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Subject: Sal's Corleone ripening figs (pic) Replies: 51
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 3,105
 

Thanks Cecil I wouldn't have thought of an eye dropper


Subject: Planting away! Replies: 7
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Papayamon congrats on your ever expanding varieties. I see now you are in Gainesville Fl so you shouldn't have any problem with required chill hrs. and plants going dormant. I would winter protect those first few years as I know it can get cold there. 
On a side note my nephew played short stop for UF last year and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles (Mike Mooney) GO GATORS

Subject: Sal's Corleone ripening figs (pic) Replies: 51
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Wow that was quick correct me if I'm wrong but has it been 2wks or less since you oiled I hope for all the best taste wise. That must of been some extra special extra extra EVO. If you have time can you explain what your process was, did you use a q-tip and only oiled eye etc... How long were they on the tree approximate if possible? Sorry just curious
Way To Go

Subject: Fig Delight Replies: 10
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Papayamon where do you live My young trees did not go dormant last year but I hope they will adapt this year. May I suggest you insert your zone and State in signature go to control panel and insert in signature 

Subject: Zones Replies: 2
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Maybe at sign up it could be suggested that members enter their zone or at least State In Signature 

Subject: Fig Delight Replies: 10
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 Martin very nice harvest congrats. I could see myself taking some of those and stuffing with goat cheese wrap in prosciutto and grilling for 1-2 minutes Oh My
Darn I forgot I cleaned PC  screen now my mouth tastes like Windex, to early for wine to wash out my mouth
Bon Appetite
Sal

Subject: Variability of fruit shape and size,on same cultivar! Replies: 6
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Herman you are probably right on with that observation Even though I'm originally from up North and still have family and visit I forget that even the summer temps are different we both might have 90 in the day but here the nights are still in the 80's or high 70's. I will be battling an opposite problem from most of you not getting enough chill time for my figs for them to rest Hopefully they go dormant this year.

Subject: Will I have a chance in ???? these wil ripen? (pic) Replies: 26
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I did an extensive search for a Mercedes fig and couldn't find anything. Sorry she split on you thou better luck next time.
Sal

Subject: Variability of fruit shape and size,on same cultivar! Replies: 6
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 587
 
Herman I believe you have come across a very good finding. Please bare with my logic or not. Figs have grown for thousands  of years in all good and poor soil and light conditions and still produced well with a tastier crop same variety I'm talking.
Now knowing you also grow vegetable's tomato especially have you ever noticed the same tomato variety planted in the same soil with different light exposure time taste different The one with less sun/day taste better and show less scaring , deformities,splits etc...... Just because it was not rushed.
  No clue just hypothetical just an observation from last year veg crop and you hit me in the head with a hammer Myself and my wife noticed this with no explanation same tom same soil different sun time.
 Like aging beef or wine or cheese etc... Just a thought      

Subject: Will I have a chance in ???? these wil ripen? (pic) Replies: 26
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Cecil as for me please never ever lose that sense of humor


Subject: Will I have a chance in ???? these wil ripen? (pic) Replies: 26
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Herman & Cecil that is what I was trying to express in post #10 just for my own curiosity. I do believe they have to be at a somewhat mature stage for this to make any significant difference. I would think at least 45-55 or more days from first forming that would be a little more than half a normal ripening period again I believe the taste will be diminished "YOU CAN'T FOOL MOTHER NATURE" if you remember the commercial. Again Olive Oil is the only one I ever heard mentioned. Difference I don't know other than taste in cooking or raw easily discernible in both cases

Subject: Will I have a chance in ???? these wil ripen? (pic) Replies: 26
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,064
 
Cecil, that's great to hear maybe with our warmer climate you'll get a nice surprise
You might of hit those at the right time. Only time will tell keep us posted
Thanks for sharing  

Subject: Sal's Fig Replies: 42
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Darn Martin, now you want to be recognized for 2 RECORDS? LOL
All the best.
I love this forum
Sal

Subject: Sal's Fig Replies: 42
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 3,731
 
Thanks Martin for clearing that up I know I read that but got confused with all the Sal's and similarities to the HC and not so Similar to the HC. Any how you know what I mean. Then It's an HC for me as Mt Etna and that region is special to me having been there twice and where my heritage is. As far as price is concerned I fully agree, as you have all probably figured out I'm a NY Giants fan Paid a great deal for Super Bowl tickets and flight to AZ and all that goes along with it not once have I regretted it Especially because we beat NE. I also have sports memorabilia which I've paid good money with no resale value but that is not why I purchased it. For my enjoyment like you said.
     For all you NE posters don't take offense as the couple I went with are big NE fans and they don't regret the expense even though they got their______ kicked fill in the blank LOL.  "18 and 1 Michael Strahan"
Peace Out
Sal  

Subject: My " 1000 " Post Replies: 10
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 598
 
Congrats Martin and thank you to Jon for the forum. Thanks to all who post. In the short amount of time I have gained considerable knowledge and haven't even scratched the surface. Again thanks to you all who post your findings and results and pictures especially. Again I just want to reiterate what Martin said.
Peace Out
Sal 

Subject: Sal's Fig Replies: 42
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I guess the Sal's C is not from Mt Etna, which is what I thought I read. Corleone Sicily is no where near Mt Etna. Maybe it was the ELS Sal's or Sal's(Gene Strain). I have a black unknown which I got from my uncle Sal, maybe I'll name it a Sal G which is his initials and mine Or a Hawthorne Sal which is the town where he lives. Any suggestions?
 Dan it sounded like you were mocking the winning bidder I surely hope that was not the case as capitalism is an American way I was also in that bidding and would take great offense if that was your intention.

As far as the NAMING thing IT'S a JOKE wouldn't want to add to the confusion.
Again CONGRATS to the WINNER

Subject: Will I have a chance in ???? these wil ripen? (pic) Replies: 26
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,064
 
Cecil best of luck, I know you probably seen it but if not he says he repeats the process in 6-7 days
After six or seven days, he repeats the step. While this doesn’t work on all of the fruit, he says, it helps some to ripen

Subject: Gota Love Pictures Replies: 8
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Beautiful cluster of figs in pic 2 &5 looks like you will be enjoying a few this season Thanks for posting 

Subject: Sal's Fig Replies: 42
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Congrats to the person who won the Sal's and I hope you get many figs please post Pics next season and update on progress

Subject: Black fig Pictures Updated Pics Replies: 13
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I don't think it's the weather as much as it was when I first added the soil the mix was to wet. I showed a friend of mine the plastic bottle method and his rooted beautifully. 

Subject: Black fig Pictures Updated Pics Replies: 13
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Ottawan this is my first air layer attempt started August 18. I checked it Sept 1 and noticed the soil in the bag was way to moist my fault I opened the bag and punched some holes in the bottom all leaves above air layer fell off but bark and tips are still green I think it might of rotted checked again yesterday and nothing. I will give it 3 more weeks.
    What I am happy with is the trunk below the air layer is leafing and branching out which was my goal anyway. The other long trunk has one fig left which I will pick soon, Then cut that down to 24-36 inches. This is probably a Brunswick  and with the rains the past month tends to split and some sour the eye is large so I have to pick sooner than I would like. Not full flavor. Before the rains the fruit was good and nice size figs.I Will give it 2 more seasons before I make a decision on keeping it.   

Subject: Black fig Pictures Updated Pics Replies: 13
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Looking back at older pic the figs were darker in color earlier in the season is this common or maybe because they were the breba or these had more leaves surrounding them at not direct sunlight or all of the above any input?


Subject: Black fig Pictures Updated Pics Replies: 13
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I updated with pics and weight in first tread sorry.

Subject: A Labour Day Fig Treat Replies: 6
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Please correct me if I'm wrong I think I see a fig with my name on it!!

Subject: Bronze Paradiso Tree Replies: 28
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What a beautiful looking fruit. That fist picture looks like it was air-brushed or an oil painting. thanks for posting

Subject: My Unknown Replies: 10
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Sorry  to hear the oil method didn't work for you. I remember family members doing this decades ago even my uncle recently mentioned this but I don't think he goes to those extreme rates at his age anymore. My assumption would be that you would need to hit it at the right stage of growth and the weather would have to be somewhat cooperative for it to possibly give a few extra figs that would have been lost. Then again it could be an old myth, but I don't think so.  I believe these older die-hards know some tricks.  One last note he did say the taste is diminished. Give and take like everything else in life.

Subject: My Unknown Replies: 10
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Martin it is a PROVIN SCIENTIFIC FACT that plants and trees respond to singing.


IN MY CASE THEY RESPOND NEGATIVELY  LOL 

Subject: fig fetish in ontario and Adriano Replies: 5
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Thanks for sharing definitely an article I will file.

Subject: Will I have a chance in ???? these wil ripen? (pic) Replies: 26
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Cecil I don't know if you read through the post fig fetish by Bass so I cut and copied this little excerpt from Adriano hope this helps. good luck 
What’s Ferreira’s big secret? Extra virgin olive oil. In the first week of September, he looks for figs that don’t seem as if they will ripen be fore winter, and puts a drop of extra virgin olive oil on the eye. After six or seven days, he repeats the step. While this doesn’t work on all of the fruit, he says, it helps some to ripen.


Subject: Will I have a chance in ???? these wil ripen? (pic) Replies: 26
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,064
 
Cecil you might want to try A little Oil in the eye on just a few to see if it really does make a difference maybe someone with more experience could explain. I don't think it will harm the tree in any way but the fruit if it does ripen might not be at it's best as I have come to understand.

Subject: Black fig Pictures Updated Pics Replies: 13
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Come on down Just bring some fig plants with you. I'll supply food and beverage of your choice.


Subject: Two of my plants that were at a standstill (pic) Replies: 4
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Cecil I have my fingers and toes crossed hoping you are right. The VDB is one I really wanted I like Martin prefer dark figs I think they are more eye appealing. I must say I tasted One of my white unknown weeks ago from mother tree and it was better than good. I wonder in a true blind taste test our fig experts would be able to distinguish color. Has anyone really tried? Just curious!! 
I guess you would have to do it with varieties you haven't tried before.
 OK I lied I want them all tall, short, dark, light and anything in between as long as they taste good of course. I'm talking about figs now I know how you think I think LOL

Subject: Two of my plants that were at a standstill (pic) Replies: 4
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Very nice Cecil. Did you do anything special to jump start? I have a VDB that is stalled I'm feeding MG once a week but it is slow going to say the least. From what I noticed with my other varieties is, once they get going there ain't no stopping them, you can see the growth on a daily basis it seems.
Great job 

Subject: Black fig Pictures Updated Pics Replies: 13
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A few are starting to ripen again this fig has not split or soured with all the rain & humidity. The mother tree is in Hawthorne N.Y. My uncle does protect it by covering. It did die back 4 yrs ago when he did not cover due to illness. It is very productive for him. Very sweet when ripe red pulp full bodied inside I will weigh an average fig when ripe and report back
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I forgot to mention that he cuts it back to  5 ft each year and it gets to 15-20 ft. I bought him a golf ball retriever and he can't thank me enough. He did try shipping ripe figs they took 4 days to arrive but were spoiled. I did,t have the heart to tell him Enjoy
Any guesses on variety
The last pic has been dubbed FIG ROW by my better half.

The last 2 pics are on 9/08/09
The figs weighed from 26-33 grams
We have had heavy rain the past 2 weeks every day. I was surprised that  they didn't split. The taste was not affected in my opinion but the skin was a little beat up.
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Subject: Tree size and shape Replies: 12
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Thanks Martin, my 3gal figs are all less than a year old and some put on more growth then others. I hope they go dormant that is when I will re pot the ones that have put on good growth the others I will leave till next season. I guess I'm going to have see the root development and make a decision. Thanks again for the input

Subject: Tree size and shape Replies: 12
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If potting up from a 3gal to a 20gal is root pruning necessary and if not should I try to at least loosen up the roots a little?

Subject: My Unknown Replies: 6
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If that fig tastes half as it good as it looks oh my my my IT'S A keeper


Subject: Protecting Some Plants tonight Replies: 6
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Martin as i read all the posts it seems that the weather has affected the whole country. I'm supposedly in a frost free zone and got hit with at least 5 days which took out my veggies in Jan 09 now we are dealing with storms and heavy winds and rain. Humidity is terrible and for my potted figs with saucers I go out with my shop vac to get the water out. What we do for that FIGEN fig.
 Oh and I'm going to try one of your famous recipes Ham and Squirrel in Wine with a Fig Glaze. 
I'm thinking of using the crock pot to enhance the flavors


Subject: Protecting Some Plants tonight Replies: 6
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eb I'm in Port St Lucie and know what you mean. I'm getting ready to start my veggie garden in a few weeks. It is so hot and humid I don't really care to go out. I feel for you guys up north this has been some weird weather. I  wish you all the best maybe you"ll get an Indian summer in Sept

Subject: LSU GOLD (NOT) Replies: 3
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That sure looks similar as to a Wht unknown I had last week. If you get a chance can you post a pic of the common leaf. Nice looking fig by the way especially for a young tree.

Subject: Ole Reliable Replies: 3
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Thanks for the reply now I have a better understanding of root pruning in relation to tree pruning. Boy is there a lot to learn and this site and the people are totally awesome  

Subject: Ole Reliable Replies: 3
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Martin first let me say congrats and nice looking figs. Now to my question did you root prune this as hard as you did the HC and is it holding its figs well? If you did root prune as hard, do you consider that the HC was bigger for lack of better words and that is why you are having that problem this year?
Thanks

Subject: Results of air layering of date palm shaped fig plant Replies: 3
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 1,057
 
Great job the original post was mine and last week I finally did the air layer as most figs had ripened. I sill have at least 2-3 more months of warm weather. I followed Leon's method. Hopefully it will take.
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Subject: Bugs on Fig leafs and trunk Replies: 12
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Thanks for those sites one did have paraffinic oil as a treatment and I have that product it is recommended for scale and I've found that it is a natural product. Boy does it look ugly in that pic and on the tree.
Sal

Thanks for all the responses I will treat and update in a couple weeks.


Subject: Bugs on Fig leafs and trunk Replies: 12
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Martin did you use the alcohol at full strength or did you dilute in water. In my search one recommends to dilute  rubbing alcohol 1 to 8 with water to break down shell. I have used the soap solution the past 2 days but haven't noticed any difference they are not falling off. I will try the diluted alcohol today in the evening as the days are still in the low 90's. one other thing I read and can't remember where that they don't live in soil If they do live in the soil then i will destroy this tree. Thanks again and I had already read your old post and that what really freaked me out sorry you lost that one but I don't want my others infected either so I will monitor closely
Thanks again

Subject: Bugs on Fig leafs and trunk Replies: 12
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I also read Parafine oil as a control but don't know anything about this products health risks. I just read it is an approved organic control so I will try any other thoughts

Subject: Bugs on Fig leafs and trunk Replies: 12
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Thanks Bass I think you might be right I did some searching And I think it might be armored scale bugs I also see some black smudging on leaves which might be another indication this is what I found on a site

Scale Bugs

In the juvenile or crawler stage, scales are translucent and take on the color of the leaf or stem surface. As they mature, scales develop a hard, dark brown shell that is more visible (the shell protects the scale babies underneath). The Scale bug comes in different colors such as brown, white, and black. And like the mealy bug, the scale bug also secretes honeydew on the leaf which resembles the stickiness of soda pop. Death of infested plants is possible in severe cases, but usually scale insects just feed by sucking plant sap and causing poor, stunted growth. If you see the honeydew, look for the pest.

For control of scale, spray with insecticidal soap, oil soap, or rubbing alcohol with a small amount of dish soap mixed in. Another good method of controlling scale is to wipe, pick, or scrub off the insect. Persistence is extremely important here. These scales are easily scraped off the plant tissue with a fingernail. If these remedies don’t seem to work you should as an alternative, try spraying with rubbing alcohol; that will help break through the outer barrier of the scale and kill it. Mix 1 part alcohol with 8 to 10 parts of water. The main problem you may come across is that the young scale or crawlers are nearly clear and are very hard to locate, so you may want to spray the entire plant surface until it drips, just to make sure you’ve covered all the cracks and crevices. After about five to seven days, it’s best to repeat this treatment to catch any crawlers that you may have missed the first time around. After this is done, you should continue to check your plant once a week to make sure these unwanted guests haven’t returned.

I will keep vigilant in spraying soap If that doesn't work I'll go to the alcohol
Sal

Subject: Bugs on Fig leafs and trunk Replies: 12
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 I noticed these the last couple of weeks and have been trying to find out what it is. They look like tiny bugs hard shell like mostly on the underside of leafs but some on top and on trunk. They are dark brown or black hard but break up in you fingers. I do have these spider webs on my screen which I usually knock off but have neglected lately.
I started spaying with a mild dish soap in water with a little oil I cant tell the results yet any clue or suggestions
Also they don't seem to move I looked with my 10x loop and don't see any sign of life.
Sorry about the lousy pictures
SAl

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Subject: Hardy Chicago roots (pic) Replies: 4
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Cecil I noticed this earlier this year with my new cuttings in 1 gal pots. Not long after I re potted them within 10-14 days they looked much healthier and really started to put on growth. I also lost some roots but the plants didn't show any type of stress.

Subject: Forecast for a rare glimps of real summer Replies: 15
Posted By: 2007_giants Views: 950
 
I know in FL where temps are hot also many veggie growers that use pots will do a pot in pot method in ground to keep those roots cooler and also to keep the moisture more level.

 

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