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Subject: Update to Panache post Airlayer Replies: 4
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Just wanted to start new post for reference. I decided to just leave tree alone and start an air layer. If interested here is link to other post
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5109786

I slid bottle down small shoot and put some long fiber Spag Moss in bottom about an inch to help prevent potting mix from just coming out when watering or drying up like a little filter, watered it and tamped down with but of a screw driver then filled with moistened potting mix (my own made from Al's recipe) I DID NOT Girdle as I felt stem was to skinny about pencil thick not much more. Took me 5 minutes as I had cut bottle and mix prepared.
Her are some pics for reference












Subject: Need help on my Panache???? Replies: 19
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OK so it up to me as to what to do leave it alone or just chop down to 24-36 inches and it should branch or air layer. I think I might cut and try to start a few cuttings as they are just coming out of dormancy. I will update with what I did or didn't do as I tend to change my mind at times. Maybe I'll just flip a coin Does any one have a 3 sided coin?
Martin you are welcome to come down any time. I'm sure we can find something to chop even garlic for sauce
Sal  

Subject: Need help on my Panache???? Replies: 19
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This was it 5 days ago so you can see the leaves started forming at a pretty rapid pace I think




Subject: Need help on my Panache???? Replies: 19
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,573
 
 OK a little back round I acquired this as a small rooted cutting from Bass last season about 6-8 inches as you can see it grew well and even set a few fruit but they did not hang on as plant was immature.
It is now 52 inches tall from top of pot and is stating to leaf out very early stage as it just broke dormancy a few weeks ago. 
It has grown like a whip with only the 3 branches as you see at top and a little side shoot.
My question to the more experienced is should I just cut it down to about 18-24 inches as this is just starting the season and it should not set it back to far I don't think. or just let it go for this season and chop it next winter.
Also keep in mind I'm in FL and will have 80's into Dec.
I also plan to put this in ground either way this season. So if I chop should I wait till it starts to bud out again before putting in ground
Thanks in advance

IGONORE the tree in the big blue pot the Panache is in a small 3 gal pot in front
 
SAL









Subject: a fantastic fig - nicks flat fig Replies: 5
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LSU Gold maybe??????

Subject: Fig Trees Starting to AWAKE Replies: 30
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Thanks for all the well wishes, hopefully it will be a good year as I'm looking forward to try some new varieties I acquired last season. Ronde de Bordeaux, VDB, and Panache which were to immature to ripen fruit last season. I'm hoping my Sal Corleone produces again as the few fruits I got were very good and my Verdal Longue also was very good for a few fruits in first season. I just want to again thank all who I have traded with or purchased plants from and a big thanks to Jon for providing this forum and making scion available which you can not find at your local nursery (:  
As far as the garden I'm about 2-3 wks late but plan to get somme things in ground this weekend
Sal

Subject: Fig Trees Starting to AWAKE Replies: 30
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Hi All I haven't posted in a while but have been trying to keep up with all posts.
Well starting to notice some bud break and leaves forming so the time is near for season to kick in. Temps here have been mid 70-80 and night time down to high 50's but mostly 60's. Here are a few Pics taken today. Want to wish all a fruitful season
Sal
 Unknown was to be a VDB but I doubt will see this season


Panache in front and Improved Celeste in back


Conadria


Overview of my figs which I pruned back pretty hard this season. I will likely not have many breba but am hoping for a good main crop and maybe even 2 on some with an early start. Cold hit early this year in Dec. so dorrmancy was early and wake up time seems to be earlier if that make sense


Subject: Miami Replies: 4
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2 hrs north
Sal

Subject: Bark falling off + scale + hole Replies: 19
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,485
 
Hi Jason I do think it is scale also I battle with it here but it can be treated If you wish to try. 1 part rubbing alcohol 10 parts water a drop or 2 of dish soap no degreaser and a couple drops of veg or olive oil to help it spray on Treat with a sprayer and repeat in 5-7 days for 2-4 apps you can google and find recipe also you can try NEEM Oil or Parafine Oil. I need to treat mine as I write this also.
Murphy Oil soap with the alcohol should also work
Let us know what happens
Sal
  

Subject: About me Replies: 35
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Welcome back Cecil, I hope all has been well
Sal

Subject: Merry Christmas to all Replies: 36
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Merry Christmas and Health to All for Many Years to come.
Sal

Subject: A Few Ripe Pics Replies: 19
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Hi Robert, the tree in Hawthorne was grown in ground and protected each year by covering

Subject: Cold Morning Replies: 66
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Hi Ben and thank you for the offer but I am not adding any figs at this time. I would guess the BM is Black Mission. It would be nice to meet. My garden is small but it does OK for our needs. PM or email me when you are in my area and maybe we can set something up. Again thanks for your generous offer  

Subject: Cold Morning Replies: 66
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Today was the first day I really got out to see damage as it really hurt since I started everything from seed this year and was late because of personal reasons to planting. Same as figs when you watch your young starts get going and then bada bing something goes wrong it really hurts, they are only plants and trees I know but we all know the time, effort and dedication we put in no matter what the crop is. Chin Up and March is just around the corner for second planting of some veggies and I will roll the dice on a few others next week after next cold front passes.
I hope this doesn't bore any one but I just took a few picks to show good and bad
Martin both the VDB and Ronde have figs.
My Panache has only one left which will probably fall off  
Tim MBVS has put on figs again and I've eaten a few as recent as today. Not great at this time but beats nothing as you can still tell it has a good flavor if conditions and age of tree were better
Gorgi The Sal Corleone can not be slowed down as I've tried to prune and it just send up growth and figs. Must be nice to be young and full of vigor. It is still in 3 gal pot and about 5 ft tall even after trimming a bit 2 months ago. In late Feb I plan to trim down to about 32 inches and not repot till May after bud break but before leaves form  
Here are some pics of veggies and figs








MBVS


Blk U/K


Panache


Sal Corleone


Yard Long Beans about 12-16 inches short lol but still good


Damage to cucs and beans


 


Subject: Cold Morning Replies: 66
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Here I am in Florida and got hit with a freeze Mon and Tues lost 90% of veggies, Toms, cucumbers, beans and some peppers and eggplant another freeze is expected for this coming Monday. This cold usually doesn't hit till mid Jan-Feb. I planted late and did not get to pick any toms and only a few beans I picked last week. 
On a positive note fig trees show no damage as temps only hit around 30 for a few hours. I still have some figs on trees but don't expect much to happen. I will probably start to prune in the coming weeks. 

Subject: Cold Morning Replies: 66
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This cold front has come south as they are saying possible frost warnings this evening. I'm not to concerned for my figs but my veggie crop which I got a late start on this year might get hit. I usually have fruit set on toms this week but because I planted 3 -4 wks late I might not see any. Alot of work for Not


JD I had left a few figs on just in case you made the trip but I picked today they were OK. Again sorry for your loss as we will talk again. 

Subject: Black Unknown in ground Replies: 13
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Martin all the above, but with loss of leaves it just seems to take longer to get to that point, the sweetness is there but the flavor is what I taste before the sugar a nice meld of both but the flavor lingerers more than sugar content if that makes sense. Sorry taste buds are Bias as you know LOL 


Subject: Black Unknown in ground Replies: 13
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Picked a few this morning the taste is still good considering the trees are almost bear of leaves other than a few small new sprouts of new leaves. the skin was a little tough but edible.
Martin I'm about a month late getting garden going but it seems to be doing fine and should be if we don't get a frost this year. Still have some more planting to do (collards, Swiss chard, broccoli, onions and a few other things I come across. I will post pics in a month or 2 when I get to picking I planted some new things this year and am looking forward to tasting results)
JD Pm me and let me know what you have decided
Bill thanks as I'm also looking forward to next season
Here is a pic I took this morning sorry for quality as I used phone
  
 I just found this guy with a few more It was on ground and I must of missed him this ripe to perfection and taste was great


Subject: Black Unknown in ground Replies: 13
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Hi Bill, The figs were good but my season is not over yet. I just took this picture of the same variety but potted with a little cluster ripening and should be ready in 4-6 days. I'm not picking any large amounts at any one time but still enjoying a few here and there. The figs are now on the small side but still have a good flavor 


Subject: Pics a few figs still ripeninng Replies: 5
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Hi Ben, Yes you are correct about not having leaves and the effect on the fruit some varieties do better than others I find. Last season no problem with chill hours as you know, this is only my 2nd season or 3rd with figs but it can be done with good success here I found. Copper spray really helps with rust but I sprayed to late with little effect this past season, it is still a learning process for me and will be for many years to come God willing. Also have found scale to be a problem affecting my figs but Neem or an alcohol and water solution will take care of it . Keep reading the forums as YES you can grow figs here with limited chill hours. Nice to see another Floridian post here.
As far as the GIANTS Go I'm a die hard fan, but it's just the G men not making or taking advantage of situations year in and year out. I'm sure this will be a wake up call as we have a very important and tough game with the Eagles next week.   GOOOOOOOOOO GGGGGGGGGGGG MENNNNNNNNNNNNN 
All the Best 

Subject: Pics a few figs still ripeninng Replies: 5
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No big amount at any one time but I'm still picking a few figs every 4-6 days.
First 2 pics are my blk unknown 3rd pic is my unknown yellow which has been terrible this season more rotten than anything. will be seeing compost pile soon.  






Subject: Mid Eastern fig varieties Replies: 3
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Hi Bass just want to say a big Thank You for sharing info. It is people like you Jon, Gorgi, Herman, Martin and to many others to name, who take the time out to post not only info and pictures but who have also been very generous with other members. I know... I for one owe much of my success and ability to collect a few varieties to many who I have not mentioned and to those, I would also like to say Thank You
Sal     

Subject: Which of these fig trees for Florida/bay area? Replies: 5
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Conadria, MBVS(Marseilles Black) Both do well+++++ in similar climate


Subject: Ronde and Mission Replies: 1
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Martin that Ronde sure does look good, glad you got to enjoy this late in season for you. My young Ronde sure is a strong grower and looks like it is trying to put on figs but I will knock off all but a few just to see.
All the best


Subject: Another fig lover is born? Replies: 28
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Congrats Jason and Mom and welcome Avery to the world of figs.
All the best to your family 

Subject: Popp's Purple Replies: 17
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Very nice looking fig, the eye seems tight and no voids in pulp which is a big plus 

Subject: LSU Gold & Conadria Replies: 9
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Thanks Mary Ann that is an awesome looking fig. I am new to fig growing and observing so I'm glad to hear I wasn't losing my mind and pulp color can be influenced by weather patterns.
Gene since our source and age of tree is the same it nice to compare.
Dan I hear those Smith figs are very good. Some of my trees are still putting on figs so it will be fun to see what happens

Subject: Black Madeira fig Replies: 108
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Very nice job Remis 

Subject: LSU Gold & Conadria Replies: 9
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Gene my Conadria later in season are showing more reddish pulp and flavor is improved, I think by them staying on the tree in cooler weather is giving them more time to mature inside. I just picked one which is more red then the rest I've picked so far, and flavor was great nice jam like texture. A change in season a change in color. I thought I had lost my mind as the only ones I had seen were from last season late in Dec and were dark red to purple pulp and then this year they were amber till a few weeks ago they started to show some more red. I hope you have a few left to verify my theory. All figs were taken from same tree


 

Subject: Figs Gone Wild! Replies: 9
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I know it goes against the grain, but I also find my figs have improved in flavor with a little cooler weather at night and down to 80's in day from mid 90's also humidity has been down the past 2 weeks. I'm thinking late ripening figs might be more ideal in my climate????  

Subject: LSU Gold & Conadria Replies: 9
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Hi Tim, I know what you mean lol, I wanted to weigh the LSU Gold as it was one of the largest I've picked and totally forgot, I would venture it was close to 100 grams if not more


Subject: Panache pics Replies: 10
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Dennis I'm not sure if picture problem has been corrected as I use Photobucket but other members have mentioned same problem.
Thanks for the compliment. Not sure if these will hold on and ripen but I will give it my best shot as I've picked off any new little ones. I also plan on topping it soon

Subject: LSU Gold & Conadria Replies: 9
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 LSU Gold is starting to ripen a few figs again. It has been dry here and the fig was very good.(center fig disk shape) the rest are the Conadria which I really enjoy taste and seed crunch
Lsu Gold (darn Ants)
 

Conadria






Subject: Panache pics Replies: 10
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Bass it amazes me how these trees grow once they take. It was very slow going for first 2 months no noticeable growth and then bam it started to put on leaves and growth and has not stopped. Here is a picture on July 20 it was just starting to show good signs of things to come



Subject: Verdal Longue Replies: 7
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Picked my 2nd fig which I let ripen longer. Skin a little darker and fig smaller than 1st. The eye is closed or very tight, I'm very impressed with the taste of this fig, it was juicy but not watery and packed with a nice lingering flavor. Not sure if this is a late season fig as Bass mentioned but it is worth a trial in a warm longer season climate IMHO. A green house or sun room might be an alternative for colder climates
Weight 22 grams








Subject: Panache pics Replies: 10
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Thanks Peg, I am looking forward to watching these mature. Weather has been a little cool at night mid to high 60's but days are still 80+ and nights are warming up again, we still have a few months of warm weather here for figs to ripen 

Subject: Panache pics Replies: 10
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This Is a small 1st season fig tree I received from Bass in April. It started to put on figs about a 3-4 wks ago and they are just starting to show some striping, also the trunk has stripes. I'm hoping to taste 1 or 2  this season











Subject: Bird Brain Replies: 11
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Nice story

Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
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Thanks Martin a few Christmas figs would be a nice present


Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
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Gene I stopped fertilizing at end of July early August except for my new small trees. The trees lost most of their leaves and then started to put on new growth and fruit. I should have warm weather into Jan. so I hope they will ripen as I picked into Jan. last season. My LSU Gold and Conadria have also put out new figs and are more tightly grouped but not as tight as these as I should have trimmed or pruned those last season as they grew long and lanky this year. They will get cut back hard when dormant and I will pinch next season to promote more branching and closer nodes I hope. Nice to see your pictures as always. Look at Night Time post and 1st pic 2nd row is LSU Gold similar grouping to your picture
I couldn't bring myself to picking all that fruit off lol. but I know your season is different and I'm just starting to get ground ready to plant veggies ( about 3 wks late for me)

Subject: Night time pictures Replies: 7
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Hi Noss, I've heard the term flushing used and I just take it to mean new growth and figs late in season and might be considered a 3rd crop. I am also new to figs so please correct me if I'm wrong. In warmer climates I think figs can give an extra crop. I have picked ripe figs in Jan. if that means any thing


Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
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Here is a picture of a tightly grouped cluster of figs on my black unknown. I don't know if you would call it a 3rd crop or another flush. Seems with the slower growth the figs are more tightly bound together and I noticed this with some others with new figs.
 



Subject: Verdal Longue Replies: 7
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Thanks to Bass and his post last season that I was led to this variety. Dennis  I hope you get to taste next season. Bass did this give you breba fig?

Subject: Night time pictures Replies: 7
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Hi vaplantman and welcome to the forum. The picture you a referring to is a yellow unknown fig. It has been late in ripening and been hit and miss as far as quality. It might get one more season before I make a decision to keep or discard.
   Nelson and Gene some of my trees are flushing again with fruit, it has been a long hot summer but this week the temps have been down. As far as the Canyon the picture does not do it justice.

Subject: Night time pictures Replies: 7
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The first thing I did when I got back from AZ. was check my figs and try out new camera. Thought I would share. 10-2-10

 
Left to right
row 1    Improved  Celeste, Improved Celeste, Sal Corleone
row 2    LSU Gold, Verdal Longue, Unknown Fig (supposed to have been a VDB)
row 3     Unknown Yellow, Conadria, Bad photo 

Subject: Verdal Longue Replies: 7
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 Just wanted to share, this is my first fig from one year old cutting I received from Encanto Farms in Feb 2010(Thanks Jon). The tree was a little slow going but once it took off it did not stop as with most from what I've experienced.
   All I can say is WOW for taste. I wish I would have left one or two more days to ripen more as it was soft but firmly attached to tree. The flavor hit me right off but it is hard for me to describe or compare. It was sweet but not overbearing the flavor. I'm sure this will do well in years to come. Also picked some  Improved Celeste and Conadria The I/C have improved and been holding as season progressed. The Conadria as always was good.
I hope some others will report their findings on the Verdal Longue
Weight 29 grams








Subject: Large Greek Black Replies: 9
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Nelson congrats, that sure is a nice looking first year fig. I can't wait to get back home in a few days as I had some different figs starting to swell. From AZ (106*) high to all. Canyon next few days (80's-40*)


Subject: Conadria Replies: 3
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Jon I'm still scratching my head on this one as last year they were dead red purple pulp here is a pic from last season. These were taken Dec 2009, yes they were dead ripe as I was away for a week wrinkled on outside but the taste was amazing last season.  Maybe I'm picking way to early but will find out as I will be away again and have a few already swelled up that I won't touch for 10 days




Subject: Conadria Replies: 3
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Just got a new phone which I sync with photobucket and it uploads from phone,pretty cool as I'm not computer savvy but this was easy. 
   I have a few Conadria starting to swell and ripen and I can tell you this is a good tasting fig. the skin cracks when getting ripe but does not split and has a tight eye until it starts to ripen then the eye opens a bit but is sealed by honey In my humid and rainy environment this fig has does well so far  
Weight 72 grams
This could have stayed a day or two but wanted to take a picture and share.






Subject: Some photos to share Replies: 3
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Lou nice picture, I can taste that fig just looking at it, i hope you get many more to ripen 


 

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