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LOL. Face it Dennis. With a list that long, and all the WOWS, you like all figs. LOL.

Dennis, can you describe more about Toni's Brown Italian?

Such as it's flavor profile?

When it ripens in comparison with Marseilles Black VS?

Where did it originate?

How cold hardy is it?

Does it have a open or closed eye?

Is it your sweetest brown fig, or your sweetest of all your figs?

Thanks.

Bob - Zone 5 Connecticut
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Well Bob,you're right!  I do love figs.  I got TBI from Dalton in March.  I did not ask where it came from.  I do know that some forum members do sell him cuttings.  I was hoping for someone to chime in and post pictures of their tree.  Looks like noone else has it.  The one fig I tasted was very juicy and very sweet.  MVS has more of a tangy after taste than TBI.  Both taste totally different and I love the taste of MVS, Hardy Chicago and Sals if picked at their maximum sweetness.  I don't know how hardy it is.  I will test it this winter.  It does have a closed eye.  It looks kinda like BLack Triana except it is light brown when ripe and ready to pick.  It is the sweetest brown fig in my collection to date.

I am glad I took a chance on buying that fig!

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this year, Paradiso Gene is taking the top spot here in Durham, NC.
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Most suppliers in England only stock Brown Turkey, but a few stock other such as Celeste, White Versailles, Dalmatie and "Bornholm".

I have a Brown Turkey and some mystery variety bought from a supermarket yesterday (a hardy variety I hope - that supermarket never labels varieties sadly).
It's unlike the Brown Turkey though, it has much larger and more deeply lobed leaves. They're also a much paler green and the stems on some of the leaves are pinkish. Anyone know the variety?

The mystery fig:

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Notice the pink stems?


(I've reduced the quality of the pictures to save my bandwidth).
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Hi all you fig lovers. I love them but only have two. Celeste and Brown Turkey. Both have had a few ripen this year and have a few that have not so far. Anyone else in zone 8? Need to know good source for purchasing fig trees in the S.E. US. I am 45 miles S.W. of Atlanta, Ga. in the small town of Newnan.
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Hey Mike, I never answer unsolicited emails (I get bombarded with them from this forum and others), so don't expect a response to the message you emailed over.  I looked around to see if you were at the F4F forum and notice you posted over here, so I'm responding here instead.

FYI, not sure this is really the best thread to post questions about where to purchase, since this thread is really about which figs do best in your respective area.  You may want to consider creating a new thread instead of posting off-topic in this one.  There are also a TON of members from the ATL/GA area, post a new thread looking for them, they'll probably come out of the woodwork.

That said, you'd asked what does well in our area by email, so I'm going to respond here, since it's in topic with the thread.

Simply put:  Tons of figs do well in our area, and the best tasting ones are rarely found at local nurseries.  I'd turn the question back around to you and ask what taste you're looking for.  If you want big watery, sweet figs with not much flavor, get a Brown Turkey or Italian Honey.  If you want smaller figs that are sweet and somewhat rich, get Celeste.  If you want figs that are small, dark outside and inside with big complex berry flavors, get Negronne or Violette de Bordeaux.  If you want smaller figs that are complex and rich and figgy, get Hardy Chicago.  Any of these will do well in your area, and they are just a handful out of the hundreds of varieties that do well in central/north GA.

Avoid buying from Willis Orchards or TyTy nurseries - these are two GA nurseries who blatantly mislabel their figs - you probably aren't going to get what you order from them (variety-wise), and TyTy (under their dozens of names) are the biggest scammers of all - just avoid any nursery from SW GA, period.  You also aren't usually going to get properly labeled plants from big box/chain stores, and in GA, I can tell you that many home growers can't accurately tell you what variety of fig they have even if their life depended on it (most I encounter say, "it's a Brown Turkey!" when it's actually Celeste or other).  Try Just Fruits and Exotics in FL or Edible Landscaping in VA (order online/they ship to you), or order from a generally respected vendor here at the forum - there are several sellers here.

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I like to add to my last post. 

Big AL  -  Very sweet and rich med size fig

Hey newbie in Newnan!  I use to work for Olsonite in Newnan, GA.  They got rid of their entire IT department and call my company to come in and get things back in order.   I spent 18months driving there every day from Marietta to Newnan GA.  It's a nice drive once you get past the airport.  There are so many figs that will grow well in North GA.
I totally agree with Jason's comment.  Ty Ty deceived a lot people over the years.  And their silly jacked-up you tube videos on figs are not that good.  Yes, they were my first choice when I bought my fig trees back in 2005.  My 4 trees were mislabeled and I ended up with 2 Celeste and 2 jacked-up unknowns which have never ever fruited!!!!  And Home Depot and Lowes get massive plants from nurseries a million miles away.  Noone at those stores have a clue what a fig tree is so buyer please beware.


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People in North America should be getting a good harvest of figs this year, shouldn't they? It's been very hot.
Europe has had quite long periods of rain but most of the continent has been between 20c and 30c most of the summer. Britain and Ireland have had a lot of rain mixed in though and not as warm temperatures (around 20c to 25c).

Here in NW England it isn't winter that bothers me but whether there'd be enough heat in summer to ripen figs.
Those large, almost apple-sized figs on here look good. What are they and could I grow them in a greenhouse or polytunnel?

So how are your figs doing?
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SE US has been wetter than usual.  Best figs in the US are probably in the Desert Southwest this year.
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Probable desired fig: Smith, St Jean, JH Adriatic, CddB, Gulbun, Pastilliere, Sucrette

Rooting:  Smith, CDDB--this pretty much means I have my fun tries (tho' important since they are truly desirable), and only interested for this year: Gulbun, BM, 187-25, or something wildly exotic or precious that nobody has any good reason to send me.

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Jason and Dennis, thanks guys for your response. Interesting that I researched Willis and TyTy yesterday. I did order Hardy Chicago, Petite Negri and LSU Purple from Edible Landscaping today. Mike was helpful and seemed nice to to business with. This was after speaking with two ladies who have grown them for years and advised me on what has performed well for them.
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Question from a real newbie. I have a 6 ft Brown Turkey, realizing that this is not the best tasting fig around, and I have a 5 ft Celeste. Harvested 5 off the Turkey and they did not have much taste at all. The Celeste was sweet and tasty. Would you consider this normal for the Turkey or can I expect it to get better with age?
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Excel - (best flavor)
Emma (aka Eastern Brown Turkey - next favorite flavor)
Sal's EL - (can't distinguish taste from MVS this year)
Marseilles VS - (not quite as prolific as Sal's EL)
Stella (last place only because the young potted tree only had a couple fruit early and wasn't able to compare taste - it was great though and had very large fruit)
 
Last night I picked over six dozen figs.  Four dozen were Sal's EL, almost two dozen Marseilles VS, two Excel (excellent - melt in your mouth, thin peel) and three Emma (courser peel than Excel).  Didn't have time to pick tonight.

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This thread (and the other few threads pinned-up at the top) needs to be kept for the specific subject and that is to share your experience and let others here know of the best fig cultivars you have grown in your location that standout above the others you have grown.

Readers of the posts can also help clean the thread by not continuing part of a posted message not related to the specific topic.

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Why not use gmap to show best fig in different locations.
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New member in So California.
I recently purchased a Genoa (already producing). The figs turn Green to Yellow with a reddish middle.  I like the flavor.
Also purchased cuttings from Ebay ( Atreano Gold, Celeste and Black Mission). I have them in bags...trying the Bag method I read on this site to get them rooted and started.

I do like them sweet. Any advice on additions to my collection or on how to grow them in pots here in So California would be greatly apprecaited. 
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New member in SC.
I'm glad I have read some of the posts for my area and the recommendations for sellers, and where to avoid. I also had looked at Ty Ty and other places listed. Thanks so much for the advice given, and having this site to begin with! Such a great help to us beginners!

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I had good luck with Black Greek, Rick's Calabria, Preto (SV) and Beer's Black this season. Some minor splitting here and there with the high humidity, but overall, they were really good across the board.
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Im a new member to figs4fun and am excited to be here.

I live in zone 6 illinois outside of the st.louis area.

right now I have 8 fig trees planted outside

3 Desert king planted this year and all have grown 3 foot. Cant wait to try the figs next year.

2 purple magnolia planted this year but i did get figs from one of them rather larger figs than i am used to with a very sweet flavor.

1 brown turkey 6 foot. great figs and does well here

1 hardy chicago great med size figs taste to me like a sugared plum very sweet. plant on propagating at least 3 more for the yard.

1 Blue celest growing good but not really giving much fruit. dont think it like our unpredictable winters here.

I am wanting to have about 30 35 trees total and about 15 or so differant kinds before its all said and done so i am here to see what may grow well in my area outdoors. indoor space over winter is taken up by bananas, citrus, and rare pepino melon fruit. I work from home selling plants on ebay over the growing season that i propagate. other than that i am a stay at home dad with three little ones. I am looking forward to hearing back from anyone with any knowladge to share and am willing to share what i know about cloning, organics, hydroponics, areoponics cloning/growing, and plant tissue culture. I am working at becomming a master gardner in my county. anything i may know that you may have intrest in please just ask.

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Sorry, I don't post here much, and it seems I only have time to explore discussion about figs at this time of year when my farm work winds down.  My memory of what I enjoyed most this past summer isn't complete but I have a few things to note. I'm at 95641, about an hour south of the Davis collection and a pretty similar climate but cooler late afternoons with delta breezes most of the time.

Jurupa had been my favorite for a few years but it hasn't been doing too well, maybe need to start a new tree since I think it's suffering from MV but maybe I'll pump some fertilizer to it next year and see how it does.  I don't fertilize any of my figs once they go in the ground and most still grow more than I want.  Jurupa was still very good and one of my earlier figs.  I think this year was pretty strange as it seems that I was picking breba and main at the same time.  Weird weather, I guess. We warmed up early and then cooled down and then got warm.  Birds damage this one but the tree is big enough that some figs are hidden and escape damage.

I have figs scattered around and some of them are more prone to bird damage and I never get a taste of a good ripe fig from those.  One interesting thing I noticed this year is that my first significant crop of Panache had zero bird damage.  I jokingly think the stripes confuse them.  They were my favorite fig of the season and I want to grow more of this variety, maybe sell some to market.  It was really really good. Skin was a little tough for me but maybe that put the birds off?

Long Neck Yellow (I believe from George Emerich -> Edgar -> me) produced it's first fruit. Later even than Panache and very good though bird damage was a problem for my limited production. If I picked the fruit before the bird got it it was good but not great.  If I waited until it was very ripe it was half eaten but I enjoyed a small taste from what remained very much. I wished I had bagged them.

Black Mission NL (from Jon) also was not bothered by birds so I could let them fully ripen and I enjoyed them over a long period of time.  Very good but I don't care for the seedy texture so not as good as others above.

The birds also didn't bother Monstreuse too badly but I really think it isn't flavorful enough for me.

Hoping to work harder to protect fruit next year.  Have already started rooting cuttings to try some new varieties.  I live in a great area for figs but need more time!

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Pittsburgh zone 6 here

I have had luck with Chicago and I know brown turkey works here

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you cant beat a really good white genoa
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From the one I got, the best in zone 10b are:
LSU purple
Brown Turkey
Peter's Honey
Italian everbearing
Banana Fig
Strawberry Fig

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I am new member looking for recommendations and happy to find this forum.    I live in the 92024/92067 north San Diego, CA coastal area, zone 9A.  I have a few acres, mostly planted in lemons but, would like to add a variety of figs to my orchard.

It seems like cuttings would be an easy and economical way to start.  Plus the access to many varieties and pleasure of growing or “rolling your own”, so to say.  Only problem is, just getting started and I’m overwhelmed with the countless varieties, such as those on eBay.   I’m supposing this is the best time of year to acquire cuttings? 

I would appreciate any recommendations or ideas for exceptional or favorite fig trees in this area or zone?    Also, a recommended source for cuttings!   I do have a few friends local with fig trees but, most are Brown Turkey or un-named black.   I do like the taste of the larger white or green figs (Kadota??), which a friend has had great success with locally.  Unfortunately his gardener already hacked it back, so no cutting available until next year.       Thanks for any comments or suggestions.

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Hey Jack ill be the first to say welcome to the forum your gonna love us crazy fig folk.
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Ronde de Bordeaux is the best. Seriously good. I have one in ground. Hoping it will fruit this year.
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I am in California 95030 (Zone 15 of Sunset Western Gardener) and I only have one fig tree growing at this time, which is a road side cutting from a few years back ... probably a black mission. This one is doing quite well, considering I "dry farm" it.

I just bought 2 panache (aka "tigers") to try, hoping to get great results with a bit more tending.

Thanks everyone - love the forum & website!

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would love o try the tiger but my season here just is not long enough or hott enough to get ideal fruit in zone 6 illinois. i maybe wrong but not worth the investment to buy cuttings. if i can aquire some through trading later in the year i may try it here but it is not somthing that is high on my prioraty fig list. just a maybe.


Now what i can say has donr well for me so far is here in zone 6 illinois is hardy chicago, purple magnolia, and what seems to be a pete's honey fig.

now this year i am adding a number of trees to the collection and have added some last year that i will know better about in the comming year and next few. i am trying to find those hardie enough to stay inground at my location, so i am testing for winter hardiness as well.

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Zone 6a/b in a river valley outside of Cincinnati, OH

Have:

Chicago Hardy (in ground, planted last fall)

Ordered:

San Pietro
Paradiso
Peter's Honey

Would love any feedback on production and flavor profiles from anyone anywhere close to me. I am assuming from what I have read on the forum that VDB and RDB could also be quite suitable for in ground cultivation here in my neck of the woods?

Love the forum!


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Negronne, Violette de Bordeaux, Petite Negri, Paradiso (JM), San Pietro (JM), Peter"s Honey (PV), Chicago Hardy, O'Rourke (PFP), LSU Purple (PFP)
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I just wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone!!! I've been reading around these forums for a couple years now, gathering info & getting my bearings. It's official, I'm ready to grow figs! Got my 1st tree this Christmas (seriously, one of my best presents ever!!!), a Chicago Hardy, and am so excited that Spring is nearing! I live in Zone 6 Flemington, NJ, so I'm fortunate to have Bill's Figs as a local resource. Since my fig was a gift, I haven't actually been to Bill's yet myself, but can't wait to visit soon to see his operation in person. This ongoing list of everyone's personal ALL STARS is so helpful (and addicting! I don't even have my 1st tree growing, and I already want more ;-) Right off the bat, I think I'm going to add 2 more trees to my initial growing attempt; either Marseille Black, Celeste, Italian Honey, or Florea. I guess I'm looking for what everyone is: staggered & plentiful production and great taste. PS. I'll be growing my figs against a trellised south-facing deck base, in Bill's self-watering containers & overwatering in the winter. Helpful hints appreciated ... Fingers crossed!
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92227, Brawley California

We have extreme temperatures in summer 100+ degree from June-October. The temperatures are getting hotter and lasting longer into the year. So, I find shade and daily watering a must during summer.

I just started growing so bear with me, but these figs can take the heat:

Black Mission
White Kadota
Brown Turkey

They all seem to grow fast during the spring, early summer, and early fall. Late Summer and winter is when the growth slows. Expect more as I grow.

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Central NY state, zone 5a   13760

Of the varieties that I grew in 2012, the best were
  • English Brown Turkey (Frank's Fig strain)
  • Hardy Chicago
  • Aubique Petite
  • Peter's Honey
Mike   central NY state, zone 5

---------------- updating on 5/6/2015 --------
I'm in central NY state, zone 5a, near Binghamton, NY, zip code 13760.  (Not so sure the zip code is all that helpful though... they're too small to be useful for searching).

Here's an update based on the 2014 season.  Out of approximately 60 varieties, the best here (in no particular order) were:
  • Ronde de Bordeaux
  • Aubique Petite
  • Frank's Fig Unknown (likely a strain of English Brown Turkey)
  • Hardy Chicago / Bensonhurst Purple / Merioun
  • Conadria
  • Peter's Honey
  • Petite Negri (EL)
Also looking promising were:
  • Gino's Black
  • Salem White
2015 season is looking promising so far... lots of breba.

Mike   central NY state, zone 5a

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A little late but, thanks for the warm welcome, Tony.  You're right, plenty of fig crazy folks here, I think I’m rapidly becoming one you ................... :-)

Jennifer..........thanks for the mention of Ronde de Bordeaux.   Credit to your suggestion, other than a few unnamed cuttings from friends and neighbors, this was my first cutting purchase.     An eBay purchase and has been my first cutting to root and cup.   Very vigorous it is!   I hope to follow with a few pictures shortly.  I’m so proud I didn’t screw up for the first attempt, ha, ha.

Twobrothers ............. thanks too for recommendations.    I know the Brawley area and would think that climate to be most favorable to figs of all types.   Brown Turkey (at least I think that's what it is) I have had in the ground for years.   Great tree and fig, no problems other than having to compete with the thieving four legged critters and feathered friends for ripe bounty.   I’ve added more cultivars from Jon’s store and keeping my fingers crossed that all root.  They’ve only been in the sphagnum for a couple of weeks now.

These are the cuttings I’m trying for my first rooting attempt:

Atreano

Black Mission   

Negronne  

LSU Gold  

Beale  

Conadria 

Saratoga  

Ronde de Bordeaux

Genoa White

Italian Brooklyn White

Celeste

Plus some nice unknowns from friends & neighbors 

Thanks again to everyone on the forum for sharing your knowledge.


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From Robert Harper, HERE

"This is our cold hardy fig winter test results report, for winter 2012/2013.

While uncovering figs spring of 2012, I noticed that in our rush to cover up the figs, start of winter 2011, I over looked one Marseilles Black VS, seven month old, 12" Tall sucker. Then upon checking the seven month old sucker, I was surprise to see that it was green, and alive right up to it's tip.

Although, our winter of 2011/2012 did not get any lower then 5 degrees, I thought that was impressive, for a plant that was no more then seven months old. We were planning on starting our winter uncovered figs testing, after our figs reached five years of age. But since this one little sucker did so well, we decided to start our cold hardy fig testing earlier. So winter of 2012/2013 we left uncovered one of three, five foot tall, Marseilles Black VS, one of two Hardy Chicago plants, and one Brooklyn White.

Brooklyn White and Marseilles Black VS, are planted about ten feet apart next to a four foot tall boulder. The Marseilles Black VS, is about five feet tall, and the Brooklyn White is about four feet tall. The Hardy Chicago was pruned down to about three feet at the start of winter, and occupies a microclimate, in the V of our chimney.

The Brooklyn White lost 50% of it's top. The eight year old Hardy Chicago did not suffer any winter damage. The four year old, five foot, Marseilles Black VS, did not suffer any winter damage either. Our 2012/2013 winter did not get any lower then 0 degrees. It has been rather warm the last two winters, in our cold Connecticut, zone 5b/6a location.

We are growing and testing around 25 or so figs. Figs that have been classified as cold hardy. Paul Tracesky, tested Hardy Chicago, Sal's EL, and other figs for several years, in this part of Connecticut, during the middle of the 1990's. Paul had come to the conclusion after his trail testing, that Hardy Chicago was not the most cold hardy fig, and that he thought Sal's EL, was more cold hardy the Hardy Chicago. After his testing period, he kept only one fig, his Sal's EL. I agree with Paul, on his test results.

Marseilles Black VS, is superior to to Hardy Chicago, being able to withstand more cold, then Hardy Chicago. Plus Marseilles Black VS, does not need as much direct sun light, as Hardy Chicago needs to to produce a large crop of figs.

Although, we have many more cold hardy figs being grown and tested here. Plus, several that look like they may even do better then Marseilles Black VS, and Sal's EL. The two that we still recommend to our new gardening customers, in cold areas like ours, is Paul's selection, Sal's EL, and it's now replacement, Marseilles Black VS.

Attached, our winter pictures of Hardy Chicago, and Marseilles Black VS.

Bob - Connecticut zone 5b/6a"

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Hi I am new to the group
I live in Las Vegas zone 8a
I planted
White kadota
Janice seedless kadota
Panache
Condria
Brown turkey

I am looking for 3 more varieties for my desert location
Any recommendations
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Hi all I am new member and live in zone 7 Canton Ga.  I harvested and ate my first fresh figs this past year.  I had 2 Celeste I planted when we moved into our house about 3 yr. ago.  They were just absolutely incredible tasting.  I also rescued an old fig tree that was all grown up and barely alive on another property that I purchased for a fixer upper.  The tree was almost completely choked out with privet and mimosa growing all in the root area.  The tree is still in heavy shade but bore some fruit last year too.  It was larger and a little bland tasting compared to the Celeste.  After reading on here and other places I suspect it is Brown Turkey but don't know for sure.  Maybe if the tree got more sun it would intensify the taste.  Again I don't know a lot about figs except I love them and want more.

So any sharing of knowledge as to plantings that are hardy for zone 7 north Georgia would be appreciated.

I have an acre of land that I am planting an orchard on for the familly.  It is further north in Ellijay but still zone 7  I would like plants that can make it on their own planted in ground.

I have order from Edible Landscaping 

Hardy Chicago

LSU Purple

Latturulla

Verte

Kadota

Anymore suggestions would be great

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Michael, Charitup,  this is not a thread people read often, it's more like a dictionary than a novel.  You'd be better off starting a new thread and introducing yourselves.  We have several people in GA but the most prolific info I remember comes from Snaglpus in NC.  Search for posts from him for great info.  I think we have 2 members from NV but I can't remember their names off hand.  One of the 2 posts stuck to the top of the forum shows you how to search the forum with Google.  Our own search function wont work on less than 4 letter words.  You can restrict Google to this site and search for NV and find some info.  Good luck to both of you!
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Martineca Rimada, Galicia Negra, Fioroni Ruvo, De La Reina - Pons, Tauro, BFF, Sefrawi, Sbayi, Mavra Sika , Fillaciano Bianco, Corynth, Souadi, Acciano Purple, LSU Tiger, LSU Red, Cajun Gold, BB-10 any great tasting fig
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Georgia is under-served, fig variety info-wise.  Before anything else, you probably should tell us what the exact purpose of your orchard?  UPickIt?  Home fresh eating?  Home drying?  Canning?

As for Edible Landscaping, they really serve the more colder climates than Georgia.  Look at the Just Fruits and Exotics website, even though that's a Northern Florida serving nursery, for what common figs would be a good idea.

Also, you need to pay attention to the scheduled ripenings of various figs, so you'll have figs all growing season long.

Since you're up in the mountains, you very much require windbreaks around the areas where you plan to grow your figs.  Wind protection is a key point of neglect.

As far as varieties go, you're able to grow full flavored, rich, and large figs in hot summers.

So...

No question, Barnisotte and Black Madeira should be your top targets.  Both, especially the former, have a strong history of growing well in Georgia, and they are elite table figs.

Next, grab yourself an O'Rourke, which is a Southern Brown Turkey child (which itself is a type of Celeste and not like normal Brown Turkey), and perhaps an LSU Tiger for a large fig version of your Celestes

I think that you should have a Bordreaux (Negronne, Vdb, close relations Ronde de Bordreaux and Petite Negri), and I suspect that Pastiliere is a good idea if you're willing to be very patient--it drops figs, but I think that has a great deal to do with unsuitability for pot culture and long immaturity of the plant, relative to other fig varieties.  You want Pastiliere (and Ronde de Bordreaux) because they have main season figs ripening fairly early. 

Next would be Noire de Caromb-type variants (or so I believe now).  That would be Kathleen Black and Maltese Falcon.  Kathleen Black takes a while to get comfortable fruiting.

Then, a fig like Excel, Sequoia for drying, and fresh eating in good summers, especially.  Sierra as well.

Try:  Monstreuse, Smith, Col de Dame (blanc, gris, noire), Stella, Sucrette as priorities...

And Try other figs just to see if some random variety will do better where you are than the reputation suggests.

I do think you will find that you can do better than the combination of Latturulla and Kadota, so you should expect to want to replace one or both of them with other honey type figs at some point.  Verte is probably a slight waste as well, because there are many top strains of closely related figs to Verte.  Ask for JH Adriatic, which also has a history of doing well in the Atlanta area, at least.  You should still give Verte a chance to perform, though.

If you like very juicy figs, you'll have to ask around.  I know I've heard of Jack Lilly and Genovese Nero.  Think of those large San Pedro type figs like Dauphine as well.

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Especially desired figs: UCD 187-25, UCD 200-48, UCD 157-17, UCD 309-B1, Princesa, Black Madeira, high quality sugar fig that ripens Sept-Oct.

Probable desired fig: Smith, St Jean, JH Adriatic, CddB, Gulbun, Pastilliere, Sucrette

Rooting:  Smith, CDDB--this pretty much means I have my fun tries (tho' important since they are truly desirable), and only interested for this year: Gulbun, BM, 187-25, or something wildly exotic or precious that nobody has any good reason to send me.

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Shah8, those are great suggestions. Another two that I would try in the ground in 7 or 7b is Marseilles Black vs and Sals El.

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Southeastern newbie here too (only Celeste and Chicago Hardy bearing), I've based what I sought largely out of what I read on this post. From what I gathered reading, I ended up with Kathleen's Black, VdB, RdB, Nordland, LSU Puple, LSU Gold and MBVS as my wish list. With the exception of the LSU Gold I got eveything from generous members of the forum this winter (and ended up successfully rooting at least one of each type). I was mainly looking for types that could be planted in ground and resist splitting in out daily summer downpours. That is why I avoided Black Madeira.

BTW, I have a couple extra MBVS cuttings that I could trade for a LSU Gold if anyone is interested.

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Black Madeira does not seem to be any more a splitting risk than most other figs of its size--it's much less prone than Sal's Corleone or Barnisotte (given my estimate after researching).  Georgia is relatively dry for the SE US.  Medium-large figs are risks for splitting, pretty much just because.  This is a major reason that one should attempt to have a long fig season with a blend of fig varieties--so that every year, rains will hit some figs and miss others.
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Especially desired figs: UCD 187-25, UCD 200-48, UCD 157-17, UCD 309-B1, Princesa, Black Madeira, high quality sugar fig that ripens Sept-Oct.

Probable desired fig: Smith, St Jean, JH Adriatic, CddB, Gulbun, Pastilliere, Sucrette

Rooting:  Smith, CDDB--this pretty much means I have my fun tries (tho' important since they are truly desirable), and only interested for this year: Gulbun, BM, 187-25, or something wildly exotic or precious that nobody has any good reason to send me.

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wow thanks guys for all the new ideas.  I certainly have a lot to think about and study on for now.

For now the figs will be for family use and possibly some market if I get around to it.

thanks 


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Is there ANY way to sort or find zones 5 & 6 without going through each and every post?


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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???
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Hi I'm a. Newbie here and to fig growing my question is I live in southern Connecticut what dig would be the best and I would have the most luck growing and taste good too I plan on growing them in pots and bringing them Into the basement for the winter. So could anyone suggest me a good type of fig so I can order some
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Growing figs in the cool Pacific NW is challenging. It's not which varieties we want to grow, but which cultivars can produce brebas. Period. Until foreign varieties are introduced and meet the test of time. For now, it's:
1. DESERT KING
2. Lattarula
3. Negronne
4. Gillette
5. Neveralla

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Hi friends, hi ejp3, the fig that you asked about named <font class="Apple-style-span" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: 600;">Sbayi, its considered to be one of the most hight quality in Israel, the tree gives a lot of fruit along 3 months, inside has a high sugar level, the eye is closed,the fruit has a big size, cant be damaged bye insects, birds love this tree so they leave all other fig trees and start eating the Sbayi.</span></font><div><font class="Apple-style-span" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-weight: 600;"><br></span></font></div>


what is your zone and where can i find Sbayi cuttings? does it need pollination?
can i please trade you or buya cutting or a tree from you?

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my first fig, a chicago hardy has never been outdoors due to drought and sandstorms. bought as a tiny twig 5 months ago, it has already produced figs in an eastern window, possibly 6 hours of direct sun.
i find i enjoy having a little tree in my kitchen. it's very cute.

can anyone recommend another variety that would yield fruit under these conditions?

i have room for 2 more figs to keep permanently in my kitchen.

even when the drought breaks, i would prefer keeping them indoors.  i like their company.

thank you,
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thank you martin. will do.
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Find "Trees of Joy" website: http://www.treesofjoy.com/fig-varieties-collection and Maggie Maggiore: https://sites.google.com/site/mediterraneanfloragarden/
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Shalesh,

    I am not  much less a newbie than you. given that, many say Florea, Beyernfiege, Hardy Chicago, Sal's, Celeste and some others. Let Maggie and Bass be your guides, as they grow  in your area and are very helpful.

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