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Here in central Arizona the fig season is just about winding down.  I have 12 trees in the ground here.  8 of them produced fruit this year.  A few are still ripening fruit now.  Most of them are in the process of going dormant.

Overall it was my best year so far growing figs.  I'm pumped for 2012.


The best figs of 2011 are:

Desert King - This tree was an aggressive grower.  It produced dozens of main crop figs.  Their quality was from poor to good.  Large size.  Average texture.  Fruit rating 6.  I can’t wait to eat brebas from this tree next year.


Joe's Jersey (unknown) - This tree was a moderate grower.  It produced dozens of main crop figs.  Their quality was from good to excellent.  Small to medium size. Good texture.  Fruit rating 9.  This unknown looks similar to Hardy Chicago; it was the best fig this year during the summer.


LSU Purple - This tree was an aggressive grower.  It produced dozens of main crop figs.  Their quality was from poor to good.  Medium size. Good texture.  Fruit rating 6.  I expect lots of improved fruit next year.


Violette de Bordeaux - This tree was an aggressive grower.  It produced a dozen brebas.  Their quality was from good to excellent.  Medium size. Good texture.  Fruit rating 9.  It produced many dozens of main crop figs.  Their quality was from poor to excellent.  Medium size.  Poor to good texture.  Fruit rating 8.  The most productive in my collection; it was the best fig this year in the spring and the fall.

 


The ones that show promise are:

Barnissotte - This tree was a moderate grower. It produced a couple dozen main crop figlets that I picked off while still small.  Fruit rating unknown.  This plant looks healthy enough to start producing figs next year.


Black Madeira - This tree was an aggressive grower.  It produced a couple dozen main crop figs, but only one ripened.  Its quality was poor.  Medium size.  Average texture.  Fruit rating 2.  I expect lots of improved fruit next year.


Col de Dame White - This tree was a moderate grower. It did not produce any figs.  Fruit rating unknown.  Can’t wait to taste the fruit.


Hardy Chicago - This tree was a moderate grower.  It produced a dozen main crop figs.  Their quality was poor to average.  Small size.  Average texture.  Fruit rating 4.  My old favorite; I know it will improve next year.

 


The ones I am not sure about:

Black Mission NL - This tree was a poor grower.  It did not produce any figs.  Fruit rating unknown.  I’m not sure why this one is not thriving; it needs to improve or 2012 will be its last year.


Celeste - This tree was a poor grower.  It produced a couple dozen main crop figs, but only a handful ripened.  Their quality was poor.  Small size.  Poor texture.  Fruit rating 2.  This one needs to improve or 2012 will be its last year.


LSU Gold - This tree was a moderate grower.  It produced a dozen main crop figs but only 2 ripened.  Their quality was poor.  Large size.  Poor texture.  Fruit rating 1.  This one needs to improve or 2012 will be its last year.


Smith - 2 months ago I planted this baby tree.  It appears to be healthy but did not put out any new growth.  I hope this one will grow strong next year.

 


The one that died:

Marseilles VS - This tree died over the summer.  I don’t know why it died.  I’m sure it is a good variety.  Maybe the wind blew some Roundup spray on it while I was doing yard work?  I can’t figure it out.



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GREAT pics Joe.  Thanks for posting them.   I am living vicariously through this site since we are starting over at our new place. I am especially interested in your Joe's Jersey unknown, since you were kind enough to send me cuttings.   (They are rooted and thriving).

If your black mission  doesn't work out, (or even if it does), I would love to be able to return the favor and send you cuttings next fall. 


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Good info.

The pics of your Joe's Jersey and Hardy Chicago make the leaf pattern look very similar like you have said in the past.

My HC from Raintree looks very different. More rounded and no where as serrated looking as those pics. Just makes it more likely to be different ones by that name. But a very good fruit.

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Very nice review Joe. I especially like the clear and concise rating you give on how each variety is performing for you in your area.

It's good to know that figs can thirve even in those blistering hot summers you get there.  

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Dave,
Thanks for offering some cuttings from your Black Mission.  I'm going to give this one another year and see how it does.  If it doesn't do anything next year I might take you up on that offer.  I hope 2012 is a good year for your figs in their new home.

Dominick,
Almost all of my trees showed more serration on their leaves after being relocated to AZ from Massachusetts last year.  I think it is an adaptation to the heat and lack of humidity.  I think by growing leaves with deeper notches the trees are reducing the amount of leaf surface and that helps them in the summertime here.  Back in MA the HC and my unknown both had a more typical leaf shape.  I agree with you about there being different HC's in trade.  I saw another grower down here in AZ with an HC that definitely looked different from mine.  I'm sure there are several varieties in circulation being called Hardy Chicago.  The one that I have made delicious fruit for me in MA and I hope it starts to do the same again here in AZ next year.

Bill,
Figs are tough plants.  As long as they have water they can handle the heat.  Next year I will do another end of year review.  That will be a better indication of how these varieties do here because the trees will be larger and more established.


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Joe,

If the drought is not as bad as they predict for next year, I should be able to air-layer MVSB, if you'd like.  At the moment, there are two limbs that I am planning on propagating.  I've already promised one, I can send you the second one when they are ready.

~james


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James,

Thank you very much for offering.  The thing is I am trying to keep myself to 12 figs.  I feel like if I start collecting more I won't be able to stop!  I think I will pass, but I greatly appreciate the offer.

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