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  • RdB Improved Celeste 7A Long Island

    Enjoying these varieties at the moment. My container Improved Celeste is lackluster compared to its in ground sibling. RdB on the other hand is fine in containers, but slightly smaller.
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    Zone 7A, Long Island NY

  • #2
    Reliable and delicious, same here, great figs.
    Joe, Central Bucks, PA Zone 6b/7a

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    • giants11596
      giants11596 commented
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      Thanks for your review and recommendation videos.
      Last edited by giants11596; 08-14-2021, 07:47 AM.

  • #3
    Try letting Imp Celeste hang on the tree a few more days and it may develop more flavor.
    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
    – Source Unknown
    MA 5b/6a

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    • #4
      looking real good....enjoy!
      Kevin, N. Ga 7b Cheers!

      Wishing all of you a bountiful harvest!

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      • #5
        Good looking.
        Princeton, New Jersey, 6B
        flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/red-sun/albums
        http://growingfruit.org/ for all fruits

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        • #6
          Gina,
          the potted improved Celeste dropped off on its own, still not as good as the in ground ones. Pics below are from in ground.
          You may only view thumbnails in this gallery. This gallery has 2 photos.
          Last edited by giants11596; 08-14-2021, 07:49 AM.
          Zone 7A, Long Island NY

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          • Ktrain
            Ktrain commented
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            That looks just fine!
            Deliseoso!

        • #7
          Nice figs. But don't settle for mediocrity with your potted IC.

          Growing in pots means creating an artificial environment that emulates the ground. If the pot is producing inferior results for you, your first instinct should be to question the pot (i.e., your cultural techniques) rather than the variety. I'd be very hesitant to make sweeping generalizations (e.g., IC is better in the ground) without exploring the details. So the question is -- Why is potted IC inferior for you? For example:

          1. LSU varieties seem to need more water. Is it possible that your potted IC is not getting enough?
          2. IC may need more of some nutrient. Is is possible that your in-ground IC gets more of certain key nutrients?
          3. Maybe your pot is too small to let the tree access enough water and nutrients to match the in-ground tree. Could you try a bigger pot?
          4. Are other environmental conditions different? For example, are the in-ground trees in a sunnier location?
          5. Is the potted IC less leafy than your in-ground tree? Flavor and sweetness come from the leaves. You know you have an otherwise apples-to-apples comparison if the two trees look the same, other than size. If the trees don't look equally healthy and leafy, see #1-4.

          In general, maybe you can improve results by making your potted environment more similar to your in-ground environment.

          Joe, Z6B, RI.

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          • PBfigs
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            Joe, this is one of the most informative and common sense post I have read in this forum. Thanks!

          • giants11596
            giants11596 commented
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            Thank you, what you said make a lot of sense. I will up pot my IC next spring, make tea with soil and see if it gets better.
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