Improved Celeste Fig Tree
Another incredible introduction from Louisiana State University and likely the most valuable one for short season fig growers. Improved Celeste fig ripens one of the earliest main crops of any variety we’ve grown, ripening its delicious figs in early September here, sometimes even late August if it’s been a hot season. Figs have an especially sugar sweet caramel taste, similar to Celeste. Bred to withstand warm season rain, humid temperatures and to resist splitting in those conditions. Skin is a beautiful brownish red or violet and the flesh is a bright strawberry red. Never formally released by LSU, but this one was so precocious, delicious and early ripening that it made its way into fig collecting circles and has been circulated far and wide. This one is sure to become a mainstay in the PNW and other areas with short, cool growing seasons.
One of the easiest fruits to grow, and a true gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their tender, shipping them long distances is virtually impossible. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them (most of the time)!
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Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: Figs do well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season.
Pollination Requirements: Self-fruitful.
Hardiness: Figs are hardy to between 0° & 5° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-20 ft in height, smaller with pruning.
Bloom Time: Flowers are not noticeable as they are inside the fig.
Ripening Time: Late August-September
Yield: 10-15 lbs. or more per plant
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not bothered by pests or diseases in our region. Cover plants with netting if birds are a problem.
USDA Zone: 7, maybe 6?
Sunset Western Zone: 4-9, 12-24
Sunset Northeast Zone: 31, 32