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I've been lurking here pretty regularly, but don't post much. I'm still in the early learning phase of my fig addiction, but I've made some progress with figs. It's been a 2 step forward, 1 step back kind of progress but its been fun. The weather here in Arizona just recently cooled off enough where it has been pleasant to work outside and I have a few days free time to work on chores. I thought I would post a growing log with a few pictures of my little collection and the progress and pitfalls I've experienced this first year as a small payback for all the threads I've lurked through here. : My little collection Chicago Hardy bought 3 weeks ago from Hirts via Amazon This is a TC plant? It has grown a bit from delivery day but it has a long ways to go. Blue Ischia bought from Hirts 3 weeks ago Also a TC plant? It has grown a bit as well I'm hoping this turns out to be the same variety as Ischia Black Atreano I rooted from a cutting started last March I got the cutting from Encanto Farms annual sale. These have huge leaves. Adriatic JH I rooted from a cutting started last march. I got the cutting from Ebay, seller "driveway farmer". 1st picture is leaves, 2nd the plant profile. I think I'll put this in the ground this fall because of all the good reviews Ronde de Bordeaux I rooted from a cutting started last march I got the cutting from Ebay, seller "Trees of Joy" 1st pic of leaves, second is the plant profile This is now the largest plant of any variety I rooted this spring. It now has a few figs that I'm hoping will give me a taste this fall. Vista I rooted from a cutting started in march I got the cutting from Encanto farms annual sale Healthy looking plant, is this the same as VDB I already have? Strawberry verte I rooted from a cutting started in march I got the cutting from Ebay, seller " 06picl" My in-ground trees are doing pretty well. Last October I planted a VdB and a Panache in the back yard. I bought them at the local Home Depot during the 1/2 off end-of-season sale. I got about 20 figs each from the VdB and the Panache this August and they were great. They appear to be setting a few fruit for a late crop so I may get some more in October? They went dormant last year in mid December, so there is still time here I hope. 1st pic is my VdB as it is today, 2nd is early December last year, about 6 weeks after planting. 1st pic is of my Panache as it is today, 2nd is from early December about 6 weeks after planting. I'm pretty happy with the progress my plants have made so far. I've already learned a little bit about what they like as far as water and fertilizer so I'm hoping to do better in the future. I'm hoping I can bring the ones I have through the winter and get to taste figs from all of them next year. I do have to tell on myself as far as some newbie mistakes though. I had cuttings for LSU gold, Tacoma Violet and Black Madeira that I managed to loose. I killed the LSU gold by transitioning it to unfiltered sunlight too quickly. Tacoma Violet died because I made some kind of mistake potting it up as a rooted cutting. Black Madeira never made any roots or leaves in spite of my best efforts. I still have a lot to learn. Where I would like to get eventually is to have 4 favorite varieties planted in ground, that's about all I have permanent room for. I already have planted the Panache and VDB in the ground, but I don't know for certain they are what I will want to end up with. If you've read this far and have some pointers or comments, or see a variety that doesn't look right, I'm all ears. __________________ bada_bing in Tucson, zone 9a or at work in Prudhoe bay, I don't think the zones go that low My in ground trees: VdB, Panache My potted figs : Vista, RdB, Strawberry verte, Atreano, Black Madeira Tissue culture plants: Hardy Chicago, "Blue" Ischia, Desert King, LSU Purple, Kadota, Celeste Hope to find: CdDx, Maltese Beauty, BlacK Ischia, desert adapted figs
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Great Pictures.....Thanks for posting.....I have gotten by that Fig bug and have decided to expand my small collection.....yeah I lose some figlets....its Ok...as long as its replaceable.......Hope your weather gets better soon...I hate that Humidity......Keep us posted on the progress.....when my figlets become trees I will hit you up for some trading...
__________________ Armando in the Heart of California
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Nice pictures of a nice collection
__________________ Thx, glad to be here Danny K "EL CAZADOR DE HIGO" Waskom Tx Zone 7B/8 Wish list: anything anyone wants me to have. LSU RED. Any LSU fig.
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Thanks for posting pictures and commentary. There is always a learning curve (it gets better with time and experience). Good Luck.
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__________________ Greg North West Arkanasas Zone 6b Wish list: any SPECTACULAR cold hardy figs, and/or perhaps a Niagra Bl., Laradek EBT , Kathleen's Bl, Hunt, a great UNK or anything anyone wants me to have???