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Subject: A pretty good year Replies: 3
Posted By: shenval Views: 316
 
Thanks. Yes, they are delicious.

Subject: A pretty good year Replies: 3
Posted By: shenval Views: 316
 
After several years, we're finally enjoying some nice fresh figs. I have six varieties, but unfortunately I lost track of them.  figs1.jpg
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Subject: Starting the Shuffle Replies: 8
Posted By: shenval Views: 484
 
I brought mine outside for the first time today. It's been several years since I've been here on the forum and I couldn't remember how cold it has to be before bringing them back inside. From what I have read, as long as there is no danger of frost they should be okay. Low of 48 forecast here tonight.

Subject: Here in Illinois Replies: 4
Posted By: shenval Views: 661
 
Martin,

I did post some pictures of my very first fig started from a cutting over a year ago. It was a LSU Gold from Dan. Unfortunately, I managed to kill that particular plant, but the others survived. The other 5 varieties I also started from cuttings from UC Davis. They are Celeste, Mary Lane, Osborne Prolific, Kadota, and VdB. I'm able to identify a few either from labels of memory, but I've lost track of the others.

Subject: Here in Illinois Replies: 4
Posted By: shenval Views: 661
 
Hi Martin,

It looks like my figs all survived their first winter in the garage too. My problem is the rookie mistake I made of not labeling them well and have lost track of the 6 varieties. I guess it will be fun trying to identify them by their leaves and fruit later in the year.



Cheers

Subject: Little white pest on fig Replies: 18
Posted By: shenval Views: 1,141
 
Rafed,

Sorry, I failed to clarify this was outdoors during the growing season. The figs were near my roses which always seem infested with hoppers.

Subject: Little white pest on fig Replies: 18
Posted By: shenval Views: 1,141
 
I had white pests on my first year fig plants all last year too, but I think they were planthopper nymphs rather than mealy bugs. They would run around to the other side of the stalk or jump off the plant if you tried to touch them. Will the rubbing alcohol spray work on them also?

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Subject: Darn vacation Replies: 4
Posted By: shenval Views: 829
 
Just a brief update. All the plants that I thought I had lost have actually survived and are growing again. And even though all my plants are first year from cuttings and this year was apparently not very good for ripening in our area, I did have one lone fig ripen. I'm pretty sure it was a Celeste and it was pretty good. I'm not sure it was 100% ripe since it was my first ever fresh fig, but it was pretty good. I am really looking forward to next year.

Subject: Darn vacation Replies: 4
Posted By: shenval Views: 829
 
Well, I returned from being away for about 10 days to find 4 of my 15 potted figs dried up. It had been hot and no rain the entire time. Fortunately most of the plants survived, but it looks like I lost the 2 that I really was favoring (VdB and Mary Lane). The Mary Lane in particular was very slow to start from cuttings but had grown the largest and had a few good sized figs.

Subject: Fig Weather is Here Replies: 27
Posted By: shenval Views: 1,493
 

Steve, do you do anything special to control the indoor humidity?  I still have my recently potted plants in buckets covered with plastic.  I'm concerned it is currently too dry in the house.


Subject: Chatroom Replies: 127
Posted By: shenval Views: 5,930
 
Martin, I tried to join, but the room is full.  Still 3 max.

Phil

Subject: Record Rain Last Night Replies: 1
Posted By: shenval Views: 566
 

I heard on the news last night that our area (Washington, DC) is experiencing the driest February on record.  We've had only 0.25" of rain this month and this is our second consecutive winter with little or no snow.  I sure hope we have a wet Spring.


Subject: Winter is over Replies: 23
Posted By: shenval Views: 1,895
 

We had a nice little break yesterday with the temp up to 65, but I'm afraid it's back to reality this week (snow in the forecast).  I heard a Mourning Dove, and saw several Robins yesterday, but I think they spend the winter here.


Subject: Rooting Project Replies: 12
Posted By: shenval Views: 1,547
 
Jazzbass, I've not yet grown figs (maybe this year), so I hope this isn't off topic.  If fig cuttings are similar to grape cuttings, I had 100% success last year with about 25 grape cuttings using a process similar to the one you are using.  The key was keeping their "feet" warm and tops cold so that they formed callus and roots first.  I started them in the garage in February on a heating pad.  Here is a link to the planting instructions.  http://www.bunchgrapes.com/cuttings.html
Again, I'm not sure if this would be applicable to figs, so I hope I'm not giving bad information. 

Subject: Winter is over Replies: 23
Posted By: shenval Views: 1,895
 
Fresh coat of snow/ice here this morning.

Monday is Groundhog Day.  Let's see what Pux has to say.

Subject: Italian Honey in VA Replies: 0
Posted By: shenval Views: 661
 
Hello All,

I'm brand new to the forum and have really enjoyed reading many of the posts.  I'm an avid gardener and especially enjoy propagating plants from cuttings, but for some unknown reason have not tried figs before. 

In reading through previous posts, it seems like Italian Honey is a popular variety, and I'm wondering if it will survive the winters here in northern Virginia's Shenandoah Valley (zone 6b) The temp has been down to 1 this winter, but lows are usually in the teens.  I realize that the coldest zone for many varieties is zone 7, and if necessary, I wouldn't mind bringing a potted plant in for the winter.

Another reason for my interest in the Italian Honey is that my father-in-law was Sicilian and grew a fig tree in NYC.  My wife tells me how he used to bundle it up every winter and she has fond memories of the few figs it used to produce.  So, in honor of his memory, I'd like to try my hand at it here in the Old Dominion.  If someone here has a cutting or two of this variety (or other that might do well in this zone) that they would be willing to part with, I'd be happy to either swap some Baco Noir (grape) cuttings for them, or reimburse the shipping.  Thanks.

Phil


 

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