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Subject: Texas Blue Giant Fig Replies: 6
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 275
 
Tony,
I have several Texas Blue Giant fig trees in 10 gallon pots.  I know exactly what's wrong with your tree.  Your tree is very root bound.  TBG is a fast growing tree.  I have one that's in a 10 gallon pot sitting on pure concrete.  It get 8 hour plus of sun a day.  Last year it gave me a boat load of figs.  This year, I got none because the tree is root bound and sitting on hot concrete daily.  It is the same age as my other trees but those are not on concrete and are not root bound.  You won't get figs this year but come Fall, up-pot your tree and root prune it.  Next year, you will be staking the limbs ups with 2x4s to hold the fruit on!

Subject: If you give Brown Turkey a Bad name, Check this! Replies: 74
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VS, that first picture you posted is one of mine that I took years ago from my 2 trees.  I still have that picture!  Back then, What I was trying to explain years ago is both groups of figs on the top and bottom came from 2 different Celeste trees.  Those in top came from James Robin.  I drove all the way from Charlotte to Oppolosus then on the Houston years ago picking up fig tree along the way with a unhaul on my truck!  Those in the bottom came from a Celeste tree in North Carolina.  Its possible JR got them mixed up!  I bought 3 of his Celeste figs which has me wondering if they truly are Celeste!  Why?  Because Celeste is 10x hardier than Brown Turkey!  His trees died to the ground 2 years ago when we were hit with 5 degree temps.  So, I think they really are BT figs and not Celeste!

There still is a lot of confusion around the world on these 2.  But the leaf pattern is a dead give away!  I do have several Brown Turkey fig trees from around the world and Celeste too.  My goal is to document all the sources where these trees are coming from.  In my travels around the south, Some folks call all figs brown turkey.  But the best brown turkey figs I've ever tasted came from Petal from the Past.  Their Brown Turkey tree came from Italy and has a dark red center.  Talk about more confusion!!!  LOL!

Subject: Byadi main crop Replies: 3
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I have one.  IMHO, it is the same as White Marseilles.

Subject: Dark vs. light - figs that is Replies: 20
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One strange thing I also noticed is whenever I have a lot of ripe figs on many trees at once, like now and the past few weeks, I have LESS bird strikes on my trees.  Don't get me wrong, the birds do hit my figs, but not so much when the trees are ripening.  I noticed the same thing at UCD years ago.  But they do hit light figs too.

Subject: On Ocracoke Island for the fig fest Replies: 14
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Yes. I got one from Chester.

Subject: Letizia Replies: 17
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Well I have to say, this was one of my best tasting figs this year!  I have 4 trees and the fruit on my trees are a round dark blue fig.  All 4 of my trees are very fast growers.  I will plant 2 in my orchard this Fall and see how it does in the Carolinas.  Get Letizia!  It is NOT Brown Turkey.

Subject: Letizia Fig Tree ?? Replies: 43
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Well I have to say, this was one of my best tasting figs this year!  I have 4 trees and the fruit on my trees are a round dark blue fig.  All 4 of my trees are very fast growers.  I will plant 2 in my orchard this Fall and see how it does in the Carolinas.  Get Letizia!

Subject: JF&E black Madiera ( not) Replies: 15
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Yeah, I agree.  I have 2 those Black Maderia Nots.  All 3 of mine produced.  They are very close to the real thing but the figs are smaller.  I think they are the same one that KKs sells from Maderia.  The figs look just them.  Plus my 3 trees are over 4 feet tall where as my real McCoy is still a dwarf tree. 

Subject: Airpots - anyone used them? Replies: 10
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Search for Airpots or Superoot pots here

Subject: On Ocracoke Island for the fig fest Replies: 14
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 283
 
This was a great event. I rode all over the island on a rented bike. I was boild stopping by and taking pictures of fig tres in lots of yards. I went by the garden nursery on the island and spoke to the owner. She told me where to find the largest Pound fig tree on the island. I rode over there and saw the tree. The tree is about 15 feet tall. I took some pictures. Will post them soon.

Chester and I sat and talked for almost an hour. He gave me the history of the island. He said he believed the pound fig has been here a long time.

Sharon right after you left, I stopped by the booth and talked to the team who sponsored the event. One of the ladies were from Charlotte. She wrote down my contact information and wants to interview me for their paper. They asked if I could come back next year and bring some figs and trees. I agreed.

The tree I have might be the Pound fig. Time will tell. However I did like Blanche Howard. That fig was sweet. The leaves look exactly like Bill Saxons Haikel fig. I have 2 of Bill's trees growing we will see soon if they are.

I will this.....the pound fig does favor the Improved Brown Turkey! Leaves and all match! But I need to be sure which is why I was looking a tree.

If work permits, I am going back there in October. This time I will be looking for property to buy! Yeah, I loved the island that much! I will post pics when I get back in town.

Cheers!

How bout those fig!!!!!!!

Subject: OT - Southeastern Fig Festival - Charlotte, NC Replies: 116
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Bad news guys...I have to cancel the fig festival. I'm in Dallas Texas now and have to stay longer then turn around and head for Chicago. My new job has me on the road a bit. Was arriving back on Wednesday but can't now. So we will have to meet and talk about Figs another day but not this year. Please pass the word.
Thanks, DJ

Subject: On Ocracoke Island for the fig fest Replies: 14
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I'm here! Had dinner at the flying melon resturant. They had figs foster on the dessert menu.

Subject: souther brown turkey Replies: 59
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 4,273
 
What he is saying about their brow turkey is true. I have 4 of them. It's a little larger than the standard brown turkey. But theirs is redder inside in my climate and sweeter. They should name it Monticello Brown Turkey because it's not the same as the one we know.

Subject: Fig trees and heat stroke Replies: 31
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 594
 
Your tree has the fig mosaic virus, aka FMV. Your fig is fine. All but one of my in the ground trees had FMV until I planted them in the ground. Some handle it better than others.

Welcome to the world of figs!

Subject: OT-Help Identify this Bite Mark Replies: 28
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 399
 
I had to update my email address.  Inbox is starting to charge for a fee.  It should work now.  I'll send you the recipe.  Just don't post it in the open forum.

Subject: Help identifying assaulted fig Replies: 11
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 138
 
Richie, BOL for this recipe via PM.  I don't want to publish it here.

Subject: Weird figs Replies: 22
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 381
 
I don't understand what he is saying is wrong? What weird Figs ?

Subject: OT-Help Identify this Bite Mark Replies: 28
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 399
 
PM me if you want it dead.  it will come back every night!

Subject: Help identifying assaulted fig Replies: 11
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 138
 
there is one thing I learned about critters is this......if they get a meal from somewhere.  They WILL definitely come back every night to seek more.  So, you can either catch him or kill him.  Me?  I do both depending on my mood.  If I'm pissed....I put out poison and the next morning, I walk outside and can pick up dead coons or possums.  I've killed 3 coons and one possum over the last week.  It is sad but when you go outside and see a large fig tree with half eaten fruit hanging from a tree and branches broken....It can really piss a person off!

Covering up a fig with little bags work sometimes, but in my area, the coons will target those bags first!  So, I quit using those bags for now. 

Subject: Possible unknown in nc Replies: 9
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VS, I think he is referencing the same tree. It's on a farm--- owners are a young sweet family. Yesterday, I got 2 of their large white fig trees. The trees they sold me are huge and barely fit inside my new truck! Both are airlayer but the owner creates large root balls. I'll post pics in a few weeks when they leaf out more. The owners told me they do not know what varieties these 2 figs are.

Subject: Possible unknown in nc Replies: 9
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 387
 
RJ, if you don't mine me asking.....where is this tree in Concord?

Is this the same tree?: Read my post here:

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/found-rare-black-fig-8186735__trail_50

We might be posting about the same tree. But the lady told me she did not know the owners of the house.

Subject: Unknown Spainish Black and friends Replies: 5
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 178
 
So far, my sweetest fig this year is my Unknown Black fig from Spain. I picked these moments ago. The Unknown Black from Spain has an unique flavor and taste. It's very very sweet. It has a bell shape. I picked 2 and each were perfectly ripe. The exterior is more red than black. Owensboro is also very good. But the unknown Spain is hard to beat. I give it a 12 on a 1-10 scale.

Enjoy!

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Subject: OT - Fig chutney Replies: 3
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Ok, I came home and noticed the ground was rock hard. I pulled out the hose and started watering my in-ground trees. The high heat got many figs ripening. So, I started picking a few figs....Marseilles White, Black Mission, Excel, Letiza, Owensboro, Desert King, Improved Brown Turkey, Black Jack, Don Fortis, and Improved Celeste. So, what to make? JAM!!!!! But Jackie said try something other than jam.

She told me I needed to reduce my sugar intake so I pulled out my Fig Chutney recipe. So, after washing these figs and cutting them into fourths, I added everything except the sugar. I cooked it down for about an hour then I added my palm sugar, which isn't that sweet and cooked it until it got THICK. I let it cool for about 4 hours them potted them up in some glass jars!

Grilled some salmon for dinner, roasted some beets and sautéed some green beans and a tablespoon of chutney! Awesome!

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Subject: Pro-Mix HP in SWCs: Straight or Add Bark? Replies: 6
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I don't recommend using ProMix for SWP. Remember you will need somethings that can wick water up. Use pure mushroom compost. It's heavy, but works like magic.

Subject: Moscatel Preto (Gone), De la Reina (MP) & Monstreuse available to trade :) Replies: 8
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I'd like some of that action . PM sent.

Subject: Yellow leaves brown spots Replies: 5
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 86
 
Hi Cynthia, post some pic of you tree leaves. Is your tree in a pot OT in ground ? It could be heat stress.....not enough water reaching the root system. Pics will help.


Subject: Another Unknown to Identify (hopefully) Replies: 7
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Alma

Subject: Alternative to Fig Wasp Replies: 7
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 317
 
Marianna, you can hand pollinate them but  with a large tree, it will be a JOB!  You will have to get some male capri figs and extract the pollen from the figs  but it can be done.  I hand pollinate my citrus trees.

Subject: Black mission pic Replies: 4
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So you want to see the leaf of this fig?  Here you go!


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Subject: Is this Binello? Something Else? Replies: 5
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 112
 
No, it's not Binello. It could be Don Fortis or Owensboro. I'd say Owensboro. My Ownesboro figs are ripening now and they look exactly like yours....leaves and all. It has a sweet berry flavor too. So, I'd say it Owensboro.

Subject: Black mission pic Replies: 4
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 189
 
Here are a few ripe figs I picked moments ago. They are from my Black Mission tree. This one is from my Monrovia strain. These figs were ripe but could have stayed on the tree a little longer. But, I have more figs on the tree so no biggie. The high heat streak this month has lots of figs ripening. Enjoy!

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Subject: Taking care of the Mess outside the Greenhouse Replies: 11
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Alan, had me cracking up with his comment!  LOL!!

Sharon, now is the time to plan for heating it.  Tell me again how you heat your GH?  I'm switching to propane this year.  Got the heater last year and will be installing it in September.

Subject: Dark vs. light - figs that is Replies: 20
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Not really.  There are 2 types of critters in my book.  Those that fly and those that walk.  The trick I've learned is to trick them to eating just one thing.  But sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  I have chipmunks and sometimes during the year I can have a lot of them.  So, I trap them with havahart traps and leave the traps out at night.  Come morning, the coons have gotten the critter out of the cage and moved on.  But sometimes if they smell figs in the air is strong, it will hit the fig trees.  A simple noise outside will shy away a coon but not a possum. 

I've stopped covering my figs with those bags.  Because the coons have learned to only go for those with bags now.  Birds will only hit my dark color figs unless they see ants on the fig then they will test it.  The best I can do is either net the tree or move it close to you home if its on wheels.

Subject: Summer time clean up Replies: 8
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Picture 5 is Black Mission. I have this one and a Black Mission NL. BMNL was 8 feet tall years ago. The polar vortex killed it to the ground 2 consecutive years in a row. I kept the rootball warm and placed the tree inside this GH. Today the tree is 6 feet tall but no figs this year.

Subject: You have to love Black Jack figs Replies: 21
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If you're serious about growing some great tasting figs, but this book: Chico's Organic Gardening and Natural Livings.

In the fig chapter, he talks about add salt to your soil or Epsom salt. It's an old book but priceless in knowledge.

Subject: Summer time clean up Replies: 8
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The trees inside this GH are over 5 years old in large pots and were on their last legs. I call them my special education trees. Some are rare like my Unknown Spain trees, some were just root balls that I nursed back to a full size tree. They could go outside but it only gets a few hours of sun a day. I will rotate my late ripening figs inside in a few months.


The GH is hot inside. Once it's hot, it stays hot. I keep it cool by rolling the sides up, 2 vents in the rear, and a full size screen door in the front. I have 2 oscillating fans inside on a thermostat. When it reaches 80 degrees, the fans come on. They turn off automatically.

Subject: Summer time clean up Replies: 8
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 173
 
Over the past week, I've received the clean up bug. I cleaned up around my orchard trees and started weeding those growing inside my GH. It's 100 degrees outside and varies from 94 to 97 in the GH. Here are a few figs ripening now, Unknown Spain and Black Mission. The high heat does wonders for figs.

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Subject: A new source, another not Ischia Replies: 20
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Yeah, that's a White Marseilles!  It's a good fig!

Subject: Prolific Peter's Honey Replies: 18
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Well, that's a very difficult comparison to perform.  First of all, their taste is like night and day.  Smith ripens first and has a rich tangy berry flavor.  People who taste Smith want more.  It taste like a black fig!

Peter's Honey is also an excellent fig.  The figs are tighter, tougher, and firmer than Smith when ripe.  And the figs do taste like pure rich honey.  For years, I had a hard time getting them to ripen fully because the coons would sniff them out and clean out the tree.  Peter's Honey is not as hardy as Smith for my climate.  I have about 5 PHs and around 5 or 6 Smith trees.  I'm starting to get rid of many of my collection and only carry those that truly put out every year and are very hardy like Smith and the unknowns.  Both figs are tied in my book

Italian Honey is not too far behind these.  I sold a guy one last year.  He planted it in the ground and this year it fruited for him.  He said the tree is 6 feet tall and is the sweetest fig he every tasted!  He brought me a few a month ago at the market.  The fig was still green but soft and very sweet.  He asked me if I had any more for sale!

Subject: Super hot days equals ripe figs Replies: 0
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Today, we almost matched a record of 100 degrees in Charlotte. Although we are getting daily pop-up showers across the Charlotte area, it hasn't been raining in my zone! The ground is so hard and dry. Some of my trees are getting a few yellow leaves at the base due to all the heat. I've been watering twice a day!

About 3 weeks ago, I gave my trees some dry fertilizer and now they look beautiful in the ground. Out of 60 trees, only one has a mild case of FMV. The others have figs on and with this heat, the figs are ripening fast. Today I picked:
Don Fortis
Owensboro
Improved Celeste
La Goccia d'Oro
Florea
Marseilles White
Italian Honey
Enrico L
Smith
Red Lebanese
Black Jack
Texas Blue Giant

But it's the heat that's making the figs ripen fast. More to come.....

Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
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My signature and profile is up to date.  Every time I post, my city, state and zip is there.

Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 1,273
 
No, it's definately not LSU Purple. I have 2 different varieties of LSU Purple. But, this fig is neither of those. But it does look like Negretta versus Black Ischia. Figs are rich tasting! Wife ate half of those in pic. Remaining 5 are mine!

Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
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Hmmmmmm, it does look like Negretta......leaves and fruit.

Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
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Here is a photo of me standing under the unknown black. The short tree on my left is another unknown fig of hers. She said the small one is an extra large green fig with a dark red center. She's giving me one of theses trees in a few weeks. I'll ask for cutting from both of these this fall.

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Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
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Whatever this unknown fig is, it has an amazing flavor and taste. I use to have Negretta. It is similar. But my Negretta is not hardy. It was prolific. I left mine out every year but mine came from Martin years ago. Mine died years ago and the center was Amber,

Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
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Ok, the jury is out on this fig. I compared the leaves to my Black Ischia UCD. This fig iis.....

Black Ischia

Since I found it, I call it Black Ischia DJ


The good news about this is it does not have FMV.

I will plant these trees in the ground in Fall. Those coming to my fig festival will see these trees up close.

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Subject: Fig varieties, advice please Replies: 5
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I have Brown Italian if it's the same as mine which is called Toni's Brown Italian. It's a lot like Latturula but brown on the outside and sweeter and richer.

Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 1,273
 
Black Ischia?  Hmmmmmm, it very well could be.  My 2 Black Ischia's are not ripe yet and are pretty large trees.  This lady's tree is 15 feet tall.  She lives on a farm with goats, chicken and such.  But the tree is beautiful!  No FMV whatsoever!  She said they toss goat dropping around the tree daily.  I took more pictures but will post them later.

You know...the more I think about it, it could be Black Ischia.  Her son gave me 2 trees....pretty large trees at that!  One is trying to fruit.  She has another tree right next to this one.  She claims the figs are green, very large, open eye, and dark red inside.  She's going to give me an air layer in a few weeks.  When I go back I will take a lot more pictures.  

Black Ischia huh?  Well I know it's not Violette de Bordeaux.   It is no where close to the leaf pattern.

I'll post more pics tomorrow!  thanks everyone for your comments! 

Subject: Found rare black fig Replies: 58
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 1,273
 
Good day, early this morning I went for a drive. I located a new rare black fig. It is truly an unknown. According to the owners, the tree has been there at least 20 years, but they are not sure. All I know is thie tree is 15 feet tall and loaded with ripe figs with more ready to come. The owner''s son rooted some cuttings and gave me a tree. Owner picked a few and gave them to me. The figs were ripe but could have stayed on a few more days. They were rich and very sweet. I don't know what variety it is. It's an unknown. Wish I knew what it is. Galicia Negra maybe?

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Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 639
 
It is a possum.

 

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