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Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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Coldsprings,

I hope you're on to something with the Rue.  Wouldn't that be great if it would repel those beetles?  If they would repel sour fruit bugs that would be even better.

Now I'll have to google Rue and see just how it's grown and what manner of herb it is.

noss

Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
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How do you mean that Rafed?  Stewed, fried, smothered down with veggies?  LOL!

Our son used to go hunt blackbirds (starlings) with his friends and they would cook and eat them.  They had to have a mess of them for a good meal, but those are trash birds here and it didn't matter if anyone hunted them.

One time, Michael brought home half dozen little bird breasts (the only part that has any meat to speak of) and he happened to mention they were robins (they come down here for the winter, but don't nest here).  I wanted to skin him alive for killing robins.

Now my curiosity is piqued about the aggressiveness y'all have spoken of.  In NJ, if we would find a baby robin that fell from the nest too soon, we would rig up an old bird cage, or box and put the babies in there and the parents would just keep feeding it until it was old enough to fly off with them.  The parents didn't care how close we were to the bird cage, or box, they'd just go on into the cage and feed the baby right in front of us.

Maybe your robins have been hanging out with the mockingbirds and catbirds and bluejays.

I found a tiny baby bird one year and it didn't have any feathers on it yet, so I decided since there were all kinds of mockingbirds hanging around the baby and they were yelling, it must be a baby mockingbird, so I tried to give it to them by rigging up a box for its safety, but the mockingbirds wouldn't go anywhere near it.

I gave up and took the baby into the house to raise it myself, which I did, but before long, the baby started to put out some real feathers and they were blue!  It wasn't a mockingbird baby, it was a baby bluejay and the MBs and BJs hate each other with a passion.  The mockingbirds were wanting to kill the baby jay, not protect it and it never occurred to me that if it had been a baby mockingbird, I would have been dive-bombed by the whole lot of them. 

Yes, Bass, birds are edible.  Are you sure they're robins?  Brownish heads and backs with a rust-red breast for the male and dustier colors for the female?

Maybe NJ robins are just more gentle, or somthing because they used to make nests on our front porch and they were NEVER aggressive in any way, just sweet, gentle birds.  They weren't afraid of us and they didn't care if we were on the porch talking to them or watching them.

What does your kamakaze robin pair look like?

They sound like they're acting more like mockingbirds.  Now, you talk about attacks--They know now to do that.

I hope you'll relocate the nest and it will work out.

noss

Subject: Made some shade today Replies: 39
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Dominick--That screen under the floor of the deck is a great idea.  How clever is that.

I haven't looked at this thread for awhile and missed quite a few things.

noss

Subject: Differences between Black Celeste and Malta Black Replies: 31
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Oh for Pete's sake!

Dan!  My Black Celeste doesn't look like that at all.  The skin is dull and the fruit is shaped like a regular Celeste.  Your's is more round and the skin is shiny.  I got my tree from Dalton. 
Also, my Black Celeste doesn't have a long stem like that either. 

Aaarrrrgh!

Dan, did you get my email?  I wanted to confirm your email address before I sent you the picture of the Magnolia fig.

noss


Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
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RAFED!!!  NO!!!  Not a Robin!!!  They're usually not so aggressive like that.  I vote for relocating the nest somewhere safer for everyone.  :)

noss

Subject: When to pollinate figs? Replies: 14
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Has anyone ever said that some of the common figs were able to produce good figs by themselves, but if they were pollenated by the fig wasp, they would be much better?  I may be remembering it wrong.  I was thinking that Martin, or Bass was talking about that.  Maybe it wasn't the common fig, though.

noss

Subject: Differences between Black Celeste and Malta Black Replies: 31
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Dan,

Maybe they were thought to be related because they are both Malta figs and do they look alike?  I wondered if the Malta Black and the Black Celeste were the same because of the description of both and they sounded a lot alike to me, but people all tell me they're different.  If my little Malta Blacks would decide to grow and produce fruit, I will be able to see for myself.  The BC and the Celestes do resemble each other.  I find the BC to be even more rich than the regular Celeste.

My BC has dropped a few figs, but it's been so hot and they aren't very large trees.  More have stayed on the trees than have fallen.

Does anyone have a photo of a Malta Black tree and fruit and the Black Celeste tree and fruit to show us for comparison?

noss


Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
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Hi Herman,

I hope that would be the case that it will not sour easily and we sure have llllooooonnnnnngggggg hot summers here, for it!

What makes some figs get those neat star-shaped splits at the eye like that?  Not all figs do that, that I can see, anyway.

I have a Sicilian Black, but don't know if it's the same as JR's and it has a few little figs on it.  If they stay on the little tree, I'll compare them to picture of the Corleone.  The little tree sat and sulked over the winter and spring and recently decided to grow and it's shooting up now.

Bass told me there are a few Sicilian Blacks and Italian Blacks, as well.  If they're black and come from Sicily and Italy, I guess that's a good name for them.  :)


noss

 


Subject: LSU Scott's Yellow Replies: 5
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Woof, that SY looks good.

Since I've never seen a Gino's, or Dark Portuguese fig, it doesn't tell me about the size, but it does resemble the SBlack I had last season, but this SY looks even better.

Good luck with the second flush of your poor little tree.

noss

Subject: Differences between Black Celeste and Malta Black Replies: 31
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Hi Jason,

Scott's Black is nothing like Black Celeste in shape, size, or taste.  I don't have a producing Malta Black, so I can't compare that to either of the other two.  I found the SB has a more fruity flavor when Marty and his wife were so generous as to let me go visit them and taste an older SB of theirs.  They were good, but the flavor was not like the Black Celeste.  I do have a SB, but it's young, so this year, it only has two figs on it so far, but it's a late fig and I've already eaten two BCs, which were very good.  I found them sweeter than my regular Celestes and the ones I ate had less of a figgy flavor than regular Celestes.  Very good, though.

You should get a Malta Black and Black Celeste---  :)  You NEED them.....

noss

Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
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Hi BLB,

Does that mean the fig hasn't split and/or soured when ripening in rainy weather?  I'm wondering because it has quite an open eye, the pictures I've seen and it gets a neat, star-shaped splitting pattern at the eye.  I've notice other figs get that star, as well.

I'm glad your figs appear to be maturing faster for you this year.  We do have  clay soil, but I've been keeping my young trees in pots.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: early main crop variety. Replies: 8
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Hi Bob,

Thanks for the elaboration on the HH.  I'm going to try a couple of the cuttings outside and see how they do.  The cuttings still look good to me.  I don't want them to be wasted on me, so I need to put them in the right potting mix to start them outside.  You are so kind and generous and I thank you for your patience and encouragement.

noss

Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
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How does the Sal's Corleone do in the rain/humidity?

noss

Subject: They have started again. Replies: 37
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LOL!  Brent!  All those people would have had to do was stand back and they'd have had a boatful of those fish without doing any work to get them. 

How funny.  I'm sure it's not funny to get slapped upside the head by one of those leaping fish.

New fishing gear will now include safety helmets.....

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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Hi Bill,

When I was spending all summer in VA with Mom, the cousins and I would catch those same Junebugs and we'd tie sewing thread around their middle set of legs and "fly" them, too.  That was fun.

We'd then tie the end of the thread to something so they couldn't get away and we'd be able to "fly" them some more the next day.

We first made a slipknot in the thread so we could put that over that set of legs and then it would snug down around the legs.

noss



Subject: Awesome Smith Figs Replies: 6
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Hey--Who cares if it's pretty, or not?  It's only gonna get chewed up anyway.  ;)

I have found my Smiths are splitting with the rain and are more watery even though they didn't get a lot of rain on them.  That honey drop is really sticky, too and tastes good.  I got some on my forearm yesterday and it was really stuck there, no oozing off.

noss.

Subject: Fig allergy???? Replies: 29
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Hello Sara,

I hope you will stay safe with the figs.  The more ripe they are, the less latex comes from them.  Happy eating!

noss

Subject: early main crop variety. Replies: 8
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Hi Bob,

How does the Hardy Hartford compare with the Hardy Chicago?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: My Lazy Way to Root Cuttings Replies: 9
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K.I.S.S. works most of the time.  Thanks for sharing this Joe.
(Keep It Simple, Sweetheart)

noss

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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The Green June Beetle that ranges from the Great Lakes South to the Gulf of Mexico may be the ones we used to play with in VA the summers I was there with Mom.

noss

Subject: Help Replies: 6
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What caused the split in the first place?

The tree is trying to heal itself with the new bark creeping over the scar.  Isn't that amazing?

noss

Subject: Deleon Breba Replies: 11
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Pretty fig tree & figs.

Does the name mean, The Lion?  Or is that someone's last name, which might mean the same thing, come to think of it.

noss

Subject: Happy 4th of July Replies: 8
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It would be nice to have someone really great to vote for instead of just the lesser of two evils.

As long as people "wink" at crooked politicians, it's going to stay this way.

noss

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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Ya know.....Those are the same brown Junebugs we have.  They have kind of cute faces, with those large, black, wide-spaced eyes, but they have to die!

Tim,  They're all over at Dan's house chowing down on his trees.

noss

Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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Jason,  I think Alan "got" it well.  Roots will take the path of least resistance to grow into.  Makes sense to me.  My fig roots will always grow easily up into any mulch I put on it.  No matter how deep themulch is, the roots grow into it.  It's nice and loose and easy for the roots to navigate.

Viv


Subject: Celeste larger this year after hail storm? Replies: 9
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Hi nana,

The second picture you posted is beautifully done and the figs look more like my figs.  Boy do they ever look delicious.

I believe that my two celestes are showing me that they should be out in the middle of a large field where they can grow to their hearts' content and not have me try to keep them smaller as I've been trying to do.

I say trying because they are not having any of that stuff and are going crazier than ever.  I cut them way down in early spring and they took off and since then, I've had to cut the tips off of them a couple of times and yet they have shot up even more.  This season's growth is already a couple of feet above what they ended up with at the end of last season and it's only just early July and they've been cut back a couple of times after the initial pruning.  The growth they've put out, looks like little trees already and is at least 6'.

If they could grow unfettered, I think it would be better for them.  I don't have the room for that.

noss

Subject: Gino's Black Replies: 66
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Thanks, Jason.  I'm looking forward to tasting my Gino's fig, but it's still a baby.  I hope it also might "like" the heat because we sure have it here.

Viv

Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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Hi Cathy,

Did you mix the UPM with perlite?

Susan,

I hope your little treelets you still have will like their new soil and thrive for you.  The soil can make all the difference in the world to them.

noss

Subject: Gino's Black Replies: 66
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What a beauty that little tree is.  Is that the Gino's tree?  Not quite sure I understood what it is.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Pictures of New Rooting Technique Replies: 44
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Thanks, Dan.  I'll give you a call, then.

noss

Subject: Celeste larger this year after hail storm? Replies: 9
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Hi nana,

Is the color of your figs really that light a tan normally, or is that the camera?  If it's the color of the figs, those are like the tree downtown here that stay a light tannish color.

Does your tree tend to drop its figs in the heat, or if it's hot and dry?  Where do you live?

Despite the battering they got, they surely do look delicious.

noss

Subject: 2 questions Replies: 21
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Old tee-shirts make good plant ties because they're soft and stretchy.  When I've wanted to train my little fig trees to grow straight, I attach the trunk close to the stake and watch it, but I don't have that many trees, so that's not hard to do.

Last year, I bought an LSU Purple tree.  When I brought it home, I realized it had no leader on it and the tree was pretty tall and spindly.  I found what looked like the leader which was bent over and staked it up.  This spring, I took the stake out of the pot because it was too short and evaluated the tree.  The leader wanted to sway off to the side, but not like last year, so I left it alone for a couple of months.  I just put a taller stake into the pot and retied the tree to keep the leader upright, but the tie is more loose.  Everything was fine with it and the tree had gained some nice girth all the way up to the top in that past year.  I think you need to keep an eye on the trees if you stake them.

Fig tree wood is softer and more pliable than regular trees, so I think they're easier to stake-train.

noss 


Subject: Tallahassee Fig Finds Replies: 22
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Look at the girth of the trunk on that tree.  JD, you really lucked out on finding this guy.  Good for you.

noss

Subject: Pictures of New Rooting Technique Replies: 44
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Thanks again, Dan.

Did you post a thread about how you root green cuttings?  If not, would you do so, or at least tell us what you do and what success you have?

noss

Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
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The bag of coarse perlite I got at the feed store was pulverized to mostly dust and it was a bag that I had gotten in exchange for the first one that was the same way.  Disgusting.

Dan, what brand is the coarse perlite you are using?

Should I just forget about sifting and use it as is and never mind the dust in the soil?

noss

Subject: Pictures of New Rooting Technique Replies: 44
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Dan,

Do you use the 3 x 3" peat pots, or the deeper ones like those shown in the link Dennis gave us?  (Thanks Dennis.)

noss

Subject: Sal Corleone and Others Pics Replies: 23
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I've read where it's both the excess water getting to the roots, being taken up by the tree and ends up in the fruits and rain keeping the figs wet.

noss

Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
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What about what some people say that the perlite dust is fine enough that it will clog up the spaces that the roots need to breathe?  That's why I was sifting it.  Otherwise, I would just carefully work with it.  Or, are you saying that wetting down will remove the fine particles from the coarse ones and you can scoop those out?  Not quite clear about that.

noss

Subject: When to pollinate figs? Replies: 14
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Thanks, Alan, for the link to the artificial turf.

Brent, I hope something great comes from your work.

noss

Subject: Pictures of New Rooting Technique Replies: 44
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Thanks Dan, for elaborating  on how to seat the peat pots into the cup.  :)

I also got the wrong kind of peat pots.  I'll have to go get some Jiffy Pots.  I can use the other pots for something else.

noss

Subject: Sal Corleone and Others Pics Replies: 23
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Raincoats.  We need raincoats for the Corleone and any other that split in the rain.  I'm talking for the soil in the pots, as well.  I have a project to work on, thinking about this.

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste 2011 & 2012 Replies: 39
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JD,

We need to fashion rain shields for the ICs, or something.

noss

Subject: Trade? Replies: 20
Posted By: noss Views: 1,638
 

Hi Man!

Welcome.  I also hope you stick around a long time.

Sometimes, when someone asks a question, it sparks off a really great discussion on a topic and everyone benefits from it, so ask away and also lets us get to know you.  That's a good way to contribute to the forum.  You'll see.  being interested is a contribution.  And who knows?  You could come up with an observation that might be profound.  Ya never know.  :)

I am relatively new and it can be difficult when you're new as far as people maybe being reluctant to share cuttings, etc. with someone they don't know is serious about figs.  Too many people are underhanded to not be cautious.

I think more people are realizing that I'm nuts about figs ( as well as just plain nuts...) and very seriously into them.  It takes some time, but it's so worth it.  I love the people here.

I registered in June of 09, but didn't really get into the forum until last season.  Mostly that's because I'm sort of a reverse computer wiz and it takes me time to get the hang of things.....

Jason is very honest about things and I think that's good.  He's our terrier, watching out for the forum and I think he's a doll.  ;)

noss


Subject: FAQ Replies: 30
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Jon,

This is a great idea.  Yours is an exceptional site and you're always working on making it more complete.

There's a typo in the seed/seedling section.  It says sedxually, in the first sentence, as well as prfoduced and ffrom, plus that sentence isn't complete.

I'm not trying to be critical--I thought it might make a difference to you.

noss

Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
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Hello Greenthumbkin,

I like your name--Welcome and that perlite dust is a killer and steps should be taken to avoid inhaling that dust.  The dust will choke you in a nano-second.  I wear a dust mask and still am careful.

My brother died from pulmonary fibrosis and a lot of dust can cause pulmonary inflammation which is what causes pulmonary fibrosis, for which there is no cure.  It's always good to wear a mask around dust like that. 

Bird-keeper's lung is another name for pulmonary fibrosis and the constant exposure to feather dust will cause it.  Life isn't safe, so hedge your bets and be careful, then have fun.

Rice hulls break down too easily and they blow all over the place, but digging in them sure polishes up a shovel.

Long ago, when we went to one of the rice mills and were getting our own rice hulls, we had a couple of dirty, rusty old shovels and after we shoveled those rice hulls, the shovels were just a-shinin' like better than new.  So the rice hulls are abrasive and polishing agents as well.

noss

Subject: My little slice of fig heaven Replies: 14
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They are extremely addictive.  The problem is--Who wants to kick that addiction?  I surely do not.

Who can get enough of eating figs?  I can't.

I'm convinced that figs have a substance in them that really IS addictive and isn't it wonderful?  :)

Rafed,

You are a son to be proud of.

noss


Subject: When to pollinate figs? Replies: 14
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Hi Brent,

I have no idea what you are doing, but it sounds fascinating and I hope you have some great success with it.

How does putting some kind of pollen into a common fig pollinate it if the pollen is from another species of plant?

I didn't see your other post/thread you are talking about, so I'm glad you posted about it again.  Much luck to you,

Alan,

What kind of mat are you using and where does one obtain it?  Does it come in different colors?

noss

Subject: Unknown Italian Fig Replies: 4
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Hi Chivas,

Where do you live?

noss

Subject: Some of my figs Replies: 38
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I think that a jam with figs and onion, garlic and hot peppers would be gangbusters.

When we first moved down here, I would see jalapeno jams and jellies and onion and garlic jams and jellies and I would think--No WAY, but I was at a craft show and a booth had all kinds of jams and jellies with combos of garlic, onions and jalapenos and samples out to taste and I tasted them and I was shocked at how delicious those combos with the heat taste.  They would be a great foil for the sweetness of the figs.

(Where's my bib?)

noss

Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
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Hi Tim,

If the beetles lay eggs in the soil around the trees, then try diatomaceous earth sprinkled around and see what happens.  That stuff is supposed to cut bugs to ribbons because it's the exoskeletons of the tiny diatoms that are found in water.

Good luck with that and let us know how it works if you use it.

And if you have an Atreano, it's worth working with because those are delicious figs.  Dan said the eyes of the later crops in the season are tighter and the beetles can't get into them then.  If I had the room, I'd have one, but I need room for figs that do well here to make the space worthwhile.  :#(

Viv

 

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