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Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
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Thanks for the reply


Subject: Some tree pictures Replies: 5
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Very nice Gene. Looks like you will be eating quite a few figs
Sal

Subject: My Dark Portuguese Replies: 11
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Tail is best but you can eat from hind legs back. Everyone says it taste like chicken but I think it has a distinctive taste. You really need to pound (tenderize)the heck out it. I enjoy it and gave to my nieces to try one year and yea I told them it was chicken they loved it until we all laughed and told them what it was, Now the youngest who is 15 came down and visited and requested gator. lol
Sal

Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
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I just found some bird netting at Lowes 14' * 14' with 1/2" spacing for $6. 
My in ground tree is just starting to put on figs at what point should i apply the netting not only for bird protection but squirrels also do they just like ripe ones or will they steal my green little figlets also.
Sal

Subject: My Dark Portuguese Replies: 11
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Martin great looking tree i need you to move close to me I just don't have the courage to prune and am seeing the effects of that this season next year those clippers will get a work out lol
Sal

Subject: Paradise Replies: 5
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Just beautiful looking Jon. That is truly a fig paradise  ; o)
Sal

Subject: Fig container design Replies: 12
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Here is my simple drip system i found myself in a pickle last year. I use 3gph on large pots and 1gph emitters on small. time varies depending on what time of year. 
1/2 inch poly and microtubing and timer i should also add that on large pots I teed the micro tubing so 2 3gph emitters in those. Pretty basic and simple but it works for me at this time.

here is what the trees are in now. All items were purchased at home depot


Subject: A Few Pics to Share and Personal Observations Replies: 7
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Dennis how bout them figs. I joke some times about filling in pool and planting fig trees but this time of year with the heat quickly changes my mind.Thanks to all for looking and commenting. nelson I'm looking forward to tasting my first VDB, BMVS, and possibly a SAL C yes George I think I see little figlets will know in a few weeks and update. My Black Madeira is slow going to say the least but am hoping it will kick start soon.
     jsvand5 i might put a few more in ground but will have to be selective as I only have room for maybe 3-4. The Conadria was very good so that might be one as I have a small start going also and VDB might be another. I will still have some large potted ones as I like the effect on patio and well I don't have to worry about varmints. 
Sal   

Subject: Aero Cloner Set Up Today Replies: 9
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Martin keep us posted I hope the green cuttings do better for you.
Sal

Subject: Delicious looking figs of the Canary islands Replies: 18
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Bass had to look that up( Luna de miel).lol We only had a 6-8 hours on each island as we were on a Trans_ Atlantic Cruise so time was limited to what we saw and did until we disembarked in Italy and spent 9 days. I was amazed at how advanced in some aspects the European's are The roads were beautifully maintained and recycling is a priority in most parts. Energy and conservation is also top priority. I stayed in hotels in Italy where your key card had to be inserted to turn on lights and electricity for your room. What a great idea how many times we leave lights TV and A/C going at full blast especially when traveling and staying in hotels. We can definitely take some lessons even the toilets had 2 modes one releasing less water when a big flush was not needed. Simple ideas and not hard to implement. Any way one day if we a fortunate we will travel again and this time I will have my pruning shears with me.  
Sal

Subject: Delicious looking figs of the Canary islands Replies: 18
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Bass thanks for posting what beautiful looking fruit. Nelson thanks for the link and Martin for the translation.
   I kick myself in the butt for not being into figs I visited this beautiful island Tenerife along with Madeira and Spain and of course Italy in 2008 only a few months after we returned did my passion for figs start up again. I'm sure I could have brought back some cuttings IF I Only Knew ;(
Nice to read and look at the pics. I believe that is the volcano in Tenerife in the back round of one Pic. We traveled up both the North and south side of Island and what was interesting is one side Had white sand beach and the other was black sand from volcano
Here are a few picks of Island I was really taking a picture of the black sand That is my story and I'm sticking to it lol Road leading up to volcano and rock formation and a pic of volacano in back round The sky has a constant over cast look and was told that it is due to the dust or sand blowing high above from the Sahara Desert in Africa.
 




 I hope that pic doesn't offend any one if so pm me and I will remove This is normal in Europe
Sal

Subject: A Few Pics to Share and Personal Observations Replies: 7
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I just took some pictures for record keeping and wanted to share. weather has been in the 80's - 90's nights in low 70's for past 3 wks or so
  Blk Unknown in ground 2 yr old was in 3gal pot until planted in March a few breba and main crop forming







VDB main crop forming no breba




unknown yellow(sweet yellow) leafed out but no figs showing YET had some fruit last year so we will see


BMVS strong grower nice branching and compact main crop showing




Conadria fast grower whip like will prune hard next year main crop showing no breba




Blk unknown potted very few breba main crop just forming but tree looks full and branching well




LSU Gold whip like growth no breba main crop showing will prune hard next year




Improved Celeste had 6 breba all fell off main crop showing whip like growth will prune hard next year or discard if it doesn't hold fruit this year




And here is Fig Row as my wife calls it

   Thanks for looking. All of these trees were root pruned and potted up except the BMVS they are only 1-2 seasons old. I probably could have waited to root prune and pot up(MY BAD) I think this is why there is a lack of breba in potted figs. The blk U/K planted in ground no root work and the smallest of My Blk U/K has breba and all the blk U/K had breba last season. This is just my observation. Now I need to hope that they hold on to their main crop figs since roots were trimmed.
Sal   




Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Martin very nice story. I love soppressatta When i go up north in my old neighbor hood Little Italy in the Bronx Arthur Ave. there are a few pork shops and I come back with as much dried cured meat as i can fit in luggage and afford it is not the same as supermarkets stuff that is for sure. When My wife seen this for the first time she was  turned off by the meat hanging and curing and some mold which gets wiped with oil but boy did she change her tune when she first tasted and the fresh made cheese and bread.
   Rafed those darn love bugs are terrible and really do a number on your vehicle at times they are so thick that you lose your vision driving and what a pain to clean off
Sal 

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
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Very nice Bill looks like you got some breba and your trees look nice Tell us what you think of the Alma and LSU gold when they ripen AND KEEP THOSE PICS COMMING
Sal

Subject: MBVS Update Pics Replies: 16
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Noss this might help
http://www.irelandcalls.com/.59f6baf4
Sal

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Martin I have a sauce maker probably similar to yours It is called Roma sauce Maker with a few different screens and is motorized spits out seeds and skin in one end and sauce the other makes life easy is right. It can accept attachments also but all I seen for it is fresh pasta attachment.
  I like Pizza, spaghetti, macaroni , Ravioli, manicotti. linguine, alfredo,vermicelli, cork screw, lasagna, ziti and well I just like it all. lol
Yes the San Marzano and also Opalka tomato are good for sauce the Opalka is another heirloom from Poland I believe similar to SM The Opalka is more productive for me and resists white fly better it seems
   Do you make your own sausage? I bet that it  is good, that I have not made YET!
   Rafed Yes the only way is to try
Here is a San Marzano I just picked not ripe yet but i wanted to show a picture
 
Sal

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Rafed that will be great but keep in mind what does well there might not here mostly due to the bugs. Up north you have winter which kills off most down here they live and in bug heaven. Lol
And yes i do like tomatoes as I can for fresh sauce and even put on BBQ and love fresh salsa. Oh well I just love to Eat
My plants have a good amount  fruit and flowers but I think now it is to hot at night for them to set much more fruit I just started picking a few cherry toms now about 5 wks behind because of freeze and late planting
Sal 

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Very nice Mike hopefully as trees mature and root system gets larger and trunks and branches thicken they will handle your temps more favorably.
Sal 

Subject: MBVS Update Pics Replies: 16
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Prosource One carries it here You can check if there is one in your area or check local nursery or farm to see where they obtain their Agriculture supplies from
I also used big bails of sphagnum peat moss which home depot carries at times to amend 


Sal

Subject: Statistics Replies: 4
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Wow approaching 2,000 threads 550 members and 18,000 posts.
Thanks Jon for making this all possible with a wealth of info and some great people to share it with. I believe you have not only met but have exceeded your mission statement

We believe this is the largest database of information about figs (Ficus carica) that is available on the internet.

Our goal is to make that information available in an accessible format, to continue to add to the database, and to facilitate the exchange of information though the Figs 4 Fun Forum.

The important thing is sharing - pictures, information, cuttings, experience - which we all have and which can help someone else enjoy their figs more. We owe a lot to many people who have shared all of those things with us.

Jon we owe all to you for making it available

Sal 

Subject: What Have you Learned this Season? Replies: 4
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For me it is not being so hard headed and start to follow the advice given on this forum as it pertains to pruning and shaping I guess I'm a greedy fig addict who thinks bigger is better and might be paying for that if the trees bust through my screen. lol
Sal

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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AH Martin I had you in mind when I posted that, I believe you mentioned a similar thing in a post last season when you root pruned and did not top enough and had some fruit drop and said that phrase I hope you realize it is in jest and as a sports fan you know we say that more often than not no matter who we root for.
   I have made a mental note of what you said my friend as I'm sure you will visit one day, So don't be surprised when I ask you to empty your pockets before you enter LMAO
All the best
Sal 

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Very nice Rafed, Seems like we are going through a heat wave July type weather already days are high 80's low 90's and nights are staying above 70 Yuk. I have placed the saucers back under pots as you can see. A fast draining soil has it's advantages and also disadvantages from what I can tell the saucers seem to help with the plants wicking up. I'm only watering once a day on a slow drip irrigation on large pots the small ones I do by hand to better judge the amount as at this time the roots. Are not taking up much from what I see. I try to water early morning before the sun hits which seems to help also. I have already seen some heat stress especially on the one in ground but that was do to me not watering for 2 days and it bounced right back in a few hours after a good drink. I'm kinda disappointed  that I only have a few breba showing on my blk unknown as last year I had quite a few, this could be due to the fact that they did not go dormant their 1st year and spent lots of energy and I also root pruned . As they say in Chicago WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR...lol 
Mike I forgot you are in the Northern part of state did you have to cover yours or bring them in  GO GATORS......GO GATORS...... COME ON GATORS GET UP AND GO Yes I'm a Gator fan 
Sal  

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Hi Mike good to see you posting again and thanks for the response. It is much different growing in our climate as compared to most who post. They fight the cold and having to protect figs in winter and we contend more with RKN, Rust, and heat stress and water management it seems. I still think we have it easier but it is good at least for me to get other opinions with same growing conditions to compare results
Sal 

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Looks like the Sal C is taking after it's new Pappy and likes it HOT!!!!    Just like my Coffee (You guys got your mind in the Gutter LOL)

20 days since transplant no signs of shock and no growth set back, Took it like a CHAMP
I'm 99.999% sure that my source had some input great root stock and arrived well, you can see
     Even though I have not transplanted many 35-40 this tree just grew from day ONE and has not looked back.
     I'm not saying it is the fastest grower (LSU GOLD, Improved Celeste, and MBVS also took off but not until some adjustment period  of days or even a few weeks)
      So as you can tell I'm not only very excited but very grateful to Gorgi OPPS It slipped out
   It has been 90 in day  and high 60's  and 70's at night summer is here and SAL C LIKES IT HOT
    Is there any one growing this in a HOT long season climate? What are your observations So far?

The bottom of green tape is where the plant height was when transplanted 20 days ago









Sal



Subject: Moved Fig Plants Replies: 7
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Hi Martin I  like your strategy of trialing and giving a few seasons to see what you will keep I'm limited in space myself so must also adapt to that discipline of thought. I hope your weather holds up for the rest of season after Thurs of course. It is summer temps here already we hit 90 yesterday and the same is in store today. The nights are staying around 70 already and it has  been humid the past few days yuck. 
Sal

Subject: Is this a conadria? Replies: 14
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Hi Jose Those figs were late in the season even for FL Dec 12-14 last year 2009 The Conadria I had just acquired in July 2009 as a small 10 inch rooted plant and it grew well and gave about 10 figs in Dec-Jan I was very impressed with the flavor from such an immature tree( the ripe ones were like a thick jam heavy for its size but not watery)The other smaller ones are my Blk Unknown which was in first full season acquired in July 2008 and are very good( hope you got yours going) and the one on bottom right is a Brunswick I think and well it is a Brunswick which was hit and miss last season 
Sal

Subject: MBVS Update Pics Replies: 16
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Thanks Tim,  The fig is now on the Juice cycle lol
Sal

Subject: Is this a conadria? Replies: 14
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I think there is more than 1 strain of Conadria. My leaf shape is more like what Mike posted but it could be that your tree is still young and that a dominant leaf shape has not yet formed (just a guess) or it is not a Conadria
Here is a pic of mine top right 2 figs with the skin showing.
Can some one tell me how to draw on pics and what program that is
Thanks
Sal 







Got it to paint


Subject: MBVS Update Pics Replies: 16
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Just an update about 45 days have pssed and this tree has really taken off and has about 12 little figlets on it. Very strong grower IMO. Some of my fig pics and the tomatos on steroids it seems.
 Before


Thanks again Tim

After










Subject: WHAT'S THE USE!!!! Replies: 9
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Lou, even though it is hard for me to relate to that type of climate anymore. I can still remember living in NY and all the family members having gardens and growing not only fruit trees, vegetables, and landscape shrubbery and loving to show each other up the most precious tree to all was the fig tree. the lengths that each and every one would go through to grow,trim,protect, fertilize and I think pray for was the Fig above all else. The fig must command some UN-earthly power to draw us to such extremes. That is my thought and I'm sticking to it. 
I'm sure with all your hard work and dedication they will come back stronger than ever and give you and your family many, many fruits to enjoy This Season 
All The Best
Sal   
(edit) I read this after I posted and I guess it sums up what I was ineptly trying to say This is from Aliok1 post from Turkey
"The fact that the fig is considered divine in all religions, together with its historical importance, makes it a unique fruit" 

Subject: First Figlet EVER Replies: 9
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Way To Go, The Fun is just Starting
Sal

Subject: Black spots Replies: 8
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Not positive but looks like rust. I also agree with Rafed if your irrigation is watering the leaves it is not going to help things. Again take a leaf with signs just showing to a nursery but a Copper fungicide might help. HD Loews or nursery will sell it
This might help
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pg010
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Subject: Black spots Replies: 8
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Welcome to the Forum
Without pics it is hard to say I'm on the east coast Rust is a problem I had but you say black spots A coper fungicide helped with rust not on the leaves that were already affected but on all the new and future growth. if you bring a affected leaf to a nursery they might be able to help also if you can post pics here
Sal


Subject: A few more pics Replies: 17
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Thanks Martin No i did not make the chair. The veg on chair is fennel or anise. It tastes like liquorish same as if you ever had Anisette or Sambuca liquor
Martin the flowers are delicious and I made a fritata with it also with Asparagus and zucchini
As far as figs in ground I will be very picky so will trial first I have room for 3-4 maybe
Sal

Subject: A few more pics Replies: 17
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I was reluctant to start a second planting after the freeze we got and it was late in Feb but am glad I did I think the cold helped with the bugs a bit and toms are just setting fruit which is good before the heat hits hard. It is a lot of work but this is the time I enjoy I give most away and donate to local church soup kitchen when there is an abundance

Sal 

Subject: Pics of my young rooted plants Replies: 11
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Nelson great job those look so good and so many varieties Looking forward to seeing in ground figs
Way To Go
Sal

Subject: A few more pics Replies: 17
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Subject: A few more pics Replies: 17
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Martin yes they both came from Uncle Sal He called the Brunswick a yellow fig probably because of amber pulp and greenish to amber skin
As far as the scale yes gone 1-10 alcohol water with soap and some veg oil also sprayed with Neem for 3-4 wks  on a 5-7 day regimen got them suckers.I don't think he cared for that darn tree either but thought it might do better here. We'll see

Nelson yes palms center front a coconut palm bent trunk I found a coconut by a bank I was fishing had a little sprout so I took and planted 16 yrs later that sucker is 30'- 40' tall. and has some real good coconuts and milk great to cook rice in the milk Pain in the butt to get them down

Thanks John Ti plants are nice but do better in shade as you can see the one in the back

I ordered that tomato fig from Bass but I think he Mislabled




Tomato fig


Sal


Subject: Frost Possible Chicago Outlying Area Replies: 44
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 I feel for you guys and all the weather related work that is involved. It is still hard at times to relate to those temps this time of year.
All the Best
Sal 

Subject: A few more pics Replies: 17
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Thanks Nelson The Brunswick was hit and miss last year with fruit splitting and souring it was also infested with scale. I did get a few good tasting figs of good size and quality I was really going to trash it but I pruned it and moved it to the front of house thinking it would be closer to the trash pick up. My wife talked me out of it and said give it a chance as it was a gift from my uncle Sal also. It is a nice looking tree if nothing else and I just couldn't kill it so maybe some one is watching over it. I will give it this season to convince me.
The in ground trees are my unscientific test for RKN. I have not noticed any signs in my garden but that is heavily amended with compost which is supposed to be a deterrent 
Sal

Subject: A few more pics Replies: 17
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Brunswick





this was supposed to be Osborn Prolific but I have doubts



My Black Unknown In ground doing well so far (2 are in pots)



Subject: Figs and diabetics Replies: 19
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Here is a post that might be of interest
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/fig/msg1122282522015.html
Sal

Subject: 6 Months in the life of a seedling Replies: 12
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Real nice Nelson
Sal

Subject: Hardy Chicago Replies: 8
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Martin Martin Beautiful Picture. I thought maybe it was the fertilizer I added when I re potted but only one variety showed this for me as my leaves mature the red is gone
Sal 

Subject: something eating my fig tree leaves!!! Replies: 5
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I agree neem most big box stores carry it here I use it in veggie garden and had to use on one fig which had scale bugs Just mix to directions as not to suffocate the foliage You might have to follow up with 7-10 day applications till you solve problem
Sal

Subject: Redish color in new leaf formation Pics Replies: 15
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Thanks Nelson I had read and seen those pics and that is what inspired this post
Thanks again
Sal

Subject: Advice for transporting Large fig trees from North to South Replies: 21
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I never even thought of it but the fig tree I brought back from NY I took on plane in a carry on plastic bag it went through xray and they opened and asked what it was i told them fig tree and they handed back and off I went. I guess they could have trashed it on me or maybe the guy liked figs too ;o)
Sal

Subject: Redish color in new leaf formation Pics Replies: 15
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Maggie yes you are correct a lot of compost I purchased bags from HD about 220 bags 1cu ft I also amended with SPM and some other stuff the Florida Gardening Forum on GW is a great help and the soil is different in different parts of State your local AG office might be of some help when you are ready
Sal

Subject: Redish color in new leaf formation Pics Replies: 15
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Thanks to all Yes that is Swiss card (bight lights) I cooked some last night and it was so tender a little EVO fresh garlic and onion sauteed drop chard  2 minutes done I like a little butter and some fresh lemon boy it was good. Jason I also like it with sausage
Tim yes that is eggplant,(Black beauty) it has been at a standstill but is starting to take off now with the heat.
OK back to the fig That tree or trees was brought from NY in July 08 it grew and fruited in DEC 08 and kept on putting on fruit through out the year, it would rest for a couple of weeks and flush if that is right word, and fruit again up until DEC, Jan I picked the last few off as the freeze hit.This is the 1st year it went dormant and is the last of my varieties to leaf out. I root pruned aggressively but did not chop or prune back tops much if any thing(mistake I think?) very few breba showing not sure what to attribute that to but it could be the root pruning and late start All trees in big tubs were root pruned in Feb and were moved from 3-12 gal pots to those 20 gal tubs. the nice orange plastic pots just can't handle the sun and get brittle in a year or two so I am trying these thicker material tubs Hopefully they will last 3-4 yrs. until next root work, only time will tell 
   Jason on a side note I do grow collards but those go in ground in Sept or early Oct It seems like they put on good growth and are best when the cold spell hits then they sweeten up and are one of my favorites They were best after freeze and only that and broccoli survived both cold weather veggies here. i tried growing collards in spring and they do grow well but the taste is not the same (bitter) and not as tender
Sal  

 

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