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Subject: My trip to Opelousas, LA and meeting the Fig man Mr. James Robin Replies: 10
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Hi Navid,

There is something so special about JR, isn't there?  He brings out the humor and playfulness in people.  What a character he is.

I hope you are able to resize your photo so we can see it.  Mike resizes our photos when he loads them into the computer, now.

noss

Subject: A Few Good Figs...... Replies: 36
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There are sure some very interesting conversations that come up on this forum from time to time.....

They DO look like couilles when they are very ripe, though.....

noss

Subject: Soil from Oleandra, okay to use with fruited trees? Replies: 11
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Wow!  That happened to the person just inhaling the smoke from the Oleander fire?  That's some bad poison--Alkaloid and no antidote for it.

noss

Subject: Momma Gopher dies :-)) Replies: 44
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Peg,

'Gators don't eat figs, though...  :)

Cecil, I can picture you running on top of the water to get away.  And don't feel bad--squid and octopi expell ink to cloud things up and confuse their predators.  ;)

Our kids used to say, "tumped over".  And all this time, I thought it was a Cajun expression.

noss


Subject: Grise De St Jean Replies: 14
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Where is fig paradise located?

noss

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
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Ken, you are right about those tiny hairs--They are much worse than the large thorns and much more numerous and they stick into you and come off the pad.

One way to get rid of them is to use duct tape and then pull it off in the direction the end of the hair is pointing.  Another way to get rid of them is to put Elmer's Glue on the area, let it dry and pull it off in the same manner as the duct tape (What would we do without duct tape???)  This also works if you get stung by one of those bad caterpillars that leave spines in your skin.

noss

Subject: I moved my little figs to 3-gal containers Replies: 27
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Shaaa, li'l heart, Cecil.  :)

noss

Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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I was at the local nursery where I got the red raspberries and saw some thornless blackberries called, Arapaho and got a couple of those to go with the raspberries.  The bbs look like they are very healthy and are putting out some blossoms and forming berries.  I wonder how they will do.

noss

Subject: Using Freezepruf? Replies: 6
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OK, wise guy--I'll bite--what natural stuff?  :))))  :b

Viv

Subject: Just got my figs - now what do I do? Replies: 7
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Smiths are tough trees, so don't give up on it just because it's wilted.  Dennis and Jason gave you good advice.  Good luck with your trees.

noss

Subject: Using Freezepruf? Replies: 6
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What is in this Freezepruf that makes it freezeproof?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Del Monte St and Narragansett St Figs Replies: 11
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Hi Sue,

What kind of gravel is that under the tree in the second photo at the top?  I wonder if that would be good to put under fig trees in Hot Louisiana to hold moisture in the soil?

What are your thoughts ab out that?

Thanks,

noss



Subject: What do you know about Aaron's Farm?? Replies: 7
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What I know about them I learned from their YouTube videos and that is--Those people are scary WIERD!  They make me feel normal.  :)  I find them very creepy.  I wouldn't want anything to do with them.

noss



Subject: Potting Mix recommendations Replies: 33
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Why do figs not like too big a pot when they get planted in the ground, that's a lot bigger?  Is it because the pot can stay too wet?

noss

Subject: Rodents? Get a M.E.O.W.! Replies: 16
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What's a lurcher?

noss

Subject: Rodents? Get a M.E.O.W.! Replies: 16
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Jason,

You need to get yourself a terrier.  A good-sized Yorkie would work.  Get a couple of them.  My Yorkies would go crazy wanting to get the squirrels that would come into our yard.  Occasionally, I would put one of the larger ones over the fence of the dog yard and she would take off after the squirrel like a shot.

The squirrels would come within a couple of feet from the fence of the dogyard and taunt the dogs.  I should have just let the whole bunch go and the squirrel would have been history, but I didn't have any plants they were destroying.  Babette would go after the squirrels until she got too old and sick to run after them.

My friend's yorkie loved to kill rats and squirrels.

noss

Subject: Get yourself a Green Greek Replies: 33
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I must have some rude green stinkbugs then.  Not only do they come into the house and fly around, they get into my hair from time to time.  With all the things they could land on, why do they have to land in my hair, dog-gonnit!

Same for the brown Junebugs!  They eat my fig leaves and come into the house and get in my hair, too!  I hate it!

noss

Subject: Hi Americanfigboy :-)) Replies: 7
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If one is not disgruntled, does it mean he is gruntled?  Or is disgruntled what is used to describe a pig with laryngitis? 

:)

noss

Subject: Get yourself a Green Greek Replies: 33
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Dan,

It's good, then.  You have more information to write down.

Glad your BCeleste did well this past winter.  My one, that became two seem to be doing well out in the sun.  The twins are a good size and growing well.

The LSU Scott's Yellow sounds like a real winner, but one that got mixed up a little...  What are its parents?

noss

Subject: Does anyone have the Martha Stewart Clip? Replies: 6
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JD, how do you get the video to show?

noss

Subject: Variants Easy To Root Replies: 31
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Hi Bob,

The trouble is--It's only been so very hot and dry here in the past few years and the Celestes don't like it one bit.  They take the cold weather much better as long as the sap doesn't start to run in warm spells, that is.  That didn't happen here this winter.

There very well may be some Celestes that don't drop fruit in the heat, but I don't know of any, or I'd have already been dealing for some cuttings.....  :)

You'd have to ask Dan about Celestes that don't drop fruit in the high heat.

noss

Subject: Get yourself a Green Greek Replies: 33
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Dan, I'm so sorry your trees died back over the winter.  I hope they come back well for you.

I'll have to be sure to watch my White Triana carefully next winter.  I got a nice one from Joe Morle and it arrived yesterday beautifully packed. 

I hate that your tree died back, but it's still alive, so that's good and you have been able to post your thoughts about not leaving figs on the trees late in the season when they're young.  Thanks for that and thanks to you, as well, Herman.

Just because it's hot as all getout down here doesn't mean fig trees will make it through the winter.  Because you told me the Black Celeste is tender to cold, I sheltered it on the carport for the cold weather and it did well.  I sawed it in half and potted up both halves and they are doing well, so far.  I just put them back out in the front garden to get sun.  They've been getting some sun from under the carport this past week.'

Now I need to remember the White Triana will be tender, maybe and I'll watch how many figs I leave on the trees through the summer.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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I was at a local nursery this afternoon and they had red raspberry plants for $9.99 each and they're quite large and are leafed out with blossoms.  I'm going back tomorrow to get a couple of plants and hope someone special to me doesn't divorce me.  I could plant them somewhere and act surprised when Mike asks me what those are and tell him how blessed we are that the birds planted me some raspberry plants.  ?

Naw--I wouldn't do that to him.  No matter how much trouble I get into, I always tell him straight.  He does this thing with his eyes and mouth that is so funny.  When he's really not happy, his pretty blue eyes turn an even darker blue and shoot sparks and that makes me swoon.  :)))))

Gene,  We put some concrete edging along the front of the house to hold back the mulch and keep, er hinder the grass' invasion of that fig area.  Looks pretty good even if it's just plain concrete color.  (They call it limestone at HD.)

noss

Subject: squirrel damage Replies: 30
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Fredfig,

What kind of terrier is that?  It's so cute and looks sort of like a shaved down yorkie, but with an undocked tail and tipped ears.  So cute!

noss


Subject: Get yourself a Green Greek Replies: 33
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Waht about white triana?  What about Atreano?  Gotta grab my bib to protect the keyboard.....

noss

Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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Yeah--Who cares if your hands get torn up picking the blackberries?  They're so good, it's worth it.  We never cared when we went picking them.

They made the best blackberry jam.  I've got to find low chill raspberries.

noss

Subject: Tea tree oil for mold control? Replies: 22
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My take on tea tree oil/products is that they taste like turpentine, so I'm not surprised if it would burn leaves.

I remember trying the tea tree toothpaste some years ago and it was horrible!  It left a nasty turpentine taste in my mouth, throat and nose.  I never touched that stuff again.

If it smells like turpentine and tastes like turpentine, it probably IS turpentine!

noss

Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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Dan,

Have you ever tried thornless blackberries in South LA?  How about raspberries?  Do you know of a variety that grows in Zone 9?

Gene!  Thanks.  How in the world did you wade into dewberries and Johnson grass and not get cut to shreds?  Now you've got my mouth watering for dewberries and blackberries.

noss

Subject: Tea tree oil for mold control? Replies: 22
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Thanks, Pylot.  Could the oil be used as a dormant spray for the fig trees over winter?

noss


Subject: Understanding Carbon Dioxide in the Rooting process Replies: 30
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When I was raising and showing Yorkies, if I needed to send one of the girls to be bred, via plane, we had to make sure there was nothing else being shipped with dry ice because it would suffocate the little dogs because it's heavier and settled on the floor of the plane.  It stands to reason that the same would happen to plants if the roots need oxygen, but don't get it.

noss

Subject: Tea tree oil for mold control? Replies: 22
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Why would oil hurt the cuttings if wax doesn't?  Just wondering.

noss

Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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Hello David,

I ordered some thornless blackberries a long time ago, from a mail order catalog and when they started to grow, they had mor thorns than any kind I've ever seen, which were wild!  What a disappointment.  Back then we used to be able to go out along fencelines and pick them wild, or get permission to go into fenced areas to pick.  That's all gone.

What is the difference between blackberries and dewberries?  What zone do you live in?

Mainly what I wanted to say, though, was that so many varieties of figs aren't what they are supposed to be, by name, and figs will taste great in one place, but not another that if you have the chance to get a great-tasting fig from your own area even if it's unknown, then go for it.  It's how a fig will do where you live that counts and people here can help you with that.

noss

Subject: Understanding Carbon Dioxide in the Rooting process Replies: 30
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Dan,

Would a bicycle pump suffice for getting oxygen into the root zone?  Or one of the electric tire pumps for auto tires?

noss

Subject: Understanding Carbon Dioxide in the Rooting process Replies: 30
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If you can find Fafard potting mixes, the ones I've gotten don't contain fertilizers.  I know what you mean when you say that about the potting mixes.

noss

Subject: Tea tree oil for mold control? Replies: 22
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Hi Jason,

I don't mind the link rather than your explaining.  Trouble is, I don't have a willow tree, nor do I know anyone who does.

Ah well, we can't have everything.  :)  I wonder what citrus oil would do?

Thanks,

Viv

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Hello Centurion,

Just use the back arrow and it will take you to the fig posts.  Not uncommon here to go off on other fruit tangents from time to time...  ;)

noss

Subject: Tea tree oil for mold control? Replies: 22
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Hi Jason,

Is there any particular brand of willow tea you know of to use for rooting?  How is it used?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: New member Replies: 54
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Maybe dose guys wud like to try some fried squirrel?  :)

Tastes like--Fried squirrel.

I should tell you to warn dem guys not to try goin to Cajun Country--It's not good to go messin wit dose Cajuns, no.  Dey like fresh meat for gata bait, dem.

noss


Subject: FMV Transmission Replies: 20
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I sure do--Honey--Let the good times roll!  ;)  Ca c'est BON!  (But that's Cajun French...)

noss

Subject: New member Replies: 54
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ROTFLMHO!  As for your wife--You gotta have a straight man to be a good comic.  Just ask Mike, who usually just rolls his eyes heavenward as if to ask, why ME, Lord?  ;)

noss

Subject: FMV Transmission Replies: 20
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Hello Axier,

I'm afraid that's all "Greek" to me, there, but I've read that all trees are infected with FMV, too.  In English.  ;)  Thanks so much for the input. 

I actually can understand that last sentece in the next to last paragraph which says how the virus is transmitted by a tiny bug.  How about that?  :)))))

Merci beaucoup,

noss

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Thanks, JCA, for all the information.  If grown in a pot, does that limit the size of the Meyer Lemon tree?

I knew the Meyer Lemon is not a true lemon, but whatever it is--It's surely delicious and beautiful to look at as well.  I wan't to try making the lemonade with simple syrup and that way, you don't have to worry about the sugar dissolving because it's in the syrup in suspension because it's been heated.  Using club soda sounds like it would be a lemon soda pop.

Would the lemon need cold protection in South Louisiana in the winter?

noss

Subject: New member Replies: 54
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KEN!!!  I'm crying so hard I can hardly see to type!  I have copied and pasted your post on your own flying squirrel because it's one of the funniest things I've ever read here.  You have a good way of writing about things and you are so funny.  Your sense of timing is perfection.

I have a hard time thinking of killing a squirrel when I think of the spark of life in its bright eyes and feel the same about rats and mice, but they are rodents and destructive.  I don't know if I could slam one onto the concrete, or even if I have the strength to do so.  I hate the idea of poison and a creature getting sick and hurting.  Still pests need to be done away with and the qucker, the better.

noss


Subject: New member Replies: 54
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Sue!  WHAT is under your driveway?  Groundsquirrels?

I surely would like to know exactly what that bait is and how I could get some of it, so thanks for any information you can give me about it.  Sounds great.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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I can't wait to get my Satsuma and Meyer Lemon trees now.  They are tiny, though.  Even so, the Meyer Lemon tree had a huge lemon on it.  I didn't think to ask to be able to pick it.  The Nursery has been holding it for me and will put it in soon.  What is the best way to plant those trees?  If we should put them in ourselves, should we put soil conditioners in the planting hole?

Can we keep the trees pruned down lower and for a smaller diameter of the tree spread?

I've heard that Meyer Lemons make the best lemonade.  I used the juice of one in cooking and it was so much better than a regular lemon, flavorwise, that it's the first time I used lemon in cooking where I really liked it.

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Will, just a thought, but if you could find someone who knows how to graft trees, maybe you could have them take a graft cutting from that special lemon tree and graft it onto better rootstock.  Could that affect the production?  I surmise that some rootstock are hardier/tougher and that's good for the growing top of another variety.

I'm thinking I should have gotten dwarf Meyer Lemon and dwarf Satsuma trees, maybe.  JCA, can you tell me about the dwarf trees?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Understanding Carbon Dioxide in the Rooting process Replies: 30
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Semper Fi-cus to you too, Dan,

What you are saying sounds simple to me.  Condensate=BAD water too pure

Ventilation=GOOD air exchange

Keep as even a temperature as possible=Less chance of harmful condensation, which=more living cuttings.

The rest is very interesting--The why of it all.

Does it help to have vent holes drilled into the bottom of the large containers that hold the cups with the cuttings?  Not necessarily a lot of holes, but some?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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JCA, my LSU P's leaves do not curl like that, but if the tree is growing quickly, that sounds good.  Don't stand too close to it, or it will knock you over growing.  :)  Where do you live?  That's a gorgeous satsuma tree!  I will be having one put in soon--An Owari.

Will, have you checked the roots for RKNs?  Even if the LSU P is supposed to be resistant to them doesn't mean it can't have them because resistant doesn't me immune.  If it's not growing strongly, that bothers me.  If it's still in the pot you got it in, you must not have checked the roots.  I think that the LSU P needs legroom, the way it grows.  You should see the big tree James Robin has--It's all over the place.  Mine tries to grow all over the place as well and they tend to be rangy trees with not a heavy leaf cover.  When I got my tree from a local nursery, it was in a little pot and I put it into a larger pot that should have been too large for it, but it fixed that and burst into growth and filled that larger pot with all kinds of roots.  It's a lusty variety.  Did it get any girth growth?  When I first got my LSU P, it got transplanted three times in a row and sat for a short while, then when I put it into the larger pot with the Fafard Potting mix, it began to get a thicker trunk, then finally started tip growth and hasn't stopped since.

Your poor little tree.  I hope it will start to do better for you.  Please let us know what condition the roots are in when you pot it up.

noss

Subject: New member Replies: 54
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Sue,

What does AG stand for and where does one get it?  I have a squirrel I'd like to treat to a dose, poor little thing.

I only know of the warfarin anticoagulant bait that drives the animal to seek water and when it does, it hemorrhages and dies, but I never heard of one that is not lethal after it gets into the bloodstream.  We treated so many dogs and cats that ate dead animals that were poisoned by bait like that and they were hemorrhaging from eyes, mouths, etc. and if they aren't helped in time, they will die the same way.  They also can go into a condition called DIC, (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation) where the blood clotting mechanisms go haywire and blood clots where it shouldn't and doesn't where it should and it's sayonara to the dog, or cat if that happens.  The Vit K1 is not foolproof.  If there is a poison that will be inactivated after entering the bloodstream of the pest that would be good.

noss


Subject: Fig leaves are curled! Replies: 40
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Hi JCA,

I have found my LSU Purple to be an uncommonly strong, vigorous tree even at its young age.  Nothing seems to be able to stop it, so even if your little tree has FMV, I would think it will shake off the effects of it like a dog shaking off water.

Will, how old is your LSU P tree?  Have you fertilized it like people say to do with FMV positive trees?

Did you keep your tree in the shade after you transplanted it?  Is it in the ground now?

noss

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux Brebas Replies: 4
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I have a Negronne tree, which was also called a VdB, but it's one trunk and is tall.  It doesn't exhibit dwarf growth at all.  It's only a year old.  Must have been a tip cutting because it's tall and straight--Very nice-looking little tree, but no branches, which is all right with me for now.  I just expected it to be lower and branchy.  I can't see any brebas coming out on it so far.

noss

 

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