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Subject: MBVS & Blk Madeira waking up Replies: 6
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,147
 
Rafed  I sure hope you are right I'm looking forward to this season The blk unknown in ground gave me quite a few figs last year for it's size and was in 3 gal pot so I'm expecting to get some nice cuttings to share and hopefully a few figs if i can beat the wild life to them lol 
Sal

Subject: MBVS & Blk Madeira waking up Replies: 6
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,147
 
Rafed  good eye I removed all saucers except for that one reason being It's a 3 year old pot and brittle If i try to lift it will more than likely crack the tree in that one was recently potted and root pruned I do have an extra for stand by. The saucers in the growing  months definitely help here from what I've seen last year
Thanks for the heads up what the heck is taking them others to wake up even one which I did nothing to this year is not leafing out. Last year they did not go dormant so maybe they need more rest lol
Sal

Subject: 499 Replies: 3
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Next 500 Welcome all new members
Sal

Subject: MBVS & Blk Madeira waking up Replies: 6
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,147
 

Both first year trees are just starting to leaf out. The rest of mine are still dormant but some are showing green buds so hopefully they will leaf out soon
Blk Madeira is small 4 in pot and my one and only inground fig in backround my UK blk

 
 
Sal


Subject: Hey, Ricci! Replies: 16
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,036
 
JD I'm not an expert by far but have not had any problems going from cup to container. What I do is this and I'm sure you will hear many other suggestions. Make sure your container is clean and has been sanitized if reused
Have your potting mix prepared and moistened a bit to hold form
When filling your new container place same size cup to where your little one will sit (height and center)
Fill around dummy cup and gently pack down a bit gently lift dummy cup and you should have a replicate hole
If root mass has been well formed as Jason has shown when you Tap it out of your cup it should be similar in size and shape as hole formed in pot and you won't be disturbing the roots much when transplanting Gently tap down and add any soil as needed for depth
Sal

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,294
 
Real nice Bill, My trees are in pots and sill have not broken bud as of yet I hope with this warmer weather they will wake up soon. Did you protect your trees in any way this past winter?
I did root prune and potted up so maybe that set them back a bit
Sal
 

Subject: Just Having More Fun Replies: 18
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,260
 
Nelson I was curious about that pipe tobacco I heard Martin mention a few times now I think I get it. Sharing is Caring lol
Sal


Subject: time for cuttings to root Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 928
 
Nice going NEN, and also nice to see you posting Pics and asking questions welcome to a great forum
Sal

Subject: figs in the Caribbean Replies: 8
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,743
 
I found what konaken posted in ripening order interesting even tough most of us don't have those climate conditions but the effects of different elevations might apply to some growers on the forum. Also the trees being able to thrive even though they do not go dormant every year. Is this Ken Love? If so thanks for all your research efforts
Sal
konaken
Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 16

    02/24/10 at 11:32 AM#25

Too bad your list isn't applicable to Hawaii.  We have a different order every few hundred foot difference in elevation. At low elevations (200 to 500) I have to harvest   year around, every other day .. Trees only go dormant once  every 3 or 4 years.
 

Subject: nursery pots Replies: 11
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 812
 
Here I go to Publix super market they receive their fresh cut flowers in 3 gal buckets all i do is drill holes they are free for the asking here and some are of a heavier type plastic. So try your local super market Produce usually is in charge of floral at least it is here
Sal

Subject: Sad Day Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,170
 
Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I'm sure he is in a better garden and will no longer fret about having to protect his trees. To the few members I was able to share these cuttings with please pass them around. I did plant one in ground hoping for good growth so I can share many more cuttings in the future.
Sal

Subject: Sad Day Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,170
 
Even though he was not a forum member I sent him many pics which I'm sure he enjoyed. I credit him for getting me back into growing figs as he gave me my Blk Unknown

Greco, Salvatore ,77, of Hawthorne died on  March 2, 2010.  He was born on December 25, 1932 (registered on January 1, 1933) to Salvatore and Grace (nee Crupi) Greco in Piedimonte Eteneo, Sicily, Italy. He married Maria Cardillo on September 7, 1957. He was a devoted husband until her death in 2008. He was a tailor and worked for Ralph Lauren Womenswear until his retirement. He is survived by his loving daughter and devoted son-in-law, Grace and Jay Singer and two cherished grandchildren, David and Emily Singer.  Survived by two brothers, Ignazio and Antonino and their families.  He was devoted to his family. He helped raise his two grandchildren. He taught them how to garden, sew, and how to fix almost anything. He relished celebrating his two birthdays, enjoyed his times in Cape Cod and the monthly pancake breakfast after Sunday Mass. We will miss him.

This is how I remember him in 2008 watering my U/K
 

Subject: Video: How to Propogate Fig Cuttings (by guess who...) Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 880
 
Rafed that is funny I have spent some time visiting Phoenix  AZ in those months and have been exposed to temps above 118 as norm but talking to locals after finding out where I was from the most common response was Yea but it is dry here. I don't care who you are 120*-127*  is fig-in hot, dry or not LMAO brings back nice memories pretty country to say the least 
Sal

Subject: Video: How to Propogate Fig Cuttings (by guess who...) Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 880
 
At least for me it is much easier to comprehend something by seeing and listening. I think some times we read to much into some thing and make it harder than it really is ( I do that many times in different things not only figs) I do believe in applying  the KISS method in many of the things I try to do. Even a Cave Man can Do It is one of my favorite commercials
Sal
Paradise East
( But more like Hell in Summer )

Subject: Video: How to Propogate Fig Cuttings (by guess who...) Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 880
 
Hope this works part 2-4 
http://www.youtube.com/user/playtoe1#p/a/u/2/y-LDXBgRo1U 
http://www.youtube.com/user/playtoe1#p/a/u/1/ivxaXEck_C8 
http://www.youtube.com/user/playtoe1#p/a/u/0/MQqrofGhsiA 
Sal

Subject: Video: How to Propogate Fig Cuttings (by guess who...) Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 880
 

I really enjoyed that, It was nice putting a voice and face together
Sal

Subject: Fig bonbon Replies: 29
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,069
 
Any thoughts on using fresh figs slit down to stem soaked in your favorite liqueur for a few hours and dipped in chocolate like you would do with  strawberries. Wondering if the fresh figs would break down to much from the alcohol I might give it a shot with a few this season. They do sell an already prepared chocolate dip in produce dept here that you just nuke for a minute and dip your fruit not a bad product I'm sure Nestles chips or Godiva would be better
Sal

Subject: Bebera Branca Update Replies: 6
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,234
 
Nelson real nice pics of tree and your little one Now don't neglect to post Pics of the real baby when He Or She arrives. I have a feeling that fig will be in the top 10 first words spoken.lol
Best of health to you and your expanding family
Sal

Subject: Fig tree pics Replies: 5
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 721
 
Beautiful pics I wonder if you asked of his rooting method since he is a commercial grower from the looks of it I am curious of what he does
 Thanks for the pics
Sal  

Subject: Fico Prata ??? Replies: 21
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,711
 
Just added it to my things to do list when in Madeira. lol  but I'm serious I kind of got a journal set up on computer that i enter things i find interesting when reading about certain places I would like to visit or I've visited
Sal
PS Glad to hear family is Ok

Subject: Fico Prata ??? Replies: 21
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,711
 
I did have a few beers to get that courage going lol I don't know if it was Poncha but my wife did have a drink which was a sweet type of rum. We also purchased 2 bottles of Madeira wine which we were able to enjoy at dinner very good I must say. I wish I was into figs at the time as I'm sure I could have gotten some cuttings I met and talked to some locals as we trekked back down the mountain very very friendly and a joy to talk to every home had beautiful flower veggie and fruit gardens I was there the end of April 2008 and till this day we dream of going back for a visit.
There was a big soccer match going on and the guys who guide the sled were in and out of the bar and were in a very festive mood if you know what I mean. It just added to the thrill
Sal

Subject: Fico Prata ??? Replies: 21
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,711
 
Nelson sign me up toboggan rides on me
Sal

Subject: Satellitehead - good varieties for Sharpsburg, GA Replies: 13
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,382
 
Jason tree next to house is sweeter just a thought as I know you grow veggies and an old time Italian Master Gardner whatever that means mentioned to me to plant next to foundation #1 reason less susceptible to Nematodes #2 the soil is sweeter  naturally from the foundation PH is what I think he was getting at a higher PH I wonder food for thought as I really don't know. But a basic PH meter might clarify this
Sal

Subject: What is it? Replies: 24
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,276
 

Just a way out thought that is pretty neat looking at least to me I wonder if you can make some type of lining or something to that effect and grow it up side down like that Topsy turvy thing you see advertised. or just turn it into a hanging basket Any way very interesting to say the least


Subject: Cuttings List posted 10:00 PST today Replies: 62
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 3,973
 
Maybe Tigers new residence will add a wing for Fig Addicts. I already see a waiting list and growing as I type. lol 
Sal

Subject: Love looking at Pictures Replies: 44
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,515
 
Gene yes it is, it was not even a year old and produced about 15 figs some soured and others were very good thin skin and I waited till skin showed cracking and they were very good IMHO not very seedy. I hope those take for you and keep me updated if you don't mind. Those were very easy to root last year as a matter of fact when I trimmed the tree I stuck 6 cuttings in a pot that had a old wilted tomato plant pulled out the plant and just stuck those in My mother in law didn't water or any thing and all 6 took not brain surgery with these.I'm hoping they get better with time
Sal

Subject: Love looking at Pictures Replies: 44
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Subject: I'm ready for Sprang! Replies: 13
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 786
 
38f this morning and 42F  forecast for tonight. Low 60's for high today and then back to 70's the only good thing is the electric bill is about a third of summer bills and it's nice to work out side and not worry about heat stroke.
Sal  

Subject: Hey, Ricci! Replies: 16
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,036
 
Jason real nice and thanks for taking the time to post pics. I'm curious if with all your varieties will you be planting in ground as they mature or do you plan on pot culture.
Sal 

Subject: Clear cup shortage? Replies: 22
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water bottles work well also

Subject: Love looking at Pictures Replies: 44
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Subject: I'm ready for Sprang! Replies: 13
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 786
 
Jon was that a little twist I sensed as you were sticking it in. lol A few months ago I was panicking thinking my figs would not go dormant and then the unusual cold snap for us. Now I'm panicking that they haven't woken up yet and leafed out at least. We had some colder weather the past 2 days got down to 38 for a few hours but should warm back up after this huge storm passes later on today. Seems like it is covering the whole state and then some.
Sal 

Subject: Im Curious About This Replies: 31
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,631
 
Martin that looks neat keep us posted with Pics pics and more pics
Almost forgot keep posting pictures
Sal

Subject: Potting Soil Ingredients update pics Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,665
 
Martin That is The NY Giants Football team Logo I am a long time die hard fan. Not a very good season this year. as far as the big pine bark that is not in the mix but I use it as 1-2 inch layer on top  for looks and insulation just a top dressing. the smaller size is in the mix I'm sorry if it is confusing folks no biggie
As far as the Mets NO NO NO Their spring training facility is just up the road and I attend a few games because I enjoy baseball I am a YANKEE FAN growing up in the Bronx you can't be both it is forbidden. My Nephew was drafted by the Orioles last year and is in their farm system (SS) his younger brother was drafted by the Cubs last year but turned them down He has committed to South Carolina but hopefully he'll get drafted  again and go Pro in June. (SS) The youngest already has Colleges inquiring and some pro scouts watching He is only 16. None of them like figs lol
Sal

Subject: Potting Soil Ingredients update pics Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,665
 
Martin again thanks for taking the time to post pics I know it can be a chore as I'm not good on computer Here are some more pics I went and got another bag at Wally world and just to double check I went to HD same bag same manufacturer co. and they were different size May be a different batch or different specs donno. any way here it goes I did not buy at HD as I have no further use I'm done potting for Now maybe one more?


mulch bark comp

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final mix pic

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I guess time will tell me if I screwed up
PS this is right out of bag I did not chop, mow, or manipulate in any manner 
Thanks again to all the input good or bad It has really helped me so far
Sal 



Subject: Root Prunning? Chain Saw Style Replies: 9
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,745
 
Martin I did see your pics on root pruning and must of looked at it and read 100 times over before I tackled this project I can't remember if it was Lou who had posted some extreme root pruning pics I referred back to also
Sal

Subject: Potting Soil Ingredients update pics Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,665
 
Thanks for all the input, unfortunately I used all the pine bark but might just go get another bag of same and re post pics. Nas and Kyle you are absolutely right about the different sizes even from the same manufacture and same bag labeling. This I got at Walmart the size was dime to nickel at most. HD here sells the same exact bag the size is much larger. Bass I agree that figs might not like pine bark as it will be acidic and lower the PH also Sphagnum Peat moss will lower PH somewhat  as both break down to counter I added the Lime and will probably add more Lime after they leaf out. A PH meter will help me make that decision. I by no means am saying this is better or the best what I can say is that my trees were in a variation similar to this last year and did well IMHO.
Jon you are also right No mix is good for everything and on newly rooted cuttings I do not use any bark. SPM, perlite or vermiculite and some compost seems to work for me and a feeding of half strength MG every 7-10 days I also make sure the plants were well watered and add the MG hours later. I hope all this work was for not and I didn't screw up. It would not be the first or last time but I will be very disappointed. Again I will try to post pics of the pine bark for more feed back if you guys don't mind. The large pine bark chunks different bag not pictured are only about an inch or two on top of pots for ascetics, insulation evaporation and splashing when I water by hose in hand
Thanks again any and all input always appreciated
FYI if you look at the ingredients of Miracle Grow potting soil and UPM I believe they both list their major ingredient as Sphagnum peat moss I can't remember another bag I read not sure if it was MG or not that listed forest product or something to that effect as main ingredient also most seedling starter mix which I have used to start vegetable seed list SPM as main with perlite and whatever wetting agents are
Sal 

Subject: Potting Soil Ingredients update pics Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,665
 

 I know most of you have your own mix that you like to use but this might help those who are just getting started or would like to try something different. I basically use Al (Tapla) mix Big batch I did add some compost to mine and vermiculite as I wanted to use what I had on hand. Al has been very helpful to me and I'm sure many others and answers questions directed towards him in a very informative way. I used a variation of this mix last year with good results IMHO. I changed the percentages this year closer to Al"s recommendation for better drainage and longevity 
Here is a link that might be helpful with some great info and other links for more info
http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/contain/msg0715434425632.html?130




I also did add 2 cups Lime and 2 cups granular fertilizer per big batch 8-10-10
That's what I had and no other reason It works for Me and does well in garden too. The yellow bag is Cow compost from HD.
Sal 




Subject: Root Prunning? Chain Saw Style Replies: 9
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,745
 
Thanks Jon and Martin and Paul for your vote of confidence
Martin to answer your questions Yes the chain saw cut through very cleanly and was effortless compared to the bow saw which was shredding the roots more then cutting and really worked me hard I should have went and bought a new blade and seen if that helped but it still would be a very physical and time consuming compared to the chain saw especially on larger ones like yours and the 2 I had in 12-15 gal pots.
I plan on leaving them in pots where they are I like the hedge and privacy effect they create plus I can talk and sing to them from my patio without shouting. With the exception for 1 or 2 doubles in 3gal pots pictured which I might put in ground. I not sure how well you can see it but in pics 6-8 shows my drip irrigation which I have set on a timer, it is off at this time and I prefer to water by hand but it works well if I'm away or lazy. A few of the 3gal pots are being given away and the Blk Madeira is pictured in that small plastic Green House which I air out a couple hours a day
Sorry to hear about your puss, but I do enjoy your stories I myself am not a good swimmer or diver for that matter and have won 2 belly flop contests on cruises to prove that. Man that hurts and I no longer enter them even though my wife eggs me on. She on the other hand is a fish and dives extremely well.
Sal
 PS: Post Pictures of your new chain saw lol

Subject: Root Prunning? Chain Saw Style Replies: 9
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,745
 
I know I posted before so let me apologize to those who find it redundant. Last week I started with my smaller 3gal trees saving the larger ones for yesterday. Well my bow saw wasn't cutting it so the bright lite or not so bright went off and I broke out the chain saw. I cut about 4inches from bottom and 3 side cuts about 2-3 inches. I also cut into the root ball and removed 2 trunks with some roots pictured. I know it's to late now but any input good or bad appreciated. I know I can answer my own question because time will tell If it worked. Can't wait for bud break and leaf forming.
The tree on the pot is what I finished with 
Hope you enjoy
Sal

















The blue pot with the label and small leafed out plant in front is finished product
Martin if you see this I will remove those 2 side trunks next season and that should give me a nice one trunk tree if all goes well
Next project clean up garden, till, and replant as everything got hit by mild freeze not much time left as March is my cut off to everything in ground.
Sal




Subject: Snow and More Snow Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 960
 
Martin you crack me up with your descriptions. I went to my doctors office 2 weeks ago to bring him 2 fig trees nice 3-4 ft tall I placed them in their kitchen area as directed and they were looking at them with strange faces. I said they look dead don't they and 3 employees shook their heads yes. My response was they are just sleeping, at that moment Doc walked in to thank me and as I walked away I said to him you explain laughing the whole walk out of his office. That same day his office manager calls my home looking for fig trees so guess what, my next visit I will bring in some cuttings. If I have time I will start them for her and bring a few extras just in case others ask.
I don't know why but figs enter my conversations more often now and those that know what they are or remember them from younger days all ask for some. Go Fig- ure. Next time I go see Doc I'll ask him for a fix for my new addiction.  
Sal 

Subject: Planning a fig growers meeting Replies: 51
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,427
 
C.J this was a very famous meeting of a bunch of fig lovers in 1957 that was raided by the fig Police. All joking aside I'm sure they all had and loved figs.
Sal 

Subject: Planning a fig growers meeting Replies: 51
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 2,427
 
Well if Jon shows I hope it doesn't turn out like the  Apalachin Meeting in NY where the fig bosses of bosses got raided.
Sal

Subject: Book review LES FIGUERES A LES ILLES BALEARS Montserrat Pons Replies: 53
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 8,910
 
My Garmin Nuvi was a blessing when in Italy. If you have a Garmin you can order a SD card for Europe if it is not already in it. EBAY I just got Italy and Greece but you could get all Europe or buy a Garmin that has North America and Europe already loaded not that expensive
Sal

Subject: Who have you already met? Replies: 86
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 5,486
 
Bass did that cruise in 2008 17 days from Fl to Savona Italy some stops along the way were Santa Cruz, Madeira, Barcelona and ended in Northern Italy. Missed opportunity as I was not into figs at that time only can dream of a repeat with pruners in hand. lol  
Sal 

Subject: Who have you already met? Replies: 86
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 5,486
 
I have not met anyone personally but have had the pleasure of speaking with Gorgi and Leon on the phone. I will be the first to propose a Fig themed Cruise. It would be an easier sell for our better halves and the family could join us. If you get enough to go, the cruise lines would provide meeting rooms and maybe even accommodate A/V devices.
OK so I like cruising. As of yet I have not been on one I didn't enjoy and gain weight.
Sal

Subject: Timing is Everything Replies: 5
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 718
 
Great job rooting to both Ox and Jason. Jason those cuttings look real happy and a very nice collection.  
Sal

Subject: Root Pruning & Potting Up ???? Input Needed Replies: 6
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,203
 
Thanks Martin as you can see I really didn't cut away to much other then what came off when I removed the soil and about 2 inches from bottom. I think on the next one I will just loosen the root system the best I can and take as much soil away I can since the roots will have more room in bigger pot. I did plant about 2 inches deeper also. Any and all input appreciated.
I am excited as I will be getting a small Black Madeira soon I hope I can taste one this season If I don't kill it.
Pot Growers Unite
Sal

Subject: Root Pruning & Potting Up ???? Input Needed Replies: 6
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,203
 
I know I'm going against the grain by potting up to larger size so rapidly. So here it goes I received these in July 2009 3.5 inch pot and potted to 3gal at end of July. They grew well to 4 ft tall, I am potting up to 20 gal. This is what I found for roots in 6 months time. I loosened and broke away the soil using hammer, claw and sawed the bottom 2 inches. My question is should I just pot up with out disturbing root or should I loosen and trim some? I have about 6 to do and am scared to continue with out some input Sorry for all the pics but that explains better than my typing. The plants are as dormant as they are going to get in my climate.
Gene I didn't want to hijack your post but I think this relates. With our longer growing season and temps we might have to do things out of the norm
Sal



















Subject: Thanks & ID help Replies: 16
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,024
 
My niece will be attending Grand Canyon State University in Phoenix next semester I will definitely stop by for Pizza and offer my Tree trimming services.lol
Pizza crust goat cheese topped with figs and drizzled honey. New menu item coming soon. lol
Sal

 

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