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Figs: The Secrets to Large Harvests

Harvest season for figs is in full swing, and this is great news! However, fresh figs are hard to find in grocery stores due to their short shelf life. Most stores only carry dried figs, which are still amazing, but they aren’t as magical as fresh figs, picked right from the tree.

Harvest season for figs is in full swing, and this is great news! However, fresh figs are hard to find in grocery stores due to their short shelf life. Most stores only carry dried figs, which are still amazing, but they aren’t as magical as fresh figs, picked right from the tree.

Luckily, figs are one of the easiest fruits to grow at home, either in a container indoors or in the ground outside. Here are a few tricks of the trade to ensure tons of large and juicy figs.

Figs Galore

For big, succulent fruit, your fig trees will need to get as much sun as possible. While fig trees can tolerate partial shade, you’ll have the best results if the trees are placed in full sun.

Container trees should be taken outside tosit in the sun during the warmer months, and placed by a large, sunny window otherwise.

In the winter, cover your tree with burlap to protect it from frost. Spread an insulating material, like mulch or pine straw, around the bases of your trees to keep the roots warm. Keep in mind that fig trees are tropical trees, so they like to stay warm.

Fig trees also like to stay dry. Avoid placing your tree in an area that’s prone to flooding or collects standing water. While fig trees will need supplemental water during the growing season, they like to stay dry in the winter and fall. Check on your soil every few days. Once its dry, about 2 inches below the surface, it’s time give your tree more water. The soil should be moist but not saturated. Trees kept in containers often dry out faster than ones planted in the ground.

Fig trees usually don’t need fertilizer, unless they’re lacking in nutrients. Trees kept in containers need fertilizer more often than trees planted in the ground. To fertilize your fig trees, give them a slow release fertilizer that’s well-balanced, like formula 10-10-10 or 8-8-8, once in the spring and once in the fall.

Pruning

Pruning your trees in the winter, while they’re dormant, greatly increase the amount of fruit they will yield. With a clean and sterile pair of loppers or hand pruners, remove any dead or broken branches. Afterwards, clear a few branches away from the center of the tree. This will allow more sunlight and air to circulate through the canopy. Remove any branches growing vertically because these hold water. Fruiting branches grow out laterally.

Remove any growths springing up from the base of the tree. These growths are known as suckers, and they will steal nutrients from the trunk of your tree. To remove them, treat them as weeds by taking a firm grip on them and pulling them upwards out of the ground.

We currently only carry self-pollinating fig varieties, so you won’t have to worry about finding a mate for your tree, or rely on nature to get pollen spread from a male flower to a female flower. You’ll have a reliable crop of figs year after year.

Harvesting

Know your harvest time. Many fig trees produce fruit that ripens in the late summer and early fall, so it’s good to know where your tree falls on the timeline. Harvest times aren’t an exact science, since fig trees in warmer climates have the potential to fruit earlier.

Figs taste their absolute best once they ripen because this is when their juices taste the sweetest. If you harvest your figs too early, they might be bitter and dry. However, you also don’t want to wait too late to harvest, or the fruit could go bad!

The trick is to wait until your figs fully turn their mature color. Some figs have shades of rust brown, some have dark purple hues, and others stay green. Also, look at the neck of the fruit: if it has a slight bend instead of sticking straight out, then your figs are ready to be harvested.

When picking your figs off the tree, gently remove the fruit from the stem. Make sure that you don’t rip the neck during this process.

Figs can be stored in a refrigerator for about a week, and they should be placed there once their skin starts to wrinkle or develop creases. If figs are dried either by sitting in the sun for a few hours or in a dehydrator, they can be stored for months.

What Is A Celeste Fig: Learn About Celeste Fig Tree Care

Figs are a wonderful and unique fruit, and they don’t come cheap (or fresh, usually) in the supermarket. That’s why having your own fig tree, if you can do it, is so valuable. There are plenty of fig varieties on the market, and it’s important to find the one that suits you best. One very popular type is the Celeste fig (Ficus carica ‘Celeste’). Keep reading to learn more about Celeste fig tree care and tips for growing Celeste figs in the garden.

Celeste Fig Tree Info

What is a Celeste fig? The Celeste fig tree produces fruit that is medium in size and has light brown to purple skin and bright pink flesh. The flesh is very sweet, and it’s popular eaten fresh as a dessert fruit. In fact, it is also referred to as “sugar fig” on account of its sweetness. This fig is also a good processing fruit and is frequently used for both preserves and drying.

The fruits are “closed eye,” which greatly discourages dried fruit beetles and fruit rots. The trees are very cold hardy for fig trees, with some sellers describing them as hardy down to zone 6. (Some others rate them only down to zone 7.) In these colder zones, lots of care should be taken for winter protection.

Celeste figs are resistant to many pests and diseases, and they are self-fertile, which means only a single tree is needed for fruit production.

How to Grow Celeste Figs

Celeste fig tree care is relatively low maintenance, as long as you provide good winter protection. Celeste figs are both heat and cold tolerant. They have a compact growth pattern, usually reaching a mature height and spread of 7 to 10 feet (2-3 m.). They do well in containers.

They should not be pruned heavily, as this can reduce fruit production. The trees like full sun and loamy, well drained, neutral soil. They produce their main crop of fruit earlier than most other fig varieties, usually in early summer.

Celeste Fig Tree

Deliciously Delectable Figs From Your Garden or Yard

The Celeste Fig Tree is a prime pick for your landscape. Here are some of the many benefits of this coveted botanical:

  • Withstands temperatures down to 10 degrees
  • Yields huge quantities of high-quality figs
  • Delicious, sweet fruit for preserves or eating fresh off the tree
  • Resistant to most pests and diseases

Astronomical value in a great fig tree. In search of a medium-sized, fruit-bearing tree that can stand up to the elements? The Celestial Fig Tree fits the bill. Highly productive, cold hardy and resistant to pests and diseases, this vigorously-growing tree fits well in a variety of planting locations. Before long, a mass of thick greenery will quickly populate your tree.

The Celestial’s leaves are big, capable of growing up to a foot long. And the medium-sized figs are great in number, due in part to their unique ‘closed eye’ feature. Like a built-in defense mechanism, this feature wards off the dried fruit beetle and protects against spoilage. The result? More delicious figs hanging from your tree with every harvest.

Best of all, when the countless figs begin to emerge on your Celestial Fig Tree, the first thing you’ll notice is their incredible color. The smooth and shiny outer skin glows a magnificent purplish bronze. Slice one open to reveal the glistening, pink-amber flesh. This is one fruit that tastes as delicious as it looks.

Perhaps that’s why enthusiasts refer to the Celestial as the ‘sugar fig’. This fruit’s rich flavor combined with its crunchy seeds and chewy texture makes the Celestial Fig wonderful fresh off the tree and excellent for preserving.

And if the taste alone isn’t enough to convince you, consider the health benefits of this amazing fruit: High in fiber and rich in potassium, figs are a nutritious snack that are believed to naturally help control blood pressure and assist in weight loss.

With all of these positive benefits, the Celestial Fig Tree is a clear choice for your garden or landscape. Order yours today!

Planting & Care

The Celeste Fig (Ficus Carica ‘Celestial’), also known in the south as the “sugar fig” is a cold hardy variety recommended for zones 7-11. A smaller tree, reaching a mature height and width of 5-10 feet, it’s great for small yards or can be potted. The leaves are known to get very large, even up to a foot long and the fruits are violet-brown in color. Bite into one and you’ll notice the rose colored flesh that is sweet and rich, making it perfect for drying and preserves. The fruit ripens in July and has a signature ‘closed eye’ which helps protect from splitting and souring and will also ward off insects. It’s a nutritious fruit, containing high fiber and potassium and can even help with weight loss and controlling blood pressure.

Planting Location: When deciding where to plant your fig tree keep in mind that fig trees will perform best in full sun. They can tolerate shade, but prefer full sun. Plant them in an area that doesn’t get hit with harsh winter winds. Fig trees grown in containers should be placed by large sunny windows if kept indoors.

Planting Directions (in ground):
1) Once you’ve selected the perfect planting site dig a hole that’s three times wider than your tree’s root ball, and just as deep.
2) Loosen the soil on the sides of the hole with a shovel or pitchfork. Next, remove any debris like dirt clumps, grass, or rocks from the hole.
3) Place your tree in it, and make sure it’s level with the surrounding ground and standing straight up.
4) Begin to back fill your hole and gently tamp the soil down to eliminate air pockets.
5) After the planting process is complete give your fig tree a slow deep watering by holding a hose at its base and counting to 20.
6) Mulch around the base to conserve soil moisture and to keep weeds/grasses back.

Planting Directions (potted): Be sure the pot has good drainage!
1) For container trees, select a container that’s slightly larger than the root ball (1-2 sizes larger than the initial container the fig came in works best).
2) Add a mixture of your natural soil and organic planting mix to the container before you place your tree in it.
3) Make sure your tree stands straight up in its container and give it a good drink of water until you see water coming out the bottom of the pot. If your pot doesn’t contain drainage holes, you can quickly add some with a small drill.
4) Allow the top 2 inches of the soil to dry before watering again.

Watering: Fig trees have a fair drought tolerance. Once established they will need a deep watering once every one to two weeks. Feel your soil, if it feels like its drying out close to the surface then it’s time to water your tree. Trees kept in containers will often need more water than those planted in the ground. Keep on your trees more often during times of extreme heat or prolonged droughts.

Fertilization: Usually fig trees don’t require any fertilizing, unless you know that your lawn is lacking in nutrients. If you need to fertilize your trees it’s best to do so in the early spring. Use a slow release, well balanced organic fertilizer, like formula 10-10-10.

Weed Control: Placing a 3 to 4 inch thick layer of mulch around the base of your trees will prevent weeds from growing. It will also regulate the soil temperature, and help the soil retain moisture.

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Celeste Fig is so sweet it is known as the “sugar fig”. Its incredible cold and heat tolerance as well as its compact form and amazing taste have made it a long time favorite for the Southeastern United States. Celeste has light brown to violet skin with a bright strawberry red flesh. It is excellent for fresh eating and is also one of the best figs for drying and preserves. The closed eye makes it difficult for insects to get in and its resistance to cracking makes it a great choice for areas with summer rainfall. Celeste puts most of its energy into the main crop which ripens from late August into September, but will occasionally produce a breba crop. We recommend growing Celeste in areas with long, hot growing seasons. Not recommended for cool, coastal regions.

A gourmet delight, you should not live your life without feasting on this sweet, delectable fruit. One of the easiest fruits to grow, figs are happy outdoors in the Maritime Northwest and, with winter protection, in pots or in the ground in colder climates. To fully enjoy fresh Figs you must grow your own. When fully ripe and at their most tender, shipping them long distances is virtually impossible. While many fig varieties are not suitable for the Northwest, our varieties have been chosen for their ability to ripen at least one good crop in our climate. Another plus for Figs – deer don’t like them!!

Latin Name: Ficus carica
Site and Soil: The Celeste Fig Tree does well in a variety of soils, but require at least 8 hours of sunlight during the growing season. Cold injury can be reduced by choosing sites without direct sunlight early in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Bearing Age: 2-3 years after planting.
Size at Maturity: 10-15 ft. in height
Ripening Time: September
Yield: 30-50 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Figs are not heavily cultivated in the United States at this time, so pests have not yet become an issue in this crop.
USDA Zone: 6-10

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