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Subject: Question on a 3-yr old Fig Tree Replies: 38
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Spring growth always looks so healthy and pretty... then these hot AZ summers come along and toast everything! I think what you're experiencing is pretty common. Summer in the Phoenix area puts a lot of stress on fig trees.

From my experience it takes a lot of water to keep fig trees green and happy through our summers. I used to water my in ground trees once ever 4 days. They survived like that but the leaves got burned up badly and a lot of the fruit was dry and hard. Now I water ever second day. It makes a big difference. The leaves look much better and the fruit quality is a lot better.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
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Thanks Vinny!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 469
 
All the best to you and yours too Dave.  Havasu keeps growing fast!  Its filled in a lot even from that recent photo.  Brebas should start to ripen soon.  Can't wait!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 469
 
Dave the Havasu tree you gave me is doing really well.  Here is a photo of it from this evening:

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It is a healthy, fast growing tree.  I can see that it wants to get BIG.  My family enjoys sitting on that bench under the shade of the Havasu tree.  The fruit is large and very tasty.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #20 Green Mission Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 93
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinyfish
Very nice tree and fig. The fig does look good.

Will you be reducing the height of the tree in the fall.


I'm not going to reduce the height. I'm trying to let all of the fruit trees gain height because I want the shade, even if it puts some of the fruit out of reach.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #20 Green Mission Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Kane
Great video, love the turkeys!


Thanks Kane!

Subject: Growing Figs in Arizona Replies: 4
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 441
 
Hi Ed. East side of the house should be a good spot for a fig tree, especially for a Celeste. Cut back on the irrigation in the fall so that the tree can go dormant for the winter, then it should handle any freezes just fine. You want it to stop growing and drop its leaves by around Thanksgiving. It will resprout in the spring and be fine.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #20 Green Mission Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
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Hi jdsfrance. Thanks! I sharpen that knife quite often because I use it a lot at work or in the yard or when I go fishing or hiking. That knife is an Ontario RAT Model 1 and its my favorite knife these days.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #20 Green Mission Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #19 Black Madeira Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 11
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Thanks!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #19 Black Madeira Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 11
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 200
 
The coldest that its ever gotten in the 6 years that I've lived here has been the upper 20s (very briefly before sunrise). And thats rare. Most winters it doesn't drop below 30. Im in zone 9b. If it can drop into the low 20s where you live then it sounds more like 9a.

But even here some of my fig trees have suffered frost damage. Frost even killed my young China Honey tree last winter.

The only protection that i give my fig trees is to encourage them to go dormant in the fall. In October i start reducing the irrigation and i stop irrigating usually by mid November. No fertilizer after early summer.

Dormant, hardened fig wood can easily survive temps into the teens and even lower for brief periods. The best thing you can do is encourage the fig trees to go dormant before any winter frosts set in. That way they are able to protect themselves from the cold.

All that being said i have never had an issue with frost damage on Black Madeira. Usually it is the more vigorous growing varieties that suffer frost damage because they want to keep pushing growth late into the season and get caught by a frost.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #19 Black Madeira Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 11
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 200
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lampo

Joe, thank you for showing us this video
These are great figs
Congratulations

Francisco
Portugal


Thanks Francisco!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #19 Black Madeira Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 11
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 200
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by pitangadiego
Let them ripen longer on the tree. ;-))


But they look so tasty its hard to wait!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #18 Scott's Black Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 79
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Figinfever
That's good to know. By accident I bought what turned out to be identified as LSU Purple with the characteristics you mentioned in this video and your past LSU Purple video. This video and your other posts, along with others in the forum, have helped me to be more selective in choosing figs to try out. Thank you.


Thanks Dan!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #18 Scott's Black Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 79
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbadbill
Another excellent, informative video, Joe. You really have a way of explaining the fruit in a very educational and enjoyable way. Thank you for taking the time. I always look forward to your videos!


Thanks Bill!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #18 Scott's Black Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 79
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Figinfever
Great video, Joe. How does Scott's Black compare to Joe's Jersey or other Mt. Etna figs in terms of taste and productivity?


The Mt Etna figs have outperformed Scott's Black every year so far.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #19 Black Madeira Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 11
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #18 Scott's Black Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 6
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #16 Marseilles Black VS (MBVS) Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 5
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 174
 
When planted close it seems like neighboring trees do well if both grow at the same rate. But if one grows faster than the other then the smaller tree seems to get swallowed up and doesnt thrive. I have a couple of spots next to larger trees where whatever i plant never thrives. But overall, planting close has worked for me and allowed a for a lot of trees to do well and produce fruit.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #16 Marseilles Black VS (MBVS) Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 5
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 174
 
It varies but most are 5 to 6 feet apart. In different parts of the yard some trees are closer than that and some are farther. Originally when i planted i planned to keep everything trimmed down to no taller than six feet... but that didnt happen.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #17 Hardy Chicago Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 0
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #16 Marseilles Black VS (MBVS) Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 5
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #14 Georgia White Hybrid Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 2
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 81
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cis4elk
Nice, thanks for sharing the video Joe.

I got a small GWH as a bonus with another tree I bought a couple years ago. I gave it to a co-worker and it is growing good for her, she should get to taste some from it this year. It's one of the trees you don't really hear much about but when you do it seems to be keeper for those who have it.


Hi Calvin. Yes GWH seems to be a pretty good tree so far. Good growth and fruit production for a young tree. I think it has not been in trade for that long but more people are finding out about it now.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #13 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 4
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 107
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by lampo

FrozenJoe

Nice fig
Thank you for sharing this video.

Francisco
Portugal


Thanks Francisco!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #13 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 4
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 107
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bamafig
OT...why is the A/C on the roof? Is it a desert thing?  Just curious.


Rooftop ac units were standard in this area until about the 1990s when they started building homes with ground level ac compressors and air handlers in the attic.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #15 Conadria Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 0
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #14 Georgia White Hybrid Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 2
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #13 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 4
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #11 Black Spanish Grapevine Replies: 2
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 71
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Centurion
Another great video.  Smart move with the grape arbor along the side of the house.  I am always looking for sun protection here,  and have so far gone with shade cloth.  A LOT of shade cloth.  I like your solution better.  Any special considerations for growing this variety here?


Thanks Dave!  Black Spanish seems to be pretty tough so far.  I have it on the same watering routine as the fig trees and it seems to be doing well with that.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #12 Havasu Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 2
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 79
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bamafig
OT...how is your Scotts Black coming along?  You mentioned it was a slow grower back in '14.


Its doing ok. This is its best year in terms of growth. Main crop starting to ripen now. I'll do a video on it soon.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #12 Havasu Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 2
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #11 Black Spanish Grapevine Replies: 2
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Subject: Pingo de mel - an abundant crop soon on this healthy tee Replies: 29
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 791
 
Francisco your tree is very productive and the fruit looks delicious!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #10 Joe's Jersey Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 7
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 184
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sppsp
thanks for posting about this awesome fig variety. I'm hoping to add it to my yard in PA.



Thanks Shailesh!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hot_Stuff
How interesting. I saw your previous videos on youtube last week. I'm glad to hear they start tasting better as they age. I just got mine in the mail today so I'm hoping for some good figs in a few years. Now I just need to get LSU Gold and Tiger and I'll be set. I'm a LSU Tiger graduate so it's a matter of pride. :)


Its cool that you want to start an LSU fig collection. LSU Purple is a healthy, productive tree.  The flavor is unique compared to other figs.  If you like the taste you'll have plenty of figs from it.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cis4elk
Thanks for the answers Joe.

I don't presently have chickens. I had some about 5 years ago and will probably gets some again next spring. Our dog we have now I thinks is probably too old to bother a chicken, he would probably be scared of them anyhow. He's doing good, but he's 16 and we can really see him aging fast the last couple of years. We won't get a new puppy as long as he's still with us; he's not much of an Alpha. Point being, at some point I'll have a new dog to train to not kill my chickens.


Calvin I hope that old dog sticks around a few more years for you.  Probably the younger you can introduce a dog to chickens the better.  My German Shepherd mix is almost 10.  Maybe he would have been better with the birds if he had been exposed as a puppy.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #9 LSU Purple Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 4
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 109
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Hot_Stuff

Ha! Just saw some videos from you last week before joining this forum. Why do you place bags over some of the figs? Are you trying to keep them from cross fertilizing with some other figs?

I'm glad to hear the fruit is getting better over the years. I remember an earlier video on youtube you said you weren't impressed with it.



The bags are to prevent bird damage to the figs, kind of like bird netting on a smaller scale.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #9 LSU Purple Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 4
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 109
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry_M
Now I know what to look forward to. Thanks for the video.


Thanks Jerry!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #10 Joe's Jersey Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 7
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 184
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by zone5figger
Enjoying your vids, thanks for sharing. Joe's Jersey looks like a real winner! Is it your earliest maincrop to ripen?


Thanks Jesse! LSU Purple's main crop was first this year. Joe's Jersey main crop started a few days later. Right now i have several varieties with main crop figs starting to ripen.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #10 Joe's Jersey Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 7
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 184
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbadbill
Thanks for posting this video, Joe. I am really looking forward to this one later this season. I bought a large Joe's Jersey last year from Marcus in New Jersey, and he spoke very highly of it. I was surprised by its vigor and the sheer amount of fruit it is already setting. Of all the mt. Etnas I have, Joe's Jersey and MBVS are throwing out the most figlets per size of the tree. Thank you for sharing these videos, and I look forward to more this season!


Bill I'm glad to hear that you have one and that it is growing well for you.  I've been sending out cuttings of Joe's Jersey for years now.  I enjoy hearing that people out there have this tree and that it is spreading around.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #10 Joe's Jersey Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 7
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 184
 
Thanks Richie! Yeah I will have cuttings this winter. Message me in December.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #10 Joe's Jersey Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 7
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #9 LSU Purple Fig Tree Main Crop Replies: 4
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sppsp
Cool video, thanks for posting


Thanks Shailesh!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Apalermo88
Thanks Frozen Joe for another good video. Can't wait to see joes jersey update.

Btw those Turkeys are getting big fast!


Thanks Andrew!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sas
Hi Joe, Are your trees irrigated and how often do you water?


Hi Sas.  Yes the trees are on drip irrigation.  They get irrigated every second day.  I wait until after the sun goes down to turn on the irrigation.  In the spring I would run the irrigation for 2 hours at a time.  But now in the summer heat I'm running it for 3.5 hours at a time.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cis4elk
Hey Joe, another good video thanks for sharing it.

A couple of OT questions for you.

What kind of camera do you have? The def is great and the focus transition is really smooth.

How did you train your dogs to not kill your chickens and turkeys?


Hi Calvin!  I use a Sony HDR-CX330 recorder.  I like it a lot.  Before that I was using cell phones and this video recorder is much better quality.

With dogs it seems like its just in them to kill the birds or not.  My german shepherd mix killed one of the turkeys.  Now everytime he sees one he shakes all over and tries to sneak off and lunge at them.  He can't be around the turkeys and chickens.  The pitbull mix we have doesnt pay them any attention.  She sleeps and they sit next to her or walk on top of her and she ignores them.  She's great around babies too. 

Do you have any chickens or turkeys?


Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jerry_M
Really enjoy your videos, Joe. Maybe this years heat wave is producing good figs.


Thanks Jerry!  Yes the heat is helping.  And as LSU Purple matures the fruit quality is also improving.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 312
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by brandon87
That thing has gotten huuuge in 5 years...


Thanks brandon87!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #8 LSU Purple Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 15
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