Fig Variety Details

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Variety
Kathleen's Black
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Kathleen Black, Kathleens Black

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Description

Usually takes several years to start producing, fairly susceptible to dieback when young. Very good flavor. Introduced by Gene Hosey.

Robert Harper in Connecticut: Some fig collectors think this may be a very, very rare, cold hardy Mission type fig. Discovered by Gene Hosey. We have been winter testing this fig now for over three years. It is suppose to be one of the best tasting figs there is. Gene Hosey, once told me that once I tasted his Kathleen’s Black, I would feed my Hardy Chicago to the pigs. So, far it has died back to the ground three years in a row, even with winterizing. Gene, said that is what happened to his also, the first two years. Seems to be susceptible to FMV in it’s early years, and it’s wood seems to be very brittle, making it difficult to bend down for winter protection. But, it seems to overcome FMV with very strong growth, once it starts to matured. In 2013, it put out a combined vertical growth of over 40 feet, when it was only three years old. Three of the verticals were over 6 feet tall each, for a total of over 18 feet. This has been a very difficult fig for us to grow and propagate. But, this figs determination to grow strongly even in our cold zone 5b/6a, makes me wonder how great it could be, once we understand it’s needs here in the north. Since Gene Hosey’s fig orchard was is in a zone 7 location. We think it is cold hardy through zone 7 only, without winter cover. But, that’s not bad for what may be a cold hardy variant of a Mission type fig, for the cold north. Zone  7a/7b?

Pedigree
Condit Monograph

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Family
Black Mission
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Type
Common
Collection
Non-Carica
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Availability
Excellent
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Beginner
High
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Main Season
Late
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Main Yield
Average
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Main GDD
Main Ripening Days
80
Main Primary Flavors
Bordeaux Berry, Complex Berry
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Average
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Main Rain Tolerance
Average
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Brebas?
Yes
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Average
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7/6, 53g

Climate

Vigor
High
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Cold Hardiness
Excellent
In Ground Zone
7b+
Produces After Die-back
Average
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Rooting Ease
Average
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Container Adaptable
Average
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RKN Resistance
Average
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FMV Resistance
Average
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