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Subject: Decisions, Decisions! Replies: 15
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Kristen, I agree with Coop and Don.  Hardy Chicago is hard to beat for hardiness---and the figs are very rich tasting.  I sent a friend of mine a tree about 3 years ago and he loves it!  He lives in Indiana and winterizes his tree with leaves and chicken wire.  He does get some die back every year though.

Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
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Hey Frank, I use to be convinced both Smith and Tx BA-1 were the same. Tx BA-1 is much larger greener and flat whereas Smith is bell shaped and medium size. Both are excellent tasting. Both are not hardy at all!

And here's the money shot on Tx Ba-1

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Subject: Hot Carolina weather means -FIGS!! Replies: 24
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Over the past 2 weeks, I've been picking a few figs. Here are a few picked...
Noire de Caromb (one of the best tasting)
Smith
Texas BA-1
Lyndhurst White
White Greek
Brown Turkey
Texas Blue Giant
Unknown Black Spain
Fortis
Strawberry
Peter's Honey
Big Al
Conadria
Binello
Tacoma Violet
Hearty Hartford
Improved Celeste
Murcina (very prolific!!!)
Black Celeste
Marva Silka
Pastilere
Longe d'Aout
Antonio Black
Florea
Latturula

Attached a only few pictures. I use to think Texas BA-1 and Smith were the same. I was wrong. They are NOT the same fig. The size, shape and taste is different. Enjoy!

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Subject: OT - Tankless water heaters Replies: 29
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Don, the recirc pump sends cold water in the line back to the water heater.  I think it will solve your problem.  I thought about my situation for years before installing the pump.  Back around 10 years ago, there was a guy on the internet called Dan Holligian.  One of his experts showed how to install one of these step by step.  I recorded the video on tape and went on line a printed out the steps but never installed it until this year.  Right now, I'm looking on line to see if Dan Holligan is there and can't find the link.  Anyway, Amazon sells them but maybe cheaper on eBay.  Read the reviews before you buy and take some negative commits with a grain of salt.  Some comments are just not true.  Here's the link for Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Laing-LHB08100092-AutoCirc-Recirculation-Timer/dp/B0046MDAK0

However, I did not pay that much for mine.  I think I paid $40 bucks on eBay back in 2007.  Again, mine works perfect!

Subject: Galicia Negra Replies: 7
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 754
 
Harvey, man I love your photos!  Great job!  Have your Longue d'Aout fruited yet?  If so, how does the richness of your GN compare to it?  LdA is my richness fig this year!  My second is my Unknown Black fig from Spain and Noire de Caromb.

Subject: Putting my photos on Facebook, FYI Replies: 8
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Thanks Harvey!  I will check out your page and keep in touch.

Subject: Self watering containers: too much water? Replies: 9
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 413
 
Exactly what Steve said.  

The tree only takes what it needs.

Subject: Decisions, Decisions! Replies: 15
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 480
 
You can get Strawberry fig trees from my friend John Mc Millian of Almost Eden.   His nursery is located in Louisiana.   Here is his web site of the Strawberry fig:  https://www.almostedenplants.com/shopping/products/1008-Strawberry-Fig-Verdone-Fig-Green-Ischau-Fig/

If you want to see more figs, just search for figs and voila!  

Tell John Dennis Johnson from Charlotte sent you!

Subject: Decisions, Decisions! Replies: 15
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 480
 
Kristen, welcome to the forum.  You should try a fig called Strawberry.  It's a Louisiana heirloom fig.  My trees are ripening now and the flavor and taste is truly amazing!!!  I to 3 large trees.  They ooze honey from the eye when ripe!  Here are a few pictures of this next to another good one called Paradiso.
 Strawberry is the round one oozing from the eye.

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I'm in zone 8a and this fig does well for me.  Again, the taste is out of this world!!!!

cheers!


Subject: OT - Tankless water heaters Replies: 29
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 952
 
I ended up installing the autocir pump.  Post 15 above has a picture of it.  Water from showers and faucet are hotter now!  Let me tell you, it was the best thing I could have ever done for my house!   Everytime I turn on the hot water, the water is hot both upstairs and downstairs!  My wife is SO happy now!  I laugh every time I think about it!  Mine is set to keep water hot between 6AM and 1AM.  It's the best investment ever!

Subject: South Carolina Fig Question Replies: 8
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Hey Scott, for the past 2 years, we keep getting 22 and 25 degree temps in mid November and again in January.  Not to mention the 5 degree sever cold snaps TWICE the past 2 years.  Most of my 6 foot tall trees in the ground or outside unprotected died to the ground.  I got lucky and dug up 5 of my prize trees last year before it happened but it's tough tried to keep these trees alive.  

As I stated above, Celeste and Brown Turkey are what I see the most.  Celeste is hardier than Brown Turkey though.  I got folks stopping by my house looking for "the fig man" because they want to show me their fig tree.  When I tell them it's one of the 2 they disagree.  I just laugh and go with them to visit their tree.  All but one has been either a Celeste or BT.  One ended up being a super fantastic rare Greek fig!  I got lucky and got 2 trees growing from THAT tree today!

Subject: Self watering containers: too much water? Replies: 9
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 413
 
Self watering pot usually have an overflow drain hole or 2 on the side so to answer your question,.....no.  You can't over water unless it rains all day long and the overflow hole is blocked.  The excess water just pours out the side.  In high humidity, figs will split.  The main reason I use SWPs is to use less water and to save me time.

My 15g non-SWP were getting too much water when we had heavy rains.  And every time it happened, I had to go outside and turn the pot on its side for  the water to drain out.  But only around 5 or 6 pots had this problem out of 254 trees.  Over the last 4 years, I've lost 5 trees due to this happening because I forgot to check the pots.  Which is another reason  why I'm switching to SWPs.

Subject: OT-Ever wonder what our members look like? Replies: 336
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bump

Subject: Introducing the town of Baskinta Replies: 15
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 505
 
Reminds me of Ankara Turkey!

Subject: I've been Brown Turkyed! Replies: 13
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 468
 
Jon, now you know one of the best tasting figs we ate at UCD was the Brown Turkey and the California Brown Turkey!

Sue, if that tree produces figs, you should keep it!

Subject: Can you read southern? ? Replies: 10
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Joyce is my kind of lady!  Three cheers for Joyce!!!!



Subject: South Carolina Fig Question Replies: 8
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 357
 
Definitely, a Celeste.  Most fig trees found in the Carolinas are either Celeste, Brown Turkey or Brunswick.  If you're lucky, you can find an "Unknown" fig.  With the random drops of sever cold weather the past 2 years, some are dying or severely damaged.  Our love of figs will bring them back and keep them around for a long time.


Subject: Vogelzang Barrel Heater for Greenhouse Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 729
 
I'd also like to add that I just got my barrel.  I went with the 30 gallon vs the 55 gallon.  Again, I'm not planning on setting my GH to 70 degree.  I just want it to be around 40 to 50 degrees.  I nice gentle warm air is all I'm after.  I will post pic of my heater when I complete the job.

Subject: Keeping figs in public storage? Replies: 31
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 1,168
 
I hate to rain on everyone's parade but one thing to think about is mice.  All these units whether indoors of out have mice.  It's a terrible problem and all storage places can't seem to get them under control.  Placing figs in storage is an excellent idea but you're gonna have to some how still cover the tree up to keep the mice out or they will eat the bark on your tree from the base all the way up to the tip.  So, you're gonna have to wrap it with something smaller than  chicken wire.

just my 2 cents.....
cheers,


Subject: O'Rourke Imposter,What happen to it yesterday! Replies: 9
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 550
 
and to add my 2 cents, it's not a hardy fig either.  I do have both Improved Celeste and O'Rourke.  My O'Rourke trees die back every year and come back slowly.  My Improved Celeste is a constant producer in my climate.  If I loose my O'Rourke, I will not seek another.

Subject: Container tree size? Replies: 23
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My growing season varies. Sometime it's late October and some times its mid October. It just depends on the weather. Back in 09 and 10 we had 90 degree weather in October and March. I root prune my trees every years in SWPs. There are a lot of people that never tried this method and think it takes too much time. But when I compare trees in SWPs to plain ole pot, it's just no comparsion. Not all of my trees are in swps.....but they will be in 2 years.

Subject: Vogelzang Barrel Heater for Greenhouse Replies: 23
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Thanks for your comments. The purpose of my heater is JUST keep the the greenhouse around 40 degrees. My winter in 8a are not that bad. However, we do get rare 5 degree temps and some temps in the 20s in November. So, I don't want the heater to burn red hot.

I like the rocket heater idea.

Subject: Container tree size? Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 873
 
Gene, I have 4 locations, shed, downstairs basement, 6x8 GH and an insulated car garage.

The shed is not heated at all.
The 6x8 GH is heated.
My car garage is not heated.
Basement is heated.

And this year, I have an additional 12x20 green house which will be heated to around 40 degrees.

All trees do not get winterized. Only a seleect few go inside chosen by me. This year, I plan on purchasing 4 additional temporary green houses to be placed on my decks, patios and another spot.

Subject: Vogelzang Barrel Heater for Greenhouse Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 729
 
Here is another video....




Subject: Vogelzang Barrel Heater for Greenhouse Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 729
 
Good day, I'm in the process of building one of these for my greenhouse. Just wondering if anyone else built one or use one. If so, how do you like it? What are the pros and cons you see? I plan on building one using a 30 gallon barrel vs a 55 gallon barrel. I got my kit a month a go. I know winter is 3 months away but you have to plan and be prepared now or your fig trees will freeze. In case you're wondering what this thing is, here a nice video:



cheers,

Subject: Container tree size? Replies: 23
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Well, I do have to spend a lot of hour checking and fixing things.  But with so many trees, water is the main need so if they don't get water, they dry up fast.  Again, squirrels are biting my lines getting water.  I could place these figs in the ground but it is a honest fact that they grow better inside SWPs in winter.  Although the USDA says I'm in zone 8a, we do get sever cold temps twice a year.  The harsh cold only last for one of 2 nights in November and again in January.  But 5 degree temps do a  lot of damage to my trees.  And not to mention the ambrosia beetle got some too!  I had over 67 trees planted on my hill years ago and today I'm slowly removing them.  Most are still there but I got tired of just only getting a handful of figs from them every year.  My container trees can give me over 20lbs of figs a day in summer.  So, I dug up my De La Senyora, my Italian 258, My Noire de Caromb, My Smith, my JH Adriatic, and a few others because the winter weather was just too much for them.  

And not to mention, I also have several Poms, Jujubes, and Paw Paws in containers too.  My biggest surprise are my jujubes.  All I did was plant them in pots and water them every day.  Today, some of these trees are just loaded with fruit and the trees are barely over 2 feet tall!

What can I say?  It's a passion!  

Subject: my thoughts on Paradiso Gene. Replies: 41
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I'm starting to pull my trees out of the ground and just keep them in pots.  Our 5 degree winters over the past 2 years really took a toll on my trees not winterized.  Growing figs in 27g self watering pots seem to work best for my climate.  My large Paradiso was winterized this past winter and this year I only got to taste brebas.  It's not in a SWP yet but the 15g pot that its in is just full of roots.  Will be root pruning it this Fall.  

Subject: Saving a fig tree in Brooklyn Replies: 32
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Matt, great job!  We need more people like you saving fig trees!!!  The sucker will be fine.  Just keep them out of full for awhile.  Anytime we disturb a tree during the growing season, it will look sad a while until the roots settle down.  Nice job man!  Keep up the good work!

cheers,

Subject: Shade cloth percenage for Green house Replies: 30
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 986
 
Thanks Mike!  You guys are correct.  I just did not have enough air flow inside the GH.  The photos I posted doesn't show the whole picture.  There is a pop-up window and a fan on the floor.  The idea was to pull the cool air in from the door and push out the hot air from the top.  It did not work well at all.  So, I pulled every tree out and presently redesigning the air movement.  

I have 2 Air King pedestal fans for my large GH but not for this one.  Yesterday I purchased 4 - 12 inch shelter logic fans.  These will be mounted on the sides and back of the GH and should give me the air flow needed for this GH.  

Thanks everyone for your comments.  they are very much appreciated!!!

cheers!

Subject: Shade cloth percenage for Green house Replies: 30
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Great input Steve!  I like that!  Thanks!!!!

Subject: Container tree size? Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 873
 
here is a picture of 254 fig trees.  The first 4 rows of these trees are in SWPs.

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Subject: Container tree size? Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 873
 
James,
 that tree in your picture would have snapped in our harsh winds down here.  And I know that tree sucks a lot of water and is a bucket of roots.  But it does look healthy. Nice job!  I had 3 Black Jacks and 3 Peter's Honey figs that came from Monrovia in the exact same pot as yours in the photo and I have to water them daily and sometimes twice a day.   After repotting them to 15g pots I only have to water them every 3 days.

Mara,
Craig's list is going to be your cheapest place to get containers in my opinion.  Since these are large in size, even if you find a good price the shipping to out weigh the price of the product!  Lowes and Home Depot have some too but they are VERY pricey.  I get my barrels off Craig's list for 10 bucks each.  Once I cut the barrel in half, I've got 2 - 27g pots @ $5 a pot!  If you have a space issue like James, then you're gonna have to find smaller pots and figure out a method for keep them alive and healthy.

Is there a better way of controlling the mosquitoes in the bottom of the pots besides mosquito dunks? yes.  You can put a cork in the filler tube.  I don't.  My drip irrigation dripper fits tight inside my tubes.

Are there some varieties that do well in pots and stay small, such as Violette de Bordeaux or Rouge de Bordeaux?  In my opinion, they all do well in SWps, you just have to root prune the trees every 3 years.  I'd rather sweat and work hard now and repot 3 years later.  Violete de Bordeaux is already a naturally dwarf tree or yes it will do fine in one.  My Rouge de Bordeauxs are over 7 feet tall and lives in one too.

Subject: Shade cloth percenage for Green house Replies: 30
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YOU BET!

Subject: Shade cloth percenage for Green house Replies: 30
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Lesson 1.  Make sure you have the right Shade cloth--get 90%!!!!
After growing figs inside my GH this year, the 70% shade cloth wasn't enough.  Jon was right!  I should have purchased 90% shade cloth.  What I learned is, even though the product says it blocks 70% of the sun, it's really blocks 30%.  When temps reached 100 degrees this year, the sun still came through the shade cloth and my trees struggled.  The air quality wasn't the best and neither was the soil mixture.   I ended up pulling many of them out.  I bought more cloth but now I completely understand the importance of getting the right cloth.  

Lesson 2.  Get rid of perlite 
Trees with loose soil with a lot of perlite suffered the most.  I had to water them twice a day and 3 times when temps got over 100.    Trees in pure compost never had a problem.  This is why going forward, I will never ever up pot my trees with perlite or any soil less mix with perlite in it.

Lesson 3.  Cheap black nursery pot hold too much heat
Trees in black pots BAKED inside my GH.   Trees in SWP did the best.

Subject: Peter's Honey and Black Jack Pics Replies: 24
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Looks amazing Mohan!  Wow!

Subject: Critter patrol time again Replies: 25
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Over the past 2 days, I had another rouge coon knocking over pots on my deck and eating ripe figs from my organza bags.  Last night, I placed 2 bowls of my special mixture out on my deck.  He drank half a bowl, walked 30 feet and well...you know the rest of the story.  I got him!  He came back to the exact same spot on my deck.  He did not get a chance to reach the ripe figs this time!  Since I only had one or 2 figs missing, I know if just had to be one coon and it was.  The other bowl wasn't touched.  These coon are huge.  I'd hate to back one up in a corner.

Subject: Container tree size? Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 873
 
Some may disagree but a fig tree will out grow a 5 and 10 gallon container in one year in my climate.  I'm in zone 8a.  If you got one little fig tree then it's easy to manage and up pot.  If you pot up a fig tree in a 5 gallon pot in the very beginning of  Spring, and you've provided good soil and fertilizer and the tree is growing well;  Then that year your fig will be root bound screaming for a large pot.  If you don't up pot the tree, it will start dropping leaves and if any figs are on, they will drop.

I am in the process of up potting many of my 5g trees to 27g self watering pots with pure mushroom compost.  Twenty-seven gallon pot is the largest pot I use for my figs.  And this is just my recommendation.  Again, others may disagree but this is what I do.

Subject: Vern's Brown Turkey Replies: 10
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no they are not the same fig.

Subject: UC Davis California Brown Turkey Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 1,865
 
Hey sdpops, that post you're referring is the one I started too. I'm glad to hear from another member who like IBT like me. I just rooted 2 large IBT cuttings that I will be keeping. The tree just keeps on putting out figs year after year.

Subject: UC Davis California Brown Turkey Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 1,865
 
Last year was not a good year for figs in my climate.  However, this year is!  Currently the only figs that have ripen in my area are Black Jack.  My Black Spanish has not ripen yet.  But 3 of my Black Jacks ripen last week and i have another crop on the tree trying to ripen.

Southeastern Brown Turkey --  not ripe yet
Improved Brown Turkey --  appears to be the same as California Brown Turkey as other has said--but a super performer and great tasting fig.
California Brown Turkey -- same as Improved Brown Turkey
Vern's Brown Turkey -- Excellent tasting fig-- brownish red color with a amber center-- ripens a little late but worth it
Tilsbury's Brown Turkey -- Excellent tasting fig looks like Violet de Bordeaux but smaller figs

The bottom line is all of these figs are keepers.  I really like Improved Brown Turkey.  All of these trees are growing in pots.



Subject: GIALLO MIELE Replies: 23
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 861
 
I know what fig this is.....give me a few mins to think about it. I've seen and tasted it at UVD. It is a common fig though. Wait! I know.....

It's either Gulbun or Armenian.

Subject: Can this twig be brought back to life? Replies: 6
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Plant it horizontal. It MIGHT root, but I doubt it.

Subject: Zidi and Violeta ripening Replies: 11
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Completely awesome!  Francisco, You lucky dog!   Zidi is one of my favorite figs to eat!  I wish everyone could taste this fig!!!!!  Taste like eating thick, rich chewy super sweet and tangy mulberries!  It's the first tree I run to at UCD!

Subject: What's wrong? Replies: 7
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 299
 
Jon is right!  What it really means is the roots are not getting any water at all at the base or bottom!  The water is running straight through the pot.  The tree could also be root bound in a pot and the roots are touching the sides of the pot and when you water the plant's roots are cooled and wet for only a short time until the heat comes again.  If this continues, the leaves will dry up and new ones will appear---but what you have is a very good sign your tree is under stress.   

If the tree is inside a pot, get a huge sealed pot or bucket, add water and soak the entire tree in that for 30 to 40 mins.  I'd recommend up potting your tree to a larger pot but don't handle the roots too much.  Just get a huge container, add dirt, add water, add plant and add more dirt and more water and place in the shade for a few days. 

Subject: question on UC Davis "Unverified name: Col de Dame" Replies: 17
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 476
 
I agree with VS.  Outside of CA, it does grow slowly.  At UCD, the tree is a true dwarf and a fine one at that!  I have one in a 2 gallon pot.  One tip to getting the tree to grow and branch out is to feed it a good liquid fertilizer.  My CdD-B was a tiny little whip growing in a 8oz cup about 6 months a go.  Today I feed it weekly with Florialicious Plus and to my surprise it has bushed out and has a few little figs on it.  And the tree at UCD is Blanc.  

But I will say this...if you have Calvert---treasure it and baby that dude!  In my opinion, the taste is similar to CdD-B.  My Calvert died to the ground last year.  I started pumping weekly feeds of Florialicious Plus.  Now its taller than ever and has figs on.  So for those with CdD-B growing slow----give Florialicious Plus a try. 

Subject: Pictures - Filanciano July 2015 Replies: 6
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Mine ripened last year.

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
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The poison works like magic for me.  Every time I use it, I get 2 or 4 coons / possums.  Seems like using it once a year works for me.  Neighborhood cats don't bother the bait due to the rogue coons out at night.

I truly know how Suzi feels.  Until you're walked in our shoes and experienced the destruction, you won't understand.  It's truly heart breaking.

Subject: my thoughts on Paradiso Gene. Replies: 41
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 2,248
 
It has been a little over a year since I commented on my Paradiso.  Out of all the green figs out there.  This fig is definitely a 10 in my book.  Over the years, I was able to obtain one of Giovanni's Paradiso and boy to I treasure it!  And it does favor mine.  This Paradiso fig is one of the best.

Subject: Dying leaves on living branches Replies: 17
Posted By: snaglpus Views: 455
 
Welcome to the forum, I'm in Charlotte and usually with that happens it means the engergy is going some place else in the tree.  It really could be a number of things.  First make sure the tree is getting plenty of water.  We've had record high temps in the Carolinas this year so heat is a major issue.  Third, your tree could have been hit by the ambrosia beetle.  Google it....not to scare you but the beetle does major damage on fig trees.  

I would start with more water first and it would hurt to give it a weekly dose of fish emulsion.   The looks strong and healthy.  Nice Celeste fig tree you have there!

Subject: Varieties suitable for Central Ark Replies: 8
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Hi Courtney, and welcome to the forum.  Get yourself these and you will be jumping for joy every year!

1.  LSU Black
2.  Tacoma Voilet
3.  Lyndhurst White
4.  LSU Tiger
5.  Desert King

Here's why I recommend these....

I live in Charlotte NC and I have these growing outside in 8a in huge self watering pots.  They stay out all winter and with temps dropping down to 5 degree twice in 2014 and 2013 they survived.  Come Spring give the trees a weekly feed or fish emulsion.  Good luck and welcome.

 

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