fig trees

Asked December 6, 2019, 11:36 AM EST

What type of fig trees will survive in Kentucky and when should they be planted?

Jefferson County Kentucky

1 Response

Thank you for reaching out to Jefferson County Extension about planting fig trees.

The two recommended varieties for Kentucky are Celeste and Chicago Hardy, although there may be other varieties that may be successful in Jefferson Co.

If you already have a plant that has been grown outdoors and is dormant or loosing leaves it came be planted now, don’t forget to mulch it. If not, you have no choice than to carry it over until we have cool spring weather. Keeping it indoors the whole winter could be stressful on the plant as it would not have the chance to go dormant. The normal plant cycles are necessary for proper bloom and fruit to develop.

This is what UK has on growing figs, with links to other universities have on growing figs:

This is an online newsletter that KY has on regional problems and solutions

For Kentucky. FruitFacts publication online:

Feel free to contact our office if you have other questions.

Let me know if I can help you further!

Carol Wilder
Horticulture Technician
Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Service

4200 Gardiner View Avenue

Louisville KY 40213