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0609151115a.jpg   Hardy Chicago 50 figs, planted cutting Nov, 2014

0609151121a.jpg  Kadota figs about 20 figs Planted cutting Feb, 2014 

   0609151125a.jpg  Magnolia (UK) (dark purple when ripe likely a brown turkey type) Planted Cutting Feb, 2014  0609151131a.jpg   Unknown green from a neighbors yard, looks like Conandria but makes more fruit, tightly closed eye. 0609151131e.jpg  2 Brebas, fig cuttings planted Feb, 2014 0609151139a.jpg

Peter's Honey, Planted from cutting Feb, 20140609151143.jpg   Celeste Planted from 1' tree Mar, 2014

0609151145a.jpg  0609151145b.jpg  Conandria Planted from 6'' start Nov 2014   0609151147b.jpg  Flanders, planted from 6'' start Nov, 2014 0609151141d.jpg  Alma, Planted Feb, 2014 cutting



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Those look beautiful ...lol
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They all look fantastic, I hope mine look like that next year. 
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Hey Sid. Sorry if I got your name wrong!
Your trees look awesome. A couple of questions could clear things up a bit for me.
First of all ,do your trees go dormant or stay "alive "all year long? If they display an evergreen habit , they are actualy twice the age of our trees since they grow constantly ever since they were rooted. Are those figs Breba crop then or do they keep producing continuous main crops? Thanks in advance and sorry if my questions sound silly ,I just picture Hawaii having an endless summer!

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Hey Sid. Sorry if I got your name wrong! Your trees look awesome. A couple of questions could clear things up a bit for me. First of all ,do your trees go dormant or stay "alive "all year long? If they display an evergreen habit , they are actualy twice the age of our trees since they grow constantly ever since they were rooted. Are those figs Breba crop then or do they keep producing continuous main crops? Thanks in advance and sorry if my questions sound silly ,I just picture Hawaii having an endless summer!


Most of the fig trees here go dormant in December and come out of dormancy in mid February thru early march.  But you can cancel dormancy here by cutting the tips of each branch and they will send out new growth and continue growing.  The only tree that I let go dormant this year was the Unknown green fig and it made 2 breba figs on the old growth.  All the rest of the figs are main crop figs on 1st year or less new growth. 

Here is a  example of how it looks on a panachee fig tree, this one is not dormant but just wanted it to bush out for more branching.  But the idea is the same.

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As if I didn't need another reason to move to Hawaii...
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Amazing . Thanks very much and keep the updates coming.
I'm with you Travis!! Maybe ,one day.....

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Hi Sid,

They look great! and so fast growing.

I notice the saucers look to be full of water.  Do you usually leave the pots sttiing in the water like that?

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Beautiful Figs!  Almost all seem to have an open growth pattern.  I guess you pruned them that way?

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Hi Sid,

Can I ask why you prune your leaves off? Is it because of rust?

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Hi Sid,

They look great! and so fast growing.

I notice the saucers look to be full of water.  Do you usually leave the pots sttiing in the water like that?


The trays are there for many reasons, 1 is that it rains a lot here but mostly just misty rain so only the top 1 inch or so of soil in the pot gets wet.  That causes the root to circle at the top of the pot and not to grow down to the bottom.  With the trays of water it forces the roots to search for water at the bottom of the pot and increases the root ball size. 

Trays are also filled with water to stop slugs and snails from crawling into the pots and eating the ripe figs and leaves.

  It also stops ants from nesting in the bottom of the pot and farming aphids on the new leaves. 

Another thing is I notice if I water from the top I do get really bad rust on the leaves when I water from the bottom it does not get the leaves wet and the fig leaf rust is much less severe.

  Last reason is nematodes, the trays protect the figs from having contact with the soil which is infected with nematodes.  Also why I put down gravel rock and black plastic to keep the infected soil from splashing into the trays.

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Beautiful Figs!  Almost all seem to have an open growth pattern.  I guess you pruned them that way?

Suzi


I just cut the tips of the branches, I have not tried to prune them to do anything specific yet. 
 

As for cutting the leaves off, I cut the leaves of the lower branches to increase air flow and light levels to the branches.  This reduces the fig leaf rust and seems to increase the amount of figs.  When fig trees are grown in the shade or even shaded by their own leaves I notice they produce much less, or in full shade no figs. 




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