Fig Variety Details

General

Variety
Ronde de Bordeaux
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NPGS ID
AKA

RdB

Description

This is another top choice for cold climate growers. It is an excellent French variety, translating to "Round of Bordeaux". It is likely the hardiest French variety. The name refers to it's very round fruits, of course. It also has nice, long finger like lobes. RdB is amongst the earliest main crop varieties, around the same time as Improved Celeste and Malta Black (70 days, mid-August in mid-Atlantic) and only after Florea. It is able to ripen good fruit even in cool summers when other varieties may not. A very vigorous grower (up to 6' per season!), it can be affected by FMV but seems to outgrow it easily. Some have stated it may be hardy through zone 5. It is certainly capable of being grown in ground to zone 6, but it will likely die back most years. It will fruit well (50+ fruits) even after being killed to the ground. Very good, jammy sweet figs that are small. Purple skin with red flesh, it's taste is a favorite of many.

Robert Harper in Connecticut: Comes from France. High ratings for taste. Suppose to be cold hardy. Maybe to around 0 degrees Fahrenheit? A very strong grower. First to show signs of the American strain of FMV. But, will still put on 6 feet of growth in a summer here, and throw off FMV symptoms. Not as cold hardy as some of the American cold hardy figs. But, highly rated for flavor by most fig collectors. The French consider this a very cold hardy fig. But, there is a big difference between what the French consider cold hardy, and American cold hardy. Ours grows outside in a very protected location. So, I do not believe this fig can be grown uncovered, anywhere colder then a zone 7. Zone 6b/7a?

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Family
Violette de Bordeaux
Type
Common
Collection
Non-Carica
Availability
Excellent
Beginner
Excellent
Origin

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Main Crop

Main Season
Early
Main Yield
Excellent
Main GDD
2039
Main Ripen Days
70
Main Crop Flavors
Bordeaux Berry, Complex Berry
Main Additional Flavors
Concord grape
Main Fruit Size
Main Seed Crunch
Main Skin Thickness
Main Eye Opening
Closed
Main Eye Description
Main Fruit Drop Resistance
Average
Main Split Resistance
Main Uses
Main Additional Notes

Breba Crop

Breba
Yes
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Breba GDD
Breba Flavor (Difference from Main)
Breba Ripening Days
Breba Fruit Size
Breba Seed Crunch
Breba Skin Thickness
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Reviews

Climate

Vigor
High
Cold Hardiness
High
Zone
6b+
FMV Resistance
Poor
RKN Resistance
Average
Container Adaptable
Excellent
Rooting Ease
Excellent
Produces After Die-back
Excellent
Rain Tolerance
Excellent
Additional Climate Notes

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