Yes,we propagate Ficus carica ‘The Empress’.
Planted next to the Library/ Cottage is a beautiful piece of Victoria history. In 1914 a Ficus carica , or common fig, was planted at the Empress Hotel in Victoria. In 1981 this tree was designated a ‘heritage plant’ as it had become the largest fig tree in Canada and had an impressive fruit crop. In 1986 the ‘Empress Fig’ was dug up and moved to the Gardens at HCP to make way for the construction of the Victoria Convention Centre. While the transplant was successful, the tree did begin to decline. Cuttings were taken and one has grown into a magnificent specimen next to our Library.
The Gardens at HCP has now been successfully propagating from the second-generation Empress Fig for several years. Every year cuttings are taken in the spring, given 3-6 weeks to root and then are potted. Most cuttings are successful as long as they don’t dry out. Each plant comes with a copy of the original heritage certificate, all you need is a well drained site with full-sun and one day you should be able to grow your own massive fig tree with a bumper crop of fruit.