I was hoping some of very knowledgable fig folk here could help me make some decisions about my figs. A few years back I was planning to put 2 figs in the ground, but wound up starting with 4 in pots with the intention to plant the best 2 when I got to taste them. What a fool I was. I stumbled on a rare local heirloom a figficianto wanted and sent him cuttings when he asked. He sent me 2 air layers in return and after sharing a few interesting unknowns with him this past year he sent me a few more air layers and some cuttings. A couple local people I was giving some plants to gave me a few other rare ones when they saw all the potted figs in my driveway and I’ve gotten a few in trade from the kind folks here. The end result is I have a lot of figs, some not widely known and hard to get much real info on. I’m trying to decide what gets bigger pots, etc. plus I’m not sure how many containers I can keep stuffing into my garage each winter.
So I would welcome any insight into which of these below are very similar and are sort of duplicates in taste/type and of course if any of the less known ones are particularly good and I should give priority placement. I’m in 7A so really long season figs like my Preto are probably not going to be great, even though I have one. I’m afraid to say it, but I’d also like to hear if there is something specific you think is really missing that I should get. I do plan to probably add a Col de Dame type and a Bourjasotte, but feel free to talk me out of those as well. If I can find the will power I think 10 figs would be about right.
Thoughts on these, particularly ones you don’t hear much about?
Fig Preto (I think I have to keep this one at least until I taste a few. It dropped its first fruit this year when a neighbor who was watering it while I was away forgot…)
Chicago Hardy (Probably a good standard to keep, right?)
Black Bethlehem (One of the first figs I got and good, but I wonder if it is close enough to CH to just pick one or the other)
Celeste (Very good and sweet, but mine drops a lot of figs so I routinely threaten it with extinction)
Red Sicilian type (Local unknown that is large, sweet and definitely a keeper, previously known as “Steve’s Brown Turkey” until I realized it wasn’t a BT)
RDB (young, hasn’t fruited yet)
VDB (tiny rooted cutting)
Battaglia Green (young, hasn’t fruited yet - very droopy compared to JH Adriatic which should be similar, right?)
JH Adriatic (first fruit this year, so haven’t tasted yet)
Aldo (like the Red Sicilian but less vigorous and smaller figs)
Laredek EBT (very nice breba figs and good main crop, I’ll probably keep this one)
Norella (young plant, no fruit yet)
Bellaclare Sport (young plant, no fruit yet)
DeLa Reina (young plant, no fruit yet)
Napolitano Negra (young plant, no fruit yet)
Fracazzano Nero (young plant, no fruit yet)
Iranian Yellow Bifera (first figs this year, but may be too small to mature in time)