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Subject: irrigation Replies: 19
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I want to have a drip system that will take care of my figs in pots if we need to go away on short notice as well as relieving me of having to water the trees every day.  What is the best/most reliable system I could install for pots and also what is a good timer to put on the faucet?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Calvert Replies: 21
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Rob,

Doesn't that fig look scrumptious and juicy?

Could Calvert mean California Green by any chance, or am I just way off?

noss

Subject: Show Off Your Rooting Setup Replies: 6
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John,

That's quite a setup you have there and the pics are great.

noss

Subject: Karayaprak Replies: 2
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Hello Bass,

It doesn't look like the eye is pink in Jon's photo like in yours, but that's not a good shot of the eye in the second photo, otherewise, it looks like your photo.

noss

Subject: Fig Hedge Replies: 54
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Hi John,

You GO, Guy!  You have some good ideas, there.

noss

Subject: Tired of winter Replies: 2
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Hi Cecil,

Thanks so much.  I loved the little snowman with his carrot nose stabbing him in the back.  Poor little snowman...

That's a basket of shamrocks, so Happy St. Patrick's Day to Everyone!  Top o' the marnin' to ye, one 'n' all.

noss

Subject: I'm quiting Replies: 46
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OK, I'm over it now.  Whew!  I'm so glad you were just venting to us.  I didn't want anything so bad to happen with you that you would really quit figs.

Would fine mesh hardware cloth pegged to the ground, with hardware cloth sides to surround the trees work?  You probably have too many trees for that, but maybe for special trees?  With mouse and rat poison and traps inside the cage?

How do mice get inside of the wrapping?  Do they gnaw their way through it until they get to the tree?

I'm so sorry about your trees and I hope they recover quickly.  If you put tree paint over the wounds, will that help them heal?

We all love you and hope your trees will heal,

noss

Subject: I'm quiting Replies: 46
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Bass, I'll post again when I recover from the heart attack you gave me!

noss

Subject: Varieties with Brebas worth Keeping Replies: 21
Posted By: noss Views: 1,524
 
This is a great thread, Tim, thanks for starting it.

It looks like the only brebas I have are on the LSU P.  The others that I thought were brebas, had leaves coming out right after the figs.

noss

Subject: New member Replies: 54
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ONLY $20, Jon?  I'm sure that must have been a typo and you meant, $200?

;)

noss

Subject: Over Wintered in Garage, Advice on How & When To Move Out Replies: 21
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Thanks, Jason.

When people talk about specks down here, they mean speckled trout which is a saltwater fish (Spotted weakfish.).

noss

Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
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Hello JCA,

Good to hear back from you about your LSU Purple.  I hope it will do well for you.  It should, as I've never seen such a tough little tree.  I think they're more tough than Celestes and LSU Ps laugh at the heat.

I was re-reading what you said about the soil banks around your citrus trees.  Where do you live in S LA?  I'm about to get a Owari Satsuma and a Meyer Lemon put in by Durio Nursery.  I'll remember what you said about protecting the graft union and trunk of my new babies next winter.

I have no idea what you mean by a soil bank, but could one put insulation of some kind up the trunk of the trees to protect them rather than soil?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Pruning Celeste Replies: 12
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Ruben,

I thought the same thing, but didn't ask about it.  Perhaps if it's a really old tree, it doesn't work like that.  Mine are about 10 and 11 yrs old.

Maybe if the tree is pruned way back, it has to expend so much energy to leaf out, that it forgets about putting out any fruit.  It needs leaves more than fruit and Celestes are survivors of the highest kind.

The comedy of errors I committed upon those two trees would be unreal if I told you about it and they lived in spite of it all.

noss

Subject: Appreciation for all the rooting help Replies: 14
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Hi Will,

How good of you to make this kind offer.  Let me look at our Lowe's and see if they have it and if not, I'll get back in touch with you.

The flow of generostiy in these forums is awesome, isn't it.  I know how you feel.

noss

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

If you mean my regular Celestes, one is in-ground and one is in a raised planter frame my husband built for it and it has no bottom on it, so I guess that's the same as in-ground.

I have an Improved Celetse growing in a pot for now and just got an O'Rourke (hopefully) which is also in a pot.

When we had the icy rain a few weeks ago, the Celeste out front in the frame and the one out back in the ground sat there coated in ice, just a-smiling away.  It didn't even kill the nice green bud tips of either one of them, but it didn't last for days.  Don't know what would have happened if that were the case.  We had some low temps and the bud tips were fine, until I chopped almost all of them off in pruning back both trees.  The ones that were left are leafing out nicely and the wood is popping out buds, as well.  They're just appearing out of nowhere.

It's the heat that gets them down here, or warm weather in the winter that gets sap flowing then a freeze, which will split the trunk and branches.  Even when that happened to a different Celeste I had years ago, it didn't kill the branches, or trunk, it just left little split marks all over the tree.  The tree healed itself.  I took a knife to the places and shaved away the bark, then put tree paint over the areas, but only on the main trunk and large branches.

Even down here, I have kept young fig trees in pots the first few years, those Celestes included when they were babies.  The weather is so changeable that it's easier to protect them if they are in pots.

noss


Subject: Florida -catepillar invasion ? Replies: 10
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Hi Olya,

Thanks so much.  I think I remember you from last year.

I wonder if cutting the infested roots off of a tree would really help?  It might, who knows?  That bio-weapon for caterpillars does work.  It infects them with a fatal disease.  YAY!


Whoa!  Wait a minute!  It mentions ringworm as one of the things it would kill.  Ringworm isn't a worm--It's a fungus.  I would doubt that stuff would kill a fungus.

Thanks,

noss


Subject: No not buy this Magnolia Replies: 9
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Yes, the one picture is the one Parks Seed Co has for Petite Negri.  Is that not a true picture of that variety, then?

What is the matter with so many people who sell fig trees? 

noss

Subject: Recent Experiences In Sharing Cuttings Replies: 36
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In one short year, I have been blessed to make friends with several people on both forums and even more blessed to have been able to meet some of you.  You have been so kind and welcoming to me and generous with your time and friendliness.  I think you are some of the very best people I've ever met and hold you in my heart at all times.  You have taught me so much and the fig varieties you have recommended to me have done well, which is another blessing.

One of the high points of my life has been to have been able to meet Gene, Dan, Rafed, Herman and James Robin in person.  My heart is so full I don't even have the words to tell you.

Thank you all for your generous hearts and love of figs.

I recently had the promise of an air layer of a tree I will treasure always.  How generous of you--You know who you are.

I thank those of you who have made it possible for me to have a few of the varieties I have really wanted.  So far, so good with them all.

I can't believe how my life has been enriched in the past year.

It may sound laughable because I'm so new to all the varieties of figs, but I hope I can be able to provide people with air layers and cuttings of varieties they may not have and share the goodness that has been shared with me.

May all of you be richly blessed always,

noss

Subject: my early start project Replies: 12
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Hi NEN,

Oh you have Got to show us pictures of the flowers when you've put them in.  What a great touch.

I wish I had a larger lot to work with.

I wish I could have a smaller version of James Robin's greenhouse frame that is left over from his regular nursery he had before he went into figs.  It's covered with shadecloth and floored with that heavyduty weed cloth nurseries use for flooring.  I wish I could have a small one of those.  It would keep out all the birds, bugs, squirrels and any other pests, plus would protect the trees over the winter because James says that the shadecloth will get frost all over it and that helps keep the trees warmer.  I would have a fan in one end that would push air through in the hottest part of the summer, which is just about all year.....

Sigh.....

noss


Subject: Pruning Celeste Replies: 12
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Cecil--NOW you tell me!  ;)

Tim--Well, if it doesn't produce anything this year, or next, I won't have to see the dropping so many of their fruit, then, will I?  LOL!

The one out front, Legacy, is putting out some buds from the thick wood where I cut it back, I noticed today.  Same for the one out back, "Celeste."  (I know that's not very original, but--Hey--She needed a name, too...)

Both of them are coming aliiiivvve.

I may have to go buy some figs from the orchards this year.....  Phoo!

noss

Subject: Variants Easy To Root Replies: 31
Posted By: noss Views: 2,355
 
Hi Bob,

Best of luck in finding those hardy Celestes.

I wish the Celestes down here would hurry up and develop a love of high-nineties and triple digit, dry weather and quit dropping their figs!

But the LSU Purple is growing in their shadows and laughing at the heat.  Now, if I would just end up liking the way it tastes after growing it for five whole years, that might be real nice...  :)

noss

Subject: More Fig Confusion? Replies: 29
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Hi Tim,

My Durio's O'Rourke is leafing out nicely and I'll be watching it closely to see how it compares to my IC, which is putting out all kinds of little leaves, as well.  My three Hunt trees are really leafing out with some larger leaves than any of the others, so far.  The tiny tip I rooted that was cut off the damaged tip of the Hunt I got from JF&E is merrily growing away already after just a brief dormant period of a few weeks and it stayed out all winter under the carport with several of the trees I got last fall.  I'm surrounded by babies and juvies and loving it.

I sure don't blame you for being hesitant to buy a tree that might end up just being the same as two others you already have even if the ICs are delicious figs, IMO.

Will you let me know when you're planning on coming over this way?  It would be nice to meet you.  Maybe I could run up to Durio's and see you there?  Just a thought.

I'll see if I can talk to Dr. Mayers about the virus.  I also would like to know what it was.  I know a lot of Celestes disappeared a few years ago, but I thought people just cut them down.

When I went over to his house to buy some figs like I'd done when the kids were still living at home, there wasn't a Celeste to be seen in his yard.  He had only the ICs, or O'Rs.  Not sure anymore as it didn't mean anything to me at the time, but I'm prettty sure it was ICs and they were so good.  He has his trees growing under black plastice with drip irrigation systems and that seems to work so well for all these years. 

As of last year, he still was operating on the honor system and has a locked wooden box in the back yard where people can walk in and pick out veggies and fruits and stick the cash through the slot in the top of the box.  I should have been taking advantage of his garden all these years, but forgot about it until last year.  I never think about people getting old and things changing until I'm hit in the face with it.

Vivian


Subject: Florida -catepillar invasion ? Replies: 10
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Hi Olga,

What way did you find to kill the nematodes?

noss

Subject: Appreciation for all the rooting help Replies: 14
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Hello Will,

Where does one get orchid grade sphagnum moss?  Do you order it online, or get it locally?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: UC Davis orders Replies: 71
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I found it very easy to open a FedEx account in the fall and then I had to turn around and give them a new cc exp. date a short while later and that was simple, as well.  I haven't gotten a bill from my cc to see what the charge was yet, but I got a total of three small cuttings in a cardboard envelope.

noss

Subject: More Fig Confusion? Replies: 29
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Dan,

I considered those bottom thingies on the fig leaves as like an extra spur and not a lobe even if they're larger.  They don't look like lobes to me, but what do I know from nuttin', Honey.  :)

On most leaves they are smaller, but the positioning of them is why I considered them not true lobes.

Tim, most everyone who sells figs around here thinks the IC and O'R are the same.  Just try and tell them different!  LOL!  They look at you like you're crazy.  I would like to talk to Dr. Mayers about that if I can catch him at his garden.  He said that all his Celestes died from a virus that went through here a few years ago, so he went over to the ICs.  Don't know if he's talking about FMV.  I hadn't been hanging around the forums at that time he told me that, to know to ask him the name of the virus.

I got an O'rourke from Dalton Durio just because it was there, but as far as I'm concerned, the ICs are delicious, unless, of course those were really O'Rourkes.  I need to go back soon and look at the leaves of those trees.  I hope Dr. Mayers still owns that huge garden nearby. 

Those figs were so delicious.  They were lighter in color than the ones Dan showed.

It will be interesting to compare the tree from Durio's to the one I got from Mark Simon.  I'm sure that the one from Mark is a true IC of some kind because it had some one-lobed leaves last year.

noss


Subject: Pruning Celeste Replies: 12
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Ooops--I severely pruned back my 10-yr-old Celeste growing in a bush shape (5 large trunks).  I hope I didn't kill it.  Naw--I don't think I could kill that tree now if it didn't get killed in the first three years, but we'll see.....

There are green buds sprouting out here and there on it.

I pruned back the Celeste out front severely, as well, but it's only got one trunk coming out of the ground.  It's about the same age.  I guess I'm daring them to die.

noss

Subject: Over Wintered in Garage, Advice on How & When To Move Out Replies: 21
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Jason,

What kind of specks are you talking about?  Does the lake have access to salt water?

noss


Subject: Zucchini Fig info? Replies: 28
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Hi Bill,

I've just found out that they are really great in Asian cuisine, stir-fried.  They tend to pick up the flavor of the sauces they are stirred into.  Huge figs--You only need one for a complete stir-fry meal.

noss

Subject: "fig shuffle" TM Patent Martin beginning! Replies: 7
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Ciao Maggie,

A greenhouse!  That's great and no, I would not like that smell in my house, either.  It belongs outside, but that's the smell of the first fig trees I ever knew.  :)  Still wouldn't want it in my house.

I hope you are blessed with a fantastic fig season this year,

Viv



Subject: Zucchini Fig info? Replies: 28
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Great pics, Jon!  The skin looks like it might be a tad tough, but the rich, dark green color is really a rare color.  I'll bet the birds never bother them because of its color, eh?  I wonder if that would also fool the squirrels...

They look to be of a real good size, as well.  How are the seeds in this variety?

;)

noss

Subject: "fig shuffle" TM Patent Martin beginning! Replies: 7
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Maggie, it sounds like you have fig heaven right in your house right now.  :)

noss

Subject: EL Hardy Chicago Replies: 10
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I was blessed to be able to keep a "spare" Hardy Chicago for a friend and it's burst into buds and little leaves.  It's just young right now, but is rarin' to grow.  It will be interesting to observe it this coming season.  I don't know where it's from originally.

I have a Negronne, that came from JR.  It's getting all kinds of bud swells along with the other young trees.  I don't know its origin, either.

noss

Subject: Over Wintered in Garage, Advice on How & When To Move Out Replies: 21
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I like being able to put young, tender babies out on the carport to harden them off.  I can place them so they get early morning sun, or late afternoon sun, which is not as strong as direct sunlight and that works very well for tender-leafed plants.  If there should be a cold snap here, and Mike said one is coming, I can pull the tender babies up beside the kitchen wall under the carport and even cover them if needed.  I kept the young trees there all "winter" and if it was going to get very cold, I put one, or two sheets over them and they are perfectly fine (along with the Rosemary and Oregano).  They were dormant.  I pulled the three little ones inside for the winter, but they are outside now and I hope they will harden off all right.

noss

Subject: Cuttings for root stock Replies: 4
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Thank you, Ingevald, for the great explanation of the use of rootstock.  Very interesting.

noss

Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
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Hi Lisa,

Welcome.  :)

It will be interesting to hear how your experiment with the fig cutting works out.

noss

Subject: Favorite Fig Replies: 9
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I like a fig that tastes figgy more than anything else, with a rich figgy flavor.  I love Celestes and the Atreano that Herman gave me to taste when we were in NJ in the fall.  It is green with a red pulp and it had fig flavor in surround sound.

I'm not sure I will like the figs with another kind of fruit flavor to them, but have only tasted a Scott's Black and it did have a slight figgy taste.  I haven't tasted any with a honey-like flavor yet, but am looking forward to that.

noss

Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
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Awww--What do we care what "They" call us.  We love figs and that's all we need to know.

Wouldn't it be funny if the FBI found a bunch of us saying we're the FBI and came around checking us out to see if they can nail us for impersonating the FBI?  Then again, maybe it wouldn't....  But, it might be interesting...  :)

noss


Subject: Is it too late to get cuttings? Replies: 5
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What is left?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Cuttings for root stock Replies: 4
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What is the reason for using some figs for rootstock and which kinds do you use for rootstock?

What kind of fig is a Small Mission?

Thanks,

noss


Subject: Selling UC Davis Cuttings Replies: 33
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That picture looks familiar to me, perhaps from one of the forum's Sellers.  I can't recal who put their cuttings on top of the Priority box, but it was just like that.

noss

Subject: Fig tree Collections Replies: 36
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Way back when, I wanted a '64 GTO--I thought it was a gorgeous car.

We ended up with a '67 Olds 442 with a Hurst Shifter in it.  Beautiful car.  Curl your toes into the gas pedal and it took off.  I loved that car.

noss

Subject: Here's one for us Puppy/Dog lovers Replies: 12
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What a beautiful puppy looking so healthy with those little cat feet with nicely arched toes.  Picture perfect.

noss

Subject: horizontal rooting ? Replies: 16
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Does the name, Panache (chee) come from the word, panache, meaning, flair, or style, or elan?  That would be fitting for a striped fig.

noss

Subject: Celeste disappointing? Replies: 19
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Hi Paully,  I don't know what to tell you about this variant.  By that, do you mean Celestes in general, or just mine?  Supposedly Celestes do well all over Louisiana, but I've heard so much about their fruit dropping in so many places that I don't know what to think.  I don't have room to let my trees grow to 20'.  Though my two trees dropped a lot of fruit last season, I still had more than I could eat, between the two and I've kept the trees cut low.  I found these forums because of the fruit drop that I couldn't stop even with watering regularly.  I am going to be sure to fertilize with 13-13-13 fertilizer and water regularly again this season.  I will also try either weed cloth, or shade cloth, but I don't think the shade will help any.  I'll just put it over the framework on the one out back and leave the one out front with just the bird net.  I wish I could be of more help to you.  I really think that the only thing that would help would be cooler temps.  If it would rain regularly during the fruiting and then not so much during the ripening, that would sure help, but Mother Nature couldn't care less what we'd like.


Hi Kim,  Does your Celeste drop figs in the high temp dry weather?  If not, would you put me on a list for some cuttings from your tree that doesn't drop the fruit?  :)  What did you do differently when you dug it up and replanted it?  Did you change the location of the little tree?  Does it have some shade now rather than full sun all day?

Dennis, I wish my Celestes knew that they were supposed to stop dropping their fruits as they got older.  They're in the ground and are nine and eight years old.  :(

Thanks,

noss a.k.a. Vivian





 

Subject: Fig Trees Starting to AWAKE Replies: 30
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Somebody's getting awfully cocky about his climate, here and it's making me nervous.  Don't go jinxing yourself, there.  But don't worry--I'm having an anxiety attack for you so you don't have to go doing that.....  ;)

noss

Subject: Mission fig cuttings available...for postage only Replies: 38
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Oh, yeah!  That's one of those trees where the fruits just pop out of the trunks everywhere!  :)

It's a Jumpin' Jehosephat tree!

noss


Subject: Celeste disappointing? Replies: 19
Posted By: noss Views: 1,332
 
Hi Jon,

How high do your temps get there?  How dry is it where you live?

noss

Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
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Hi GF,

I'm glad to hear that your LSU Purples do well even in massive rain.  Good news.

noss

Subject: My Madeira In Storage Replies: 14
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Hi Cecil,

That's a great post!  Loved it--You're so funny.

Hi Dennis,

Thanks for the flavor description.  It sounds like a delicious fig and I'm hoping the little B. Madeira I have will do well in this heat we have here.  I'll put it out in the middle of the yard so it gets baked.  Now my curiosity is piqued about tasting it.  It's been inside all winter because I was told they were very cold-sensitive and it had a green trunk.  A short while ago, I repotted it and it decided that it wanted to start growing, so it's been doing that quite well.

We had a nice visit from Gene and Linda a few days ago and Gene advised me to put the three babies I've been keeping in the house, out on the carport to get indirect light when it's warm and it's been beautiful out the past few days.  I hope it won't get too hot too soon, but these past few days have been real nice.

noss

 

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