LSU Figs

Louisiana State University under the direction of Dr. Ed O’Rourke from the mid 1950s to the mid 1960s propagated new fig varieties. After a hiatus, in the 1990s, selected varieties were officially released to the public by LSU. In the meantime, over decades, other LSU fig cultivars had been unofficially shared privately and spread by trade and sales. Some of these other LSU fig varieties include: LSU Improved Celeste, Scott’s Black, and LSU Red, among others. All of these LSU figs are high quality, and many are early ripening and productive, especially Improved Celeste and Tiger, also O’Rourke.

2 thoughts on “LSU Figs

  1. Hi Joe,
    You’re talking about the brebas in this post?:
    I tip pruned too. I have mixed feelings about it because more brebas typically means less main crop. My LSU Purple also has some brebas this year, which surprises me as I don’t remember them in the past. Tip pruning definitely stimulates some brebas. I don’t have a greenhouse. I did get the figs outside as early as I could.


  2. Tony —

    Your brebas look great. Did you do anything to accelerate or promote development? For example, a head start in the greenhouse to accelerate? Tip-pruning to promote development? You and I are nominally in the same zone but your trees look at least a week ahead of mine, which were in an attached garage at 40-50 F until a week ago.

    Also, we’ve discussed LSU Purple in the past. Like my LSU Gold and Champagne, my Purple has a lot of developing breba buds. Is this typical?

    FYI, I tip-pruned all the breba-bearers, which seems to have helped. For Nero 600M, I tip-pruned one but not the other. There seem to be a lot more brebas on the pruned one.



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