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#1 Jackson13


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Posted 04 June 2018 - 09:26 AM

I was wondering if you were going to try to grow figs in a cooler climate would you suggest tree purchase over cuttings. I was hoping for suggestions on winch  variety you guys would recommend.


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Posted 04 June 2018 - 10:57 AM

Trees give you what you need right away. In our region, it's best to have started cuttings already, but you can do it if you want. I start cuttings between January and March, so they have enough growth to be set outside. 


Chicago Hardy is a good start and easy to find. You should be able to find Improved Celeste. I don't have it, but I think it does well in cold areas. 


Just know that big box stores often mislabel trees. But Chicago Hardy is common that it should be true to type. There are lots of other varieties - I probably have about 40 or 50 at different stages of age/growth.


If you remind me, I'll send you some cuttings when the season is over.

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 11:12 AM

Hey, lexx,


Cornell has an amazing agricultural web service.    gardening.cornell.edu/homegardening/index.html   


Along with great county extension offices.  Yours, in Syracuse, would be:




Give them a visit or a call.  I'm betting they can give you all the information you'll need.


I do know that figs can be fickle.  There are more hardy varieties, however, they can be pretty susceptible to the cold, too.  There's a steakhouse owned by two Greek brothers near my home.  There are 3 fig trees growing outside the restaurant for many, many years.  This past winter, there was an extended period of very cold weather and all three died.

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Posted 06 June 2018 - 07:43 PM

Thank you both for the useful information.

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Posted 05 July 2018 - 08:40 PM

+1 on starting w/ a tree.  Cuttings can take a few years to start producing fruit.  


These just fell off one of my trees today.  It's not a Chicago Hardy but I'm told it's a similar variety so it should do well up north.  




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Posted 28 July 2018 - 08:27 AM

The so-called "Mt. Etna" and "celeste" families of figs are considered the conventional hardy and productive varieties. Figs can fruit while very small (including one this year I had start fruit at 1.5ft tall) and even within the same season they are killed back from extreme cold temperatures, so you don't need to start with a huge expensive tree if you are impatient.

For good pricing on starter trees I would recommend Aaron's site at NJFigFarm, though the selection isn't the best right now in the off-season: https://njfigfarm.co...ge=t/4-x-8-pots . The Celeste, Nero 600, U. Italian, U. Spadafora Dark, and U. Portugese purple should all match or exceed the hardiness and productivity of the regular Hardy Chicago, and some are probably a good bit tastier as well.

Edited by fighope, 28 July 2018 - 08:28 AM.

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 07:26 PM

Thanks fighope and sobelri for the info.

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Posted 30 August 2018 - 07:45 PM

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