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Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Apalermo88
Nice one Joe.

I've got a tropic beauty here in Florida. So far it's been good. It's still a baby though.


Thanks Andrew!

Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jdsfrance
Hi FrozenJoe,
Nice presentation !
Funny to see you eat peaches when mine are still pea sized. Here the earlier peaches are ripe by the 15th of July and some do ripen in October.
Funny to hear you say that your main problem is chill hours when mine is those damn last freezes that cull down the flowers and tiny fruits. Even killing them all.
I see that your peach tree seems trouble free. Here they get lots of fungal diseases/problems. I have 3 with no fruits for the second year in a row ... That does not bode well for them.

As for the birds, since you have created a honey pot ... There is no solution .
You probably should keep your trees smaller with less fruits. You should only leave twice the fruits that you're planning to use.
Leaving fruits not fetched will always draw lots of critters. The problem then they eventually no longer feed elsewhere but in your yard... Leaving no fruit for you.
But ok, that's a personal choice. I myself can allow them some fruits, but I won't let crops stay in the garden to attract them and feed them.



Thanks jdsfrance! Yeah it is a honey pot for them. I live in a neighborhood with large established trees. In this area thats pretty rare so birds seem to come from all over to roost in the trees around here at night. And in the day they mess with the fruit in my yard.

Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sas
Looking at your video, I just realized that I should've kept my peach tree. I took it out the second season when it did not fruit for me and replaced it with a fig tree. LOL


A peach tree is nice to have. The store bought peaches don't compare.

Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ohjustaguy
Nice peaches!  The damaged one you cut looked more like squirrel/rat damage to me. I have squirrels, rats, birds damaging my peaches and the birds leave cleaner marks from their beaks than the other guys. I cut and eat the damaged fruit as well why let it go to waste....


Thanks ohjustaguy! I'm pretty sure its birds doing the damage but I'll keep my eyes peeled for signs of other critters.

Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sppsp
great video, thanks



Thanks Shailesh!

Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 183
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by akrouus
thanks joe.
I have a santa barbara peach and a blenheim apricot. I was clueless when i planted them 5 years ago about chill requirements. They require about 300 hrs each, and we have been averaging about 100 hrs each winter in my area.  So no prize for me thus far. But i have been doing my research and eva pride stood out due to its 150 chill hr requirement and due to its dave wilson constant taste award. I think you've pushed me to get the Eva pride now. looks delicious!


Nick I get more chill hours here.  Usually in the 300 - 500 range depending on the winter.  Give Eva's Pride a chance .  It's a great tree and you just might be ok with the chill hours.

Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jvarrati
Those peaches are making me hungry! time for a cobbler.. I have a low chill peach tree I planted this year had buds and small peaches but they all fell off. the tree is doing amazing just no fruit this year. I'm guessing was not cold enough


Thanks jvarrati!  I hope you have better luck with your peach tree next year!

Subject: OT - 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #7 Eva's Pride Peach Tree Replies: 13
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Subject: How do you pronounce Panache? Replies: 5
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 246
 
I've heard it pronounced both ways by experienced growers.  Jon from Encanto Farms pronounces it the second way in your two examples at the top (i.e. with flair) so that is probably the correct pronunciation.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
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Hi Dave! Funny thing is I've eaten several more brebas off the Havasu tree since the video and they havent had any rot. Probably had something to do with weather conditions at the time of the video. I also let the newer brebas hang on the tree longer and the flavor has been more developed and less watery.

Subject: First edible 135-15s Replies: 6
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Looks delicious!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #6 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 8
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 160
 
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Originally Posted by bamafig
OT...why is the A/C on the roof?  Is it a desert thing?


Thats the way they built houses in this area until about 20 years ago when it became more common to put the ac compressor outside on the ground and the ac handler in the attic.  Almost every home here has central air.


Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #6 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cis4elk
Looks good Joe, thanks for sharing!


Thanks Calvin!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #6 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 8
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 160
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ricky
nice video, nice crop, it looks really nice fig.

I have 2 VdB cuttings from different sources, just leaves out and very weak and growing slow, I hope that I get a good one.








Thanks Ricky!  Best luck with your cuttings.  Years back I rooted a VdB cutting from UC Davis.  It grew very slowly.  In fact I gave it to friend and it is still only about 3 feet tall today.  The VdB that I have in my yard came from a fig enthusiast here in AZ and it appears to grow much better than the UC Davis plant I had.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #6 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 8
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 160
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by DonCentralTexas
Thanks for the video!  Nice crop you have coming on there, lots to look forward to.

Here I find VdB and Vista are fantastic tasting.  I say no one should be with out a VdB in their collection.


Thanks Don!  Yes VdB is a very good fig.  I'm glad I have it in my collection.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #6 Violette de Bordeaux Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 8
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Subject: My First Fig! MBVS main crop Replies: 14
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Congrats Nathan!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #5 Green Mission Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 4
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 176
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by figpig_66
Bought it from a seller on ebay as a unknown. Didnt write it down so info was lost. But its going to fruit this year. Let me upload a pic. .......


Leaf looks similar. On youtube someone suggested it looks like Green Ischia. Fruit looks close. I'd be interested to see what your fruit is like.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #5 Green Mission Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 4
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 176
 
Thanks Richie! What's the history behind your unknown?

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #5 Green Mission Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 4
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Elfarach
Great video Joe... That Buddy's a lucky guy...


Thanks Simon!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by raimeiken
Thanks Joe! About how old are your trees? 


The oldest ones were planted in 2011 but many are younger than that.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by TucsonKen
Joe, thanks for the video. Your trees are looking great! They've really grown since I saw them. My little Desert King will produce its first very small crop this year. Looking forward to tasting it!


Hi Ken! Thanks! The Georgia White Hybrid tree is loaded with figs this year. Good luck with you DK breba crop! I'm curious what color the DK figs will be when they ripen on your tree. The color of my figs seems to be different than on DK figs grown in the Pacific Northwest.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by raimeiken
I love watching your videos Joe. I can't wait until I have fruiting trees like yours in ground. Are your trees planted straight in our native soil or did you amend? and how often do you water them?


Thanks raimeiken! I usually amend the soil with compost before planting. This year i have been watering every second day and the trees seem very happy. First year trees usually get supplemental water from the hose on off days. When they're starting out the trees really need generous watering to get established in the desert.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charlie
Always look forward to your video's Joe, thanks. Hoping my DK put's on some breba figs next year.


Thanks Charlie! Good luck with your brebas!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ross
Joe,

Have you tried keeping your trees smaller and putting nets over them? http://www.homedepot.com/p/Bird-X-14-ft-x-45-ft-Dalen-Products-Netting-and-3-4-in-Polypropylene-Mesh-BN-4/202871743


Hi Ross.  When I started out and the trees were small I used bird netting and it was quite effective.  However as the trees got bigger I bought larger nets and they stopped working.  Turns out the smaller sized netting had 1/4" holes and the larger sized nets had 1/2" sized holes.  We have a very small species of bird around here called Verdin that are able to squeeze through the 1/2" holes and they love to eat figs.  I have not been able to locate larger sized bird netting with 1/4" holes.  I also find the larger sized nets to be very cumbersome and they weigh down the trees and can damage the new growth.  I've been happy with the organza bags.  They're not perfect, and I still lose some figs to the birds, but overall I get to eat most of the figs that I bag.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigbadbill
Another excellent video. Your videos are an excellent resource for growers to get solid information and visual testimony on potential varieties to grow. I can't wait for the next one! Thanks.


Thanks Bill!  There are more videos on the way.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by sppsp
great info in this video, thanks for posting



Thanks Shailesh!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by akrouus
another excellent video. i watched it twice!


Thanks Nick!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cis4elk
Nice, thanks for posting this Joe.


Thanks Calvin!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 399
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by ricky
Not really sure that it is " Desert king", Our "Desert king" figs look different and very good taste.

Desert_king_fig1.jpg 


Hi Ricky.  Yeah I'm sure those two trees are Desert King.  Climate and soil are very different down here than in the PNW. It has been over 100 the last few days.  DK seems to ripen up more yellow down here with less red in the interior.  It is a very good tasting fig here too.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #4 Desert King Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 22
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Subject: Breba fig turned yellow Replies: 4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by cis4elk
In a few days you will be able to just tap it with you finger and it will fall right off. When they turn yellow the majority of the time they are being aborted. I have a had one or two times where they greened up and stayed but usually it's curtains for the yellow ones.


Yup.  Exactly what Calvin said.

Subject: Fig Flavor Group Master List Replies: 14
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It looks like you've put a lot of work into compiling this info Ross.  Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 469
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by greyongray
Love your figs Joe, they are an inspiration to me and I am following your lead and growing my figs (heck, all my trees) in bush form.

Bought a Desert King this year (DWN tree) and it up and died on me! I'll have to try one again someday though since it is in your top 3. Green the desert!


Thanks greyongray!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by bigmike
Thanks for posting the video! Keep it up:)


Thanks bigmike!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 469
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by figpig_66
Joe keep your videos coming. Like to see more of the black madeira. Its my favorite tree in your yard so far. Do you have a better variety that is doing as,well as it. Not only is,it,a good fig its,a huge tree and a,big producer. Nice work.


Hi Richie.  I'll do another video of the Black Madeira when the main crop starts to ripen.  Besides the Black Madeira I have 3 other varieties that have been my favorite so far.

My overall best performer year in and year out since I planted fig trees at this house in 2011 is an unknown tree I've been calling Joe's Jersey.  It's similar to Hardy Chicago but performs better for me.  This tree is originally from the house I lived in as a kid in New Jersey in the 1980's.  I have multiple specimens growing in my yard in AZ now.  It is very healthy and productive.  I love the taste of the fruit.  It ripens a fruit at almost every leaf on the tree.
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Desert King is also one of my favorite trees.  I look forward to the breba crop to start off the fig season every year.
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I also have a fig tree that originally came from a cutting from the old Spanish mission at Santa Barbara.  I don't know exactly what variety it is but it is a green fig that has awesome flavor.  I've been calling this fig Green Mission.
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I'll be doing videos of all 3 varieties later this year.


Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
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Thanks Calvin! Hope you have a good year for figs up in Colorado.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 469
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by akrouus
Never heard of this variety. Doesn't look appealing. Enjoy your videos very much. Thanks


Thanks Nick.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 469
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by figpig_66
Large fig and beautiful foliage like you said. Is very humid? Maybe thats an issue with the rot. Great video. Lot less windy 5henbyour last video lol


Hey Richie.  Humidity is low where I live.  I'm in the desert.  Some figs just seem prone to developing mold inside.  I think bugs entering through the eye have something to do with it.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #3 Havasu Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 21
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Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 303
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jdsfrance
Hi FrozenJoe,
Nice video ! I like them. You complaining about the wind and me here about the 3°C in the morning and 7°C at the warmer hours of the day ... May we swap ? I'll take the wind ( and the black madeira too ... LOL ). Your trees are really leafed out !
I need to move to a Zone 9 ...



Thanks jdsfrance. You're right I shouldn't complain! Around here the trees drop their leaves in early December and the new leaves start to grow in late February.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
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Originally Posted by ourhappyhome
Just want to say, I really enjoy your videos. I've watched them multiple times on YouTube. They helped me get through the cold, dark, figless winter. :-)


Thanks April I really appreciate that.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
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Originally Posted by Smyfigs
Mike, verynice!! Thanks for pisting the vid and for tasting your BM breba for us! I wish i could have had a bite too :-)


Thanks Smyfigs!  From Joe.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
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Originally Posted by shaw916
Nice healthy and beautiful tree Joe.
enjoyed your video thank you for sharing .keep me in your list for next cutting .I sure love to buy from you .


Thanks Shaw916!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 303
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigmike
Nice video Joe. I love watching you sample figs from varieties i am just rooting. It gives me something to look forward to.


Thanks Mike.  Good luck with rooting your cuttings!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 303
 
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Originally Posted by figpig_66
That breba was very unexpected.. Like opeing a Christmas present and getting a pair of sox but finding out they were made of cashmere. Lol. It may have let loose early (dropped) wasn't leaking latex. Hopefully next year we will get to see some from your,amazing tree. Really is a nice full healthy black madeira. I was wondering If you were going to taste it. ;))


Thanks Richie.  I was a little nervous before I tasted it but it turned out to be ok.  It was the first fig I ate since December so I enjoyed it.

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 303
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kokopelli
Good video - thank you for posting


Thanks Kokopelli!

Subject: 2016 Backyard Fruit Tree Project - Episode #2 Black Madeira Fig Tree Breba Crop Replies: 14
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Subject: Early figs? Replies: 11
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 523
 
Breba figs are earliest.  But the answer to your question depends on your situation.  Do you live someplace with cold winters?  Are you growing in ground or in containers?  Desert King gives me the earliest crop of figs in good numbers.

 

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