Hardy Chicago or Celeste?

snaggedAugust 31, 2013

I am considering growing a fig tree. Celeste and Hardy Chicago appear to be recommended varieties in my area (7B). Which has better flavor?

Also, are these suitable for containers (e.g. 5 gallon size)? Can they be planted in fall?

I have to use containers.


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I'll weigh in. Both are great figs for different reasons. Both fairly cold hardy. Celeste is a small fig with an excellent flavor. Some strains will drop figs in dry conditions (mulch). Hardy Chicago is an "Etna" type fig medium sized brown-black, very productive, with a good (can be very good) flavor. Hardy Chicago produces the most figs for me here in North Georgia. I have had both in pots for several years, although both are in the ground now. If I had to choose, I would rather have Hardy Chicago.

    Bookmark   September 2, 2013 at 10:05PM
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chervil2(z5 MA)

I have Celeste and I am not happy with the flavor. However, I am in a cold climate that makes it a challenge to grow any variety of fig. Celeste has overwintered outside in my zone 5 climate with lots of mulch cover.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 8:49AM
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Hardy Chicago

    Bookmark   September 10, 2013 at 11:39AM
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