20 mins from Philly, 30 mins from AC


    • #3
      I think the lady above has the right idea.
      I would do about 3 or 4 types to one root stock.

      You may be looking for a much faster result, understandably.
      I don't see why that wouldn't work....however, the mangled mess and size the root ball would be with 3 trees in the same hole I couldn't even imagine.

      If you want to test out such adventures, use a couple low cost varieties and see how they fare.

      Happy growing!
      Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

      Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!


      • #4
        Many people have successfully grown 2 or more fig trees in one hole. Other than multiple types of fruit in a small space you can plant trees with different ripening dates to have a longer harvest. You can even twine them together to have a more attractive planting (pleaching).
        7B Southern NJ


        • #5
          Dave Wilson Nursery has a video on planting multiple fruit trees in one hole: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0WM0HFduXI

          More info:

          Zone 8B - Eugene, Oregon
          Wishlist: Successful rooting experience, Val Rosso, Crozes, Iranian Candy


          • etheth32992
            etheth32992 commented
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            Thank you for the links, Tom Spellman and Dave Wilson Nursery are great! Tom is the one that got me into these ideas.

        • #6
          I should have added that the size of this one hole is just over 3ft. in diameter. I am also not opposed to grafting onto one rootstock I kind of just wanted to try something new. I read about the trees possibly fusing together over time from the trunks growing into each other and found that really intriguing.

          So with a franken tree in mind I could probably find a thread on that already but if anybody has some franken trees out here in the PNW I would love to hear about some of the combinations of types/varieties.

          If I go with the 2 or 3 varieties in one hole does anybody have any recommendations on a trio or duo that would work well?