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

How do you get the growing medium between the plastic cup and the peat pot?  I tried to do that and it didn't work for me.

noss

Subject: Sal Corleone and Others Pics Replies: 23
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There's a Black Celeste ripening right now.  Just one.  Not sure when to pick it, but it's sort of crackling at the eye end and getting softer.  Can't wait to try it--It's very dark purple-looking to me, not as black as the ones I saw at Durio Nursery last year, but they were very ripe.

noss

Subject: The first figs of the year Replies: 2
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Do you eat the skin of these figs, or do you have to peel it?

noss

Subject: Fig I.D. Replies: 3
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Where did Maritn's post go?

You didn't tell us how the figs taste when they're ripe, only that they ripen green. 

So--How do they taste and do they have a closed eye?

I don't know if anyone is interested, but when I put birdnetting on a fig tree, I put two of those green, 6' plastic stakes into the pots, or ground so the netting will rest on the stakes instead of the tree itself.  The reason for that is it saves the plant wear and tear and lets the air circulate around the tree better.  I put something on top of the stakes to keep them from going through the holes in the netting and that works very well for me.

This evening, I put the bird netting on two more of my potted trees.  It was still light out when I put the net on the Smith tree, but it was starting to get dusky out by the time I unrolled the net for the Hunt tree.  It's hard enough to keep eyes focused on the netting when it's daytime, but to try and see that stuff in low light is almost impossible.  I ended up wrapping it around the pot the best I could and will have to adjust it correctly tomorrow.  I didn't want the birds to get the two Hunt figs that are getting ripe, nor the one Smith fig, either.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Natural air layer? Replies: 20
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Thanks, Ken.  Would it be a good idea to put more holes into the sides of regular pots, as well?

noss

Subject: Natural air layer? Replies: 20
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Hi Ken,

That little tree has done well. 

Why do you have all the holes in the side of the bottle?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: New Jersey area:Desert King ,close to ripe! Replies: 21
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Hi Herman,

You evidently think this tree is worth keeping it even though it's breba only.  What does it taste like?

noss

Subject: A Few Winner Celeste Strains Replies: 16
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I would like to gobble down all those figs in your pictures, Dan.

I am wondering if the Celestes that were here back in the seventies might have been one of your figs that don't drop.  They were smaller Celestes than I see now, so maybe the trees really weren't dropping their figs here.  Who knew?

I don't mind figs being smaller if they are delicious--Ya just eat more of them!

My Hunt tree is ripening a few of her figs and they look nice.  I have to put the netting over her today.  Can't wait to try them.  This tree is little, but has a lot of figs set on.  I noticed last year, that all this tree wanted to do was put out fig after fig after fig instead of growing.  I picked most of them off because of the rough start the tree got, I wanted it to grow good roots and top growth, which she steadfastly refused to do until mid-fall, I think it was.  Then she started putting out new top growth.  WOMEN!

I'm hoping that this Hunt might be more productive than usual.  It's from JF & E.  It was one they were using for  cuttings and was a tad older than what they usually sell, they told me.  It had a thicker trunk and was very ugly in shape like it had been used for cuttings.  I'm happy to have it.

noss


Subject: 2 Fig trees grown randolmy Replies: 17
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Hi,

I hope the voluteer fig trees grow well for you and give you great-tasting figs.  ;)

noss

Subject: Zingarella Replies: 35
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Hi Olga,

Thanks for taking the time to post photos of the leaves standing up.  They sure are!  I've never seen that before.

What kind of citrus is that in back of the second photo?

Melbourne.  Must be beautiful there.  Yes, salt tears up a car and everything else.

Thanks so much,

noss

Subject: Stella & Oleander Replies: 13
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Deadly poison is what Martin means, I think.  Watch kids and pets around it.  No chewing.

noss

Subject: Gaack! Replies: 5
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Ken,

Could you use some material from the sewing stores, like tuille--not sure of the name--some kind of netting that those stores sell?  It would be tougher than mosquito netting, I think.  It has tiny openings in it and I don't think those beetles could get through it, nor could birds peck through it.  Wrap the whole tree.  You might need to have someone sew pieces together.  Some work, but if you want good figs---  :)

What kind of BT is your tree?

noss


Subject: Marlow Replies: 3
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Hi AnnieBee,

What got you interested in this particular fig tree?

noss

Subject: Hollier Replies: 12
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Gene,

Is something still wrong with the original part of the tree?  And did it have borers as well?  I would air layer the new growth and get it away from the roots.  The new shoot looks very good and healthy.

I have noticed that when my little trees have put out shoots, some of them, as was the case of the Black Celeste, grow faster and stronger than the original tree.

I sawed the Black Celeste in two and the newer shoot took off, but only has leaves at the top of it and the original tree has taken off and has grown well, too, but there was never anything amiss with it, it just looked stunted.  Dalton said it would leaf out this season and do well and it has.

noss

Subject: 2 Fig trees grown randolmy Replies: 17
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Do they have the fig wasp there?

noss

Subject: Black Bethlehem Picture Replies: 16
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Martin,

Your Black Bethlehem tree is beautiful like its parent.

noss

Subject: Rooted cutting or air layered? Replies: 9
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What is the best medium to put in the bag/bottle/etc. for the air layer?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: My heart was warmed this morning. Replies: 18
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I never get tired of seeing Great Blue Herons, here and love seeing the flocks of the larger white egrets flying over the house.  So pretty.

noss

Subject: Mission Replies: 7
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Would it be just the very dark figs that get some redish coloring when the branches and stems are young?  I've noticed only the black figs of mine have tinges of red here and there.  My Negronne is showing the most red.

noss

Subject: Santa Cruz Dark Replies: 1
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Look at all those figs!  Such a pretty tree, Martin.

noss

Subject: Panachee Breba Replies: 6
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That's a bud sport of Col de Dame Blanc?

How is it pronounced?  And is it the same as Panache?

Panache means flair, elan, flash, which fits the fig.  It's pronounced, Pa-nash.

noss


Subject: pics New Jersy fig Replies: 2
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Maybe it means it's an unknown fig from NJ?  Is it a light, or dark fig?

noss

Subject: Heat wave this week what to do with pots Replies: 45
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Hi Brent,

I can tell you that water in any kind of hosing any color will get hot enough to burn skin in climates like Ken's and mine.  I haven't had any cool water burn leaves the several times I got water on the leaves in the sun by mistake.

Weeds?  I don't think anything like that can kill them, but it's a great idea.  :)

noss

Subject: Sultane Replies: 9
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Martin!  What a great little troop of sentries you have there--

Two to sound the alarm and one (which is all you need of that size) to supply the muscle and crushing pressure.  :)

And the Yorkie can pinch-hit for the big one because they don't have a clue as to how little they are.....

noss

Subject: New fig tree found - look at brebas! Replies: 13
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Jason,

Why can't you get a cutting from the owner?

noss

Subject: Zingarella Replies: 35
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I got a White Triana and it was dormant when it arrived, but started to bud out and then leaf out after it was planted in the pot.  It was kept under the carport for awhile and then introduced to the sun little by little because the first leaves were malformed and splotchy and I thought it was from FMV.

The first few leaves are really distorted and splotchy.  The newer leaves have a healthy shape, but were splotchy and then I noticed that the newer leaves started out all green, but then got splotchy.

There is a branch that sprouted out on the back side of the tree and its leaves grew out in a healthy shape and they haven't gotten splotchy, but are shaded by the front part of the tree.

I thought the malformed leaves and splotches meant FMV, but now I'm wondering if it's the sun.  Still, the first few leaves were malformed and splotchy before it ever got near any sun.  If that branch on the back of the tree never gets splotchy, maybe I should root it and see what happens.

What's good is that the tree is growing well now and getting better every day.  It was a nice-sized little tree when I got it and had a thicker little trunk.  I sense a lot of energy in it, so I'm hopeful that it will do well.

Olga,  You mention Vitamin C for the trees.  How do you give the C?

I'm thinking that we need to put shadecloth over our trees.

Are you talking about the leaves on the citrus and figs getting curled up during the day?  Is that what you mean by lifted up?

Where in Florida do you live?  What zone are you in?

Thanks,

noss


Subject: can someone tell me what these are? Replies: 12
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Could it be drops of latex?  It looks like that to me, but my eyes aren't that great.

noss

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux A+++++++++ Replies: 32
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My VdB was a baby last year and this year, it's put out leaves, but not a sign of any figs anywhere.  Is the tree a late-fruiter?  It's in a pot.

noss

Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
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The only bag of coarse perlite I've gotten is partly pulverized into powder.  I've been using a dust mask and sifting the powder out, but it's really a pain to do so.

Question:  Is the sifted-out powder good for anything at all?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Grape Kool-Aid Replies: 14
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I don't imagine the grape kool-aid would be effective on squirrels unless it's laced with cyanide.  Don't forget which is which, now.

noss

Subject: It's Not Over Until It's Over Replies: 4
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I'm so glad for y'all that your trees are coming to life again and you didn't lose them.  :)  That's great news.

noss

Subject: Vista Replies: 55
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I can see it now, Chuckchuck, you in your Ninja fig-stealing outfit, sneaking through the city on fig raids.....

I can just see the expressions on the cops' faces as you attempt an explanation as to why you are dressed like that, carrying a sackful of figs and cuttings.  ROTHLMHO!

Dennis, I've been known to give several of those cold and deadly stares a time, or two.....  But mostly it's Mike giving me a, "You've GOT to be kidding," looks.  :)

noss

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

That breba looks yummy.


noss


Subject: Dalmatie Rooted Inground Replies: 4
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Figs really are very tough plants.

noss

Subject: Please help me save a withering transplant Replies: 10
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Hello Auroraleigh,

When I first started trying to raise potted fig trees, I put all the wrong soils in the pots, causing me to have to repot five of the little fig trees 3 times and one, 2 times.  In the heat of summer.  In South Louisiana.  Not good.

The first time I potted them, I used regular bagged garden soils.  The trees started to wilt and I knew the pot was heavy with water and it wasn't getting any better, so I carefully unpotted the trees and found foul-smelling, watery soil in the bottoms of the pots.

I carefully repotted the trees with Miracle Grow potting soil.  It was deja vu all over again.  Same foul-smelling, stagnant, soggy situation in the bottom of the pot.

I finally went to Garden Web and F4F and found the name of a potting soil that I was able to find and repotted the trees again.  The third time, the potting soil drained well and the trees sat for awhile, then took off growing and did really well.  I kept them under the carport for awhile until they took hold and gradually got them used to the sun.  They grew beautifully the rest of the season.

It's good you found some new growth of roots.  They may even have been water roots like I found in the bottoms of the pots, but it showed that the trees were alive and trying to survive.

Good luck with your little tree and welcome to the forum,

noss

Subject: OT: Picture of red moon caused by Arizona Forest fires Replies: 7
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That photo is a work of art.  I hope you will keep it and frame it.  It's too bad that beauty came from something bad.

It DOES look like a folded tortilla.

noss

Subject: Roots on cuttings Replies: 23
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The white material on the cutting is pasty and doesn't look like any kind of roots.  It wipes off if touched, but it definitely isn't mold.

If I'm doing something wrong, I would like to know because I'd like to save that cutting.  It's a White Triana and Mike accidentally broke it off when we were inserting wicks into the bottom of the pot.

Is that stuff roots?  It really doesn't look like roots, but what do I know?  :0

That's interesting the large piece rooted so well for you.  It must be the energy the thicker wood has stored in it.

noss

Subject: found this in VdB. Replies: 9
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Pete,

Don't chase the frog away--It will eat bugs and won't hurt your figs.

That's a really pretty tree frog.  I never see them around here anymore.  Every so often, way back when we had bushes across the front of the house, they would come out at night and get up onto the big glass windows across the peak of our house and stick to the glass.  Now we only have geckos that run around on the glass, but they are fun to watch.

Your little frog is so cute with its little hands folded up under its chin. 

I once drove all the way to the hardware center and back with a little green tree frog stuck to the door of my car and didn't see it until I was coming back to the car to return home.  I was in the store for about 30 minutes, or so.

noss



Subject: Roots on cuttings Replies: 23
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Is it possible to root an all green sprout that got knocked off of the tip of one of my trees?  I've had it in water for several weeks now and nothing has happened.  The leaves (tiny) haven't died either.  I removed a large leaf, but left three tiny leaves on the tip of the sprout.

The stem keeps getting that white stuff on it, not mold.  If I should ask this on another thread, I can do that.

Chuckchuck, I wish I had your "problems" with rooting.....  :)

noss

Subject: few pics of my figs Replies: 9
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I was told not to use neem oil on my trees with such high heat, that it would fry the trees, even if they would be put under the carport because it was 100 degrees under the carport the other day.

Can anyone tell me if what I was told is correct?

Alan, where do you live?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Info for Citrus Growers only Replies: 23
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Dan,

The suckers are definitely coming from the rootstock.  I couldn't see that when the big limbs came out from the tree and touched the ground around the tree.  I began to see something else was growing up through the Satsuma tree, but until the yardman cut the tree up so badly where I could get close to the trunk, I didn't realize it was rootstock suckers.  I thought they were something like oak tree saplings, or the like.  They are getting taken off as soon as we can get to it.  I'll need to put a dropcloth under the tree to cover the poison ivy that's trying to grow under the tree, as well.  Poison ivy babies are cropping up all over the place this Spring.  I've never seen so many tiny PI plants.

How cold-sensitive is the LA Sweet Orange?

Can it be used for making orange juice?

If it can be used for juicing, how does its flavor compare to the Satsuma juice flavor?

Ken--don't give up on citrus if people grow it where you live, then so can you.  I hope you hit on just the right formulation for successful citrus growing.  :)

Thanks,

noss



Subject: Info for Citrus Growers only Replies: 23
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Dan,

I'm about to get Mike and go down to the corner and remove the suckers that have grown up through the Satsuma.  The yard people who cut that lawn occasionally butchered the tree limbs back in April.  That's a shame, but I can saw the suckers from the rootstock off and that should help the tree.  I think that's why in the past few years, the tree didn't do as well.  I hadn't taken a close look at that tree to assess it because the limbs were so overgrown that they went all the way to the ground and covered the main trunk.  After the butchery, I could see the suckers from the rootstock had grown up through the tree.  I was hesitant about doing anything to the tree, but I think removing the suckers would be all right.

noss

Subject: ripening question Replies: 10
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Thanks to digital cameras and internet, we get to see so many varieties and get information almost instantly and that's an amazing thing.  Just think of all the people we'd never have known if not for these forums.

I'm still somewhat unclear if referring to a fig as a white fig is people saying what color the inside is, rather than the outside because there are no actual white figs that I know of.  There are green, yellow, tan, brown, golden, purple, black and other colors, but that's the color of the outsides of the figs.

noss

Subject: Info for Citrus Growers only Replies: 23
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Dan,

The satsuma down the street keeps fruit on it until April, or may and when I pick them, the fruit has shrunk inside the skin and they are easier to peel.  The fruit inside is like a delectable orange sugar lump.  People leave them alone because they think they are rotten, but they are not.  So good.

Beyondista,

I have a Satsuma in a pot and it's doing very well.  They need the same care as any other tree in a pot, needing food and moisture, but not being wet and the right sized pot.  They also have dwarf Satsumas.  I saw a dwarf Satsuma somewhere around here.

noss

Subject: ripening question Replies: 10
Posted By: noss Views: 1,066
 
Where do you live?

As for the names of figs--Mostly I'm only interested in what someone calls the fig, and know that it may not be the true one of them, for my own information.

I have an LSU Golden Celeste, but it has a pinkish pulp.  Dan has an LSU Golden Celeste and it has a tight eye and tan pulp.  I want one of those, like he has.  No chance I'll find one of those.  PLus, there is a third LSU Golden Celeste and it has a tan pulp, but not a tight eye.

I'm going to be happy with the varieties I have now and am very thankful to have them.  Most of them should do well in Bayou Country and that's what is important to me.

I was given an Atreano fig to taste and it was so very delicious and it is a green fig.  Most of the trees I have produce dark figs.  I don't care how large, or small they are if they're good.  If they're small, you just eat more of them.  :)

There were two fig trees in my grandparent's back yard in VA and I think they were brown turkey and they were very delicious.  I liked them best when they were very ripe.  That was back in the early '50's.  If they weren't BTs, I don't know what they could have been.  No one ever said a name because they were just fig trees.  I would give my eye teeth for one of those trees today.



Subject: Bird netting - Replies: 16
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Dennis, We used large diameter PVC pipe for the frame over the large Celeste out back and it keeps the birds off the tree, but not the squirrel out.  We used PVC pipe ells to join the pipe together.  Perhaps you could do the same with the bamboo.  What we did was insert the long pipes into the ells and drilled holes through both and used small screws to hold the pipe together.  It works very well.

How large are you going to let your trees get?

Do you know those dark green fence posts you can get at HD, or Lowe's--The ones that have the fin on the bottom so you don't have to cement the posts in the ground?  We got those and they are on each end and in the middle because we used six hoops.

We put the pipes in the concave side of each post and used car radiator hose clamps to secure the pipe to the posts, on clamp on the top and one on the bottom and they are very secure like that.

This may be too much trouble for you, but that's what we did and it works well for us.

I'd love to have a big hoop house like James Robin has, though.  :)

noss

Subject: Info for Citrus Growers only Replies: 23
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Dan,  I'm interested in your little trick to being able to eat Satsumas all the way into March.

The tree at the abandoned house down the street has had NO care for years now and keeps putting on bumper crops of Satsumas, although they are small.  The fruit stays on the tree until at least April and I picked the last few in May and they were so good, still.  This is not supposed to happen, but it does each year.  I believe it's an Owari Satsuma like my two little trees.  I wish I knew what root stock the tree was on so I could get someone to graft a branch of that tree onto it for me.

The tree is about 30 years old now and has never frozen, or had any problems.  Sigh.....

OK, I'll wait to fertilize my trees.  I already did give them a drink of Miracid a couple of weeks ago.  That's high nitrogen, but someone told me they prefer Foliage Pro.

My Satsumas are both Owaris-One from Becnel and the otherm from Star Nursery, via Drio.

Subject: LSU Everbearing Replies: 3
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Hi Cajunguy,

I haven't heard of the Ossun community.  I love this area, too.  We've lived here since August of 1967.

noss



Subject: VERY SWEET Black Celeste - pics Replies: 39
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Dan,  Mine has some reddish color in the stems and buds, but not a lot.  I think it must be the same as yours, Dennis, as we got them from the same place.

noss

Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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The Arapaho thornless blackberries have been getting ripe and are quite large and sweet when fully ripe.  The Dorman red raspberries are beautiful, but have NO flavor whatsoever, never mind just not having raspberry flavor.  That's a disappointment, but the bbs aren't.

noss

 

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