There are several different types of Celeste fig trees: Improved, Golden, Blue, and Giant to name a few.
This is further complicated by the fact that it is also called by several different names like: Malta, Sugar, Violette, Celestial fig and Honey fig.
And I know I'm forgetting some.
Despite the confusion over what to call it or how to know which one you've got, there's no disagreement about the fruit.
Celeste fig fruit is small but delicious. The ripe figs are brown on the outside with a reddish interior. Each fruit has a closed eye which bars admittance to the small insects that like to crawl into the open eyed types. The fruit is not prone to souring or splitting on the tree.
Unless it is subjected to heavy rains.
This is why I've given up growing figs in the ground here in Florida. The climate here alternates between drought and deluge. Too much rain near harvest season waters down the figs' sweetness. It also leads to splitting. A potted fig can be moved under cover during adverse weather.
I can vouch for the fact that the fruit is excellent for fresh eating. I have heard that it freezes well and makes good fig jam. Being containerized, our tree has never produced more than we could eat fresh.
The Celeste may not be as productive as some other varieties as it may produce a light breba (early) crop or none at all in some areas. The main crop ripens in mid-summer.
It is well adapted to the southern U.S. and more cold hardy than most other varieties but does have a tendency to drop fruit in intense heat or drought. This variety is popular in Louisiana and Mississippi. It has survived temperatures as low as 11 degrees F. in Texas.
Though the tree is vigorous and will grow large, hard pruning is to be avoided as it will reduce the next crop.
Fig tree care is a happy process for any fruit grower. This is because taking care of fig trees is easier than caring for many other fruits.
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