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Celeste Fig

The most cold-hardy "standard."

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Celeste Fig

The most cold-hardy "standard."

  • Excellent for fresh eating and preserves
  • Outstanding fruit quality
  • Ripens much earlier than most figs
is almost as widely grown as Brown Turkey. Of the old standards, it is considered to be the best tasting and very good to excellent for both fresh eating and preserving (either frozen or processed as fig preserves). Celeste has a tightly closed "eye," making it resistant to dried fruit beetle and rain entry, which can cause fruit to sour. Will drop unripe fruit in hot weather, but it is so outstanding in overall quality that it is worth some loss. Fortunately, Celeste ripens well before most other figs, allowing harvest before the worst heat. Can also be grown as a container plant and moved to a protected area to prevent winter die-back. Self-fruitful. Zones 7-9.
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  • Botanical Name: Ficus carica 'Celeste'
  • Height: 15 - 25 ft
  • Spacing: 15 - 25 ft
  • Depth: Place the plant in the hole at the same level it was grown by the nursery. This is where the roots start and the tops shoots begin. Spread the roots out evenly. Gently work the soil around the roots do not pack the soil. Water plant thoroughly.
  • Spread: 15 - 25 ft
  • Light Required: Full Sun
  • Pollinator: Self pollinating.
  • Yield: Usually ripens mid to late June. Fruits main crop early on last years wood. Bearing age: 1-2 years.
  • Size: Bareroot
  • Fruit: Large, brown skin, pink flesh. Sweet, rich flavor. Chilling hours= 100.
  • Zone: 7-9
  • Form: Fruit, Fruit Tree, Fig
  • Flower Form: Inconspicuous flowers (hidden inside the bud).
  • Soil Requirements: Rich, moist, well-drained soil
  • Growth Rate: Vigourus grower
  • Pruning: Does not require regular pruning once established. Prune fig trees annually during the first three growing seasons to establish desired shape. Best to prune immediately after the main crop is harvested in early fall. Do not prune mature Celeste trees heavily because this can reduce harvest.
  • Foliage: Large, tropical-looking, glossy green,lobed leaves.
  • Comments: Celeste is almost as widely grown as Brown Turkey. Of the old standards, it is considered to be the best tasting and very good to excellent for both fresh eating and preserving (either frozen or processed as fig preserves). Celeste has a tightly closed "eye," making it resistant to dried fruit beetle and rain entry, which can cause fruit souring. Will drop un-ripe fruit in hot weather, but it is so outstanding in overall quality that it is worth some loss. Fortunately, Celeste ripens well before most other figs, allowing harvest before the worst heat. Can also be grown as a container plant and moved to a protected area to prevent winter dieback. Uses include fresh eating, screening, background, specimen or container planting. Allow figs to ripen on the tree and pick as they ripen. Fresh figs do not store well. Can be dried. When picking figs, wear gloves or long sleeves because the sap from the tree can irritate your skin.

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