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Thanks for the update James!!!
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James, I see your current goal is to have all the 2016 trees done by winter.  I'm guessing a lot of those trees will not be able to ship in winter, though.  So, given that, a lot of 2016 trees may become early 2017 shipments.  Do you foresee this causing a few month delay on the 2017 trees?

At this point I'm fairly sure my 2016 trees won't have any reason to ship until next year, given the weather.  I'm probably not the only one.  But those trees could start to be a burden as they get larger.  Might they be used in another cycle, since they will be just sitting there for months?

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Thanks so much for the update James! I could imagine the work you do each day,so thanks for taking out of your busy schedule to keep us updated!
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so for us Arizona peeps, since we really don't have a real winter here, will you be shipping plants to us when they're ready in the winter? Around what month you think? December or January?
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Sounds like your hands are full!!
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James, you are fantastic. Thanks for all your hard work. I'm like Frank and am in no hurry.  I appreciate what you are doing for us very much!
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Thanks for the update!
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Thank you for the update
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*UPDATE*

I'm currently in the process of building 9 new tunnel greenhouses to cover the newer portion of my fig orchard that I added this year.  The new tunnels are needed to extend the growing season and produce enough cuttings and air-layers to fill the 2017 fig orders.

The new tunnels will combine to reach almost 1,000 feet in total length and will be covered by over 1/3 of a mile of greenhouse plastic (double layered for insulation), which will be removed for seasonal storage in the spring.  The pics below show the 5' long 3/4" EMT metal conduit that we hammered into the ground to serve as footers for 20' long 1.5" diameter schedule 40 PVC pipes that will form the ribs of the tunnel.  The PVC pipes are due to arrive tomorrow, and should go up fast.  I set up one pipe as a rib in the first pic to show you what they'll look like  :)

Not all of the orchard has been planted yet, and a few of the empty planting locations that we had marked earlier will need to be moved slightly to get them inside the tunnels, as you can see in the first picture.  (The original line of planting locations had quite a bend in it, and when I made the tunnel line somewhat straight, it resulted in some of the old empty planting locations ending up outside of the tunnel line.)

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During this time we've also been pruning and potting up some nice air-layers that were set around 3-4 weeks ago.  Here are some pics of a few:

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I've also been rooting lots of cuttings in humidity bins, and they're starting to push out nice roots:

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Overall, fig propagation is proceeding pretty well right now.  Cuttings are rooting well, air-layers are setting well, and the new tunnels are on pace to be done perhaps a couple of weeks before first frost.  We should then be able to continue growing trees at a good rate as it gets cold, and will have ample space for holding as many additional trees over the winter as we need. 

As the trees for your individual orders become ready, I'll email you to let you know and to give you the choice of having your trees shipped at that time (late fall or winter, depending on the order) or waiting until the weather becomes warmer/safer in the early spring.  As of right now it looks like I'll be able to finish the trees for about 1/3 of the 2016 orders by sometime in November and will have the rest ready by early spring.  I'm also cautiously optimistic that we'll be on-time for the 2017 orders thanks to all the extra greenhouse space.

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Hey James, thanks so much for the update! Looks like you have a master plan! Good Luck to you and thanks again for all your hard work! : )
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Thank you for the update. Great looking air layer!
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James,
Keep up the great work and kudos for sticking to your vision. I am sure there were times when you wished you just grew one third the cuttings and just sold them on eBay for three times the price.

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James, in those pictures, what do you use or recommend for ground cover?






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James, in those pictures, what do you use or recommend for ground cover?

Hi Sas, I start by laying down landscape fabric (the top-of-the-line fabric at Menards that is supposed to be best in terms of both blocking weeds and allowing nutrients/air to pass through), and then I cover the fabric with about 5 inches of wood mulch, since I want there to be around 3 inches of mulch after it settles.

Here's a link to the product: https://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/landscaping-materials/weed-blocker/yardworks-trade-duraweb-4-x-100-25-year-premium-landscape-fabric/p-1444427377218.htm

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Here are some pics from yesterday:

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I've received a lot of pm's and emails lately, and have fallen behind on responding to them all because I've been putting so much time into the hands-on work of growing, rooting, air-layering, watering, building, etc.  If I were to take the time to respond to all the pm's and emails, none of these tunnels would be going up and a lot of other important work wouldn't get done, either.  I don't have enough time to do both the hands-on work and the emailing/pm'ing, especially since I'm racing against impending cold weather, so I had to make the decision to focus on the hands-on work rather than emails/pm's.  I will respond to all of them, but the hands-on work has to take precedence right now, so please don't feel stressed or ignored if it takes me up to a week or more to get back to you during this time.   
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Nice pictures of all you are doing.  Keep up the good work.  For what its worth, you made the only decision a farmer can make, you focus on the crop when it needs your time.
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Those greenhouses look awesome, I have to convince my father in law to let me build them.  
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James, everything looks awesome!  keep up great work!  Thanks so much for the updates.  
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I've received a lot of pm's and emails lately, and have fallen behind on responding to them all because I've been putting so much time into the hands-on work of growing, rooting, air-layering, watering, building, etc.  If I were to take the time to respond to all the pm's and emails, none of these tunnels would be going up and a lot of other important work wouldn't get done, either.  I don't have enough time to do both the hands-on work and the emailing/pm'ing, especially since I'm racing against impending cold weather, so I had to make the decision to focus on the hands-on work rather than emails/pm's.  I will respond to all of them, but the hands-on work has to take precedence right now, so please don't feel stressed or ignored if it takes me up to a week or more to get back to you during this time.   


Awesome WORK! Congratulations James!

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Great job James. The hoophouses look great. Keep up the great work. I'm sure most people will opt for spring delivery so things don't get hurt or having to keep young plants growing indoors.

Keep up the great work dude.

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Impressive!  Hoop houses look great, as do those air layers!  
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Ditto to all the good comments above once again.
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There is so much information on this thread oh my God! This is great.
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WOW James! You got it going on! Good Luck !
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James,

Is the Zingerella you have the Mt. Etna type, or the Richard Watts version?

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Here are some of the figs that are currently floating in wading pools:

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Here are some rooted cuttings that are growing in a greenhouse area that is being converted to shelving.  The shelves will hold propagation troughs that should be able to hold around 2,000 trees.  The lumber has been painted, now it's time to build.

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Here are some of the air-layers I've done recently.  Many of their leaves got crispy and fell off, but the trees are recovering nicely.  When I do air-layers in the future, I'll trim more of the leaves ahead of time and provide better shading to make the transition easier for the trees.

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Here are some pictures showing the progress in the fig orchard.  The frames are all finished now, so we'll start covering them with greenhouse plastic this week.

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Here's a pic of some figs from today.  The Hardy Chicago figs were good, and the Black Madeira was great.  I ate a few Improved Celeste today, too, but they don't get very sweet in our cool weather at this time of year.  I did have a good Florea, though.

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And this is Figlet, our new kitten.

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I was working in the fig orchard about 2-3 weeks ago when I heard a baby animal crying, and saw it stranded out in the intersection of the nearby highway. A passerby stopped his car and ran out to pick up the kitten, which was trying to drag itself with its front legs, unable to move its hips or hind legs. I went around our fence and met the guy at the side of the road. He said he couldn't take it home, and I said I would. So my family took her in and nursed her back to health, and now after just a few weeks she is healthy, happy, and active, with full use of all of her legs and no lingering ill effects :) :)  She loves to follow us everywhere we walk now, almost like a dog.  She's an awesome little cat!

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WOW! James, what some beautiful plants! You got her going on! Good Job! : ).....also cute kitty.
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James, Figlet is fortunate to have such a wonderful home.  She looks adorable, keep us posted on her.  She can be your rodent control supervisor.  Glad things are progressing.
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Looking great James! Looking forward to receiving some trees from your orchard. That kitty will become your best fig friend in the long run. You will see what I mean. Thank you for the update.
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That is one impressive set up your have James. I just put in an order and after reading your posts, I definitely am one of the people who ordered the plants that don't root well. Keep plugging away, you have a great looking business.
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James -

Any idea when the rest of the 2016 trees will be shipped out?  

Thanks!

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Happy to be a "minor investor" in this project.  I like to see dreams come true for people that work at it as hard as you do, James.
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Would also like to know when my order will get shipped? December? january?
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To those who are asking when the orders will be shipped, James posted a couple times recently on here and his website addressing that question:

http://www.figcuttings.com/2016/09/fig-propagation-project-update.html

http://www.figcuttings.com/2016/10/fig-farm-update-rooting-cuttings-and.html

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Any update on progress? Has anyone received their order yet?
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Current tallies (approximate):

1,200 fig trees in 3gal pots
1,000 young fig trees in small containers
1,000 cuttings that are currently rooting in humidity bins
2,000 fresh cuttings in bags that are ready to start rooting
2,000 soon-to-be-cuttings about to be pruned from trees

...and 8 new tunnel greenhouses (so far) to hold everything:

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Wow.. That's incredible!! How many trees have been ordered so far?
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i see a ponte tresa container behind that fig you devoured...
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Its a very impressive setup thats youve built up and will be a great business going forward with the capacity you have!

Is there an answer to the progress from a standpoint of how many orders have been shipped and perhaps when the rest of 2015 orders may ship?


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James, so glad our orders will not be mailed during cold weather! Thanks! : )
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It is showing a low of 2 tonight. Hope that those tunnels are warm enough.
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Did I miss his response to Louneo? I'm trying to decide if ordering trees from him is a good idea. If ordered now will they be delivered in the spring or no? Is it just certain varieties that are behind?
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Current tallies (approximate):

1,200 fig trees in 3gal pots
1,000 young fig trees in small containers
1,000 cuttings that are currently rooting in humidity bins
2,000 fresh cuttings in bags that are ready to start rooting
2,000 soon-to-be-cuttings about to be pruned from trees

...and 8 new tunnel greenhouses (so far) to hold everything:

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Wow!! So awesome!
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Did I miss his response to Louneo? I'm trying to decide if ordering trees from him is a good idea. If ordered now will they be delivered in the spring or no? Is it just certain varieties that are behind?


I didnt see a reply to your original question which is why I posted asking.  I had ordered some trees in 2015 that I am currently still waiting on.

As for if it makes sense for you to place an order.  I think the 2016 / 2017 orders will go much smoother than the 2015 orders have.  He had a lot of infrastructure to build to be able to try to get everything going.  I think we all knew there would be growing pains from taking on such a big task.  All of the photos show you those growing pains and what he has been able to accomplish.  All of those things will make new orders from 2016 / 2017 a ton easier to fulfill than the first orders he got.  So even though I am still interested in an update on our 2015 orders... I would personally not have an issue ordering now for 2017.  I think most of the logistics will be worked out well for those orders.

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Hi James
I've never seen anything like this before.
Best of luck my friend!!

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They look great, and very impressive set up James.
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Looks awesome, man thats a huge operation!! Looks like you have it down pat, thank you for letting us all benifit from that green thumb youve got
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Really impressive, James!
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Has anyone gotten any part of their order yet?
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