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Subject: Desert King Breba Fig Video 2015 Replies: 9
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Thanks everyone!

Christian Desert King should do well in a climate with cool summers and mild winters. The Pacific Northwest region of the USA has a climate like that and Desert King is the most popular fig tree there. However the breba crop will not survive if the winter temps get too cold. Let us know how Desert King does for you.

Erick I'm not sure how DK would do in the ground in zone 6 with protection. Maybe growers who have tried it can chime in?

Subject: Desert King Breba Fig Video 2015 Replies: 9
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Thanks for the comments!

Richard I don't know anything about the Kala fig.  Desert King is a great fig tree.  The fig in this video was pretty ripe.  When they are completely dead ripe the interior is more red and the skin is more yellow.

Subject: Havasu Fig Video Review Replies: 11
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Here is a photo of the Havasu tree from today.  It is a very strong grower.  I am expecting many figs from it this year.

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Subject: Desert King Breba Fig Video 2015 Replies: 9
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Subject: Happy Mothers Day Replies: 5
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Happy Mother's Day!

Subject: Havasu Fig Video Review Replies: 11
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Hi Dave,

The tree is doing great. No damage this winter. The tree is getting big fast. There was a huge breba on it that I ate a few days ago. It was almost the size of an apple! There will be many main crop figs this year. I'll do an updated review when they start to ripen

Subject: Black Madiera Leaves question Replies: 43
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Thanks Drew. I got that tree in the spring of 2011. It was a rooted air layer from Encanto Farms. I fertilize the trees in the spring with compost. They have full sun and get a good watering every 4th day. Most of the trees respond real well.

Subject: Black Madiera Leaves question Replies: 43
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The leaves on Black Madeira should look like this.

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Subject: First Ripe fig this year Replies: 5
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Looks good!  I'm still waiting for the first fig to ripen this year.

Subject: MBVS vs Ginos Bl observations Replies: 14
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Thanks for posting your observations Greg.  Very interesting.  I have an MVBS and it looks like a typical Mt Etna / HC type.  I had a small Gino's Black but it died :( so I can't really compare the two. 

Subject: Flavorless fig tree Replies: 22
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It would help if you could show us photos of the leaves and fruit. Are the fruit main crop or breba? Also, what climate are you in?

Subject: Is this Breba? Replies: 8
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Looks like a breba.  Main crop grows directly above a leaf.

Subject: Question about Red Rimmed Leaves Replies: 14
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Certain varieties are prone to that reddish tint on new leaves as they emerge.  I have especially noticed this on Hardy Chicago and other "Mt Etna" type figs.

Subject: It's No Big Deal Or Anything, But... Replies: 50
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Congratulations James!

Subject: Vacation spots for fig enthusiasts Replies: 14
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I would also add the Balearic Islands in Spain to the list, especially Mallorca.  Montserrat Pons put out that excellent book describing the many varieties of figs on those islands.  Awhile back Harvey posted this link to a fig festival in Mallorca: http://ib3tv.com/carta?id=79e8812a-b899-420e-ae9a-0cc53d50d06b

Subject: Spanish farmer growing Col de dame Replies: 4
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Thanks for posting this Eli.  I wish my Spanish was better!  But it was still fun to watch.

Subject: My update ,and need help!!! Replies: 12
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At that early stage in the process the plants need to be weaned off of the humidity in gradual steps, not all at once.

Subject: BBQ with Franklin Replies: 21
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Wow all these bbq photos are making me hungry!  I may have to dust off the smoker and smoke some meat one of these weekends.  Thanks for sharing the photos Dave and James.  James that fig sauce looks good!

Subject: BBQ with Franklin Replies: 21
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I'll be looking forward to your review James.  Please post some pics of that bbq!

Subject: 1st 2015 Brown Turkey Brebas Replies: 6
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Hi sdpops.  Nice looking plant.  There are several forum members here from AZ.  I'm in Mesa.  If you check out my youtube page you can see the videos I posted that describe how different varieties have done in my yard.  https://www.youtube.com/user/MrFrozenJoe/videos  I'll be posting more this year as the trees ripen fruit.  Welcome to the forum.


Subject: Where to buy 20 best variety of balearic island from direct source. Replies: 6
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Best person to ask about that is Monserrat Pons.  He has an account on Figs 4 Fun, however I'm not sure if he uses it or can be contacted.  His user id is monserrat_pons.

Subject: Warning re: karub2556 (Precha) Replies: 26
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I've dealt with kurab2556 before and had good experiences.  He's always been honest and straightforward with me.  Too bad these disagreements have to escalate to bashing people on the forum.

Subject: Introduction from Manila, Philippines Replies: 30
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Welcome Nina.

Subject: FIGS FROM 2015 SEASON Replies: 16
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Very nice Kausik!  Thanks for sharing the photos and descriptions.

Subject: A short video of my Galicia Negra and Martinenca Rimada Replies: 28
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Thanks for sharing.

Subject: Hello from Sardinia Replies: 50
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Welcome Fico!

Have you heard of Montserrat Pons from Mallorca?  He wrote a book called "Les Figueres A Les Illes Balears" which documents the fig varieties from the Balearic Islands.  Some of the same varieties in his book may be growing on Sardinia as well.

Subject: What else do you root from cuttings? Replies: 51
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Cactus.

I recently planted several prickly pear cacti from cuttings. I believe that most species of cactus can be easily propagated from cuttings. Basically you cut off a piece of cactus, let the cut end scab over, and then plant it in the ground. Cacti are just about the easiest plants to propagate by cutting.

Subject: Anybody got figs breaking dormancy? Replies: 104
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It's been warm lately.  Hopefully there are no more frosts this winter.

Subject: Nixon Peace Fig (China Honey) - experiences? Replies: 23
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It is supposed to be an excellent fig.  I have a small tree but it has not produced fruit yet.  In this area it is usually referred to as China Honey.  It is supposed to be one of the best fig varieties in China that was gifted to Nixon's U.S. delegation to China in 1972.  There are photos and info about it on the Valley Permaculture Alliance forum website.  People who grow it in this area claim that it is one of the very best figs.

Subject: Desert Fig Questions Replies: 15
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I hope they root for you Aaron.  Thanks for the Panachee cuttings.  Your Panachee tree looks very healthy.

Subject: Still Picking Figs Replies: 18
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Congrats Figfinatic.

Subject: My figs and garden pictures... finally :) Replies: 54
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Your plants look great.

Subject: Mission Green Unknown Fig Video Review Replies: 6
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Thanks for the comments.

Ottawan I did not mean to create any confusion about variety names.

Eli I use 4 inch X 5 inch organza bags on my trees.  I put the bags on as soon as the figs start to swell and turn color.  The bags are not perfect, but they do provide some additional protection.  Small ants can still get in.  Determined birds can still peck through them.  However the bags make it difficult enough that most of the bugs and birds don't bother the figs in my yard anymore.  The bags are much easier to manage than bird netting in my opinion.

Subject: Mission Green Unknown Fig Video Review Replies: 6
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Subject: Havasu Fig Video Review Replies: 11
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Thanks for the comments everyone.

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Subject: Scott's Black Fig Video Review Replies: 6
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Thanks for the comments.  Christian I was referring to root knot nematodes, as Phil pointed out.  They damage the roots and make it harder for the tree to take up water and nutrients.  A healthy fig tree that is growing strong seems to be able to do ok even with the nematodes.

Subject: Scott's Black Fig Video Review Replies: 6
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Subject: Havasu Purple Unk. Replies: 8
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Thanks for posting Calvin.  It's good to document this variety.  I have a second year Havasu tree growing in the ground.  It has a few figs on it that should ripen up soon.  I'll post when the fruit ripens.  My Havasu tree died to the ground in December when we had a hard frost and the tree had not gone dormant yet.  It grew back from the ground this year.  It is a healthy and attractive looking tree.  I'm looking forward to tasting the fruit.

Subject: My first home grown fig Replies: 10
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Congrats on your first homegrown fig!  As the tree matures the fruit will taste better. 

Subject: LSU Purple Replies: 22
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It improves with time.  It does not have a traditional "fig" flavor.  It is very sweet and just has its own unique taste.  The tree needs to be mature enough to perfectly ripen the fruit, otherwise they're not really worth eating.  But when the tree is mature enough and the climate is right the fruit is pretty good.  The tree is a very strong grower and also very productive.  It's not my favorite tree but I plan on keeping it.  I've been growing it since 2010 so it doesn't make sense to get rid of it now.  Best of luck with your tree.

Subject: Black Madeira Fig Video Review Replies: 32
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Black Madeira is definitely a keeper.  The fruit is a good size.  It is very sweet and has excellent flavor.  As the tree matures it becomes quite productive.  In previous years the fruit quality was variable.  This year the fruit consistently tastes delicious.

Subject: Black Madeira Fig Video Review Replies: 32
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Here is a plate of Black Madeira figs from this morning.  It's been so hot here recently that the figs are drying on the tree.  The flavor is very concentrated.

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Subject: Souring in Tucson, by variety Replies: 9
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Ken,

Thanks for compiling the list for us.  Please let us know if you find anything to be effective against the dried fruit beetles in your yard.

Subject: Souring in Tucson, by variety Replies: 9
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Ken,

Last year the dried fruit beetles were all over my yard and they ruined a lot of figs and peaches and even got into some of the pomegranates that had been pecked by birds.  This year there have been very few of the dried fruit beetles around.  I'm not sure why the difference.

I've noticed that even on one tree there can be a lot of difference between how the eyes look on the figs.  One fig might have a tight eye that is completely closed.  The fig ripening up right next to it on the branch may have an eye that is wide open.  Weather also seems to affect the eye on the figs.  When we get rain and the humidity rises the figs swell up more and the eye is more likely to be large and open.

The organza bags help with the dried fruit beetles.  The bags are not 100% effective.  It really depends on how securely the drawstring is pulled around the base of the fig.  If the drawstring is pulled tight and the fit is very snug around the base of the fig then it is very difficult for the dried fruit beetles to enter.  If the drawstring is not completely snug and tight at the base of the fig then the dried fruit beetles will find their way in.  No matter how tight the drawstring is pulled the tiny ants can still get in.

Ken are you still having problems with those woodpeckers ripping holes in your organza bags now that you caged in your fig trees?  I've had problems with woodpeckers, starlings, and thrasher birds tearing holes in the organza bags.  But they general target larger figs on trees that don't have dense foliage.  For some reason they seem to avoid the figs on trees with denser foliage.  I also noticed that those birds were more of a problem early in the season when the figs were first starting to ripen.  As time went by they seemed to lose interest in having to wrestle with the bags.

Thanks for compiling the list of figs with closed eyes.  But sometimes closed eyed varieties will have figs with open eyes and sometimes open eyed varieties will have figs with closed eyed.  No fig tree will produce figs that are closed eyed 100% of the time.  And some of the best tasting figs have open eyes.  I try to use the organza bags so that I can harvest both types of figs.  It is not a perfect system, but for me it has worked pretty well so far.

Subject: Fig Pics Replies: 9
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Looks very nice Justin.  Which fig did you like the most?

Subject: Photos of Early Season Fig Cultivars-A lot of Pictures Replies: 51
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Charles,

Your figs look excellent.  The photographs are very good quality.  I like that you let the figs get fully ripe before harvesting them.  Congrats on your success!

Subject: 2014 NJ Red Replies: 13
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Great looking fig there Frank.

Subject: Black Madeira Fig Video Review Replies: 32
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Here is a dead ripe Black Madeira fig from today.  This fig is juicy inside.  Sometimes honey spills out of the eye.  The flavor is sweet and strong.  It has a rich, syrupy complexity.  It is one of the best.

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Subject: Barnisotte Fig Video Review Replies: 14
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Here is a dead ripe Barnisotte fig from the tree in the video.  It is a reddish amber sort of color inside.  The skin is dark purple.  When dead ripe the fruit on this tree is a perfect 10.  It is like candy: rich, sweet, complex, and it lingers.  But the tree grows slowly and does not produce many fruit.  And not all of them ripen properly.  The ones that do make it to perfectly ripe are excellent.  I have a potted Barnisotte that is young but looks to be a clean, strong grower.  I will plant that tree and see how the fruit compares in the future.  Here's the fig from today:

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