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I got to taste this fig for the first time today, and my high expectations were met. It's a small fig, very thin skinned, just the right amount of seed crunch, and sweet with a honey-like syrup. Didn't seem acidic at all, and no berry taste to note. Amazingly good for the first fig from a small, 2nd year plant. I think it is slow to grow due to fmv, which hopefully it will out-grow. In my limited experience, the best fig I have tasted. I'll give it a 9, since IIMG_3203.JPG  IMG_3204.JPG  IMG_3205.JPG  IMG_3206.JPG  IMG_3202.JPG  believe it will get better once I plant it in the ground.

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Looks so yummy.
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very nice, I love the grey figs. 
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very nice, I love the grey figs. 


I second that. Good work.
 

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Zone envy!   :)    Congratulations!
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Hi figgary,

Grise de saint jean is one of the best french figs, it's a keeper for sure!

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Nice photos. Axier says that the brebas are better and more productive. Thank you for sharing.
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Yes I hear they are one of the best tasting breba figs out there. Thanks for the great photos.
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I appreciate the nice comments, everyone. Thank you! It is great to hear that this one produces excellent brebas, I'll remember that if I need to prune it. I love the color also, like in an old painting. I hope to find out next year if Col de Dama Grise is as attractive.
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Congrats, Gary!
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Looks like a winner Gary, congrats.
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I got a second, ripe Grise de St. Jean today. Anyone who is able to, should grow this one, in my opinion. 28 grams of Heaven! IMG_3345.JPG 

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Sure it looks delicious...
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Looks like a California worthy fig ! :)
Caprified?

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I don't think so, Igor. I'm planting caprifigs to establish wasps if I can, I just don't think there's any near me yet.

Grasa, yes, it's very delicious.

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Gary,
You can check the seeds. Do they sink or float?

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Nice grey fig Gary, glad you found it so delicious. I wonder if this Fig would ripen in time in an area with a shorter season? Maybe an area with higher heat in the summer might ripen them in time. Perhaps it will ripen more quickly after it gets older, and if the FMV situation improves.

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Mike, supposedly the breba crop is better than the main. So, I believe it would be a good choice in short season areas.

Igor, I'll check seeds with the next ripe one:)

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I'm still getting a few Grise de St. Jeans, and they are getting a little bigger. This one was 43 grams. Once they are done ripening, it's going to be planted in-ground. Our weather is still mild, 70's daytime and low 50's at night. In the past few days I harvested Osborne Prolifics, MVSB, Abebereira, Conadria, RdB, Excel, and Peter's Honey. Happy to have them, but I wish it would rain.IMG_3371.JPG 

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end of season fig envy here :)
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Good looking fig
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Just updating this post, as I see very little about Grise de St. Jean. Had a few 2 weeks ago at the get-together, and they were disappointing. Harvested several a few days ago, and they were much better. Still not sure why they haven't been as amazing as I remember them to have been last year. Much different weather this year, much hotter which has required more irrigation. Also, this one struggles with the fmv, and the heat seemed to be very taxing on the plants. Still, a great fig, and here are a couple photos from a few days ago.
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Thanks Gary, looks like a 10.

Among your collection is it a late fruit? is it pot grown?

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They sure look different than last year photos, Gary.

I have a graft and a cutting of that variety, booth developing very well and i hope next year i can sample a few figs.

If the second crop is so late ripening i may have a problem over here with the rain - do you know if the fig resists the rain?

Pierre Baud file on that variety mentions that if the tree is placed in humid environments it has a tendency to develop FMV:
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The last two paragraphs:
"Variety well adapted to drying, specially the first crop (bebra), that usually can get fully dried while still on the tree.
It's a variety with high demands on water. Nevertheless, in very humid conditions, it's very sensible to the fig mosaic virus"


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Yes, Eli, they have been late. I picked the 1st one last year, on Sept. 7, and more through October.  This year, Sept. 8 for this basket full. These were from a plant in a 15 gallon pot. I have a 2nd in ground, but no ripe fruit as of yet.

Thank you, Jaime. The humidity makes a lot of sense. This Summer has been much warmer and more humid than what used to be normal for here. Our 80 year old Bartlett Pear was hit hard with fireblight this year as well, and I've heard of others struggling with issues that we usually avoid. I guess that GdSJ might not be a great choice for our southern States.

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Congrats on your super fig collection!

By the way in Niagara our gorgeous summer came to screeching halt this weekend with temperatures dropping from 30C (86F) to 10C(50F) and 3 days of straight rain I estimate 2-3".  The in ground figs were just starting to ripen.   This rain will definitely swell the up the figs.  Hoping return to sunny warm weather so they ripen.


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If it struggled with the dryness, how does it do with ran or humidity? I use organic fish fertilizer which has really help my figs with FMV. 
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I had Grise de Saint Jean here in NJ,and climate is rainy and cool in Aug and Sept usually,and in such conditions Saint Jean was terrible tasting,so i would caution people in North east,do not bother with it.
Souring,is the norm here,it will sour before ripe.
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Do not fail to note that this variety has a very good taste.
Magnificent jelly consistency and high sugar content - like breba, and at the main crop.
Very decent variety. I am glad that I have it)
Grise de Saint Jean - Breba - 14 June 2016.jpg 
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In this photo - the main crop (beginning in September 2014):

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