A New Fig, Too

Linda Benedict, Bogren, Richard C., Johnson, Charles E.  |  5/3/2005 1:26:46 AM

Louisianians have a new fig variety, called LSU Gold, to plant in their orchards, gardens and yards, said Charles E. Johnson, a researcher in the LSU AgCenter Department of Horticulture.

“LSU Gold is more yellow, with a lot of good characteristics both for commercial growers and homeowners,” Johnson said.

LSU Gold matures relatively early from planting to first fruiting. The fruit is attractive with good quality for eating fresh or preserving. It is larger than most varieties. The LSU Gold tree has good architecture with an open canopy that requires only light pruning.

“In Louisiana, of course, sometimes our winters are too cold,” Johnson said. “This variety is fairly tolerant and can survive normal Louisiana winters without dying to the ground.”

Rick Bogren

(This article appeared in the winter 2002 issue of Louisiana Agriculture.)

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