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Subject: LSU Purple Breba and Main Crop Fig Video Review Replies: 16
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Subject: Grasa Adriatic breba Replies: 24
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Nice looking figs Art. Leaving them on the tree longer sounds like a good idea. Let us know if it makes a difference.

Subject: RdB Breba Replies: 33
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Super early brebas for the Northeast.  Good job Art!  Thanks for posting.

Subject: Bird problem solved--at least for now Replies: 38
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That is excellent Ken.  Let us know how it holds up.  By the way, my Georgia White Hybrid is healthy and growing.  I'm hoping to taste fruit from it this year.  The photo of the cut fig looks very nice.

Subject: Breba Harvest 2014 Replies: 23
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They look good Harvey.  Thanks for posting.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Ken the Hardy Chicago tree surprised me this year with all the brebas on it.  That hasn't been typical in previous years.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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They are worth the wait.  Enjoy.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Armando to me HC has a very strong rich fig flavor.   It is not as much berry in my opinion as is VdB.  The flavor of HC is pure fig, and very strong and complex.  Sometimes I get a hint of peach in the background, but not really berry.  That is what my tastebuds pick up.  But maybe it would be different on someone else's palate.

Eli I water deeply with drip irrigation once a week.  I also give the trees some water from the hose halfway through the week to keep them happy until the next irrigation.  I put wood chips down around the trees every spring, but bermuda grass grows over it and the soil just seems to eat the wood chips up.  The soil is very rich around the trees and full of worms and bugs.  I could probably add more mulch again mid summer to help shade the roots some more, but I never get around to it.

Subject: Unknown Figs #1_Bronx, NY Replies: 80
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The tree looks great Coop. Wow those fig pics that Pete posted of Bryant Dark look delicious!

Subject: first fig of the season Replies: 9
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Congrats Tina. It looks delicious!

Subject: Hardy Chicago Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Thanks Wei. The climate here is pretty awesome for figs. We have a long harvest season and the figs are very sweet. It took me some time to figure out how to properly water the figs trees in this climate, but now I have a watering routine that works well.

Too bad about your Hardy Chicago. Hopefully this year it regrows a good shape and size so that you get many figs from it in years to come.

Subject: Hardy Chicago Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Subject: Fig of the Day - Black Mission 08-17-13 Replies: 56
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Great news Frank!

Subject: lsu purple Replies: 28
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My LSU Purple looks exactly like the photos posted by Quackmaster.

Subject: Lampeira preta (ground) non irrigated Replies: 37
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Wow!  Looks nice.

Subject: my 2014 fig forest Replies: 15
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Healthy looking trees James.

Subject: Wasp business Replies: 20
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Thanks for posting the photos Lampo.  Do you have a photo of the leaves on your 'Violette de Solli├Ęs' aka 'Bourjassotte Noire'?  Is that the same fig as Barnisotte from UCDavis?

Subject: Prayer and thoughts Replies: 43
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Hang in there Darkman.  Get well soon.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Sounds like you have an efficient irrigation system that works well Dave.  They raised my water rates last year in the spring.  I just hope they don't raise them too high one day to where it becomes unaffordable to maintain a lot of trees.  Best luck with your trees this year.

Subject: Harvey's New Fig Orchard Replies: 114
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Very nice Harvey.  Best success with your orchard.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Thanks Vince.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Centurion

Do you step up the watering later in the year when temps stay higher longer?   (I may be overwatering up here).




Dave I didn't notice this part of your post when I first read it.  Last year I was irrigating the fig trees every 3rd day with the drip system.  I would let it run for awhile and really soak them.  I got some monster water bills doing it that way so halfway through the summer I switched to irrigating them every 6th day.  To my surprise the trees were fine with that.

This year I plan to stay on my current routine of watering them deeply once a week with the drip and supplementing it halfway through the week with a 4 minute soaking at the base of each tree with the hose.  The first year plants and any that are looking stressed get additional water from the hose when it looks like they need it.

What I'm noticing is that the hotter it gets the longer I have to run the drip to really saturate the soil around the trees.  Earlier in the spring I ran the irrigation for a couple of hours.  Now I'm running it for 6 to 8 hours to really soak some of the trees.  That's what works with my irrigation setup and my soil.  I like to see the ground really well saturated around the trees.

Our conditions are so different from most of the rest of the country.  I think it's hard to overwater an inground fig tree around here.  If you think about it, figs thrive in places like Louisiana and Florida where the soil stays saturated for long periods of time.  From my experience fig trees can soak up all the water that I throw at them.  But to survive and do ok they don't need to be constantly wet all the time.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Dave I've noticed the same thing.  The Joe's Jersey tree seems to be the same as Hardy Chicago, but it grows stronger and produces more fruit.  It may just be a vigorous strain of Hardy Chicago.  In my yard the Joe's Jersey tree also starts ripening the main crop earlier than Hardy Chicago.

I'm glad your trees are growing strong and producing a lot of fruit.  Do you have a large breba crop this year?  My Desert King had a lot of brebas this year, but the other trees not so much.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Hope it roots for you Susie.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Shah I have a 187-25 that another forum member gave me.  I believe that it was a cutting from UCD that she rooted.  The tree put out some new leaves in the spring and then pretty much stalled out after that.  It is still less than a foot tall and hasn't put out any new leaves in awhile.  I'm hoping it pulls through but I don't know.  The temps here are already in the 100's and will stay there until late September.  That's hard on small plants, especially when they aren't strong growers.  The spot I planted it in looks like it should be great, but this is the third small fig tree I've planted in that spot since 2011.  None of them thrived, so it may just be a bad spot.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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I went organic a couple of years ago.  I've only been using fish emulsion, manure, and compost.  I suspect the citrus may not be getting some nutrients that they need.  I'm not sure what organic fertilizer I can use to give them a boost.

And yeah, I have root knot nematodes in my soil.  Every fig tree that I've dug up has had the knots.  None of them have been heavily infested, but I know rkn is widespread in my yard.  When propagating cuttings and air layers for other people I make sure to use bagged potting soil and I never let the pots make contact with the ground.  I would never want to spread rkn to anyone else so I take precautions.  The vigorous growing fig varieties don't seem to be affected by the rkn.  But rkn probably contributed to the death of some of my weaker figs.  Is citrus badly affected by rkn?  Nematodes are common in the soil around here and people grow citrus all over in this area.

Subject: New Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 20
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That is a healthy looking tree.  I think VdB is happier in a moderate climate like yours compared to out by me with the extreme heat.

Subject: No More Inground Fig Trees... :( :( Replies: 22
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The new setup looks great Vince.  I envy how neat and orderly your yard is.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Thanks for the comments everyone.

Figfinatic I sent you a PM.

I live on a 1/4 acre lot.  My fenced backyard is about 90' X 60'.  I have trees planted around the perimeter of the yard, but I'm trying to keep the center of the yard open for the kids and dogs to be able to run around and play in.  Right now I have the following fruit trees planted in the ground: 21 fig trees, 6 citrus trees, 2 pomegranates, 2 almonds, 1 mulberry, 1 peach, 1 grapevine, and some herbs.  I also have 1 small pigeon pea plant that I'm trying to grow into a small tree and protect through the winter to keep it alive as a perennial.  I'm really happy with the setup I have because it gives me good production and I still have an open yard so we can run around, bbq, etc.  I keep toying around with the idea of putting in a chicken coop or aquaponics vegetable garden but I haven't followed through with either of those yet.

Bada I water all the fruit trees the same.  Every Monday I give them a deep watering with drip irrigation.  Every Friday I supplement them each with a few minutes of water from the hose.  The small young plants get a little extra water here and there throughout the week with the hose.  Everything looks happy except for the citrus.  I can't figure out how to make them green and lush.  But they still produce good fruit.

I'll probably put in a few more trees here and there.  Time will tell.  The only one I have definite plans for is a small Barnisotte that is in a container right now.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 23
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Subject: Coll de Dama Roja Fruit Replies: 35
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That fig looks delicious Harvey. Good find.

Subject: Excel and Atreano RR Replies: 4
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Thanks for sharing.  Are those brebas or has you main crop started?

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 18
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Christian that is interesting information about Negronne.  I wonder if the European Negronne you talk about is grown here in the USA under a different name?

Thanks Bada.

Subject: --- Pix: Golden Celeste breba Replies: 6
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That is a long neck.  Thanks for sharing the photos and information.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 18
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Christian,

This tree was given to me with the name Violette de Bordeaux.

The tree produces several different types of leaves.  Here are photos of leaves from this tree.  Please excuse the glare.

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Some people say that Violette de Bordeaux, Negronne, and Petite Negri are all the same fig.  Some people say they are different.  I don't know.  This is the only one I am growing.

This tree produces two distinct crops of main crop figs.  The first crop ripens in June and July.  The second crop ripens in October and November.  The figs are sweet and tasty.  The tree shows signs of stress in high heat.  This is the birds' favorite tree.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 18
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Thanks for the comments everyone.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 18
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Subject: --- Pix: Adriatic Breba Replies: 7
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Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

Subject: To those I owe trades... Replies: 42
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Hang in there Howie.  Wish you a full and speedy recovery.

Subject: Outdoor Rooting Experiment Replies: 13
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Thanks for the feedback everyone.  I'll have to tweak my setup next year and hopefully I can get a higher success rate.  I really prefer rooting cuttings outside since I don't have much spare room inside my house.

Subject: Outdoor Rooting Experiment Replies: 13
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Fig trees are pretty tough.  I still think its amazing that we can get a new tree from a little piece of branch.

Subject: Outdoor Rooting Experiment Replies: 13
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Last winter I pruned a fig tree and placed numerous cuttings into two large pots filled with soil.  I had the pots in a shady area in my backyard.  I kept the soil moist but did nothing else.  The pots were not covered.

Here is a photo of one of those pots in early April when some of the cuttings started to wake up.
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Early this morning I dug up all the cuttings in the two pots.  Here are the results.
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There were 35 cuttings.  5 of them produced good roots and leaves.  1 of them produced a small leaf and small roots (not sure if it will make it).  4 of them (the ones that are double potted) had roots but have not been able to sustain leaves yet.  25 of them died.

This method of propagation was very easy.  I stuck the cuttings in soil and kept the soil damp... nothing else.  However it had a low success rate.  Indoors with a humidity dome I usually have about 50% success.

I will probably start doing this every winter when I prune the trees.  I will have a few hundred cuttings in soil and I'll probably end up with a few dozen trees in the spring.  The success rate is low, but the process is extremely simple and easy to manage.


Subject: Long overdue update Replies: 20
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Very nice photography Nichole.  Hope you have a good season.

Subject: killed a rattler Replies: 53
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Scary stuff.  The hotter it gets the more active they become.  I see them in the desert but I've never seen one by my house.  Stay safe.

Subject: Natalina buried in soil for winter 2014 zone 4 (Update) Replies: 14
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Thanks for posting.  Your soil looks very healthy.  Let us know how the tree does this year.

Subject: forcing roots down? Replies: 9
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There's some great info here from forum members.

Also, if drip irrigation is going to be used then at the time of planting the drip emitters can be placed down 2 feet or so around the plant.  That would encourage the roots to develop at a good depth.

Subject: Desert King Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 6
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Thanks Christian.

Subject: Bmad002 Pesca Di Oro - Thanks Jon! Replies: 14
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That's a nice looking young tree.

Subject: Desert King Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 6
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Thanks Goss and Gina.

Bill I had the same experience with DK in the past.  The thing about DK is that for some reason the figs take a little bit longer to ripen than average.  Even after they turn color and swell up you just have to let them keep ripening on the tree.  When they are getting soft that means they still need a couple of days.  They require extra time but are worth the wait.  Try waiting to pick them until after they feel soft to the touch for a couple of days.

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