P.O Box 225,

Montagu, South Africa

6720

Proud producers of quality rootstocks and scions for peach, pear, almond, nectarine, plum, plumcot, quince, pomegranate, fig, apricot and prune trees.

©JD VAN DEVENTER'S KWEKERY  Established in 1978.

Cultivar; Tiger

Clone Number; unknown

Origin; not enough data

Royalties/ Levies; not enough data

Yield; high

Fruit use; striped yellow and green skinned fig of medium size, eaten raw, made into preserved, processed and the sap can be used for making cheese.

Type; not enough data

Shelf-life; good, 2-3 days in a fridge, 12 months if frozen

Water requirements; around 750mm of annual rainfall is required, or must be supplemented with irrigation. Overwatering during fruit development or harvesting can cause the fruits to split.

Soil type; any type, but the soil must be well draining, and fertile or nutrient rich. Acidic to neutral soils work best. The ultimate pH would be 6 to 6.5.

Sun requirements; full sun, figs thrive Figs are relatively tolerant of saline environs and can withstand salts up to 1000ppm. Thrives in regions with hot summers and mild winters, often grown in the Little Karoo.

Chill hours; 100 or less

Pruning; minimal, recommended only during the initial few years and is best done in late winter

Soil depth; 1,5m

Care; Planting the rows from North to South allows for the sun to reach from both the East and West, allowing for the figs to ripen evenly. Figs like a climate similar to that of many stone fruits, however, be careful of winter rainfall areas as figs under 5 years are likely to die back during winter, especially if the soil is wet. Be careful of winds, it is best to plant figs in a sheltered region.

Fertiliser requirements; calcium, potash and nitrogen are recommended when growth is minimal, however do not over-fertilise with nitrogen- this causes excessive leaf-production, and slows ripening, in addition, over fertilisation causes fruit drop for many years after the event.

Pollination requirements; self-pollinating

Successful test-crosses; not necessary

Bloom time; Summer

Harvest time; February to May

Vigor; medium

Size and shape; small tree

Tree age; will start to fruit at 3 to 5 years of age

Average life span;  20 to 30 years depending on the rootstock used.

Susceptibility to pests and disease;not enough data

General notes; fig bruises easily. also known as candy stripe fig, panache fig or tiervy. Extremely unusual appearace and often considered one of the best tasting figs. May turn purple if too many cold hours occur in the season.