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I have now realized I am about out of growing space for the season. I should have thought about that before I decided to harvest many fresh cuttings this past weekend. At the same time, I also have just finished stratifying hundreds ( probably over a thousand) of paw paw seeds from this past fall. I am offering three fig varieties that grow unprotected in the mid-Atlantic area ( Pennsylvania and Maryland) as well as the stratified paw paw seeds.

The three fig varieties I am offering are:

1. Unk Teramo- a favorite of mine I discovered in Easton, Md a few years ago. I wrote a few threads about it over the past few years, but it originally came from Teramo, Italy ( Abruzzo region). It is a smaller, round brown variety that is rich and tastes like candy if let on the tree to dry. I love this variety and believe it is a good choice for a short season, cold climate.

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/unk-teramo-7747424?highlight=unk+teramo&pid=1293293114


2. Unk Oxford - an unknown large honey brown sugar fig that doesn't seem to split in the rain and has interesting leaves. The origin seems to be Greek ( from speaking to the owner) and the mother tree is an absolute mammoth, unprotected in Oxford, Md. The leaves are what attracted me to the tree originally, but the fruit is also very good. I thought it was a Brunswick originally, but it seems to be different after growing it a few seasons. Here is my original thread

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/unknown-from-maryland-but-probably-just-a-brunswick-8085625?highlight=unk+oxford&pid=1292226820

3. Unk Italian purple- this was my very first fig tree that I started 16 years ago. It grows in Lancaster PA and hasn't been protected...ever. I sold my house ( first house) 11 years ago and it hasn't been trimmed since I left. The branches reach up to 15 ft high. That is unusual for a fig tree in this area. I went back to introduce myself to the present owner, and he let me trim it back to a more manageable height. I originally bought the tree from an older Italian fella in Chester county,16 years ago. I asked him what it kind it was and he said "black". I really enjoy the fruit. I have no idea how to post pics anymore, or I'd post pics of the fruit. It is kind of strange in the fact that the fruit doesn't quite fit the mt. Etna profile. It is a little bigger and the skin is kind of shiny. The flavor isn't quite as rich and berry-like, either.

4. Paw paw seeds. I love paw paws and go foraging all of the time near the Susquehanna river. It is a lot of fun and the fruit seems to be larger and less seedy than most other wild varieties I've tasted. I probably have thousand extra seeds. I've already stratified them, so they're ready to rock. Germination rate is pretty high and they are a lot of fun to grow ( not as fun and fast producing as figs). They can be easily grafted or left to fruit. I just have too many of them to deal with and can't possibly waste them.

Okay, sorry for the long description. The cuttings are 2 dollars a piece and are cleaned and individually labeled. These cuttings are thick and contain 3+ nodes on most of them. They all root exceptionally easy, so for a novice, they are perfect. The cuttings are very fresh ( which I strongly believe has a lot to do with speed and success of rooting). The paw paw seeds are 5 dollars for 25-30 seeds. I cannot ship outside the U.S. or to California. You can mix and match, or just get paw paw seeds/ fig cuttings. The shipping ( as long as it isn't a really large order) will be 5 dollars. I only ask that the minimum order be 15 dollars ( last time I offered, I had orders for 2 cuttings, etc). Please PM with any questions or if you'd like to order. Thanks!

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Do you have pictures of the fig with the cool leaves
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I do on my computer, but I have no idea how to post pics here anymore.
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Hi Bill,

Go to http://postimg.org register an account for free. Then click on chose images icon to find photo from your device and upload it.

Click Done. When photo uploads click on thumbnail for forums to copy then paste in your post.

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Dont even register. Just go to site book mark it. Done. Well click the image button. Pic a picture from your album. ...... then use the copy button that says thumbnail for posting to forum. Paste it in message.
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Hi Bill,

I will take a few unknown oxford and unknown purple. I have teramo. I will private message you.

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This is a really great offer, it is too bad I am at max capacity.  The UNK Teramo is something I am very interested in growing, next season maybe. 
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Hey Bill, I checked out your Facebook page, lots of nice pictures!

Do you have a website as well?

Thanks


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Generous offer, BBB!
Teramo from you grew like gangbusters last year, one of the most vigorous starts of the season.
Looking forward to fruit this year....thanks again.

Unk Italian purple sounds too generic, how about "BBB-10"?

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Ha! Now that's funny, Jesse. It is great that the Teramo is doing well for you in terms of growth. I will be interested to see what you think of the fruit.




Dom,

Thanks. Unfortunately, I am pretty awful with computers. If I could ever figure out how to set up a website, I would definitely do it. First, though, I'll have to figure out how to post pics on this forum. Baby steps.

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Ha! Now that's funny, Jesse. It is great that the Teramo is doing well for you in terms of growth. I will be interested to see what you think of the fruit.


I have had the fruit and it is awesome! It's one of my favorites also. Appears to be resistant to fig rust too. It fruited for me first leaf!!  I want to grow paw paws at my cottage, we have a few wild trees there too. I was planning on trying to get seeds there, It didn't fruit last year, a late frost got it I guess? We did have a late frost. Anyway I want to try and grow in my yard. I hope to score seeds this year.

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That's great, Drew! I'm glad you like it. I get worried because I like them a lot, but didn't want exaggerate their quality. They definitely are no black Madiera, but they aren't a brown turkey, either.

Regarding the paw paws, most should be pretty well ripe by September. In PA they start ripening in the wild in mid September through early October. I wonder if there is no diversity there. Paw paws ( in the wild) tend to sucker like crazy. Sometimes a paw paw patch is just one main tree with varying aged suckers surrounding it. Did you see any old seed casings on the ground anywhere? The seed casings are so thick and tough, they can remain there on the ground for a few years. I can send some Peterson grafting sticks if you'd like. Also, I have some second year wild seedlings I could send you to mix things up a bit. The grafting may be quicker for fruiting, though.

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I doubt any seeds are there. Here is the deal on these trees. A friend found some wild paw paws and grew a couple in his yard on an island. The trees were planted 30 years ago. I have eaten the fruit, it's good! I will have to wait till next year and plant in 2018. This gentlemen has passed away. He offered me a tree, i should have taken it. I now want one and he's gone! Anyway I will forage the seeds this year for sure. A seedling sounds awesome. I will PM you about it in a couple weeks. If you want I can send seeds from this local paw paw tree. No doubt I can obtain them, I know his wife and kids, not a problem at all. I'm in Southeast Michigan, it may be a lot different than yours?  I will observe ripening times too, let you know. It is late.
Fruits are fairly big, but I have no reference to compare to. I was thinking of buying some cultivars.

I am a serious amateur plant breeder. just for fun. Right now I have a new raspberry cultivar I'm developing and also cross peach trees. Trying to develop a good red fleshed peach that ripens in September.


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The paw paw seeds are 5 dollars for 25-30 seeds. I cannot ship outside the U.S. or to California. You can mix and match, or just get paw paw seeds/ fig cuttings. The shipping ( as long as it isn't a really large order) will be 5 dollars. I only ask that the minimum order be 15 dollars ( last time I offered, I had orders for 2 cuttings, etc). Please PM with any questions or if you'd like to order. Thanks!
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Also, I have some second year wild seedlings I could send you to mix things up a bit. The grafting may be quicker for fruiting, though.
Considering experimenting to see if these might grow down in DFW?  Perhaps more as an understory tree here...?

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Hey Bill, do you still have unknown oxford and unknown Italian purple? I'd like some if so.
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Hi Craig. I sure do.
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Hi my friend    please let me know if you still have cuttings available.   thanks Joyce
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Hi Joyce. PM sent. I hope I can help!
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Hi Bill. I am wondering if you might be going to Landis Valley again in May. I would love to get some more fig trees from you. 😁
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Johnny D! The man, the myth, the legend! Yes, I will be there, it'd be awesome to see you again. How is the JFE black Madiera ( not) doing? That is a favorite of mine and it should do well in our area. I look forward to it, my friend. See you then!
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All of my trees are doing very well. I hope to see you there. It gives me an excuse to take off from work. I would love to know what varieties you are bringing with you this year. Hopefully it won't be a monsoon this year!! 😎
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Bill, do you know if additional spots are available at the fair? I'm considering a booth for fertilizer with all those plants vendors bring!
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I sent you an email regarding the fair, Craig.
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Everyone should plant paw paws!!

Why?
It is the only place the Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly will lay eggs!!

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Bill... would be interested in details about this fair from strictly a visit perspective... never know if the stars align right and I have the opportunity for a day drive...
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Hi Bill,

Do you have any cuttings left?

Thanks,

Brad

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Hi Brad. I am running low, but still have some. Please PM for info and what I have left.

Thanks,

Bill


Hi Tony,

Here is the info for the fair. It is pretty cool. It would be awesome to meet you in person. Last year a lot of the fig nation came-too many to name, but it was great to meet norhayati from Malaysia! It is may 12-13.

http://www.landisvalleymuseum.org/index.php/visit/calendar-events/may-12-13/

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Thank you, Bill! I agree it would be a great opportunity to meet you and some of my other fig friends.... I will definitely try my best to make this happen...
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