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Subject: Lampeira Preta, Lampeira, Carvalhal.. Replies: 16
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Looks very good. Thanks for posting.

Subject: 95% if not all fig tree died in Queens NY. Disaster Replies: 101
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Fig trees can grow back from the roots even after you think they are dead.  That's what happened to two of my young fig trees that got top killed by a December frost.  All my other fig trees starting waking up in mid February.  The two that were top killed did not start growing again from the soil until mid April.  That's two additional months.  For those of you in the NYC area I wouldn't lose hope until July.

Subject: Wildfire in San Diego--here we go again Replies: 58
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I hope the wind dies down and they can put that fire out.  Be safe.

Subject: BM Airlayer Replies: 16
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Looking good.

Subject: My Figs Summer-ized Replies: 16
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Very nice.

Subject: Know When to Hold em... Does this apply to figs? Replies: 11
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I keep some. I get rid of some. The funny thing is some that do well for me might not do well for others. And some that don't do well for me might do well for others. Go figure.

Subject: Back From The Dead Replies: 19
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Very interesting.  I never heard of that milk trick before.  I will pour some milk around the Barnisotte tree and see what happens. 

Subject: I didn't take a picture. My Bad! KADOTA Replies: 18
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That Kadota sounds really nice Suzi.  If you ever get a chance to post a photo of a ripe one I would love to see it.  Thanks for sharing.

Subject: Back From The Dead Replies: 19
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I'm still trying to wrap my head around FMV.  I see it on several of my trees.  The only tree that I have that seems to be badly affected by it is Barnisotte.  The others that show it don't seem to be affected by it much at all.  For some reason some trees are really messed up by FMV, but maybe those trees would have been messed up anyway?  I'm starting to think that all trees have it, but they don't all show it.  I've noticed it come and go on some trees.  My Black Madeira looks super healthy this year.  You would never think that it has FMV.  But in previous years it was showing in the leaves.

Bada I wish I was on an irrigated lot.  That is the best setup for growing fruit trees.  My trees are on drip.  I run the irrigation once a week.  I also water manually with a hose halfway through the week.

I recently posted in another gardening forum about a tree that is growing slowly.  The first comment that someone wrote was that there is too much grass around it.  I keep hearing about this.  Apparently grasses and weeds can put out chemicals that suppress the growth of other plants.  But from my experience so far the grass does not affect the trees in my yard.  Like Alan says maybe it has something to do with my soil.  I can only speak to what I am seeing in my yard.  Perhaps in a different soil or climate the grass would be much more harmful.

Subject: Conadria Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Ken the trees you gave me are looking good too.

Subject: Back From The Dead Replies: 19
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That's good to know Ken. I've never grafted before, but I may have to give it a try one day.

Subject: Back From The Dead Replies: 19
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Thanks Susie.  You know the first couple of years that I lived in AZ I battled with the bermuda grass.  I tried to pull up every bit that grew near the trees.  It just about drove me crazy.  Then last year in the spring I broke my hand.  I couldn't do anything about the bermuda grass for about 4 months.  By then it was already late summer.  Bermuda grass was growing in thick stands around most of my trees.  But the funny thing was... the trees all looked greener and happier than ever.  I think the grass serves as a green mulch.  The soil under the bermuda is always dark and moist.  Now I leave it because it does no harm and the trees are happy.

Subject: Conadria Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Thanks Ken.  Up this way Spring started early and has been warm.  I'm thinking this will be a good year for figs.  I'm hoping we both get a lot of figs this year.

Subject: Back From The Dead Replies: 19
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In December of 2013 we suffered a hard frost for several nights in a row.  It was a very rare occurrence for this area.  Two of my young fig trees were still green and tender when the frost hit.  Both of them were killed to the ground.  In February all the other fig trees started waking up again, but there were no signs of life from those two trees.  I was pretty sure that both of them were dead.

But a few weeks ago both of them started to send up buds from the soil!  It looks like they are alive and well.  It just took them two more months to wake up compared to all the other figs!

The two figs are:

Havasu
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Flanders
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I have high hopes for both of these trees.  Both of them came highly recommended to me by knowledgeable experienced fig growers.  I'm looking forward to seeing how they do in my yard.




Subject: Conadria Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Thanks Phil.

It was a good fig Bob. Check out the video if you get a chance.

Subject: Conadria Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
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Thanks greenfig.

Subject: Conadria Breba Fig Video Review Replies: 9
Posted By: FrozenJoe Views: 613
 
The first fig of 2014 in my yard.


Subject: Fig Cutting Photos - Celeste, May 2014 Replies: 12
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Looking good.  The hardest part is already behind you.

Subject: Mt Etna Types Compared Replies: 2
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Recently there was a post listing various Mt Etna types.  These figs have always interested me, as the first figs I ever ate as a kid were from a Mt Etna type tree.  Hardy Chicago is probably the most commonly grown Mt Etna type fig.  I currently am growing 3 Mt Etna types:  Hardy Chicago, Marseilles VS, and Joe's Jersey.  This summer I will post a video comparing the 3 figs.  They are all similar in appearance, but have slightly different characteristics.  I think it will be helpful to view these 3 trees side by side.

I was wondering, have many people grown multiple Mt Etna types side by side to compare them?  From what I am  seeing with the 3 I have they are all very close, but not quite identical.  If these figs really are from the Mt Etna area, as several forum members have proposed, then I am wondering are the Mt Etna type figs closely related wild seedlings or one single cultivar that has mutated and adapted down different lines after a long history of cultivation and propagation?  If the Mt Etna hypothesis is true then more than likely wild figs in the Mt Etna region breed fairly true to type and there are many closely related seedlings in cultivation in the USA brought over back in the day by Sicilian immigrants from the Mt Etna area.

These are great figs that have stood the test of time.  I'm looking forward to posting the video when my trees start to fruit.  So far my favorite Mt Etna type has been the #1 performer for me here in AZ.  More people should grow these figs.


Subject: OT Bug in Ear emergency Replies: 25
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Crazy story.  Good thing they got it out.  Ever since I was a kid earwigs have freaked me out.  Bugs in the ear... not cool.

Subject: baby figs, May 2014 Replies: 18
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Very nice. It looks like you'll have a good harvest this year.

Subject: A Stroll Around the Gardens: Figs and More Replies: 14
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Very Nice.  Thanks for sharing.

Subject: Let's talk traps Replies: 36
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Cats really do keep the mice away.  We never saw a mouse over here until after our cat went missing.

Subject: VDB fig tree wilting and drooping Replies: 55
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Based on those photos I would say there is more going on than just heat stress.  Heat stressed leaves usually curl up.  There is some serious drooping going on there.  The plant looks like it is in shock.

Subject: Now I'm a cancer survivor Replies: 68
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Jason that is awesome!  Many many years of good health!

Subject: FMV question Replies: 38
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I have fig trees that have never shown FMV before but are showing it this year.  I also have trees that have shown it in the past but that look FMV free this year.  It leads me to believe that all trees have it but that whether or not they show it varies from year to year.  Some varieties will show it every year regardless, but for most trees it seems to come and go.

Subject: what's better than Black Madeira? Replies: 66
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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Black Madeira is an excellent fig.  Barnisotte is excellent too.  Hardy Chicago and similar Hardy Chicago types are also excellent.

Subject: Year round figs: Article Replies: 8
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Thanks for posting this.  Very interesting.  Here I have to force the fig trees to go dormant most winters by cutting back on their water in the fall.  Frosts do occur most winters in this area so I choose not to risk the damage.  We don't have enough heat here past mid-November to make it worth ripening winter figs.  They don't taste sweet once it gets cool.  It must be a little warmer in the Imperial Valley in the winter time compared to here.

Subject: List of Mt. Etna type figs Replies: 51
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Thanks for the link.  Here is a link to the post that I was referring to:
http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/fig/msg0207122622354.html

You're right, these figs do have a point of origin in the Old World.  It may well be Mt Etna.  But I think that what we are doing over here in America is basically compiling a list of figs that are similar to Hardy Chicago.

Subject: List of Mt. Etna type figs Replies: 51
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As a point of clarification:

I am not saying that the forum member's report was inaccurate.  The figs that grow around Mt. Etna may well be very close to Hardy Chicago.  But does that mean that the original American Hardy Chicago tree came from the Mt Etna area?  What about Dark Portuguese?  It seems to me that these Hardy Chicago types were recognized as really good figs a long time ago and spread around even back in the day.  I think that "Hardy Chicago types" is a better classification for these trees, because that is really what we are talking about.  These are the trees that are similar to Hardy Chicago.

Subject: List of Mt. Etna type figs Replies: 51
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I'd like to point something out.  The whole designation of Mt. Etna type figs began several years back when one forum member said that she had been to the area of Mt. Etna and that Hardy Chicago is typical of the the fig trees that grow wild around the Mt. Etna region.  As far as I know that its the only reason that Hardy Chicago and figs that are similar to it are referred to as Mt. Etna types.  Are we really even sure that Mt. Etna has anything to do with these figs?

Subject: Ambient Temperatures and Breaking Dormancy Replies: 24
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Hi Frank,

In ground trees around here started to break dormancy the second half of February when the night time temps got up to the 45 - 50 degree range and day time temps were in the 70 to 80 degree range.

Our soil never freezes or really gets that cold down here.  I'm not sure what the soil temp was at the time.

Subject: Fig Tree Reference In The Movie "The 10 Commandments" Replies: 4
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The 10 Commandments with Charlton Heston was on tv last night.  I was watching part of it.  I was surprised to see this reference to a fig tree in the movie.  It is from the scene where the Jews are leaving Egypt.




Subject: How To Prune Figs in Cool Climates For Breba Production Replies: 7
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Great video! I have been pruning my DK tree back in the summer after the breba crop is finished. I may have to reconsider that approach.

Subject: Figs & More Update Replies: 28
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Nice collection. Thanks for sharing.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Hi Dave,

That's good to hear.  Did your trees get damaged by the cold this winter?  Two of my young trees died back to the ground from frost damage in December.  Both trees are now starting to grow new buds from the ground.  I'm thinking that they will pull through and start growing again.


Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Its there Noss.  I see it too.  Nice tree.

Subject: Fig Tree In Kenya Replies: 14
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They use that to keep the goats from trampling on the tree until it gets bigger.  Apparently they have some large avocado and loquat trees on the property.  Seems like they know how to care for fruit trees.

Subject: Fig Tree In Kenya Replies: 14
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The tree is growing at her grandmother's farm in the countryside outside of Nairobi.  They have not tasted the fruit yet, but once they do I suspect I will be getting some questions about how to propagate.  ;)

Moonlight, like Martin said it is very similar to Hardy Chicago.  Its a dark fig with a rich flavor.

Subject: Fig Tree In Kenya Replies: 14
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I know someone whose family lives in Kenya.  She went to visit her family in April of 2013.  I gave her a small fig tree to take.  It was a small rooted cutting of Joe's Jersey.  One of her family members in Kenya recently took photos of the tree.  Here are photos of the tree when it was first planted a year ago and photos of how the tree looks now.  I guess fig trees do grow in Kenya!

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Subject: California fig production Replies: 13
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Bosco, thanks for sharing.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Noss,

I just sent you a message.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Hi Noss.  I don't see your email.  Maybe you can resend it or send it as a pm.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Feigenbaum and Figfinatic thanks.

Noss this is the first year that I am seeing many single lobed leaves.  Most of the leaves in previous seasons were three lobed.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Thanks.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Sure Noss. I'll take a look at the photos of your DK and tell you if its similar to mine. From photos that I've seen online DK grown in the Pacific Northwest is dark green on the outside and red on the inside. But in my climate it ripens yellow on the outside and more pink colored on the inside. I suspect that the higher temps while it is ripening cause the color difference. In your climate you would probably see something similar.

Subject: Nice Blog Article on italian figs Replies: 15
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Thanks for posting this Eli.  That table of different figs looks pretty cool.

Subject: Fast growing brebas Replies: 11
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Nice photos Francisco.  Lampeira Preta looks like a very productive tree for brebas.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Most of the main crop figs on that tree drop before ripening.  But a few of them do stay on and ripen.  The main crop figs are smaller than the brebas.  The main crop figs are not sweet.  They don't taste good.  I leave them for the birds.

Subject: Desert King Fig Tree Video Review Replies: 16
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Here is a video review of Desert King.  The fruit are not ripe yet.  I will do an updated video when there is ripe fruit.  I will also do updates of the other varieties that I've already reviewed when they start to ripen.  Hopefully I'll also have a few new varieties to review when they produce fruit this year.  Enjoy.




 

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