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Subject: Figs on eBay Replies: 2
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Thanks Martin, not naming any names, I was encouraged to look elsewhere by several. I love this forum!


Subject: Finally My cuttings are here Replies: 118
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GO Nelson!!!! I leave mine in cups longer so that when I transfer them, they come out soil & all and right into gallon pots.  That way the roots aren't disturbed. I'm not saying you did anything wrong, just what worked for me. If you asked 10 different fig nuts, you'd likely get 10 different answers.They're looking great!


Cecil, you always give good advice! I swear them thumbs are turnin' green.


Subject: VdB with leafs turning black? Replies: 15
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Cecil, could it be soot caused by honeydew from a surrounding tree? I know aphids and white flies cause this. Does it wipe off with damp rag? Also check under the leaves for white flies. I'm just guessing of course since you didn't post a picture.

Subject: Figs on eBay Replies: 2
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Anyone have personal knowledge of SoCal Nursery who has an eBay store selling figs? I see they have quite a few varieties including a 5 gal. Ischia Black for $108 w/free shipping. Still not sure whether I want one that bad, but it sure was interesting! My biggest fear is that it's the true variety. Thanks in advance for your comments.

Subject: Head's Up!!! Zergas is back! Replies: 6
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I know this subject is kind on redundant, but: please don't support this person. He has cuttings listed on eBay again(mifig4fun). I see some unsuspecting person already bid on them. I know all of us forum members are well aware, but wanted to post this for any of the uninitiated. Thanks

Subject: my first ever fig! Replies: 9
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Hi Mike, glad you're getting to taste the fruits of all your labor. Kind of gives you hope for next year,when the tasting should be better, don't it!

Subject: My last two figs. Replies: 15
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Okay here is the truth. She really doesn't cook. After returning from our honeymoon some 34 years ago, she woke me up the next morning and asked me how to make boiled eggs.LOL! I'm not lying!I've always been the cook at our house. I love to cook and if I must say it, I'm a very good cook. She always preferred yard work which was okay with me. We're kind of odd that way. My 3 kids, even my 2 daughters - in - laws call me when they need to know how to cook something.My wife is a great person with a kind heart. She might "cook my goose" about some things, but not cooking. We've been together 34 years and she doesn't like figs either!

Subject: Visit To Adrianos Replies: 24
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Cecil, you're right about west Texas! I was referring to the stereotypical  idea that many people have about Texans chasing Indians on horseback with a six shooter on each hip!Haha!

Subject: Mexican Figs Replies: 4
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Thanks Maggie & Nelson, that is pretty much what I thought, but needed a little reassurance from all you great people on this forum. I still can't believe I didn't buy one!

Subject: How to treat my Figs this Winter? Replies: 10
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I can see where there might be a problem with what I posted earlier, especially if the temperature would drop fast or a prolonged warm spell. I guess this situation has not really presented itself yet here. I'll have to make sure & keep watch this winter---don't want to lose any youngsters after all my hard work! 

Subject: Mexican Figs Replies: 4
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I found a nursery close to Houston the other day that had fig trees. The owner was a young Mexican woman who spoke broken English. She had huge 5 gallon fig trees for $15 ea. She only knew that they were from Mexico and said the figs were green. I looked them over & found some huge near ripe figs on them. Purple/Black at the bottom and green toward the stem. They look like the mission figs they they sell in the grocery stores for $5/lb. No guys, I didn't buy one---guess I was too overcome with "fig snobbery" not knowing the actual variety---completely overlooked the fact that they were only $15!LOL! I can always go back. I guess what I'm asking is, is this a common variety for Mexico(i.e.Mission)? I didn't have a camera with me. Anyone got any ideas?

Subject: How to treat my Figs this Winter? Replies: 10
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Hi Cecil, although I'm one zone below you, our weather is very similar. I always leave mine right where they are. They go dormant and have always stayed there until spring. We have some 70-80 F temps in the winter, but not for extended periods. I've not had a problem with them breaking dormancy. Just my two cents.

Subject: a fig you wish you have Replies: 8
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Hi Bass, that is a delicious looking fig, but I have to admit, I thought you might be pulling a MARTIN on this one!LOL! Glad to find out it really exists. Thanks for sharing.

Subject: Visit To Adrianos Replies: 24
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Hi Nelson, your plan(your Dad's & yours) sound like a great idea. You might want to mention that he would be hard pressed to find a real cowboy in Texas! LOL! Good luck with all your cuttings.

Subject: My last two figs. Replies: 15
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Looking great, Gene-too bad it's your last jar! Bummer! I do mine similarly(my wife doesn't cook--AT ALL!). Enjoy and thanks for sharing.

Subject: Finally My cuttings are here Replies: 118
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Hi Nelson, looks like they are doing well. Don't worry about top growth, you want the cuttings to concentrate on root development now. The top will burst out later when there are sufficient roots to support it. Good Job!

Subject: My Big Guilbeau (pic) Replies: 13
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Nice looking tree, Cecil! I think your thumbs are turning green afterall! Ha!

Subject: Finally My cuttings are here Replies: 118
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Hi Nelson, this is what worked for me: I moistened the potting mix slightly before I potted the sticks. Put a little mix in the cup, gently held the stick & crumbled mix aroung it, then gently knocked it on the table to slightly settle the mix. Don't pack it--it needs to be airy. Then I watered them thoroughly & let drain. Put them in a clear bin & put on the lid, back in the bathtub(it gets indirect light there). If it get's too moist in the bin, open it a little for an hour or so-then close it back up. I don't water them again until they are completely dry. You'll be able to tell if you use clear cups, they'll be light and no condensation inside the cups. Then, i usually wait a few more days before I water them, just to be safe. Then I give them just a little water, maybe 1/2 cup. Be sure they don't stand in water in the bin. Usually , they are well rooted in the mix before i have to water them the second time. Then I wean them out of the bin which is humid--slowly. This spring, I put them directly in my shaded greenhouse. It stays pretty humid and if they looked like they needed a little extra, I just spritzed them good with a little water. Before you know it you can pot them up in gallon pots.Hope this helps---I'm sure some of the more experienced members might have some other tips.


Subject: Finally My cuttings are here Replies: 118
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Cecil , good point about cutting them in half!


Nelson, yes, I did have to reapply the peroxide mixture once the mold starts, like every 2-3 days, but it kept it down long enough to get them rooted. I forgot to mention that on my first attempt, I used an old heating pad wrapped in a towel, in a bathtub, on low. I had the cuttings in baggies, in a clear ,covered bin, on top of the towel. I left it this way for weeks, like I said, NEWBY DUMBA--! No wonder I had so much mold! Since then I sit the bin in the bathtub with no heat whatsoever.(This is inside the house!) Works just great. Re: the cups with the domes, opening them a little every day or so to regulate the humidity, helps to retard the mold too. I've read where some here poke holes in the dome to keep it from getting too moist. I also know from experience that if a lot of condensation forms on the small leaves, they will rot too.


Subject: Finally My cuttings are here Replies: 118
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Nelson, the only benefit I know about is that spagnum is said to retard mold. I used spagnum in the past on a few cuttings with good results. I think I prefer the Baggie method with newspaper, It's just easier,for me, and the newspaper seem to retard mold better that paper towels. Glad you didn't have any mold problems. I have mold problems every time, but as I think I said before, 50/50 H2O & peroxide takes care of it.I have to laugh at myself---the first time I used the baggie method, I had lots of rooted sticks, but was waiting for the roots to get longer. I got busy and kind of forgot about them(for like a week & a half), when I checked them, I had long roots, but severely molded cuttings that did not recover. I was a complete newby(dumba--), Ha!Ha! I learned a lot from that first attempt and from the wonderful guidance of the great people on this forum. Good luck with your cuttings!

Subject: my brown turkey Replies: 13
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Papayamon, sure looks robust. I hope you get to taste some this year, however, it looks like it'll be gangbusters next year. Are you going to protect it somehow this winter? It must be hard  when having to be away from home for work. I would have never thought you'd get that hard a freeze there, but what Bass told you makes sense.

Subject: question Replies: 8
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Yes, lots of people "LURK" in silence, for their own reasons which I'm sure makes sense to them! There is just no real way to explain it!

Subject: Finally My cuttings are here Replies: 118
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Hi Nelson, glad your black ones are rooting. Re: the white ones that are showing no progress, just be patient making sure they don't mold or dry out. They should eventually root. I've had this happen many times when some sticks of the same variety just take longer. Good luck!

Tim


Subject: Happy Thanks Giving Replies: 3
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Another Happy Thanksgiving from Texas! Did you eat the figs fresh or add them to the Dressing/Stuffing?

Subject: Another Growing Season Done Replies: 19
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Martin, too bad your season is so short, however, you do a wonderful job of growing figs. I for one, always enjoy your posts, detailed descriptions and great pictures I think it's great, the way you are so kind and generous with your support of all of us here on the fig forum. I want you to know how much you are appreciated.

Subject: lurking newbie intro Replies: 13
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Hi Eve, welcome to this big fig family. Sound like your collection took off with a bang. It'll be interesting to read you future posts. You make me glad I'm in Texas! Buffalo?(BBBBBBBBBBBBRRRRRR!) Again, welcome.

Subject: Gino's Fig:Getting some well ripe fruyits today Replies: 9
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Nice looking figs H. I use the same kind of containers to air layer. I figure they are going in the trash anyway, why not use them for something else and recycle them for a while. Always enjoy your posts.

Subject: Finally My cuttings are here Replies: 118
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Great News Nelson, they rooted very quickly. I hope they do well for you.

Subject: question Replies: 8
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Dan is now posting on GWFF only. Seem he ran into some conflicts here! I miss all his valuable input also.

Subject: I think I got Punked !! Replies: 92
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Lowe's has been running their "Lowe's Knows" campaign for years, I always teased my son who used to work for them that "lowe's doesn't know $h*t". They are all at the mercy of the nurseries that supply them.Walmart & Home Depot are the same. They place hanging baskets of ferns in full sun and put their cactus & vegetable plants in dense shade. Lots of shade plants come in labeled for full sun from the nurseries that supply them. All bad information for gardeners who don't know any better. No wonder there is so much plant confusion, including figs.

Subject: I think I got Punked !! Replies: 92
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Nelson & Cecil, that's always been my gripe w/eBay. They let these unscrupulous ones do it over & over without any retribution. One guy called Plantranch I ordered a Hardy Chicago a couple years ago. I received a little plant, but definetely was not a fig at all. He refused to make it right, so I gave him negative feedback. Guess what---he gave me negative feedback too making up some hard to swallow story. Then the guy had some nerve to ask me to mutually agree to remove the negative feedback. He did this to everyone that had a problem with his products. He had 100's of negative feebacks in a year, then abruptly quit selling(or changed his user name) when they only allowed the buyer to leave neg. feedback. I had a similar experience with Hirtsgardens/Seedmart! Okay, I'm off my soapbox now! Ha!



Subject: Seeking advice on cuttings Replies: 9
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Hi Gene, I rooted some last fall/winter in baggies in a clear plastic bin until they rooted. I just kept the bin in the house close to a window where they got indirect light. I just followed Jon's instructions on F4F site. They did great. After i rooted them I potted them in clear plastic cups(Foam works just as well just harder to tell when rooted), watered a little & put back in the covered clear bin until they were well rooted. Then I gradually conditioned them to the greenhouse(mine has some shade cloth on top) & let them grow. You have to be very careful not to over water the newly rooted cuttings(I learned that the hard way). It is my opinion that they are much  faster to root in  the Spring, but like Jon said, there's no reason why you can't start some now too. Good luck to you!

Subject: I think I got Punked !! Replies: 92
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Nelson, I hope you haven't been punked, but since you circumvented the eBay system, they won't help you at all. They really don't provide any actual help even when bought "legally". Believe me, I've been taken several times. I hope you get your cuttings soon.

Subject: Meade fig Replies: 11
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Nice looking figs, Mike, and welcome. How do they taste? I found it very helpful to read all the old posts on this forum and the GWFF. Everyone is so knowledgeable and helpful and you can benefit greatly from others mistakes and trials through the years. I would have never guessed that there were so many fig varieties growing in so many places. You definitely came to the right place to learn.

Subject: Our cool front :-) Replies: 25
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Wish we could send you guys some warm weather. It's supposed to be 66F tomorrow morning and 63 Wednesday morning. I can't wait. I save most of my heavy outdoor projects for Fall/Winter. Hardly ever gets below freezing here, 25F once in a while. 40's/50's/60's during the day most of the winter. I've got quite a few more figs to plant and a couple more split rail fences to put up--nothing big.

Subject: Video : Fig Newton Replies: 7
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OK, I'll bite, what is a sofa fig Cecil?

Subject: Our cool front :-) Replies: 25
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This Fat Boy is ready for some cool weather too! I used to fish, mostly saltwater, but my son in law does a lot of fishing, but doesn't like to clean them. Guess who gets them?

I don't understand why catch 'em if you're not gonna clean 'em? He doesn't understand my fig addiction either! Always asks me "don't you have enough fig trees?" I always say no, of course!


Subject: Sal's Corleone ripening figs (pic) Replies: 51
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Okay Cecil, 72 and counting, so what? You're still a spring chicken, enough with the negative attitude! Enjoy it! Glad you got a taste of your SC. At least you had sense enough to by the real one--I'm 56 and sorry to say, didn't have that much sense! Ha!

Subject: Your Fig Season Replies: 8
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Martin, somewhat dismal here too. Every fig fell off from heat/drought this year except

my unknown green fig that was delicious(It likes it dry). Thank heaven my Mother in laws' old Celeste held all it's figs. Most of my figs are young. Hoping for next year too.


Subject: Smith Replies: 17
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George, thanks for the picture & description. Nice looking.


Paully, I got my "Smith" from Zergas too, but definitely not Brunswick. I have a mess!


Subject: Closed Eye Varieties Replies: 27
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Thank you Jeff, I have Hunt on my wish list. Hardy Chicago, I think I already have--going to wait & see. I bought cuttings last year from Zergas(mifig4fun) of quite a few varieties, I'm sure they're mixed up or substituted. I have a small Sal's Corleone from him and the fig that's getting ripe now is green! I knew something was up when the Black Madeira cuttings rooted easily(they're supposed to be difficult).Oh well, most of these I started from cuttings, so it's not any major loss. It wasn't my intention to have quite a few unknowns(I wanted what I bought), just like the rest of you, but I guess if they taste good and perform well, then it's ok.  I had no guarantee the ones I wanted would necessarily perform well either .Hope you have a speedy recovery.

Subject: NJ ,Third Harvest Pixes Replies: 4
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Nice looking figs H. I hope these Marseilles Black cuttings I bought from you this spring take off next year. I can't wait to taste them. Here are the pictures, they've done well. Thanks.

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Subject: Closed Eye Varieties Replies: 27
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Thanks Martin, that's good to know. I have a Vdb.  that's been in the ground a year now, but haven't tasted any yet. The first group all fell off from Heat/water stress earlier this season, but now is full of figs again, if I'm real lucky, maybe I'll get to taste it this year. I'm glad yours is still ripening figs in spite of your weather. Mine should act more normal next year, I hope. Mine came from Willis, but is definitely Vdb.I've added pictures please disregard the first one, I don't know how to remove it.

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Subject: Closed Eye Varieties Replies: 27
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Hi Ed, Thanks for the info. I have have Atreano from Rolling River, so  I  guess I'll put Dark portugese on my list. 

Subject: Fig ID Help Replies: 5
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Cecil, after I thought about what I said above, I hope I didn't come across rude. I was just joking around and hope you know that! Tim

Subject: Closed Eye Varieties Replies: 27
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J- if you have extra cuttings, I'd like some too. Glad to pay whatever. 

Gene--thanks for trying to set up that Galveston fig hunting trip---great idea. Come on over & go with me. Only an hour away. Galveston is kind of a scary place(seedy) & don't want to go alone. No offense to J, I'm referring to the older neighborhoods. I'm "skeered". Ha!

Ken, thank you for listing these closed eye varieties, that helps me a bunch. I'll have to make room.


Subject: American Gold Standard Fig Replies: 11
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You guys are too much! Thanks for keeping the pot stirred!

Subject: Closed Eye Varieties Replies: 27
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Thank you Jon, that's going to be one big undertaking. I figured as much, since I couldn't find anything. I love your site and this forum-they've both helped me tremendously. Look forward to buying some cuttings next spring from you, I just procrastinated too long this year. I do appreciate all you do. 

Subject: Dan??????????? Replies: 8
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I see Dan's posting on GWFF again. Hope he comes back here too!

Subject: Wuhan Replies: 47
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Bass, that's what I call one delicious looking fig. How's the taste?

 

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