How to Plant a Celeste Fig Tree


The Common fig tree (Ficus carica) is a small tree native to the eastern Mediterranean region. Most varieties require very warm weather but the Celeste fig is a cultivar that's unusually resistant to cold. It can thrive in USDA zone 8, meaning that it can withstand winter temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The Celeste fig tree is very productive and the main crop of fruit ripens in the middle of June.

Step 1

Select the time to plant the Celeste fig tree. You may wish to plant the tree shortly after it goes dormant in the fall if you're in a warm climate. This can allow the tree time to develop a more extensive root system before it begins growing in the spring. On the other hand, plant the Celeste fig tree just before its dormant period ends in late winter if you expect freezing weather.

Step 2

Obtain a young Celeste fig tree. Dig up the young tree carefully to get as much of the roots as possible. Inspect the tree carefully to ensure the roots are healthy and undamaged if you're buying the Celeste fig tree from a nursery. Remove any dry or broken roots if necessary.

Step 3

Dig the hole. It should be deep and wide enough to accommodate the entire root system. Place the tree in the hole so that it's 2-4 inches deeper than it was in its original location. Loosen the soil around the roots and pack the soil as you fill in the hole to ensure all the roots are in contact with the soil.

Step 4

Water the Celeste fig tree. You may need to water the hole before filling it in completely if the soil is very dry. Water the tree thoroughly to ensure the soil settles around the roots.

Step 5

Cut some of the branches of the Celeste fig tree. This process is called "heading back" and will reduce the tree's water requirements until the root system becomes well-established. Heading back will also encourage the tree to develop lateral branches before producing fruit.

Things You'll Need

  • Small Celeste fig tree
  • Shovel
  • Pruning shears
  • Water


  • Texas Agricultural Extension Service
Keywords: fig tree, Celeste fig, Ficus carica

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