Growing and picking fresh fruit from trees in your own garden can be fun and rewarding. If you live in an area with mild winters, planting a fig tree can bring sweet figs to your table in just a few years. The common fig tree needs just a bit of special care to produce flowers in spring that can lead to sweet, edible fruits.
The fig tree is most productive in a spot that gets full sun for the entire day. It can tolerate some shade, but needs a minimum of 8 hours of full sun daily. It grows in any type of well-drained garden soil.
The fig is tolerant of drought once established and needs only average moisture during its first year or two. Although mature trees need no fertilizing, feeding a young tree every month from spring through July can help give it a good start.