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Subject: White Triana Replies: 23
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Dan, my dad worked at that Texaco refinery in Port Arthur as do both of my sons and son in law--now called Motiva Enterprises(Shell & Saudi Aramco). That platter service is now about $25-$26. I'm surprised more Cajuns in Louisiana haven't taken up the practice. My only problem with Sartin's is they put too much of the seasoning on & they are almost inedibley salty for me & I do like my salt. I cut back on the seasoning on mine and they are much more pleasant to eat and still salty and delicious. The worchestershire sounds like a great addition, I'll try it.

Chapman, I didn't know Sartin's was in Bridge City too. I'll have to check it out. There is one in Nederland and in Beaumont aslo.


Subject: White Triana Replies: 23
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I agree with Dan and Noss, great trees, great packaging and quick service from Joe Morle. I bought the small trees(Wht. & Blk. Triana) earlier this year and they  have grown very well and are bearing figs now. You won't be disappointed.

I've tried catching crabs several times this season, but because of the lack of rain, the large crabs were not able to travel into the marshes. I've been buying live jumbo blue crabs($20 for 2 dozen) to keep me satisfied, The rain is back on now finally, so crabbing ought to be better here.(Not too kind to my figs, though)Has anyone here tried the Fiesta BBQ Crab Seasoning? It's the closest to to the original that was used at Sartins and Channel Inn here in Sabine Pass years ago. You can order it @ fiestaspices.com if you can't find it locally. I'm making myself hungry.


Subject: Fico Di Fragola Replies: 2
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Hi Dan, looks very similar to my unk.strawberry fig. Curious, does it split badly in the rain for you? Mine does but is delicious fig when it doesn't.

Subject: White Triana Replies: 23
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Dan, got a small one from Joe Morle early this year. Has had a few very good figs for first figs. I'm glad it's going to be a rain tolerant one. Got the Black Triana from him too, but the birds got my first fig---they could have left me a taste:o)). Thanks for your recommendation on these.

Subject: It's RAINING FIGS in the Carolinas!!!!! Replies: 35
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Dennis, very nice! I don't ever see it as bragging---just a fellow fignut who is proud of his hard work---as it should be! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

Subject: Sal's Blk Uk, Mead, Vincenzo Replies: 14
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Gene, those look delicious. The Sal's Unk. Black is small here in my yard this year. Just not enough rain. They are delicious, though. The Meade you shared with me last fall has no ripe figs yet., but I'm glad to see a picture. Your Atreano, is that one I gave you? Doesn't look like my Atreano. Mine are huge, yellow with a amber/ light pink pulp. If there's a mixup, I have another one for you.Hope not. Thanks for sharing your pictures

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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Ken I hope they are not colonizing here. Don't need anymore fig eaters,lol.

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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Dan, that was some serious damage to your Flanders tree. I'm sure glad they(Brown June bugs) are gone for now(here), whatever the reason. You have the same drought conditions as me, so I don't think the drought is the cause. The drought and heat has been hard on my trees this year. The watering I have done has kept the trees growing, but the figs on many of my trees are small or dried up. Others don't seem to be bothered. . The birds are the worst this year. Last evening there must have been 100 or more Mocking birds, Blackbirds and doves in my back yard eating figs, even on the netted trees. Probably their normal foods are in short supply because of the drought.

Ken, I saw one of those green beetles last summer on one of my trees--- first and only one I've ever seen. I thought it was beautiful, but I suspect you have another opinion of them.


Subject: Mystery Variety? (Pics) Pinkish/Golden, Small, Strawberry Pulp Replies: 5
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Sure looks like Celeste to me, too! Nice harvest.

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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Their populations are definately down the last couple years here in SE Texas. They don't bother my figs(yet), but occasionally see one on the roses. I wonder if the drought has affected them? Maybe the local refineries? Growing up here they were out by the thousands after dark. Used to have lightning bugs growing up too but, no more.

Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
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Thanks Herman for the pinching tip. I've tried it on a lot of my young trees to get a taste earlier. I'll give it a try on the Atreano. Drought, birds,birds and more darn birds, now souring beetles. I guess a monsoon is next,lol. Please no Hurricanes!

Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
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Thanks everyone. Herman the ones I saw were round and black and 1/2 the size of a pin head. Could be what they are. Haven't seen any more.

Viv, I'm going to try some DE and see. It should help all insect populations down around the figs. I like my Atreano, especially in the fall, but the main crop figs ripening now are very sweet this year. You're right about it being a large tree. I pruned it back to about 4' last winter and it is huge now. Most  limbs have put on 5-6' of new growth and is just loaded with figs. Fastest growing tree I have in my collection. Couldn't ask for a tree to do any better heare in my opinion. If they just all grew this way!

Dan, I'm glad to hear the kudos about Gene's LSU Gold not. I have one growing that Gene shared with me last november. I just can't imagine a fig sweeter than LSU Gold. Can't wait to taste it.


Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
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Thanks guys for you advice--very much appreciated.

Dan, I'm not sure what my IC really is. Bought from JR as an O'Rourke which it doesn't seem to be. Does have three and five lobed leaves like O'Rourke, but for two seasons now the figs are small and have dropped badly. Maybe it's just another Celeste type. Maybe it's still too young--2 1/2 years in ground 4' x 4' bush.. I'm going to yank the one Brunswick I have--only got one unspoiled fig off it 2 years ago, none last year, but does have a few figs on it again this season--just not worth watering. I'm like you, I threaten to send some to dump, but I hate to get rid of them too. I have never had a sour or split Atreano here yet(fingers crossed).

Ken thanks for the link. After seeing the actual beetle, maybe that's not what I have? The were about 1/2 the size of a pin head. I did see some ants on that fig too. Maybe they were the baby beetles, who knows. Haven't seen them on any other figs yet.

Herman, I know the Atreano ripens too fast in my summer heat, but it is sweeter this year and great in the fall as you mention. I'm going to keep it till it's old and mature and see if it continues to improve. 


Subject: My little slice of fig heaven Replies: 14
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Wow, fig heaven indeed! Healthy trees everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
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Does anyone know of something safe to spray around a fig tree to kill these souring beetles? Wonder if Diatamacious(spelling?) earth would work? Would tanglefoot stop them? Thanks in advance.

Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
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Hi Guys, thanks for the nice comments. I'll post more pictures as others ripen.

Kerry, the Hollier already ripened a week before Celeste, but they were small and sweet. This was the second season in the ground. I had a hard time keeping it watered enough in this drought. I have a couple of large river birch trees down the way from it and they suck every bit of moisture from the ground, Have a hard time getting anything to grow on that side of my yard. Have had to resort to containers for the most part, but they even send roots up into the container for moisture though the drainage holes, so I have to move them often to prevent that. I may dig it up this winter and move it. The Improved Celeste(O'Rourke not) has dropped almost all it's figs, despite my watering. Just too hot and too dry. I put a net over it yesterday as I spied a couple of figs turning dark, but I'm skeptical whether they will ripen. Figs drop everytime I touch that tree.

Ken, yes JR is James Robin and RR is Rolling RiverNursery

Gene, I call it LSU Purple (NOT) because it was bought as LSUP. I did find a couple sour ones yesterday and it hasn't rained in a while. Upon further inspection, found a couple if those little sour beetles running around. I guess, I have them now. I knew they would show up eventually. The roadside stand  will have to wait until this drought is over.we're down about 30" this year and still have a 30" deficit from last year too. Glad you got to taste the Tena. Flavor does improve with age. Was the skin tough on yours? The reason I ask is, I wonder if it is because of the drought.


Subject: Pictures of New Rooting Technique Replies: 44
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Hi Dan, yes I did catch Chuck's experience with off brand peat pots. I used the 3' Jiffy pots. Lowe' did have the Play sand. I'll check it out. Thanks

Dennis, thanks for the link!


Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
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Here's a few pictures of what is ripening here now besides Celeste. First picture is Fico Nera Duemane(medium/large sweet fig, not rich, reminds me of Celeste, large open eye,good during dry periods, thin skin, sours in rain)

Martin, better not look at the rest of these!;))

Second picture: LSU Purple(not). M/L Squat yellow figs similar to LSU Gold, but whiter pulp and not as sweet not rich). Good during dry periods, sours some in the rain. Small almost closed eye. Even grows upside down and sideways like LSU Gold does droop some when ripe.

Third pic: Tena(RR) sweet figs not rich. Thick skin. Closed eye. Rain Tolerant. Not as productive as other figs.

Fourth is Marseilles White (JR). Very productive med. fig Very sweet honey like. Highly productive.

Fifth: LSU Gold(JR) M/L super sweet yellow fig(birds tear this one up). Very productive. Not sure how rain tolerant it'll be here. Haven't had much rain in the last 2 years)

Sixth: is Atreano(RR). Large mild fig(much sweeter this year-4th season) Fall crop(3rd) is the best fig you ever tasted. Ripens slowly in the cool fall air. Never has soured or split for me. Best when dead ripe. Juicy fig.



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Subject: Pictures of New Rooting Technique Replies: 44
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Hi Dan, thank you for sharing this method. As you say, a picture is worth a thousand words. I did do some this way and had mixed results. I did get one Black Madeira from UCD to root along with some others. I see what I did wrong, not leaving an air space between the cup and the peat pot. I looked today for some coarse  washed builders sand to try your 1/2 & 1/2 with peat moss method as well, my Lowes didn't have it. I'll check at HD next time I'm in Beaumont. Have you used this method for green cuttings?

Dennis, what is the source of the tall peat pots? Thanks


Subject: Hunt 2011 & 2012 Replies: 13
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JD, nice looking breba. Thanks for sharing and the pictures.My Scott's Black from JR is finally growing this year(3rd season). No Brebas, but I see a few main crop fig buds, but no figs forming yet. Does yours have main crop figs already? 

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Breba Replies: 4
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I got my Vdb from Willis and it tastes wonderful(not recommending them, now) I had about 8 nice brebas. I ate one and was going to put a bird net on it the next morning, but the birds beat me to them before I got it covered. The brebas are delicious.

Subject: A Windy Day Replies: 18
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Same here without any rain at all. This was the most windy spring that I can remember. Luckily the wind has died down for the last couple days and the "weather guys" say we may get back to our normal thunderstorms caused by daytime heating next week, which is normal for us. Sure hope they are right. In the meantime, water, water, water!Good luck with your figs, guys


Subject: cold and wet Replies: 16
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Hey Dan, I'm still dragging the hose too! My trees are so spread apart, that drip irrigation would require lots of digging. I've been using a soaker hose around my trees. Much more efficient watering and I don't have to stand there holding the hose. Isn't it funny how it always seems to wait until the figs are ready to rain? Hope there is an end to this drought soon. 

Ruben, glad to hear you got 3/4" of rain. When it rains here it rains hard for about 5 minutes---barely gets the driveway wet. You are right the figs are growing like crazy in the heat. On the bright side, the figs should be really good with this drier than usual environment.


Subject: cold and wet Replies: 16
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You guys can send me a few inches of that rain,lol. Having to water in ground figs once a week to keep them from being stressed. My luck, it'll wait until fig season is in full swing.

Subject: My First Breba Fig Replies: 12
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Here you go Dennis, the Atreano was delicious, sweet honey like flavor. Better than the main crop(mild), but not as good as the late fall crop  that slowly ripens in the cool temps.with a rich complex flavor.

The Tena was sweet and just as good as the main crop. Medium sweet, not rich.

Norman's Yellow medium sweet more rich/figgy tasting than the others.

I'll continue to leave these(Atreano & Tena) on the trees each year. The NY is of course breba only. Where else can you eat fresh figs right off the tree in May.

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Subject: Are Latarolla breba worth leaving on ? Replies: 27
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Wow Ruben, those look great. Great find! I'd be interested what the main crop looks like too!

Subject: My First Breba Fig Replies: 12
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Viv, I looked my three LSU P trees over very well and do not see any. I'm sure they all dropped. There's always next year.

Subject: Norman's Yellow Replies: 14
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Thanks John!

Subject: Sad day for me Replies: 37
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Gene, our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Tim & Sherri

Subject: Norman's Yellow Replies: 14
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Thanks Dennis, yes the main crop stays green for a while, shrivel & fall off( can't remember if they yellow or not). I said they fall at about half size, which is a guess based on the size of the breba, which aren't particularly large. This may all change as the tree matures, I just don't know. Anyone seen an actual main crop fig or maybe have a picture?

Subject: Norman's Yellow Replies: 14
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I forgot to say that the pulp has a very slight strawberry tinge. The tree has one, three and five lobed leaves. The 5 lobed ones are predominant on the newer growth.

Subject: Norman's Yellow Replies: 14
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This tree is 4 years old and these are the first edible brebas. The ones last year didn't develop well. The taste is medium sweet honey taste, slight figgy taste, not rich..It is a San Pedro type similar to Desert King (which I don't have). Well worth growing to get figs this early in the year. It does make main crop figs that shrivel after they get about half size(no wasps here). I'm going to trim this tree down as soon as these brebas are finished so, hopefully, I'll have many more next year.

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Subject: My First Breba Fig Replies: 12
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Viv, those birds are a PITA! Sorry to hear the bird pecked your only breba---at least you got some idea of taste. I'm gonna go check my LSU Purple as well to see if they kept any brebas.

Subject: My First Breba Fig Replies: 12
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Ruben, yes I ate it, but as I said, it was still too green and barely sweet. Hopefully, the the next ones will ripen to perfection. I'm anxious to see how they really taste as others have said they are good. Thanks

NYPD, come on down. Definitely better fig weather here,lol. We've been in the low 70's at night and in the upper 80's during the day. A little front came through las night and cooled us down to the mid 60's, but back to 90F today. Got a little rain last night, but not enough. We're in a serious drought here for several months now----about to go broke watering my in ground trees with city water,lol. I have got to dig a viable well in self defense(next project).


Subject: My First Breba Fig Replies: 12
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This is my first Breba fig. It is Atreano(RR). I had covered it with newspaper to protect it from the birds yesterday as they had already eaten two off my Norman's Yellow. This was not ripe enough to pick, but it fell off in my hand when checking it after last night's rain, so.... I do have many more right behind it that I hope can ripen fully. Will keep you guys posted as they progress. I'll post the Norman's Yellow brebas too as they ripen.

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Subject: First Breba of 2011 Pics Replies: 15
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Looking good Sal. Can't wait to see the cut fig and taste description.

Subject: GM#5/ Maltese Falcoln Replies: 16
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Jason, that is a great observation. I'm certainly going to try it myself to see. 

Subject: GM#5/ Maltese Falcoln Replies: 16
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Thanks everyone for the kind and helpful comments. Herman I have taken your advice to heart and will be careful with this one. Congrats Bass, hope you get to taste your brebas along with some main crop. Dan, I'm convinced this will be a good one here. Sorry to hear about your figs being top killed. I have never had a fig be top killed here. Just minor tip damage occasionally. I have a couple unknowns and one out of three LSU Purples that have been cold sensitive. The other two LSU P were fine. We had lows of 18F here this winter which is very unusual for here. I'll probably give this one some protection this winter just to be safe. Don't want to lose this one!

I have never pulled the late figs off my trees, but I see I need to start. Never know when we'll get one of those 7F/10Fspells for several days like in 1982. Prior to the last 3-4 years, I had no experience with anything but Celeste and a white unknown (which has turned out to be Adriatic/Strawberry) which were never bothered by even the 1982 temperatures. My other trees are still fairly young(4 yrs. or less) and I know they can still be tender.

Gene, I'm glad those figs are doing well for you. I have lots of brebas on my Sal G.'s unk. Black this year.  Anxious to see how those "Florida fig" brebas taste. I already know the main crop is great.


Subject: 3rd crop Replies: 2
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I think it would depend on the length of your season. Here in SE Texas,  Atreano(RR) is one that stands out . Mild Second crop here but super complex rich,sweet all rolled into one. The second crop ripens too fast in our summer heat, but ripens very slowly in the cool fall temperatures up until our first freeze(usually late Nov.- mid December). I've got brebas this year and am anxious to see how they turn out Many others are more everbearing in nature rather than a distinct third crop here( Tena, Adriatic, Vdb, Stella,  Yellow Marseilles, LSU Gold, LSU Purple and Marlow were all excellent last Nov./Dec.) 

Another factor is that my winters are fairly mild --- 25F for lows most years and don't have to put up with too much freeeze damage to set them back. I'll have a longer list next year, hopefully.


Subject: GM#5/ Maltese Falcoln Replies: 16
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Hey Gene, I'm tickled to get it. First airlayer has your name on it, pal. I don't want to jinx things by getting too far ahead of myself,lol.

Subject: GM#5/ Maltese Falcoln Replies: 16
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Thanks Peg, I'm not entirely new to figs so, I'm aware that some will fruit the first year, but was wondering about this cultivar in particular. I have a long hot season here so, I'm thinking I'll get a few at least by late fall here. Hope you have a hotter than normal summer there and lots of figs.

Subject: GM#5/ Maltese Falcoln Replies: 16
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Received this in a large foam cup several weeks ago from a very generous forum member. I potted it up to a gallon and gradually acclimated it to the sun. Today I took it out of the pot and it was rooted well, so I decided to plant it in the ground. Now it should really grow. I'll keep you guys posted when it has it's first figs. Has anyone got figs off theirs the first year? I've got my fingers crossed. Thanks again to the member who shared it.

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Subject: USA Replies: 41
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I hope you are right George. I don't put anything past our government.

Subject: How to make Potting Mixes by Dr. O'Rourke Replies: 21
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I got my copy on Ebay for almost nothing. It's a good place to buy books. Is used, but looks brand new.

Subject: Fig Orchard complete....well almost Replies: 55
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Dennis, all I can say is wow. You did a tremendous job. That's an impressive list, too. Best wishes to you! Tim

Subject: A Few Good Figs...... Replies: 36
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You guys are hilarios! Makes figs fun!

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
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Hi Navid, I've bought trees twice now from James Robin with no nematode problems. Just pull them out of the pot and check. He won't mind. All trees I have from JR and Durio have grown very well. Can't wait to go back. JR also has LSU Scott's Yellow(he calls it "Brandy" ) I got one last fall and is growing great. If you want the true O-Rourke, buy it from Durio. The one from JR, in my opinion, is actually one of the Improved Celeste strains floating around. I'm in no way knocking JR, but others believe they are two distinct cultivars. Dan has said that both are very good figs. It'll definitely be worth your trip.

Subject: Spring equals hard work Replies: 11
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Snag, looks like fig heaven. I agree with you and Gene----lots of work, but a labor of love. It's what keeps me sane. I get lost out there and don't have to think. Very relaxing. Thanks for the pictures.

Subject: Just in case you want to smell like fig leaves Replies: 7
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I wonder if it causes fig dermatitis? I'm not willing to try and see!

Subject: Just Joined Today! Replies: 22
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Hi Dean, you've been given some very good advise. It's nice to see another Texan join the forums---welcome.  You'll discover there are several Texans here. Congratulations on your first tree---I'm sure it won't be your last.


 

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