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Subject: New member - Hello Replies: 14
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 999
 
John welcome to a great forum. I'm sure you like most of us will catch the fig bug after you taste a good fresh fig. there are some real experienced growers here who will share their knowledge and help you be successful in growing whether it being in pots or in ground or both. I am also new to growing figs but can say I have learned much on this forum. Most of mine are in pots with a few I recently put in ground. I grew up eating fresh but was never into the garden thing until recently. I tried growing figs about 18 yrs ago and failed miserably I only stated up again 2 yrs ago and am doing better with the help of others here.
Again welcome and much success to your new endeavor
Sal  

Subject: Redish color in new leaf formation Pics Replies: 15
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 This is the first time I noticed this. Pretty neat looking to me this is my Black Unknown as the leaf develops the red is gone. I believe this tree came from Sicily, Linguaglossa or Piedimonte Etneo area
( The name Linguaglossa derives from the ancient term Linguagrossa, referring to a "grossa lingua di lava" (a big tongue of lava). The first inhabited center goes back to 1145 and, in time, it belonged to the noble families Crisafi, Cottone, and Patti. Afterwards, it became a possession of the Bonanno family until 1634, when the town was annexed to the Royal property and it acquired its autonomy.)
Piedimonte Etneo (In 1687, the name was changed into Piedimonte Etneo by its founder Ferdinando Gravina, because the town was situated at the foot of the homonymous volcano.  
Anyway sorry to bore you Here are a few pics with some of my new additions in 3 gal pots and of course my veggie garden which has exploded this past week. I need more room how many truck loads do you think it would take to fill up the cement pond ;o)
Sal 




















Subject: Advice for transporting Large fig trees from North to South Replies: 21
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Ciao Maggie I just want to wish you and your family all the best in your travel. I'm sure all the hard work, aches and pains will be worth the improved quality of life you seek and having family close will make it all worth while.
All the Best
Sal

Subject: Out and About Replies: 11
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Martin real nice wood work and the fig trees in 2nd pic look great hopefully the other will show sign of life and come back strong
Sal

Subject: My Pingo De Mel Replies: 20
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I would try to contact Mr Pinga Head Mel and ask WTF (sorry couldn't resist as an employee of mine always used that term) I'm siting here with my Argentinian neighbor laughing. He made me post........ Honest
Sal

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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I believe G had a small gnat problem and the soap solution might have been on the strong side the new growth looks great and no stress from me transplanting. I don't see any benefit of me trimming those off at this time maybe in a month or so when more growth appears. Thanks for the heads up I will keep you all updated
Sal

Subject: My Pingo De Mel Replies: 20
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Pingo Del  Mel at first sounded like a very very bad word for a fig tree name, but then I realized it was an O and not A in Pingo I Need new glasses lol
Very nice come back with that hope it does well
Sal

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 3,356
 
Jason that is totally awesome I wish I had that type of community spirit around here but every one is to busy and just don't care but I have spoke to some real nice GW members on FL Forum and hope to meet some and share some experiences and items
Sal

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
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Very nice Jason maybe later in your season you can share some pics I know you grow lots of heirloom toms and I would be interested in seeing them

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 3,356
 
Thanks for the garden compliments here are a few pics I took yesterday with some fig pics
George yes that is my new born and I handle it that way. If you ask my wife she will tell you I'm nuts In the amount of times I check my figs each day. I tell her it is my exercise routine and being on the patio I'm always looking at them and walking over to see anything new.
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/flgard/msg0415153411875.html?10


Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 3,356
 
Thanks to all
Nelson that was good one Sal at a time. I call my Unknown, Sal G after my Uncle Sal Greco who recently passed and now Little Sal C Jr. Maybe I'll be like George Foreman and name all my figs Sal.lol
Jusalda those Tomatoes were started in late Feb and have just recently started to grow and put on fruit as soil has finally warmed up They need to set fruit now as in next month might be to hot and blooms just drop because night time temps stay to warm to set fruit
Sal


Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 3,356
 
Here is my new addition to the family. From Guess Who? OK that was a rhetorical question. It was received on 4/09 and I potted it today. I will do an update to pics in a few months.
Thanks G
Sal





Subject: Four Similar Scion Results Replies: 5
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Very nice Martin great results especially in such a short amount of time.
Sal

Subject: Spring 2010 Replies: 14
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Bass very nice, that green house is the ticket for your climate it seems. I'm sure a drip system will do well, hopefully your water source is not so far. If you plan on it being permanent the material would have to be able to withstand the cold temps even if it is purged before the cold sets in. 
Sal

Subject: Need advice - pics inside Replies: 3
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Mulching will probably help and put it on thick 6 inches should be fine. Use natural mulch and not the color added also make sure there is no weed kill in mulch. mulch will break down to a natural compost but may lower your pH over time so keep that in mind nothing some lime can't fix
Sal 

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Tom very nice your plants are way ahead of mine at this time of year but I'm determined to catch up
Martin I was in pool yesterday 82 water temp solar heat and then in hot tub set at 101. Just saying what are you waiting for?

Subject: VDB Comparison Pics Replies: 8
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Martin I got that wire tied into the 3rd rail and if they don't behave I shock them good and a light comes on...  OK April fools was yesterday and Bass got me...lol   That is called micro tubing with a drip emitter tied into 1/2 inch poly ran along my cage which is on a timer into a hose spigot. I usually water by hand but it is convenient for me when I'm away for any length of time or when I want a nice slow watering 2-3 gal per hour. I can set time of day, length of time, and how many days per wk. They also sell different size emitters from 1-5 gal per hour and also adjustable ones, and if you have different size pots or plants that require more or less water you just change the size of the emitter. I hope that makes sense
I cut the top of the one trunk so hopefully I get more branching I will see as season progresses
Maggie they might be similar if not the same Negrome and VDB
Sal  

Subject: VDB Comparison Pics Replies: 8
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Don't know why I didn't see this this morning. This is a different branch on same tree the leaf looks distorted and almost seems like it is trying to put 2-3 leaves in same spot. I also potted up 2 of the 3 I had rooting in cups VDB and Conadria I also re potted my Madeira in a lighter mix it is really struggling I will give it a few weeks to adapt and then start fertilizing. hope the Madeira makes it.
Back to the VDB it is leafing and branching very nicely and I hope to taste some this season no breba showing as of today
Here is the weird leaf



Subject: VDB Comparison Pics Replies: 8
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Last year my VDB showed heavy signs of FMV but improved as season progressed. This year it is just starting to leaf out and looks much healthier

LAST YEAR  PICS
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Subject: Tomato figs Replies: 10
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I looked at pics and was getting ready to place an order.lol
Sal

Subject: Breba pics Replies: 20
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Jason no don't remove pic I'm still in a learning stage which will continue the rest of my life time if I'm so blessed. lol I asked as a real question and nothing else 
Sal  

Subject: Breba pics Replies: 20
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Jason correct me if I'm wrong but would those be considered main crop since that is new growth
Sal 

Subject: Advice for transporting Large fig trees from North to South Replies: 21
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Maggie just make sure the open trailer is not left unattended. Me personally would stand guard LOCKED & LOADED No ONE MESSES WITH MY FIGS (not even Nelson's dog) just kidding Have a safe trip 
Sal

Subject: Advice for transporting Large fig trees from North to South Replies: 21
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Maggie best of luck with your move and new start. Bass made a good suggestion as far as taking cuttings now and why can't you keep in fridge till you get here, a cooler should work fine just put a towel or two as a buffer on the ice or cold paks.
I would pack the plants last in trailer so that you can open door and they can get some fresh air. 2-3 day drive In my opinion they will be fine If in Sept you won't be hitting those real hot temps till further south and while you are driving the wind should help with temps
again best of luck
Sal

Subject: Tropical fruit paradise. Replies: 12
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Bass nice pics i must say i am partial to the ocean pic with fish the water looks absolutely beautiful
Sal

Subject: Early start on Main Crop Replies: 24
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Nelson nice looking trees with real good branching. I think with the size of the roots on that damaged fig it will come back strong once it takes. 
Sal

Subject: Breba pics Replies: 20
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Very nice Remis that is a huge trampoline cage in the back and they won't allow a green house Go FIG ure
Sal

Subject: Some Pics I'm Bored Replies: 11
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Martin I mulched the top of pot to help with evaporation and drying out. When plants start to leaf out and require more frequent watering I will put my saucers back to help I had no problems with standing water in saucers last year as long as its only for a few days and then I don't water as often

To try to answer your question about every other day on average but by observation was my best tool
hope that helps some
I was also thinking of putting some type of plug in saucers that i can pull out and reinsert for those times of to much rain Just haven't figured it out yet
Sal

Subject: Some Pics I'm Bored Replies: 11
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Thanks Martin and i will post more pics as season progresses and yes I do can for fresh sauce if I get a good crop I even like the cherry tomatoes to can and make fresh One of My favorite veg  is egg plant which i can also 

Bass June, July and August can be brutal and you must be careful when working outside. I guess you change your routine and stay in the A/C and make use of the cement pond and the beach

Ottawan 2 plantings here 1 in Sept and again in Feb summer is to hot to grow most things other than peppers and of course FIGS FIGS FIGS

Rafed the cages you see are screened in mostly for them darn mosquitoes but also keeps critters out We spend a lot of our time on the patio Also I would love to try some tomato seeds as you can see it is small area

Jason its nice that you have the community garden Most here are to transient to get any thing like that going

Gooddaughter Rkn, insect resistance and heat tolerance are all factors to consider here in your choices but you have to give the heirlooms a shot

Jon sorry this went off topic and with that said lets get back to talking FIGS LOL
Sal 



Subject: For Sue V. Replies: 20
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Hi Sue and congratulations on your new fig farm orchid. What are you trying to heat with solar or is it to produce electric. I have solar panels to heat pool but I've been reading more and more about solar electric producing panels. If you produce more electric than you use it gets sold back to electric company and you get a credit on your bill. I read there is money from the government to help defray the costs and maybe some state money also not sure but might be something to look in to
Sal 

Subject: Congratulation to Nelson Esteves on the birth of his first child Replies: 44
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I want to see the fig tree wallpaper in the baby's room and the fig leaf diapers lol
Sal

Subject: Some Pics I'm Bored Replies: 11
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 Worked in garden most of the day yesterday and my back is paying for it. So an easy day today so I figured I take some pics and share. I only rooted 3 cuttings this year but I do have Panache and Verdal Longue in Sm which I just might cup today and forget about them other than a little drink. These cuttings were started Feb 16 and went directly into cups same day I took them from tree. They were kept in my patio and have seen temps range from high 30's to 80 Not ideal rooting temps IMHO so here it goes Hope you enjoy
I used the cut cup in cup as Jon suggested I will report on how it works out when I pot up in the next week or two

Sal





Fig Row not much happening



Well here is something a little green to look at Late start this year mid Feb because of temps but it is getting warmer now









Subject: For Sue V. Replies: 20
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,169
 
Thanks I have seen them but also like looking again. I forgot about Sue's site and that is interesting too That puzzle thing is not for me no Patience here. 
Sal

Subject: Verdal Longue Info Replies: 11
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,567
 
Well I'm glad to hear I'm not alone in my obsession. Now if I could just convince my wife that this is perfectly normal behavior she would stop harping on me to seek professional help. lol

Subject: Verdal Longue Info Replies: 11
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I was going to put 3-5 x a day closer to the truth but didn't want to reveal my insanity. ; )
Sal

Subject: Verdal Longue Info Replies: 11
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I'm going to leave it in the SM for a few more days so maybe a few more roots develop and then i will plant deep in cup or water bottle i need to stop checking every day it's just hard to stay away lol
Sal

Subject: Verdal Longue Info Replies: 11
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Thanks Martin and Jon I will follow the advice and cup up first and not rush them along. 
Sal

Subject: Congratulation to Nelson Esteves on the birth of his first child Replies: 44
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God Bless and Congratulations  Can't wait to see pictures of OUR newest and youngest fig family member.
Sal 

Subject: Verdal Longue Info Replies: 11
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I recently seen some posts on this variety and it seems that Jon & Bass find it to be a good fig for taste (and good productivity for Jon also) I have done a search and only found  6 posts which I'm referring to and one member said he trashed his after observing for a few seasons Maybe not right for his climate
I got some nice cuttings this year from Jon and placed in Spag Moss a first for me as I usually go right to a rooting mix no baggie just a cup stick and grow with some type of dome. OK one stick is starting to show roots and I'm sure the others will soon follow. hopefully they will take the next  step well 
Can I skip cup and go right to pot with a light potting mix 70/30 perlite and potting soil same as I would use for cup with a dome lid?
Also is this just a main crop fig?
FMV signs?
Splitting and Eye characteristics?
Any feedback good or bad always appreciated
Sal

Subject: Madeira Last Season Fig Pulled Off Replies: 10
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 Martin
"Kinda remind me of the male little swimmers with their tails if you know what I'm referring to in 2nd picture on napkin  ; )"
Martin
Were you hitting that Pipe again with that special tobacco we all know you love when you made that comment
That was great, wait till I show my wife and I'll post her comments (NOT)
Thanks for a good laugh after a hard day  ; )

I'm looking forward to comparing notes on the BM later this season
Sal

Subject: This Is First Day Of Spring Replies: 24
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Nelson that is one healthy looking tree and loaded with figs already I'm sure it will be very productive for you 
Sal

Subject: Ebay Replies: 9
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OK Maybe One More lol
Sal

Subject: More Gel cup fun Replies: 6
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Thanks for sharing it will be interesting to see how green cuttings do
Sal

Subject: My fig cuttings pics Replies: 5
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Yes root not rot lol thanks nice pics of breba also in other post
Sal

Subject: My fig cuttings pics Replies: 5
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 823
 
Nice job are those the jell cups in first pic? and if so how is the root development?
Just curious
Thanks for posting
 Sal 

Subject: MBVS Update Pics Replies: 16
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I just wanted to share some pics this was sent to me by a very generous member as a dormant air layer it has begun to leaf out and put on growth I am hoping with a well established root system and an early start that I will get some nice growth and maybe taste a few figs this season
Sal






Thanks Again Tim
Sal

Subject: Preto Replies: 55
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HERE are pics I just took of BM




It looks worse in person but I hope it responds favorably to a feeding program
Sal

Subject: Preto Replies: 55
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 5,118
 
Nelson nice pics and if there Is Fmv it is hard to see in those Pics Mine is still very small and only has 2 leafs but is easy to see the FMV I will take pics in about a month and post when there is more growth. I only have a few trees so taking pics and comparing their progression is pretty easy and it works better then my memory serves me lol
Sal

Subject: Preto Replies: 55
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Martin you are so right my small BM just stated leafing out and the FMV is very noticeable I did notice this also with The VDB last year but as it grew and I fed it seemed to be better and not as prevalent. 
Sal

Subject: Preto Replies: 55
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Curious to see and hear if the Preto shows signs of FMV as prevalent as Black Madeira. That could be a clue that they are in fact different varieties
Sal 

 

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