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Subject: Started four air layers on my REI fig tree Replies: 29
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Hey Tom,
Do you still think REI is the same as Black Spanish? To me, it looks just like my Red Isreal.
Cheers,

Subject: Durbrow Unk Replies: 14
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Looks like a fig common here in NC called King Authur.

Subject: OT: Why are paw paws not more popular? Replies: 36
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Yeah, how was that Pawpaw?

I'm happy as a tick on a fat dog!  I got a box of fresh ones in the mail moments ago!  Yahoo!!!!

Subject: Gallicia Negra on Ebay for identification Replies: 31
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Looks to me like it was an air layer that was just removed and placed inside a one gallon pot. 

Two years ago, I bought an expensive fig from eBay.  The person wrapped the entire tree in a plastic bag and placed it inside a shipping box.  My tree looked exactly like the one you got.   Two days later, it died.  I don't know if your tree was wrapped in a plastic bag or not.  But in my case, I contacted the seller and told him what he did wrong.  He apologied and sent me 2 rare cuttings of another tree but I still wasn't happy with the whole transaction.  I will not say who that person is, it's just not right to do that.

The moral of my point is this:  I you are going to ship a tree with leaves, never place that tree inside plastic!  Just wrap the base (the pot) in plastic and tape it good.  THEN secure the pot inside the box to keep it from moving.  It really is that simple.

If I were you, I'd contact the seller and try to get a replacement if you can.  But don't recommend bashing the person and I'm not saying you are.  Just try to work things out between the 2 of you.

good luck!

Subject: Does anyone recommend starting cuttings in winter? Replies: 16
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Nick, there are thousands of post and comments about this subject already out on this forum.  Try searching, it works great.

Subject: Instant carport as a greenhouse Replies: 12
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My motto is..."if you can believe it...you can achieve it!"  Just do it!!!!

I'd say go for it!  Tyler, I have that Shelter Logic 12x20 GH.  You have to add more earth anchors and tie it down well or it will sway in the wind.  Others on-line commented exactly what you said.  The tie-down system works, you just have to secure it tighter.  On mine, I bought an extra set of tie downs and earth anchors.  I placed one on the end of every post arm that touched the ground.  Mine does not move in the wind.  But I know it will if not secured to the ground well.  Mine is tied down using 12 additional earth anchors.  The anchors are 2 feet long.  Try screwing 12 - 2 foot long earth anchors in the ground by hand in clay!  You can't!  I predrilled my holes with a small gas powered post hole digger with a 2" - 3' long bit.  Had all 12 holes done in 15 mins!

The car port would work out fine but the GH is much cheaper in the long run.

Subject: Vogelzang Barrel Heater for Greenhouse Replies: 23
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Will do Nick.  My neighbor across  the street is an aircraft mechanic for the airlines.  He told me NOT to put the heater inside because it will generate too much heat and I won't have anyway to regulate it except opening vents and doors.  So, here is what I have.  

I have a large kerosene heater from Japan.  It's the first kerosene heater I've ever used that did not smell like kerosene!  It's one of those burn clean types.

 I also have a brand new propane heater.  It's theromatically controlled.  The problem is I can't use a small 20lb propane tank with it.  I hve to use a 100lb tank.  This might be my best option.  However, I have to consider where to place this tank?   And how much is it going to cost me in propane?

The barrel stove sounds like the best option but I'm not so sure!  Since my GH is super thick plastic, I have to make sure to have enough stove pipe above  the top or I could burn the whole thing up!

The good news is, at least I have options.  I think I'm gonna invite my neighbor over and get his opinion.  He's a "Macgyver" and is always outside building something.

Now that my stove is built, I can get a cord of wood for $50 bucks.  I'm thinking it will last me through winter.  My goal is to keep my GH between 40 and 50 degrees.  WIth a wood stove, now I have to make a hole inside my GH to accomadate the stove pipe and vent.  That's another task to consider.  I like the propane option because it's theromostatically controlled and my GH has 4 vents that will open if temps reached 70 degrees.

Subject: Vogelzang Barrel Heater for Greenhouse Replies: 23
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Project completed!

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Subject: 3 Gallon Black Madeira $29.99 Replies: 71
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Good job Nick! I called them today and placed another order with them. They are one of the best fruit tree nurseries out there. We are lucky they are in business and sell a large selection of figs.

Subject: OT: Why are paw paws not more popular? Replies: 36
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Ed, that's what he told me. I'm new to pawpaws and one of my tree had blooms on but the others didn't. Hopefully, a few of my others will bloom b/c cross pollination in required for what I've heard. Ed what variteies do you have? How far apart are they?

Subject: OT: Why are paw paws not more popular? Replies: 36
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Bob, I hope you're right because all the pawpaws I've tasted were from seedling.  I tried to get some know varieties to taste at the Ohio Pawpaw festival but all they had were from seedlings.  But I tell you what!  If named varieties taste anything close or better than wild seedlings, then man I may have to stop growing figs and focus my attention to just pawpaws.  Right now, I'm collecting seeds from those eaten this year.  Heck I've got pawpaw seeds from Ohio, Indiana, Pennsyavania, and North Carolina now.  I got mine in damp Pro-Mix in the fridge labeled by state.  I plan starting them March 1st.

I just think it's amazing how they repopulate the earth all by themselves.  There's a guy on youtube that talks about that.  The fruit just falls to the ground, decays, leave fall and covers it.  Then snow comes and covers it, then Spring comes and more debris comes.  Then when it get warm, the seed sprouts a long tap root and starts growing.

Come March of 2016, I will plant all of my Pawpaws in the ground and start about 50 to 60 from seeds.

Subject: OT: Why are paw paws not more popular? Replies: 36
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Bill, I completely agree with you!  I think one of the main reason many farmers don't grow them is because it takes 6+ years before you can taste the fruit.  We want that "instant gratification" when we plant something!  But some things just take time.  But mark my word...one day they will be the next best fruit to get but hard to find.  And they will be $20 dollars a pound by then.  I am slowly leaning to growing more Pawpaws than figs.   The fruit is just that intoxicating!!!!!!

After eating my first Pawpaw, I was hooked!  To me, the best way to eat a pawpaw is when it turns brown in the refrigerator.  They ripen too fast on the counter.  Here in NC, they are on the rise.  I know a guy that owns a blueberry nursery.  Over the years, he has researched and grew a lot of pawpaws.  He and I have discussed Pawpaws in depth quite a bit.  I made a visit to his place last week.  And what a beautiful place he has!  He has the largest Pawpaw patch I've ever seen.  BUT it is the first Pawpaw patch I've ever seen too!  How did he start growing Pawpaws?  He obtained famous "best tasting" Pawpaw seeds from the NC Dept of Arg 10 years ago.  He said, they gave him a large bag of rotten fruit for free.  From those Pawpaws, he extracted the seeds, numbered them, and planted them.  He said his tree took 6 years to fruit.  Today, his trees are 15+ feet tall.  To me, it looked like he has 50+ trees planted in one spot in rows and columns.  I'm going back to visit him real soon.

What do they taste like?  To me they don't taste like bananas.  They just have the firm texture and feel of bananas especially when brown and fully ripe.  When they are soft and green, they have a texture of fat green mangos, not the long yellow mango---but the green ones with red spots.  To me, they do have a vanilla custard flavor---when fully ripe and brown in color.  To me, when eaten soft green and ripe, they do have a bitter after taste that lingers on your palate.  When they turn brown, the white flesh turns yellow and the flavors are more relaxed and very sweet.  To me, this is when they taste their best.

Subject: Incoming Hurricane (US Eastern Seaboard) Replies: 7
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Well, here in NC---its been raining off and on for 5 days straight!!!!   We don't need anymore rain!  I'm having to go out and lay some of my large container trees on their side to keep them from dying from water!  I guess this is payback for no rain in June and July!

Subject: Black Madiera Leaves question Replies: 43
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Thanks Brandy!   A real class act!

Subject: 3 Gallon Black Madeira $29.99 Replies: 71
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 4,354
 
Ditto, same here---got a call from them too.  My trees did fruit and it was a black fig. But it was not Black Maderia.  We talked about a replacement but I opted for a full refund.  Not bad in my book....a black fig plus money back!  They said they took a huge loss from their supplier on those trees and I know they're truly sorry for the mistake.  Mistakes do happen.  Many of us have purchased trees from Home Depot, Lowes or another nursery and later learn the tree is not what its suppose to be.  Despite their mix up,  I will always buy fig trees from JF&E.  Problems like this do happen and a first for me with JF&E.  They best ones will admit their mistake and support the buyer.

JF&E did say they do have real Black Maderia UCD cuttings rooting now but it will be a few years before they will be able to sell them because BM is a slow grower.

Frank, I'm not sure if it is Col Littman's Black Cross of not.  I have CLBC.  My tree did not fruit this year.  However, Newnandawg has CLBC and his did fruit.  So, I will contact him for some help.  

Subject: Extras for Shipping Replies: 29
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St Jean....ill take it.

Subject: Letizia Replies: 17
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Yes, Florea. They both fruit the same time and look the same to me.

Subject: Some figs and pawpaws Replies: 11
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Hey Wayne, how do you like your pawpaws?  Soft and green or brown and very ripe?  To me, the vanilla custard rich flavor really comes out when they turn brown.  That's my favorite way to eat them.  But place them in the fridge and let them slowly ripen or they will turn black and rot if set out too long.  I love the way they smell.  But the smell is very tropical smelling.  If you smelled the once, you will remember the smell!

Subject: New winners in my back yard. Replies: 26
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Marius is the new fig whisper! Nice looking figs my friend.

Subject: OT - Ohio Pawpaw festival Replies: 25
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Bill at the festival, no one that I talked to who had Paw paws, had named varieties. I walked around and asked lots of questions. From what I've seen, 90% of the plants I touched were seedlings. Now, I've been rsearching Paw Paws and in my area noone knows anything about them! One guy told me to just stick with the wild ones growing in my area area. So, that's what I plan on doing. I do have one seedling but plan on getting 2 more tomorrow. I do plan on planting mine in the ground and hope the voles stay away.

When Jon and I were in UCD, he talked about how good cherimoyas are. I've never tasted one but I do know Paw Paws are in the same family. I tasted one a few years ago and now I'm hooked! It has a taste like non other! The Amercian Indians use to pollinate them using a feather. I plan on doing the same next year. Maybe its time to start a PawPaw forum?

Subject: self-watering for the lazy Replies: 14
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Don, with that mix....how often did you have to water your trees?

A good number of my trees are in 27 gallon SIPs---Bill's method.  On a 90 degree day, those in pure compost only need water once every 4 days.  Those in a compost mix plus perlite and other stuff HAD to be watered daily!  If not, the leafs would sag and stress would begin.  I did a test last Winter and only mixed my compost with just one tree.  That one tree has been a thorn in my side every since.  The others can do days without water.  I think I'll stick to Bill's method of SWPs on all my trees.  You can't argue with success IMHO.  I will be repotting that tree next month.

Subject: OT - too late to plant paw paws? Replies: 13
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Hey Lou, how old were your trees when you first planted them?  I got voles and worried about planting them in the ground.  But I may have no choice.  The tap root on Paw Paws is pretty long.

Subject: De la Reina Replies: 11
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Figgyme, where are you located?


Subject: yet another unknown fig needs an identity Replies: 17
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 733
 
Alma.

Which is one of the underestimated figs out there.  Very rich tasting fig.  Definate keeper.

Subject: Photo speaks for itself Replies: 7
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Hey Lou, are those from a seedling?  Or a named cultivar?  Wow....I am impressed.

Subject: Long Brown Honey fig. Replies: 34
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Bump

Subject: What Do Fig Wives Do? Replies: 28
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ChrisK, I just edited my post.  She didn't complete it in one day.  It took her a few weeks.  She finally made me one after I complained about her making everybody a blanket except me.  He hehe.  This one is by far the prettiest I've seen though!

Subject: OT - too late to plant paw paws? Replies: 13
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Next year we will hook up! I'm trying to get my wife to let me buy a teardrop camper so we can camp out there!

Subject: What Do Fig Wives Do? Replies: 28
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My wife crochets A LOT! She make blankets for expecting mothers in our church. Here is one blanket she just finished yesterday.  It took her a couple of weeks.  This blanket is over 6 feet long and 4 feet wide. I had to lay it on the floor just to snap this photo!

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Subject: OT - Southeastern Fig Festival - Charlotte, NC Replies: 116
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More pics I forgot about.

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Subject: OT - Southeastern Fig Festival - Charlotte, NC Replies: 116
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We had a wonderful time.

Subject: OT - too late to plant paw paws? Replies: 13
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If I were you, I'd wait till Spring to plant PawPaws.  I went to the 17th annual PawPaw festival in Ohio last weekend.  It was great!  PawPaws are starting to be my best fruit.  When you taste one...you will be looking for more!  Here is the post I started last week.  

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/ot-ohio-pawpaw-festival-7610599?pid=1288825907



Subject: ants in my figs? Replies: 10
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You probably got ants nesting inside your pot like me. Like others said, tanglefoot works great just don't apply it directly to your tree. Use painters tape or paper. Then do what I do. Add a third of fire ant bait plus to your tree and water it in. That will definately get rid of them.

Subject: A Harvest,best my figs can do this year,after die back,to ground. Replies: 10
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That's impressive VS. I've been picking Black Jack figs daily. Along with Strawberry (the heirloom, not Green Ischia) and Improved Celeste. I didnot winterize my Sal's Coreleone the past years and man I tell you what! That fig tree is pretty hardy! And this year with a lack of rain, the figs are one of my best rich tasting figs. Years past, the figs would split and sour but not this year. It is one impressive fig tree that I will winterize going forward.

Subject: Mt. Etna taste comparison Replies: 12
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Steve, I have tasted all 3 side by side.  All three of those you mentioned are top performers this year.  In my climate, MB were very large and completely dark purple this year.  TV and Sal's were prolific this year.  I love the richness of TV.  My MB is one huge tree. All 3 are in pots.  All 3 will be winterized inside this year.  MB is the only one in a SWP.  But that's going to change this weekend.  Any tree that feeds me---get extra care for winter.  And all 3 of those fed me very well.

I'd also say that there are a few others that stood out----Gino's, Don Fortsis, and Angelo's Dark.  You just can't go wrong with them either.

Subject: OT - Ohio Pawpaw festival Replies: 25
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Once you try Pawpaw.....you will be hooked! It truly does taste like a cross between a mango and a banana. I like them when they turn almost black.

Subject: OT - Ohio Pawpaw festival Replies: 25
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Oh and I also have these

KSU Atwood
Lehman's Chiffon
Prolific

I plan on hand pollinating these for a few years.

Subject: OT - Ohio Pawpaw festival Replies: 25
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 495
 
It was great!

Pino, that won't be a problem fo me! I currently havee these:

1. PA Golden
2. Mango
3. Taytoo
4. Shenandoah
5. Sunflower
6. NC-1
7. Neal
8. Sweet Alice
9. Wilson
10. Potomac
11. Susqueheana
12. Wabash
13. SESQUAHANA
14. RAPAHONOCK
15. OVERLEESE
16. SUNFLOWER
17. Sue
18. Mitchell
19. and now the Ohio seedling

Subject: OT - Ohio Pawpaw festival Replies: 25
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Last Friday, Jackie and I drove to Ohio and attended their Pawpaw festival. It was great! It rained the first part of Saturday morning but the rest of the day was great. We met a lot of folks. We tried lots of pawpaw foods and certainly some Pawpaws! There were trees for sale and yes I did get one seedling. Here are a few pics.

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Subject: 2015 Staten Island, NY Fig Festival at Killmeyer's! Replies: 21
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If I were closer....I would definitely be there!  Y'all be safe and have fun!

Subject: New Member Replies: 21
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Welcome Kricket!  I'm glad to see more ladies are joining the forum.  Sounds like you're getting hit with the fig bug!  Buy hubbie a new fishing lure.  That will pacifier him for a while!  Look out though!  Figs are addicting!!!!!!!!   It is hard to keep just one!  Again, welcome.

Subject: Brogiotto Bianco NOT!!!!!!!! Replies: 19
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Hey Vinny, I get nothing in that link.

Subject: Brogiotto Bianco NOT!!!!!!!! Replies: 19
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Thanks guys. Some say Brogiotto Nero and some say Noire de Barbentane. I have several Brogiotto Neros and no Noire de Barbentane. I am hoping this is NdB. The 5 lobe leaf pattern does match NdB based on Hermansur's photo. The ripe I ate was excellent. I look forward to eating more figs. More to come....

Subject: Brogiotto Bianco NOT!!!!!!!! Replies: 19
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Thanks guys. VS, I hope you're right because I don't have NdB in my collection. I just moved the tree up close to my back door for protection.

The ebay seller did contact me and is checking his sources. Again,I'm not mad....just trying to confirm what this fig is if I can.

Subject: Brogiotto Bianco NOT!!!!!!!! Replies: 19
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Laughing....completely tickled! I bought this fig tree on eBay last July. I kept it indoors all winter and when Spring came, it just took off! I repotted it fed it and kept watering it. It currently has figs on it and there is one fig that I covered. As I waited, days go by then the fig turns BLACK. It's shaped like Black Maderia but this fig has a tight eye and does not split in the rain. The tag says, Brogiotto Bianco. I checked my records and sent the seller a PM and no reply yet. So, I've decided to post pictures of this tree and ripe fruit for replies on what this fig might be.

If the person who sent me this reads this, please note, I am no way upset. This fig could be one of your prized figs that was mislabeled or lost the tag. All I want is to help identify what it is if possible.

Anybody got an idea what this fig is? Here are pics.

Thanks!

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Subject: Bisirri Large 2015 Replies: 16
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I have Bisirri 1 and 2.  B2 is a black fig....excellent tasting too!   B1 is a white fig and also great tasting!  I got mine from Almost Eden.

Subject: Nero 600, RDB, Kathleen black 2015 Replies: 11
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Moreover, the leaf pattern of my KBs are nowhere close to the leaf pattern on my NdC.  The figs on my NdC are flat out of this world good.  And the same goes for my KBs.

Subject: Nero 600, RDB, Kathleen black 2015 Replies: 11
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 517
 
Steve, it is very true my friend!  My in ground RdB is one of my oldest trees in the ground.  I got mine from Bass years ago when he first started selling them from his website.  It did produce figs this year but if I don't winterize it this year, I know it will be dead next year.  I might dig it up.  the root ball is massive but at least I know it will survive.  I have 3 KBs.  One is in a 10g pot.  I'm getting ready to upsize it to 27g pot next week.  One is in the ground and doing fine.  Both have figs on.  The one in the ground is in a great spot of loam soil.  Ronde is on the top of a hill in clay.  I don't think KB and NdC are the same.  My NdC ripen weeks ago.  My KBs have not ripen yet.  My NdC came from the UK.

Subject: Figs that nobody likes Replies: 29
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Hello Harvey, I also have Red Isreal.  I like it too!  To me, the figs are longer and have a dark red color when ripe.  The figs are not as fat as Black Jack but are a little sweeter, IMHO.

Subject: New fig tree turning yellow and brown, and droopy Replies: 17
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Every time I repot a active growing and leafed out tree in mid to late summer, the tree gets stressed.  The leaves turn yellow and they fall to the ground.  It has been my experiences in my cases the tree was not able to hold water at the roots.  Plus temps were over 90 and the added heat did not help!  After sitting the tree in a bucket of liquid root stimulator for a few days, the tree bounced back after dropping all the yellow leaves.  New leaves popped out in days and now you can't tell the tree was ever stressed.

 

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