He realised he loved working with figs so much that he wanted to do it fulltime. Shamsul’s fig farm is not the first or only one in Malaysia. Proudly created with. Make sure your tree is well watered through summer and mulch around it with pea straw or barley straw. But unlike other plants, the fig tree lives for a century, making the initial investment all the more worthwhile. “If planting during summer make sure the soil is constantly kept moist,” YatesHorticulture Consultant Angie Thomas says. Figs can be planted virtually year-round but, as they are deciduous, there are good stocks available in winter, or you can grow your own at that time from a hardwood cutting. It takes two to three years to start getting fruits from the mango tree but it takes only three to four months for the figs.”. Divide up the nitrogen into 3 to 4 feedings. Apply some compost and mulch after planting. Pls email me at : firstname.lastname@example.orgThanksWendy, Hello Wendy, sorry for the late reply. Figs can't stand temperatures that consistently fall below 0 degrees F. Still, you can actually get away with growing figs in colder climates if planted against a south-facing wall to benefit from the radiant heat. For container fig trees, grow them in a soil-based potting mix and add fine bark chips to improve drainage. To plant fig trees, you can bring a healthy plant from a nearby nursery or if you have a fig tree nearby, then you can also propagate through its cutting. If you have them, using paving slabs to make a wall around the roots to further restrict them. I'm interested to buy some of the fig cutting from you. I see another one near my building City one, behind Dang Wangi Police quarter. The Greeks were so enamoured by the fig that they passed laws to prohibit the export of the best varieties of the fruit. Hi, I'm interested to buy some of the fig cutting from you. Vegetable growing in Malaysia as an important industry in Food Production Sector. Hi, I'm interested to buy some of the fig cutting from you. I would like to purchase fig plant from you. Shamsul set up Saf Fa Fig Garden to focus on the fig business. In Malaysia, the papaya, banana and many other local fruits are harvested when they are 60% to 70% ripe and are on the shelf when they are 90% ripe. The lant fruits faster if we propagate from cuttings (cloning)Should we plant from seeds, it takes a longer time for the plant to mature & fruits. My e mail is email@example.com. Ever since I wanted to start on Fig 2 months ago, I had been trying to get some cuttings to start off. In Malaysia, fig farming is still at the embryonic stage, but the favourable climatic condition is expected to help it to flourish. In 2006 39,659 hectare vegetable grown with total production 572,687 metric tones increase to about 40,980 in 2010 with total production about 534,370 mt (estimated). It’s a portion of stem that expanded into a sac containing flowers that grow internally. said by a visitor. Kuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Is there any for sale? firstname.lastname@example.org, Hi Raymond, I'm from kedah and found intrested to fig planting after viewed few fig's blog include yours. **If you can more of a bush than a tree, begin training the plant to a bush form by cutting off the upper 1/3 of the fig at planting time. Hi Raymon,I am from seremban and newbie to Figs, i am interested to buy some cutting or potted plant from you. Figs need a constant and consistent supply of water, he explains. Hi KeanHon, thank you for your interest. Many other enterprising individuals have already successfully begun their own fig farms. Thank you. “We want to help develop eco-tourism here in Kampung Juasseh. So sad. Figs do best when planted in USDA zone 7 or higher. Other cultivars require pollination. There are also giant figs that can weigh up to 150g per fig. This garden should look very different in a few month’s time, as we are about ready to delete everything and redo the whole area with proper trellis, irrigation, a hydroponic element, and design that is more pleasing to the eyes. In a country where bananas and papayas are the staples, one man hopes to make fresh figs a regular snack. Unless grown in containers, most fig trees do not require regular fertilization. It takes two to three years to start getting fruits from the mango tree but it takes only three to four months for the figs.” Also some fruits do not have pollinated seeds, hence can not be germinated. Fresh figs do not have a long shelf live so most Malaysians have only tasted the dried ones which are imported from Europe. But recently when I join a closed group on Facebook that call Malaysia Gardeners I notice that many friends talk and exchange ideas and information on Fig and growing it in their garden. would like to buy a live plant or cuttings from you. thanks. Pruning. Romulus and Remus – the mythical twin brothers who founded Rome – were said to have rested under a fig tree with the wolf that nurtured them. This comment has been removed by the author. Figs need high temperatures and inside the greenhouse it is really, really hot,” he explains. what is the price and where is your nursery. I have a small land space and would like to plant it in a pot/urn. No figs here. Do inform if it works. As you can see this is our typical WEEKEND ACTIVITIES to serve each and everyone of our beloved visitors.Our aim is to educate the Malaysians the presence of Fig in Malaysia. do u sell. Raymond, I wish to buy any type. Now you can purchase fresh figs from a local supermarket throughout the year. “I first planted them in pots but I later learnt that figs must be cultivated in a greenhouse to flourish. We choose a few varities of good taste and long shelf life for cultivation. “There is lots of research done on the benefits of figs, and most boast the laxative qualities of figs in helping improve digestion,” they said. The fig can trace its history back to the biblical era. Hi, I'm a Vegan from Penang. In Europe the fig fruits only in the summer months, severely limiting the harvest but in hot and sunny Malaysia, figs fruit all year round. When he is not traversing the globe in search of more varieties of figs, Shamsul is at his farm, caring for his plants and planning for the future. Perhaps to prove his conviction that figs will find a following in Malaysia, Shamsul offers up a plate of the fruit for us to sample. Also I feel that most are moving from cuttings to air layering. In the Middle East, figs are seasonal fruits. Of course he knew next to nothing about cultivating figs at that time so to learn more, he joined a Facebook group comprising people who were enthusiastic about the plant. How to Plant Fig Trees: **Figs have a wide-ranging root system. In Malaysia, the figs we get are usually dried fruits or imported from Turkey, South Africa and Australia. “I picked up a lot of knowledge and got many new ideas from the group. Some of them had already been cultivating figs for two or three years and they were happy to share their experience and knowledge and even their trials and errors,” he says. In spring, apply a general-purpose granular feed and mulch around the base of fan trained plants, with well-rotted organic matter, to retain moisture and suppress weeds. Hi Bronnie, Figs take 2-3 years to fruit, is it an early variety or main crop variety? Fig trees grow in a range of soil types, including clay, though they detest having wet feet for extended periods. I built a small one and I soon saw what a difference it made to have control over temperature and water. Figs are some of the most highly prized fruits, rich in fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants, they often cost a lot in stores due to their short shelf life. The greenhouses are not cheap but they are necessary to enable us to control the environment and to keep out pests such as insects, squirrels and monkeys and especially birds because they eat only the best varieties,” he says. Today, he has about 2,000 fig trees on two acres (0.8ha) of land near Kuala Pilah, Negri Sembilan that he also plans to turn into an eco-tourism attraction. The flowers are tiny and out of sight—clustered inside the green “fruits.” Technically, figs aren’t fruits, but synconium, a special structure of a bunch of tiny flowers that are arranged within this cavity. Am documenting the happenings and progress of our farms. Apart from freshly plucked figs, he plans to sell fig juice, fig gelato and ice cream, fig jam, chocolate-coated figs, dried figs and even fig tea. Although figs can tolerate dry conditions they need plenty of water during the growing season to produce large succulent fruit. My email address is email@example.com. Don’t get caught paying for fruit trees, when you can easily clone them for free. Dig around the outsi… I'm looking on those fig fruite with sweety or honey likes taste and not to be forgetten a juicy type too.So, pls email me your list of variety and stock that avail to let go.My email: firstname.lastname@example.org. He says the Malaysian climate is ideal for cultivating figs. The commercial growing of figs in Southeast Asia (SEA) has opened up more possibilities for innovating with this superfruit. His job in logistics at Malaysia Airlines did take him places. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com Thank you very much. On his two-acre farm outside Kuala Pilah, Shamsul has built 15 greenhouses, each measuring 20ft wide and 100ft long (6m by 30m). Prune the branches down to 4 strong shoots, which will lead in the production of fruit. Shamsul Akmal Shamsudin is quite enamoured with this member of the mulberry family. In November last year, having served Malaysia Airlines for 20 years, he gave notice that he wanted to opt for early retirement. Figs also grow well and look great when espaliered against a wall. I would like to get more info from you if that's okay with you. On the spot, he bought three fig plants and went on to buy hundreds more in his travels around the world. Use a … Hi RaymondDo you have any fig plants or cutting for sale now? Notable people from around the world recognized for their work on Figs. Figs are known for many curative properties, Shamsul explains. Like other fig farmers, Shamsul is hoping that the research will bear fruit soon. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you very much. Getting cuttings from Malaysia is rather pricey (personal opinion). Thank you JY Chua for your visit & interest, very sorry am temporary away from my farm at the moment.I think there are some people selling Figs in Seremban. Soon Shamsul’s backyard quickly filled up with fig trees and he knew then that his hobby had become a passion. While Western Asia and Northern Africa are the top two fig-producing regions globally, the situation may soon change, as Malaysia now has the largest commercially growing fig plantation in SEA. The earliest mentions of the fruit can be found in the Bible as well as the Quran. Shamsul Akmal Shamsudin, who co-owns Saf Fa Fig Garden, hopes to change that. Propagation Methods Favorite Varieties A year in the life of a northern grown fig Fig Shuffle Growing Winter Storage What to do with all those figs? Hi, I'm interested to buy some of the fig cutting or a small plant from you. We have an agreement with the NS Daily Farm nearby to refer our customers to one another,” he adds. Am already transferring the figs to our farm. Each variety has an exquisitely delicious flavour and texture with subtle differences inside. Based in Chuping at the Mas-Mas Permanent Forest Reserve in Chuping, Redza said the superfruits project with FigDirect would cover a 25ha site at the permanent forest reserve and that the objective is to increase production and processing of figs. Figs are a good replacement for vegetables.”, Figs are also a sweet way to lose weight as they are fibre rich and it’s not just the fruit that aids health as the leaves also contain anti-diabetic properties. Good luck in your venture. (I believe diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin, so how can reducing the amount of insulin in the body help a diabetic?). Sorry Wierlliemz Chan, the fruits of the Black Mission had all dropped, now am not sure if these stocks are good for Malaysia, have to wait till next season to confirm if these can set fruits. Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com Thank you very much. As with roots and leafs, it is even more pricey. It is not easy to describe the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. Botanically, the fig isn’t actually a fruit but a syconium. To lighten the potting mix, you can mix the perlite or sand in it. Thank you. please email me firstname.lastname@example.org. Saf Fa Fig Garden has teamed up with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) in Bangi to conduct research on the properties of figs at a facility in Kuala Pilah called the UKM Biodiesel and Future Crops. The fig is yet to become a regular item on the Malaysian menu, but several enthusiasts, such as Shamsul Akmal Shamsudin, have begun cultivating the fruit in anticipation of a growing demand. The best times are late fall or … Move figs growing in pots into a sunny location, outdoors, once there is no danger of frost. “A small tree of about a foot tall will grow through the roof of the greenhouse in just four months,” he says. fig; lychee (doubt this will actually fruit) pegaga, basil, lemongrass, chili & flower plant seedlings. How to plant a fig tree If growing your fig tree in the ground, dig a planting hole, and then part fill it with well-rotted manure and rubble, to help restrict roots. “We sell only to friends now, but we will eventually market it properly and sell to restaurants and hotels,” he says. Figs make your health your wealth. Shamsul explains that in Malaysia, figs also grow faster. Hi Ahmad, sorry, all my black Jack died. Other ways to obtain fig trees is to plant root suckers from other trees or obtain divisions or cuttings from mature plants. FigDirect Sdn Bhd, based in Perlis, is believed to be the first commercially planted fig farm in Malaysia and possibly the largest outdoor fig farm. They come from Europe and they are of the premium variety. Please email me at email@example.comThank you! Sharing our success and failure. Figs flourish in hot, dry climates and the fruit require all-day sun to ripen. Once the figs appear, apply liquid tomato fertiliser every two to three weeks during the growing season, until they start to ripen. As with roots and leafs, it … Of course we have the local fig trees but it just grow wild and most of the time folks in this country never use it for food. The leaves are large and bright green, lending a tropical feel. I have just started too and it is addictive.Salmah. Kindly check on Facebook, I think there is a couple of fig farm in Kedah and you can get figs from them. Hi Raymond,I love figs and would appreciate if you sell a fig plant to me. Also I feel that most are moving from cuttings to air layering. Cultivating Fig in Malaysia is an expensive game. … Apart from fresh figs and juice, Saf Fa Fig Garden will also offer fig soap, perfume, lotions and supplements. The perfect time to plantis during the autumn and winter, so the trees can establish themselves while it’s cold. Neither can they survive too much water but growing them in the greenhouse ensures that this does not happen. Hi Raymond, I really love figs and am thrilled they can be planted in msia! We grow over 1000 fig species from middle east, North Africa, eastern and southern Europe. “We now have about 500 varieties of fig trees but this is just our trial period. 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