Why Hello Noss! I am so happy to see you posting again! As you can see, a good number of the old members are gone. I check in every once and awhile. You're spot on about the differences!
The question between O’Rourke and Improve Celeste lives on! It is hard finding true O’Rourkes. I had 3 large trees until the 5 degree weather hit Charlotte 2 years ago. Two died and never came back. One died and came back but I gave up on it. It may still be alive outside somewhere! LOL!
I have 2 large ICs planted in the ground. They produce a lot of figs for me. I have one in a SIP and it’s doing fine too. In an excellent climate, my figs are large long and dark brown. In a wet climate they are long and tad watery but sweet. In a dry climate, the figs are shorter and little dry. I’ve been picking figs from my tree every day. At first they were perfect! Then they started to get a little dry so I soaked them and they got jucier. Today and all this week we are supposed to get more rain, daily! The has started but will see how things go!
Like you, I’m experiencing the same mix-up with folks not knowing the difference between Celeste and Brown Turkey. My ex-boss called me last week stating his friend had a fig tree from the early 1900 that came from St Augustine Florida. I swung by late afternoon Wednesday. The tree is around 15 feet tall facing west right against the house. This guy never pruned the tree and it must me 12 feet wide. He has never tasted the figs but they were ripening and those on top were the largest and riper. I picked a few ripe ones and let him taste them. He thought they were good. He said his dad’s father who’s still alive, planted the tree. It has zero FMV. Guess what this fig was? It was a Southeastern Brown Turkey. These figs were some of the best BT figs I’ve ever tasted. And I’m sure the ones on the top were better! I asked if I could take some cuttings or set some air-layers and said yes.
So, this past Saturday, the wife and I took a road trip to Hickory and set 4 air-layers using air propagators. Hickory is an hour North of my home town, Charlotte. I’m going to go back and set some more because he wants the tree pruned back. This time I will use my large propagators. I use to use plastic bottle for propagation but the air propagators are very thick and can last for years.
There is another fig that also get confused by many, and that Texas Everbearing. Some friends in Texas call it Brown Turkey but its not. The fruit is very close to Brown Turkey but the leaf patterns are not the same. To me, the figs are sweeter and a little larger. But that’s for another post and another day!