Planting a Celeste Fig in Zone 7

by Beth Elsey
(Waynesville, NC)

I just bought a Celeste fruiting fig tree. Should I leave it in its pot until after fruiting. Also, is it better to put it in the ground if I have the space and full sun or move to much bigger pot. I live in Zone 7 bordering on 8 (mountains of NC) and I NEVER see fig trees.

BTW, I love your site!

I'm also looking for a deep purple hydrangea which I've see in older n'hoods but can't find on line. My other dream list is a musk rose if you have any.


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I would definitely wait until the fig is no longer fruiting before moving it.

Whether you want to plant it in the ground or keep it in a pot depends on several things:

  1. What kind of soil is in your yard? Figs like a slightly alkaline soil, their roots need to be kept moist and they won't perform well if root knot nematodes are present.

  2. How big do you want the tree to grow? Growing your fig tree in a pot will limit its ultimate size.

  3. Although figs can survive outdoors in the ground in zone 7, it's far from a sure thing that they will. I have had figs suffer severe frost damage in my yard and I'm in zone 9a!

    So much depends on how quickly the cold weather arrives and how long it stays.

Even if your fig plant dies to the ground, it should resprout from the roots.

Figs, like most other trees, are more vulnerable to frost when they are young. If you can mulch and cover it during its first few winters, it may live long enough to develop some hardiness.

The best way to guarantee that you still have a healthy, fruiting fig tree next year is to keep it in a pot.

Dark Purple Hydrangeas

I believe you are referring to Hydrangea macrophylla
'Glowing Embers'. This is an old mophead variety that blooms anywhere from red to deep purple depending on the acidity of the soil.

Musk Roses

I too think the old Musk roses are lovely. Unfortunately, they are difficult to get hold of these days.

The only one I was able to source for you is the old Mediterranean Musk rose 'Red Robin Hood'.

The good news is, it's really inexpensive!

Rose, Red Robin Hood

Best of luck with your gardening.

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