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Subject: Panache "Tiger" Fig Tree Replies: 20
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My Panache has grown quite well(very upright growth). I had a few figs ripen, but they were soft(mushy texture) with little taste. Reminded me of most of the figs I got off my 2 year old LSU Purple. Maybe like LSU Purple, it will improve with age. We've definately got the long hot summer part down, but I'm sure will be too wet most of the time to not split & sour. Time will tell.

Subject: Picked a few Pics Replies: 10
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Hi Martin, my trees were started last winter, which may explain the leaf difference.as they are still small. I don't have any mature trees to compare to, so time will tell.

Subject: Picked a few Pics Replies: 10
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Looks like you got it nailed down except for the Brown Turkey part,lol. Looks more in the Sal's/Hardy Chicago family to me. My 2 cents.

Subject: Picked a few Pics Replies: 10
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Sal, those figs look great! Can't wait to taste some on mine. Any closer to an ID?

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux A+++++++++ Replies: 32
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Maggie & Vivian, mine has been fantastic this year here in SE Texas. The flavor tastes like a fig, but it has a very complex rich flavor with some berrylike undertones that linger on your palate. I like the texture also. Very dense and good quality---just wonderful. My favorite fig so far. Think I'll yank some of these less desirable ones and plant more. It's that good.

Subject: Name these Figs, Please Replies: 8
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Hi Ox, yes, Plantranch has a bad rep. I bought a HC from them too, and was not even a fig plant. Consider yourself fortunate that at least you recieved a fig,lol. I wish I could help on your I.D., but haven't a clue.

Subject: LSU Gold,Atreano,and Lindhurst White ripe fruits pix. Replies: 6
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Thanks Herman, glad to hear it's rain tolerant.

Subject: LSU Gold,Atreano,and Lindhurst White ripe fruits pix. Replies: 6
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Herman, beautiful pictures. How is the flavor and rain tolerance of the Lindhurst White? Would it be any good in Texas, Zn9? Thanks.

Subject: Loslunas's ABQ-1BB Replies: 7
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JD, yes, I am using mostly grass clippings--they stay put. I have found that using leaves or hay is messy and blows all over in the wind.

Jose, thanks for posting the picture here.

Gene, glad you got to taste it, although not up to par. The first one I had was fantastic, but others since have lacked flavor I'm sure due to the rain we've been having for the last 5-6 weeks. These came directly from the source so I know they weren't mixed up. It is rain tolerant which is a plus here, so I just think it needs more time. Mine had amber pulp, too---maybe just cultural or climatic differences?


Subject: Gino's fig and Improved Celeste Pixes Replies: 10
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Herman, thanks for the information. The Gino's is at the top of my want list.

Subject: Figs into pots Replies: 8
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Very nice plants Martin, as yours always are. Do you use the black pots for extra heat? I've resorted to white 5 gal buckets for my young plants, to help the roots stay cooler here. I'm going to test them out before I go to the trouble to plant in ground and then end up with a lot of work if I decide to discard them.

Subject: Gino's fig and Improved Celeste Pixes Replies: 10
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Those look very nice Herman. I've got to remember to buy some cuttings of the Gino's this Winter from you. I've got Improved Celeste from JR and a small O'Rourke from Bass. Thanks for the pictures and the time frame for ripening---I assume they may ripen at an earlier date here. Am I on track with that statement?



Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
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Remis, your figs are beautiful Came from some good stock,too!) Be careful, looks like you've got the "BUG"!

Subject: 1 kg fig 3 dollars Replies: 7
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Herman, thanks for the explanation. I, like Bass and others, probably just had no idea. We think a dollar here is the same as a dollar there---at least I did.

Aliok1, those figs are beautiful and look delicious. Thanks for sharing the pictures.


Subject: Trying again with Pictures Replies: 16
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I had the same problem as Ken several times. Ox, your trees look great.

Subject: Figs On the BBQ PICS Replies: 18
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Looks very tasty Sal. I'll have to give it a try. Keep up the good work.

Subject: Saint Anthony Figs Replies: 18
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Herman, you are a wealth of information, my friend. I have often wondered why there are sometimes light and dark figs shown on the same varietal page. Now, I know. I keep forgetting that Jon has the fig wasp. Thank you.

Subject: Saint Anthony Figs Replies: 18
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Thank you Tim, I don't think it is the same as mine after seeing the leaf. Mine has no pointed leaves like yours. It remains a mystery.

Rafed & Paully, I noticed the figs on the varietal page being dark too. I'm confused but,  nothing new for me,lol


Subject: Hybrid Torch (no figs, but still beautiful) Replies: 9
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Hi Vivian, I may be a little farther south, barely, but I used to live in Lafayette,as you know,and our climates are roughly the same. I do have some cactus still(those that didn't freeze or rot) and they are planted in raised beds with well draining soil. Prickly pear, I discarded, because they are not wind tolerant and break easily(probably because they grow extremely fast with all our water). Most that I still have are in the greenhouse so I can control the water. Enough about this from me, though, before someone reminds us that this is a fig forum,lol.

Subject: The effect of pinching,on Marseilles vs Black Replies: 6
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Herman, the pictures did not load. I had the same trouble if I went back & edited my post, my pictures disappeared.

Subject: Saint Anthony Figs Replies: 18
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Hey Tim, could you possibly post a picture of the leaf? The fig matches an unknown yellow I have been trying to identify. Thanks in advance. 

Subject: VDB Shriveled Up Replies: 37
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Ken, to answer one of your questions, 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons so use 1 1/2 teaspoons per gallon for 1/2 strength. Hope this helps.

Subject: Hybrid Torch (no figs, but still beautiful) Replies: 9
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Thanks Ken, nothing more beautiful, to me, except maybe a fig. I live in the wrong climate for cactus:-(((. I guess I inherited some "Desert Blood" from my mom & her parents,lol. Enjoyed the pictures---Thanks!

Subject: Some pics from This weekend Replies: 18
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Nelson, you plants are looking well as are your Dad's. Looking like you are in for a bountiful harvest. Beautiful pictures, too.

Subject: How many air layers per tree? Replies: 3
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Hi Eve, I would think you can make as many air layers you want on a 4 year old tree. It is normal for the leaves to wilt a little at first. You also were right to move it into the shade which is generally recommended. My first airlayers maybe three years ago, I potted them up & left them in the sun not knowing any better. The leaves shriveled up and fell off, but I kept them watered and they recovered just fine and are now in ground productive trees. I do not recommend using my naive method, however.

Subject: Willis Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 17
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Gene, I do wish you luck with the storm. Put all your containers where they won't blow away(like you're not, duhhhhh!) Hope you don't get flooded again down on the bayou after all the work you have put in. Surely it won't be that strong.

Mike, I'm glad the Willis' are starting to grow for you. You are right about JR's plants and I'm glad to know about Georges'. I have Norman's Yellow(similar to DK) which did have a few brebas ripen in June, but only got to taste parts that the birds left. It is still putting on main crop figs, but they don't stay on very long before they drop, pretty sure your DK will do the same.

Dennis, yes, the Willis Black Jack Not and the IE Not have grown like mad. They had no signs of FMV, like the other two did. I just hate that I got two more Celestes(that makes 7 now) and probably more(long story). If I could get my truck around back, I'd pull some of them out along with the Brown Turkey to make more room. I got great plants from both Burnt Ridge and Rolling River(best).

Ken, it ought to taste great in your dry climate. Glad it's doing well for you. 


Subject: Need help with my ailing Sicilian Black Replies: 8
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John, looks like fig rust to me. Spray with bordeaux mix as directed. I'm pretty sure all the affected leaves will fall off, but will grow back. I doubt it'll hurt the plant. Check the undersides of the leaves and growing tips for spider mites, too. Looks like it may have gotten a little dry, too with the crispy edges on the leaves. I'm sure others will chime in.

Subject: Adriatic/Strawberry Replies: 3
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Nelson & Dennis, thanks for the comments. I'll look forward to being able to compare and possibly get a positive I.D. Yes the tree is in full sun and I didn't mention that it is a dwarfish tree. 8-10 years old and never been pruned, so that ought to tell you something. No more than 6' tall, 10-12' wide & bushy.

If  anyone would like wood in December, I can fix you up. You might(probably will) have to remind me,lol! I'm hoping I can get the same taste out of the JH Adriatic, without the splitting & souring. Time will tell. I'm sure it would perform perfectly in drier climates. I'll probably keep it though just because my parents had it.(Good memories).


Subject: Col de Dame Replies: 21
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Rafed, the Col de Dame Blanc you shared with me has really started to grow now. I mixed up a well draining potting mix to which I added a small amount of composted chicken manure. Everything I have planted in this mix greened up almost overnight and immediately took off growing. Caution that the run off from watering will stain the patio, but a little bleach took care of it. One fig friend cautioned that the manure may change the taste of the figs, but I'm really concentrating on growth now and these will eventually go in the ground.


Subject: Atreano Gold figs on my plate -- pics Replies: 21
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Wow Dennis, those all look great, thanks for posting.  Tim

Subject: Willis Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 17
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Mike, thanks. It took mine two seasons in the ground to get to this point. Hopefully yours will "find it's wings."

Rafed, I don't know about "on top of the fig world", but I'm finally seeing some progress. I have a lot of mistakes to overcome, still! I give Willis a 2 out of 4. The VDB and Panache were correct but, not so fortunate with the Black Jack and the Italian Everbearing(pretty sure they are both a Celeste).

Udaman, you will enjoy this cultivar. I ate a couple more yesterday that were dead ripe, and the flavor was unbelieveable. Has a more complex flavor than other figs I have eaten. Definitely a keeper.


Subject: Willis Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 17
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Thanks, George for the confirmation. I can't wait to get a better taste(just one didn't give me a good idea!)

Thanks Gene, looks like we can't win for losing this season. It is what it is!;o((( (still don't want to live anywhere else).

Thanks Sal, that's exactly what I'm gonna do. Hopefully we'll get lucky with this forecast.


Subject: Willis Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 17
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Here's my first ripe fig off my Willis Vdb. Figs are bigger than I expected(maybe because of rain), but the taste was wonderful, although, a little diluted, I imagine. The next ones I'll get dead ripe and see, if the rains cooperate. I don't want them to sour  or split--I'd rather get some kind of taste. Tree is loaded and is growing nicely despite a severe case of  FMV. I had it in a pot for one season and it looked pitiful. After I planted it in the ground Fall 2008 it seems to have overcome it's FMV and starting to perform now.Still shows some symptoms. Ignore the second picture it is one of my Celestes and ignore the repeats. I can't figure out how to delete them once they are inserted into Manage Attachments without completely starting over.

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Subject: Adriatic/Strawberry Replies: 3
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Here are some pictures I refer to as my Adriatic?(that's my best guess) Those of you that have it or have had it, does this look right? This tree grew at my parents house along with the Celeste when I grew up.. I started this from a cutting probably 8-10 years ago. Ripens over a long period(my Mother just called it Everbearing, starting appx. 1 month after Celeste starts. Anyway splits and sours if too much rain, but wonderful tasting fig when dry. Can take some rain without problem. Does have a very few brebas, but they always fall off early. Thanks for any help. FMV free.

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Subject: What is your biggest growing season problem in your area of the country? Replies: 30
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Birds and too much rain here in Texas.

Subject: Best guess anyone??? Replies: 28
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Here's another pic. I took this morning. They are a little watery from the rain, but still taste fair. No splitting or souring. These are much more squat than the first ones

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Subject: Fig allergy???? Replies: 29
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Sal, I'm sorry to hear of your allergic reaction and am glad you are feeling better. This is a bummer for a certified fignut,lol. My grandmother used to do the same thing, but she could eat them cooked with no problems.  Find you a hazmat suit or a beekeepers suit to keep yourself protected. Don't take "dying for figs" to any extremes. Just ribbing you of course, my friend.

Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
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Texas 77619 Zn9

Violette de Bourdeaux

Celeste

Tena

Many more to be evaluated. Stay tuned!


Subject: Best guess anyone??? Replies: 28
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Sal, I do see somewhat of a similarity and thanks for the side by side comparison. Still not sure. These gol' darn figs bees confusin', lol. Seriously, I may never know---it'll just be my unk. yellow #1(I have several).

Subject: Anyone Chow Down A JH Adriatic ? Replies: 13
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Paully, here's the picture of the first JH Adriatic fig. Been raining for two days, taste was pretty insipid, but it's the first fig on a one gallon plant started in March. I'm not worried about the taste as I know it will improve with maturity(too many good reports). The fig was not split, I cut in half before I remembered to take a pic,lol.

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Subject: Atreano picked this morning Replies: 9
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Hi Paul , beautiful pictures an a tasty looking fig. I hope yours is better than mine. I hear they have good brebas. How was the taste? I have the Rolling River Atreano, that has been very mild tasting for me.

Subject: Tena & MBVS Replies: 5
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Hi Ken, I received it spring 2009 from Rolling River. It is in ground. It is now 7-8' tall and wide, but a little spindly. I'm going to prune it back hard this winter. I prefer my trees as bushes and want to be able to cover it with netting. I got delicious fruit this season, although the skin is starting to get a little tough now in the heat, but it pulls right off.  I got few off of it last season late which were sweet, but definitely better now. I would think, it'll just get better with maturity as with most figs.

Subject: Brunswick?????? Replies: 8
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Herman, that's a great tip about adding the sugar last. Never thought of that,

Sal, I'm making some more, but I'm going to substitute 1/2 the sugar with Splenda and see what happens. I'll let you know. My only thing  is I'm not sure if it will be shelf stable without the full anount of sugar. It might have to be frozen or at least refrigerated. Herman? Anyone?


Subject: Best guess anyone??? Replies: 28
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Herman & Sal, thanks again, I will always trade it as an unknown. Man a guy can really accumulate a lot of unknowns without even trying. I had already decided it wasn't LSU Gold in that it doesn't droop when ripe, and the pulp is white with no cavity. It's still a keeper for now.


Subject: LSU Purple Replies: 18
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Vivian, thanks for your support. As you know, I'm kind of a joker anyway.

Sal, the seed crunch was nonexistent. Very mush jelly like. The second ones were a little better texture wise, but they have a long way to go.

Joe, thanks for the reminder on patience, I don't always have any, but I'll be a good boy and wait it out, patient or not, lol.


Subject: Tena & MBVS Replies: 5
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Thanks Herman, I know I picked them too early. Can't wait 'til next year.

Subject: Anyone Chow Down A JH Adriatic ? Replies: 13
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Paully, it's funny how a variant can root easy for one and be hard for another. They rooted easily for me.

Subject: Brunswick?????? Replies: 8
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Hey Sal, I would peel them before you freeze them .When it thaws, it'll be mushy but for jam it won't matter. I used this one from Ray Givan's Fig Booklet and it came out good. You can easily cut this in half. Make sure you use a heavy pot. I leave the peels on mine, but in your case, you probably wouldn't.

2 Qt. Mashed figs

6 c. sugar

3/4 c. water

Bring to boil slowly and then boil rapidly, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Boil until it gets thich. Then add 1/4 c lemon juice  and boil 1 minute longer. Jar it up & process in a boiling water bath to seal 15 Min.

To make the jam smoother, I find an emersion blender works great. Some figs fall apart more than others when cooked.



Subject: Big Brown Turkey MD Replies: 14
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That fig sure looks good. How is the taste compared to a Eastern Brown Turkey? Tim

Subject: Marseilles Black, Stella, Votata Replies: 18
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Dennis, I don't think Bass was holding out on you---I've noticed he updates his available list fairly often, so keep watch.

 I have O'Rourke fom JR, but it doesn't have the fingered leaves so, that's why I ordered it from Bass to grow side by side to compare.

James, great idea, I guess I'll have to start keeping chickens again. I don't think the wife would put up with dead animals,lol.


 

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