Lowell is a city in Benton County, Arkansas, in the United States. Located within the Ozarks, a bit cooler than the Fort Smith area and so a good testament to these two Fig varieties, submitted by Greg L.
"The MBVS is the taller one. It is 1.5 yrs older and has trunks of about 5" . One more year of wrapping and I will try not wrapping and see what happens.
Both give large main crops and smaller breba crops. Great flavor and make GREAT jam! (Very pretty jam as well with the red color, see pic)
They are on the south side of the house and I wrap with blankets and a tarp for winter after trimming them to manageable sizes. I am currently doing several air layers on the MBVS that need to be cut off cut I have not had the time.
The MBVS is a VERY vigorous grower for me and easy to air layer.
I just this year (and are very small yet) put in the ground RDB. Bayenfiege (sp?) violetta, black German, Danny's delight (the dark one), Hollier, and sweet George. Will protect and report how they did on the forums for the first 3-4 years."
Also notice there is roof guttering installed, a good thing so the trees aren't flooded with rain from the roof. Directly beneath a roof drip line is not favorable for Fig trees, especially very young ones and doubly if there is not ground with good drainage as soggy ground will rot tender Fig roots.
Areas with poor drainage, high water table during Winter or otherwise rainy season can spell disaster for Fig trees. My own yard is a perfect example and I nearly killed my first Fig tree by promptly setting it in the ground when it arrived. Our home is situated on the base of a hill and we have a very high water table during wet weather.
If not for the experts on the fig forums giving me advice to raise it up quickly, it surely would have died. My original thought was it should get plenty of water in my yard!
Others in the deep South of Louisiana have commented on their large Fig tree roots setting in water much of the year. Apparently it is less of an issue with older, well established trees. I opt to lean on the side of caution and plant any in-ground trees on a raised area and compensate with having to water during dry season as needed versus them drowning before they get established.
Greg's Fig Jam