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. 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. Buy your plants from a reputable nursery to avoid nematode problems with your figs. “It’s something you cannot explain. 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. I hope to get your kind response. The fig can trace its history back to the biblical era. Hi Raymond, I really love figs and am thrilled they can be planted in msia! 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.” **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. We grow over 1000 fig species from middle east, North Africa, eastern and southern Europe. Hi Raymond,I love figs and would appreciate if you sell a fig plant to me. The common fig contains only female flowers and propagates without pollination. It requires full … Figs need high temperatures and inside the greenhouse it is really, really hot,” he explains. “I saw some fig trees and remember a friend once told me I should start collecting them,” he recalls. Anyone has it? 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. I have just started too and it is addictive.Salmah. They come from Europe and they are of the premium variety. Be sure to add a high-nitrogen fertilizer every 4 weeks in the spring and summer and water the tree moderately. The earliest mentions of the fruit can be found in the Bible as well as the Quran. Many other enterprising individuals have already successfully begun their own fig farms. Start applying the … fig; lychee (doubt this will actually fruit) pegaga, basil, lemongrass, chili & flower plant seedlings. 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. Shamsul set up Saf Fa Fig Garden to focus on the fig business. I see another one near my building City one, behind Dang Wangi Police quarter. Once you start collecting it, that’s it,” he adds to emphasise his point. Proudly created with. Growing Figs in Michigan Why bother growing your own figs? Use a … Hi RaymondDo you have fig plan or cutting to sale now?Email me at klneng@yahoo.com or klneng@gmail.comRegardsVincent, From Sri Lanka. My email address is juanyoong@gmail.com. Thank you ever so very much for sharing your experience. They plan to open a café where they’ll serve fresh figs. Shamsul, 47, planted his first fig trees in the backyard of his home in Tampin. 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. Once the figs appear, apply liquid tomato fertiliser every two to three weeks during the growing season, until they start to ripen. Cultivating Fig in Malaysia is an expensive game. For him, this is just the start. Looking back when we first started, some people thought it was hard to grow fig trees in Malaysia as they believe it can only be found in the Middle East and Europe. Figs make your health your wealth. We have an agreement with the NS Daily Farm nearby to refer our customers to one another,” he adds. “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. 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). If you have them, using paving slabs to make a wall around the roots to further restrict them. In a country where bananas and papayas are the staples, one man hopes to make fresh figs a regular snack. Botanically, the fig isn’t actually a fruit but a syconium. An early fruiting variety fruits in spring, fruit forms in the previous autumn, and main crop varieties fruit in autumn. Dig a hole at least 3 times as wide as the rootball. Plant new fig trees outside when they’re dormant. Please feel free to contact me at wierlliemz@gmail.com Thank you very much. Apply some compost and mulch after planting. Shamsul’s fig farm is not the first or only one in Malaysia. Hi Raymond,I am Choo from Melaka. A 2004 study on diabetic animals showed an essential compound in fig leaves normalised the values of the animals’ fatty acids and plasma VitaminE values which in turn should allow diabetics to inject less insulin, which is costly and often a life-long chore. In November last year, having served Malaysia Airlines for 20 years, he gave notice that he wanted to opt for early retirement. The Spaniards later took the fig to other parts of the world. Figs are a flowering plant that are edible. I would like to purchase fig plant from you. Shamsul’s first introduction to figs was during a visit to a nursery in New Zealand where he was actually looking to buy a climbing rose. He realised he loved working with figs so much that he wanted to do it fulltime. Do inform if it works. Figs are native and grow in the Middle East and Western Asia. 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. Hi, I'm interested to buy some of the fig cutting or a small plant from you. It is not easy to describe the unique taste and texture of fresh figs. So sad. Nowadays thanks to some planters, fig trees are thriving in our tropical weather. wtmkesong@hotmail.com, Hi Raymond, I'm from kedah and found intrested to fig planting after viewed few fig's blog include yours. 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. Don't want to sell Figs that cant fruit in Malaysia. Okay, good luck to you on next session. Gauging our progress so that we can look back 25 years from now (2035). 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. How to Plant Fig Trees: **Figs have a wide-ranging root system. Figs need a constant and consistent supply of water, he explains. Move figs growing in pots into a sunny location, outdoors, once there is no danger of frost. On the market for figs, Mohamad Hafidz said he had his hands full meeting demands from hotel operators and health juice manufacturers. You can buy figs as bare-rooted stock or in pots at the nursery. 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. Edible figs grow to around 3m tall and 5m wide but can be larger. Figara11 offers grade AA and giant figs too. He finally left the company in February to concentrate on developing a business related to figs – his new found love. Other cultivars require pollination. For container fig trees, grow them in a soil-based potting mix and add fine bark chips to improve drainage. Raymond, I wish to buy any type. Divide up the nitrogen into 3 to 4 feedings. Like other fig farmers, Shamsul is hoping that the research will bear fruit soon. Hi, I'm a Vegan from Penang. would like to buy a live plant or cuttings from you. The leaves are large and bright green, lending a tropical feel. Also I feel that most are moving from cuttings to air layering. Shamsul Akmal Shamsudin, who co-owns Saf Fa Fig Garden, hopes to change that. Shamsul Akmal Shamsudin is quite enamoured with this member of the mulberry family. Sorry Jon, the figs are still too immature to propagate at the moment. Figs don’t require formal training; just thin or head back as needed to control size. The saplings are allowed to germinate inside small cups before they are sent to the greenhouse. Ancient conquerors and travellers later introduced the fig to other regions of the Mediterranean before they were brought to the Western Hemisphere in the early 16th century. Kindly check on Facebook, I think there is a couple of fig farm in Kedah and you can get figs from them. said by a visitor. Figs do best when planted in USDA zone 7 or higher. Ever since I wanted to start on Fig 2 months ago, I had been trying to get some cuttings to start off. Due to their strong interest, they decided to plant more fig trees not far from our home and it later turned into FTG in 2016. Unless grown in containers, most fig trees do not require regular fertilization. How to Plant Figs. 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. “It also starts fruiting at that age. The best times are late fall or … Under a memorandum of understanding signed between Saf Fa Fig Garden and UKM, the institution will conduct research on the tissue culture and active compounds of the fig fruit and leaf. 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. Our fig as still too small to propagate. Water well during summer. Fresh figs do not have a long shelf live so most Malaysians have only tasted the dried ones which are imported from Europe. We choose a few varities of good taste and long shelf life for cultivation. Hello Salmah din, thank you for your visit. Use the light potting mixture to apply in trees. “I first planted them in pots but I later learnt that figs must be cultivated in a greenhouse to flourish. Please feel free to contact me at ch9wong@gmail.com Thank you very much. Notable people from around the world recognized for their work on Figs. His job in logistics at Malaysia Airlines did take him places. Fig trees grow in a range of soil types, including clay, though they detest having wet feet for extended periods. Serembanonline will bring you all the good news and local stories you want to read and. “The infrastructure alone costs us more than RM400,000. After the tree matures, prune back every spring before the figs begin to grow. Don’t get caught paying for fruit trees, when you can easily clone them for free. “This will expand the agro-based products for the local and overseas markets,” he said. Pruning. Each variety has an exquisitely delicious flavour and texture with subtle differences inside. Pollinating insects(for most varieties, a tiny wasp) gain acce… 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. The commercial growing of figs in Southeast Asia (SEA) has opened up more possibilities for innovating with this superfruit. In the Middle East, figs are seasonal fruits. 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. As with roots and leafs, it is even more pricey. please email me azrirahim@yahoo.com. 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.”. Pls email me at : wvoo@hotmail.sgThanksWendy, Hello Wendy, sorry for the late reply. Getting cuttings from Malaysia is rather pricey (personal opinion). I would like to get more info from you if that's okay with you. 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. Thank you. Good luck to you too. However, if your fig tree is not growing much (less than 12 inches in one growing season), you can add ½ to 1 pound of nitrogen supplement. 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. Good luck in your venture. Hi Ahmad, sorry, all my black Jack died. Neither can they survive too much water but growing them in the greenhouse ensures that this does not happen. More typically, their heights range from 10 – 30 ft. “We also have a facility at our farm dedicated to supplying fig plants for the research. Prune your figs when necessary. Am documenting the happenings and progress of our farms. Please feel free to contact me.My email is teobetsy@yahoo.com, I'm looking for the American species of figs tree cuttings. The café overlooks a postcard scene of herons surveying padi fields for food. Place one seed in each hole and cover with soil. There are also giant figs that can weigh up to 150g per fig. This comment has been removed by the author. In another covered area are about 20 large drums of water that Shamsul describes as his “insurance against water shortage”. Contact Shamsul at his Face Book page: Shamsul Akmal Shamsudin (Saf Fa Fig Garden), © 2023 by "This Just In". Prune the branches down to 4 strong shoots, which will lead in the production of fruit. “They are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure. thanks. They stand side by side, like army barracks. The Fresh FIG Farm We are the FRESH FIG Farm in Malaysia. 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. Shamsul explains that in Malaysia, figs also grow faster. 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. Hi Raymond!I am helping my lecturer gather info on fig cuttings and where they will be available for sale and also their price. Hi, I'm interested to buy some of the fig cutting from you. hi, im interested to buy 1 small tree of black jack. For now, Saf Fa Fig Garden sells its produce only through social media platforms such as Facebook. “If planting during summer make sure the soil is constantly kept moist,” YatesHorticulture Consultant Angie Thomas says. They are lusciously honey sweet with a texture that combines the chewy flesh with the smooth skin and the crunchy seeds. He says the Malaysian climate is ideal for cultivating figs. Give love and be patient in waiting. Shamsul explains that in Malaysia, figs also grow faster. On the spot, he bought three fig plants and went on to buy hundreds more in his travels around the world. Regards. Please feel free to contact me at dhizull@gmail.com Thank you very much. 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. Our objective is to identify the fruiting pattern and culture of each variety so we can decide which saplings are the best,” he says. Hi Bronnie, Figs take 2-3 years to fruit, is it an early variety or main crop variety? Yes, Ara, Tin, Fig are the same. Growing figs is a simple process. The greenhouses are home to some 2,000 fig trees and saplings of almost 500 varieties. “We want to give our customers an eco-experience as they enjoy our figs and other products (such as fig gelato and fig tea) they may not have tried,” Shamsul says. 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