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    Last edited by AscPete; 02-27-2015, 09:11 PM.

  • #2
    Recent thread on the topic.

    Florea is among the hardiest varieties known, surviving temperatures as low as -4F in NJ. Introduced by fig guru herman2, it was brought to America from Serbia where it was grown in his father's garden. In Serbia it reportedly survived temperatures of -13F. In addition to it's hardiness, it is also the earliest to ripen it's main crop most years, usually in late July or early August. It is a sweet fig with a good but not extraordinary taste. It does not do well with rain or cloudy/cool weather.

    During the polar vortex of winter 2013/2014 what is likely the oldest Florea (see photo in the link below) suffered dieback of all secondary branches, the three main trunks survived to about 5' tall. It leafed out in early July and only ripened about 1/3 of it's crop. It should be noted this was an abnormal winter with long stretches of far below average temperatures. It is able to ripen figs the first year after being killed to the ground as per various reports.

    It is likely the same variety as Mitchurinska10. Mitchurinska10 shares many common traits with Florea, and is common in Bulgaria and other Eastern European countries. Bulgarian agricultural authorities report this variety can survive -13F with little to no damage, but this depends on branch thickness.
    SE PA
    Zone 6


    • Mattthecatt
      Mattthecatt commented
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      Will this variety do well in NE Texas, with humidity? I need more cold tolerant varieties.

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    A few typical leaf photos:

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    SW PA zone 6a