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Yay! Thanks for your work and generosity.
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Thanks for all the kind words, everybody.

There has been a flurry of add-on orders, and I have consolidated everyone's orders up to this point so they can ship together.  I'm going to seal up all the packages at noon tomorrow (Friday the 13th) and get them shipped out, so if you want to get any more add-ons into the same shipping package, get them ordered before noon tomorrow.

I have not yet refunded the shipping for the add-on orders over the past few days since I've been so busy preparing all the orders.  After I get them all shipped out, I'll take care of the refunds.

After reading this article by mountainfigs http://mountainfigs.net/answers/orourke-and-improved-celeste-2-distinct-cultivars/ I've been able to determine that my purported Celeste is actually Improved Celeste.  My IC has mostly 3 and 1 lobed leaves, doesn't drop much fruit, and only shows 5 lobed leaves on the particular IC tree (I have several) that received heavy fertilizer and thick mulch.  It is my earliest variety to ripen, and is also my most productive variety.  It's just a beast.  I figured that folks who were interested in Celeste would likely want Improved Celeste, so I went ahead and shipped them out to everybody, but if you don't want them for some reason and would rather have a refund, just pm me and let me know.  

I have also discovered that my Black Greek is really the California Brown Turkey that snaglpus gushes about here: http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/uc-davis-california-brown-turkey-6006430  The real Black Greek looks like it's a Mt. Etna fig, whereas mine makes much larger figs with purple skin.  I thought Brown Turkeys were supposed to be awful, but maybe that's just Southern Brown Turkey, or maybe CBT when grown without high heat, because this CBT is amazing if allowed to fully ripen in Kansas's hot summer conditions.  It's one of my best, like 9/10 caliber.  But a lot of the folks who were pursuing Black Greek either already have or wouldn't want CBT, so I've decided to just issue everyone a refund.  It'll be a bit time consuming, so I'll do it when I'm taking care of the other refunds after I get everything shipped out.

I apologize for the mistaken identities on my Celeste/Improved Celeste and Black Greek/California Brown Turkey.  They're the only ones I've found reason to doubt; the others all seem right.  My IC and BG both came from the same member when they were sold here a while back, but I think it was just an honest mixup by a genuinely good member.  The other 3 varieties I received in the same order have all proven true.

Let me wrap this up with a reminder: get your add-on orders in by noon tomorrow (11/13) to take advantage of combined shipping.

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Thanks for the information, and I'm sure we all understand how the fig name/identification thing goes.  Oh, and I am with you on the Brown Turkeys.  A lot of people act like the BTs are bad... I like really them.  If you pick them when they are ripe they are really sweet and juicy, have nice thin skin, and a great flavor. That is just my 2 cents though.
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Violette de Sollies, Dan_la's Black Beauty 10, Craven's Craving, Most important: YOUR FAVORITE FIG. A lot of people put emphasis on popular/exotic cultivars, which is great because it highlights some of the better fig varieties; however, I am most interested in the figs our members love regardless of pedigree. 
Currently Growing: a bunch of varieties.





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Yeah, I was just shocked how good CBT was.  It started off living in the gravel growbed of my aquaponics system, but it couldn't handle the unlimited water and high humidity, and would split every fruit into perfect thirds.  Despite the splitting, it was still pretty resistant to souring, but it never had a chance to sweeten up or concentrate its flavors.  So I potted it up and stuck it outside, and then it started ripening great tasting figs.  I'm actually kind of glad it did turn out to be CBT, since I already have so many other Mt. Etnas, and since the CBT did so well in our hot summer.

BTW, Mario, I think you were the only person who ordered both Celeste and Improved Celeste, so I'll be refunding your Celeste rather than replacing it with a 2nd helping of Improved Celeste.  (unless you want me to swap another variety in for it)

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My outdoor in-ground fig orchard is going to be going dormant soon (first frost is usually in mid-October), so I'm going to start lining up new homes for the cuttings now.  I've got 19 varieties that went in-ground last year and have produced a lot of wood this year, and I'm selling them all for $2 per cutting. 

Taking orders via pm or email sounds like a logistical nightmare, so I set up a basic site at http://www.FigCuttings.com to streamline the ordering process.  Rather than pm'ing or emailing your order to me, simply scroll through the varieties there and click the 'add to cart' buttons to order whatever you want.

I've tallied how much wood can be pruned from each tree, and have listed a safe estimate of how many cuttings will be available.  When those safe estimates are reached, I'll remove the 'add to cart' buttons for those varieties so that I won't oversell my available inventory.

I can't ship internationally or to Hawaii, I apologize, but I can ship to California. 

Happy figging :)

LATEST UPDATE -- We finally got frosted a couple of nights ago, so I'm anticipating clipping and shipping in about 2 weeks, which would be around Nov. 14th.  That'll give them a bit of time to lose their leaves while still allowing me to get them pruned before freezing temps hit and damage the wood. 


I completely forgot I ordered any sticks until today - then I checked the thread and you added the above note. I must be telepathic because today is Nov 13 :)

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BTW, Mario, I think you were the only person who ordered both Celeste and Improved Celeste, so I'll be refunding your Celeste rather than replacing it with a 2nd helping of Improved Celeste.  (unless you want me to swap another variety in for it)

Thanks for catching that. If you could refund the money then I would appreciate that.  Thanks!

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Currently Growing: a bunch of varieties.





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All the packages are in the mail for all orders up through last night!  Woo-hoo!  (I can sleep again!!)

90% of the orders shipped yesterday, the rest this morning.

All of the cuttings were still really juicy (most had lots of leaves that I had to trim off, and were halfway dormant at best), so I didn't use any damp paper towels/newspaper/etc in the packaging, as that would be too much moisture imo.  The cuttings of each variety were sealed in their own quart storage baggie, and all of the baggies for each order were then sealed in a gallon baggie, which was then sealed in a padded envelope or medium flat-rate box with a packing slip and a copy of my USDA inspection certificate.  The cuttings all have plenty of moisture, so none of them should dry out on their journey. 

I tried to cut the tops of the cuttings at an angle and the bottoms flat, for easy up/down reference, though some I didn't because up/down was already readily apparent or because I just happened to miss one.

I have a strip of tracking numbers a mile long, identified by zip code.  It would take me all day to cross-reference them and then email them to everyone: 5 minutes per person x 120 orders = 600 minutes, i.e. 10 hours of additional work (on top of the estimated 35 hours I spent pruning and packaging).  So what I propose is that you all give the mail system a week, and if you haven't received your cuttings after next weekend, then pm me your zip code and I'll send you your tracking number.   

If anything goes wrong with the cuttings on their journey, or if you're not happy for any reason, just pm me and let me know, and we'll get things worked out.  I want everyone to be happy and to have great success with their cuttings. 

I tried very hard to make sure everyone's orders were accurate, but I do have 1 screwup to report: approximately 10% of the people who ordered MBVS got a mix of MBVS and Nero 600m.  Here's how it happened.  I had 3 gallon-size bags of MBVS cuttings, roughly separated by size, and I would pull 1 from each bag to fill orders of MBVS.  At 3am on the last night of packaging, after 90% of the orders had already been done, one of the MBVS bags was empty.  I got rid of the bag and scooted my Nero 600m bag close to where the empty MBVS bag had been.  After having spent 15 hours doing things the old way, and maybe because it was 3am and I was more than a bit tired, I somehow fell back into the habit of pulling MBVS cuttings from 3 bags again: the 2 MBVS bags and, unfortunately, the Nero 600m bag.  Extra unfortunately, I didn't catch the mistake until I was almost done and 100+ packages were sealed up and randomly packed in bins.  Since I had counted and labeled the number of cuttings of each variety beforehand, I was able to determine that 8 Nero 600m cuttings got packaged as MBVS by mistake.

The good news regarding the MBVS/Nero 600m mixup is that they're extremely easy to tell apart, so when you're rooting your purported MBVS cuttings, if any of them start to grow leaves with long skinny fingers, you know it's Nero 600m.

The bad news, of course, is that I screwed up and didn't include the correct number of MBVS cuttings for some of you.  I have more MBVS that I can ship out, but right now I don't know who to send them to or who would even want me to.  If any of you figure out that you didn't get all your MBVS cuttings and you want more, I can send you more.  It would be convenient to add them into a future order later this winter when I offer my potted cuttings, but that would only work if you were to order again, and I wouldn't want to require that.  So if down the road you figure out that you didn't get all your MBVS cuttings and you're not placing another order, just let me know and I can ship you some replacements.  I very much apologize for causing this problem.

This was my first time distributing cuttings, and I think the biggest thing I learned was just how naive I was with regard to how long it would take.  I have a whole new level of respect and appreciation for all of the folks who have done this over the years, especially Jon.  My best advice for anyone else doing this for the first time would be to take your estimated # of work hours and quadruple it. 

Thanks everyone for being so patient!  There were only a few hiccups in that regard, and those were really my fault for not realizing that my PayPal contact email was an old one that I hadn't used or checked in years.  The few people who opened PayPal cases against me had first tried contacting me through that old email account.     

I've still got some extras from a lot of varieties, so feel free to keep ordering.  I'll keep the listings updated on availability, and will ship new orders as they come in, probably within 24 hours of being placed.

Best of luck on all your rooting!

James/GreenFin


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Thanks. Sounds like you have been busting your hump. Sorry to hear about the folks that opened paypal cases, especially considering that you were up front about estimated shipping dates, you always communicated well, and frequently gave status updates.    I'm not worried about tracking info, It'll get here soon enough I'm sure.  Now, get some rest. :)
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Violette de Sollies, Dan_la's Black Beauty 10, Craven's Craving, Most important: YOUR FAVORITE FIG. A lot of people put emphasis on popular/exotic cultivars, which is great because it highlights some of the better fig varieties; however, I am most interested in the figs our members love regardless of pedigree. 
Currently Growing: a bunch of varieties.





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I want to thank you very much for all the hard work and dedication it took to accomplish this major project, I know that you put much time and effort into making these cuttings available to us of almost nothing. Once again many thanks.Larry
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You're welcome, Larry, thanks for the kind words :)

To everyone:  I should have all of the refunds for Black Greeks, the last few consolidated orders, and Mario's Celeste done by the end of today.  I've had trouble getting into PayPal the past couple of days, but it's letting me in fine now.  There were a lot of folks reporting the same issue, so apparently the problem was pretty widespread.

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I received my cuttings in the mail today. All are accounted for. Thanks!
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Awesome!
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Got them! They are looking good. Lots of variety in my package and lots of work this winter.  Thanks!
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Violette de Sollies, Dan_la's Black Beauty 10, Craven's Craving, Most important: YOUR FAVORITE FIG. A lot of people put emphasis on popular/exotic cultivars, which is great because it highlights some of the better fig varieties; however, I am most interested in the figs our members love regardless of pedigree. 
Currently Growing: a bunch of varieties.





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Holy jamolie. I got my cuttings already,they were in my mailbox today yeah. Thank you once more for all your work. Larry
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All my cuttings came in today as well. Hope to get these going before the weekend. Thanks.
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You're welcome, Larry, thanks for the kind words :)

To everyone:  I should have all of the refunds for Black Greeks, the last few consolidated orders, and Mario's Celeste done by the end of today.  I've had trouble getting into PayPal the past couple of days, but it's letting me in fine now.  There were a lot of folks reporting the same issue, so apparently the problem was pretty widespread.


On the off chance you haven't refunded me for the Celeste yet, just donate that refund money to this website.

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Thank you, James.  I received my cuttings in the mail today.  I appreciate your hard work to make them available to me, and other members of the forum.
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HEY JAMES>>>Thanks so much Bud!! Great looking Cuttings! You are "DA MAN"

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Received my three Vista cuttings today.  They seem very heavy for their size!  Nice, thanks. :)


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My cuttings came today, thank you !


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Package arrived today in Phoenix, AZ and very thoughtfully packaged. Cuttings look great. Thank you for doing this, and by "this" I mean helping a noob make a start with this fig obsession thing


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Wowwe!! Package arrived today & I do believe a couple may aleady have root initials on them (see pic).. Thanks a bunch, they look great!

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James,
The cuttings arrived today, they look great.  Thanks for doing this.

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Thanks for the cuttings. Arrived earlier today and look great.
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My cuttings arrived safely. They look great. Thanks again. I appreciate all the work that went into cutting, packing and shipping.
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Thanks James, cuttings arrived well packed and in great condition, thanks again for all the hard work and sharing.

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Thanks everybody, it's music to my ears hearing that you're getting your cuttings and that they're arriving in good condition! 

I just finished with the last of the refunds for shipping consolidations, Black Greek Not refunds, and the Celeste refunds for those of you who ordered both Celeste and Improved Celeste.  If I have missed anything for anyone, just give me a pm and let me know :)

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You're welcome, Larry, thanks for the kind words :)

To everyone:  I should have all of the refunds for Black Greeks, the last few consolidated orders, and Mario's Celeste done by the end of today.  I've had trouble getting into PayPal the past couple of days, but it's letting me in fine now.  There were a lot of folks reporting the same issue, so apparently the problem was pretty widespread.


On the off chance you haven't refunded me for the Celeste yet, just donate that refund money to this website.

Just took care of it, yours was one of the last ones.  I donated your money to the F4F Foundation and noted that it was from you :)

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Thanks Jim, cuttings recieved and look great. Can't wait to get started. I want to thank you for you time and effort in making these cuttings available to us. I can only imagine the logistics in getting everything done. Kick back and enjoy the Holidays!
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James, just got the cuttings, they look great! Thanks!
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Excellent cuttings, and a good chance to build my collection of figs at a reasonable price.
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Received cutting today, they look great, thanks!
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I just wanted to say thanks! I had a small order of two varieties, and both rooted on multiple cuttings. So I have at least two specimens of each variety! Thanks for doing this!
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