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

The Brown Turkey might not do well in the rain and humidity down here.  (I live in Lafayette.)  I got one last year and a TX Everbearing and they are identical to each other, so they will either both do well, or not.  I had a BT many years ago and it didn't do well--split and soured.  Don't ask me why I tried another one.  There are other varieties that do well here rather than BTs.

LSU Purple figs don't taste good in the first years, but after they get a little older, people tell me they are delicious, so you'll have to be patient with them.

You might try a Violette de Bordeaux.  Everyone says they are so delicious and do well most everywhere.

Best of luck in finding trees you like,

noss


Subject: Bark falling off + scale + hole Replies: 19
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Hi Jason,

I'm not any kind of expert with anything, but if I had a tree like that I would burn it and I think you should burn yours. If you can replace it and you have 59 other trees that aren't affected, before the infested tree can infest them, then burn it.  That would kill anything on, or in the tree.  From what you said, it's never been right from the start, why take the chance with your other trees?

Maybe the tree was simply weak to begin with and that's why it's fallen prey to whatever is eating at it.

noss


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

How is the flavor unique?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Plant Tags Replies: 28
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The trees I got from Durio Nursery have long, plastic plant markers that have the name of the tree on the part sticking out of the soil and also on the part that's below the soil in pencil.  Works well, but the sun tears up the plastic in time.

noss

Subject: Water rooting Replies: 26
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Thanks, Dominick.

noss

Subject: Is Scotts Black = LSU Black ? Replies: 47
Posted By: noss Views: 3,077
 
Thanks, Pal...  Just what I needed!  ;)

Back to square 1--I want fig trees that do well in this climate, in the rain/humidity, high heat/dry spells and taste good.

Dan, I'm still very interested in your trials and appreciate all your information you share with us, so thank you very much.

I think I'll always like the figs with the "figgy" flavor the best.  Even that wonderful Atreano that Herman gave me to try had a fig taste to it that was magnified in with the rest of the flavors of that fig.

Who could possible describe a "figgy" taste?  I wonder if everyone can taste that flavor.  Guess we'd have to have a fig tasting session with us all there with the same figs and that's not likely, but wouldn't it be grand?  aaaaaaaaaaEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH!!!  Mais, da's a good taste, yeah!  ;)

noss

Subject: Video: Corey's Garden: Fig Trees in Pennsylvania Replies: 24
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Bass,

That was really nice music.  Is that instrument electric?  If not, how does it have such a smooth, mellow tone to it?  It's a beautiful instrument.

Also, it looks like it's double-stringed except for the deepest string.  Are the double strings tuned to the same note?

noss


Subject: Video: Corey's Garden: Fig Trees in Pennsylvania Replies: 24
Posted By: noss Views: 1,317
 
Hello Michal,

You make some really good videos.  Thanks for sharing them with us.

noss

Subject: Is Scotts Black = LSU Black ? Replies: 47
Posted By: noss Views: 3,077
 
Thanks, Dennis.  :)

Dan,  I know you have the Golden Celeste with the amber pulp and tight eye.  Is that one the true Champagne, or is Champagne yet another one?  I'm sorry that I get so turned around with the names of the figs, but yeesh, it's hard to keep it straight in this old head.

I have the Golden Celeste with the pink pulp.  I got that one from JR.  There was another one for sale on eBay and it had amber pulp and when I asked the Seller, he said it has the more open eye and I thought that was very honest of him.  I told him why I didn't want the more open eye and he understood.  Kudos to him.

I have just a regular Improved Celeste that I got in town.  Doesn't make me no neverminds because it's delicious.  I'm going to go to Dr. Mayer's and see if they have any babies of their Improved Celestes next week and I might buy one of those because those figs were really delicious, but those trees are older.  Might be the same as mine. 

I will have a fig forest for awhile until deciding what an what not to keep.

Round and round we go, where it stops nobody knows...

noss

Subject: Water rooting Replies: 26
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Hi Dominick,

How often do you change the water and if they're in water, do you still have to put plastic over the tops of the cuttings, or keep them in a box?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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Hi Rafed,

That's a really neat picture taken from the cab of your truck.

Vivian

Subject: Is Scotts Black = LSU Black ? Replies: 47
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Hi Dan!

I have read somewhere on the forums that the O'Rourke that Dalton has is a true O'Rourke, with the 3 and 5-lobed leaves.  Do you know anything about that?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: noss Views: 1,147
 

Oh no.  I wonder why it isn't recommended for food crops.  I feel a Google search coming on.  Unless someone else knows why.  I would think cuttings would be different--You're not eating those.

noss

 


Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: noss Views: 1,147
 
Hi Grant,

Where does one get this sulphur and is there a particular sulphur we need to get?

Hi NN,

Where can one get this Physon 20 product?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Keeping fig records -what to keep? Replies: 25
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Thanks, Dennis.  :)

noss

Subject: Keeping fig records -what to keep? Replies: 25
Posted By: noss Views: 1,927
 
Hi Dennis,

I'm dense, but what does PK and fk mean?

I like your system.  Every time I think I've taken down enough information on my trees, I read something like this and realize that I don't have enough information.  So glad you shared this with us.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Snow Coming Your Way Replies: 54
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We are now going to get some rain, then sleet and then freezing rain.  I'm worried about Mike driving to work in that mess.

Tonight, we went out front and put some light plastic drop cloths over the sheets that are over the young fig trees to keep them dry.  That went well.  I didn't want freezing rain to soak the sheets and then freeze.  Oy VEY!!!

noss

Subject: New member Replies: 13
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Bill!  I like your treatment for the addiction.  Figs and as many as you can ingest?  PFFFFTTT!!!  Is an airy snort and very apt, IMO.  :)  I like it too, thanks.

noss

Subject: Roots growing the wrong direction. Replies: 6
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Could that mean the bottom of the cup is too wet and the roots are heading toward a drier environment?

noss

Subject: Snow Coming Your Way Replies: 54
Posted By: noss Views: 2,524
 

All of you stay safe and warm.  God bless and keep every one of you and yours.

It's nothing compared to where you others are, but we're supposed to get temps in the 20s, with a WCF into the teens, overnight.  That's quite low for here.  It will have gone from 63 to 27 and then will go back up to 44 and then down to 29.  The temps bounce all over the place when it gets cold here and that can blow fig trees up if it's been warm enough to run the sap.

Mike and I put sheets over the young, potted trees out front late this afternoon.  I grouped them in two groups and we put one sheet over each end of the groups, that meet in the middle and then put a third sheet over the tops of them.  We use clothespins to pin the sheets to the trees, stakes and pots so they won't blow off because the wind is pretty strong. 

Does this mean my fig trees are "three sheets to the wind?" 

(That was awful!!!)

noss


 

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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Hi nhardy,

Stay warm and safe.  That sounds like a mean storm.

noss

Subject: New member Replies: 13
Posted By: noss Views: 1,096
 
PFFFFTTT!!!  Who cares about a cure for that addiction anyway?

Welcome Brian,

noss



Subject: Paris Purple Fig Tree Replies: 15
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Awww--I didn't even notice that was a kennedy half-dollar!  You DO have a big hand!  The figs still look small, though and the color of the pulp is too red and the flesh has the wrong color to it and the outside is still too brown and the skin still looks too thick to be a Celeste.....

What is that tree that has tiny figs on it?  I don't know what color the figs are, though, but it's a tree that is like a wild tree, or something.  Don't listen to me--I don't know what I'm talking about...

noss

noss

Subject: Paris Purple Fig Tree Replies: 15
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That fruit looks very small to be Celeste, IMO, unless you have a huge hand and small quarter, that is.  :)  The skin looks thicker and more redish brown.  The flesh looks red, as well and my Celestes don't look like that inside.  Your figs do, however look tasty.  If they are Celestes, they are quite different in looks from ours, down here that I've got and have seen.

Did you get cuttings?  Maybe they're those Mountain figs, which are Celestes, from what I've read.

noss

Subject: growing media help needed Replies: 37
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Aha, I was thinking containers in general for established plants with fertilizer.  I see what you are saying.  That's good you didn't mean established plants.  I thought you had found out something bad about the slow-release fertilizer.

noss

Subject: Seeking Turkish figs Replies: 28
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I thought the trees from seeds were the ones that needed the fig wasp, no?

noss

Subject: growing media help needed Replies: 37
Posted By: noss Views: 2,355
 
Why should we avoid slow release fertilizer, Jason?  I though that was a good thing.

noss

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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How does one breathe in moderation?

noss

Subject: Past Season (Fond Memories) 2010 Replies: 10
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Ohhhh, Rafed, I can still remember how the air smelled when I was growing up in NJ and it snowed.  I can remember the smell of snow on woolen gloves/mittens.  So special.  I remember how quiet everything would get when we had a heavy snowstorm and I would go out at night and how beautiful everything looked covered with snow and how silent it would be and how the snow looked falling in the light of the gas street lights.  Even the train that would come through near us was quieter, it's Diesel engines just a low growl, muffled by the snow.  Everything would be lighter at night in the falling snow.

And then everyone would have to shovel that heavy snow the next day!

noss

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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JCA--I think at -25, you'd not feel very much at all.....

I think you must have to wear something to cover your whole face-nose and mouth especially, in frigid temps.

noss

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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Oh great!  Now I'M freaked out.  Now I have to be afraid of silicosis!!!?  8-O

No kind of powder is good to inhale, you are right on, Grant.

noss

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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Gene, It's going down to 27 here, tonight.  It's supposed to be 29 in Houma.  I've got to go throw the sheets over the babies out front, I think.

noss

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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Oh, poor 71GTO!  I didn't mean to frighten anyone, but ya know--It's better to know what to protect yourself from than not know and lose your health.  Just use the mosquito dunks like people do.  I'm going to try that.

When I was in my 20s, we kept a cardboard drum of diatomaceous earth in our garden shed for some friends.  We got a minor flood in the neighborhood and the water didn't get into the house, but it got into the outbuildings and the diatomaceous earth soaked up the water and turned into a giant column of toothpaste-like substance, which split itself right out of that cardboard drum it was in.  That was sure something to see!  We got rid of it because it was no good anymore.  That spring, I was sweeping out the shed and I got into the dust that was left from the diatomaceous earth.  I didn't realize it, but the next day, I came down with something like a really bad cold, but I realize it was a reaction to the diatoms in the dust.  Am I in trouble from that?  Don't know, but I know it's not good to inhale.  There are masks you can use to protect yourself from irritants and it's a good idea to use them.

So, not all natural things, like diatomaceous earth, are harmless!  Dang!  Arsenic is natural and it'll kill you real well.

Know what you are using and use it appropriately and you'll likely be all right.

noss.

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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If you inhale irritants for too long, your lungs will react to it with inflammation.  If that goes on too long, the inflammation it can cause pulmonary fibrosis and that is irreversible and progressive.  Not good.  Protect your lungs.

noss

Subject: What figs don't do well in the South and why Replies: 16
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Hi CKB,

Thanks, God bless you, as well.

I was looking into Neverella figs for Louisiana and found several places where it said they don't like hot weather and wouldn't do well here.  Also, in a nother place, it said that it doesn't have a really good flavor and is nothing much for a fig.  I'm not sure of the fig's name spelling because I've seen it spelled different ways.  Neverelle Neveralle Neverella.

I've seen so many figs said to be cold-hardy, but in most places, there's very little mention of rain-tolerance and heat tolerance.

I've been interested in Dan's fig studies because he does mention these things and it helps.

noss



Subject: Tashkent Fig Replies: 43
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If it's got FMV and is a slow grower, don't some people here say to keep fertilizing it in its first few years and not worry about getting figs from it right away?

Also, is this tree self-fertile?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Black No. 1 from Pakistan Replies: 9
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You have to be careful when taking blood pressure meds and cholesterol drugs and not eat grapefruit.  I wouldn't take GSE, either.  It doesn't affect all BP/cholesterol meds, but if you are on those it does affect, it can destroy your liver.

I'm talking giving it to FMV positive FIG trees when they're little to see if it makes a difference.

GSE is said to kill viruses and I think it might just do that, but who knows.  Was just wondering if anyone else had any experience with it.  If I can find a correct mixture of GSE/water, I will definitely try it.

If it can be fed in the water, to the plant, the plant will take it up in the water.  It would be great if something that simple would kill FMV, but not counting on it.

noss

Subject: I hate this Replies: 6
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Celeste trees have no such Motherly Love that you mention.  At the first sign of stress, they start jettisoning figs all over the place!  LOL!

noss

PS,

I fig-ured you were joking in that post.....

Subject: Black No. 1 from Pakistan Replies: 9
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There is a liquid product called, GSE, or grapefruit seed extract.  It's supposedly a virus killer for people.  I am wondering if it would kill the FMV if used to water the fig trees that are affected.

The site I got mine from will not instruct you how to do any of these things, but the person told me to try organic nurseries and health food stores to see if they have any brochures that talk about using GSE for plants.

I haven't done so yet, but I have a couple of figs that have FMV and am interested in trying it.  We don't have any organic nurseries around here that I know of.

If anyone has used GSE with plants, please let me know?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
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John,

Is it a Tuscan Blue Rosemary, by any chance?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: What figs don't do well in the South and why Replies: 16
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Hi Dan,

I will be patient.  The tree has done well all season, will be over 2 yrs. old this next season, maybe a bit older, not sure.  It's got big green buds just waiting to burst out in growth and I'm told that's common and can get the tree into trouble, so it's being watched and when the temps have dipped lower, I toss sheets over the young trees in the front yard, under the overhang of the front and they seem to be doing very well--Even the tiny Golden Celeste (Smaller eye, pink pulp.) is doing well.  It's a sturdy stick, not spindly and just a tad over a foot tall, but stocky.  It's dwarfed by the other young trees and I have it in the back, against the living area wall in front.

I'm considering naming the LSU Purple tree, Wild Thing, in memory of one of my Yorkies.  I'm thinking the LSU Purple is like a junkyard dog--Nothing seems to faze it.  An amazing grower.

noss

Subject: I hate this Replies: 6
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Yes.  When I planted the little tip cutting last season, it grew leaves for awhile until it then, also put out all kinds of roots.  This was done completely outside during the warm weather.

noss

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: noss Views: 4,873
 

Thanks so much, Susan.  I've got some Dr. Bronner's Soap.  Found it way back in a cabinet.  Now, I need to find the datomaceous earth I'd found and then misplaced again.  :(

DE is used in swimming pool filters.  They make a slurry out of it. 

It absorbs water, so be careful.  We kept a big container of DE for some friends over the winter, only our garden shed flooded and when we went to get the DE out in the spring, it had absorbed a large amount of water and had swelled up and burst the container.  It looked like a huge column of white toothpaste!  In fact, DE has been used in toothpaste.  After we got the DE removed from the shed, I was in there sweeping and the leftover dust got into my lungs and I was sick for several weeks.  Not good, so be careful using it. 

It could dry out the soil, or might keep the moistness balanced.

Thanks, Grant.

71 GTO, This is a good thread.

noss


Subject: What figs don't do well in the South and why Replies: 16
Posted By: noss Views: 1,363
 
Hello John,

Is the eye of the TBG open, or closed, or should I say, do you know how it does in rainy weather?  Georgia surely does get hot.

Hi Dan,

The LSU Purple wants to go wild in growth.  Is it possible to keep it reasonably pruned back so that won't happen?  I've seen Mr. Robin's tree and it grows long, lanky branches every-which-way and grows clusters of figs all over those branches.  The tree is just bursting with life and vigor.

Also, is there any true fig flavor to it when it gets older and begins to taste better?  If there is not, I will find a home for mine, but so far, I've been amazed at how strong my little tree is.

cbalducc,

Where do you live?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: What figs don't do well in the South and why Replies: 16
Posted By: noss Views: 1,363
 
I think it also makes a difference which variety you have, how they respond to high heat.  My Celestes start spitting off fruit in hot, dry weather, while my little LSU Purple just laughed at the heat.

noss

Subject: ah, snow.... Replies: 20
Posted By: noss Views: 1,332
 
We also told each other we hoped those people were going to keep going straight and didn't try to go around a bend!

After a visit with family in Tulsa one winter, we were on our way back down here and hit some black ice.  Mike was fine until he decided to change lanes and tapped off the cruise control.  The back end of the car broke loose and the car began to skid.  I was in the back seat of our station wagon and was closest to the huge ditches alongside of the highway, so I'd be first into them--on either side.  I have to say, Mike kept control of that car so well.  The rear end swung to the right and then to the left a few times, but Mike did such a good job of controlling the skid, the car came out of it.  Whew!  You should have seen his hands slapping the wheel!  I've never seen hands move that fast.  He was actually slapping the wheel in one direction then the next.  He never lost control of the vehicle.  Amazing.

We crept the rest of the way down the Indian Nations Turnpike very slowly and with the wheels of the right side of the car in the snow, on the shoulder of the road.

Excitement like that, I don't ever want to see again, but I still think Mike was amazing because he was going fast when the car broke into the skid.  Thankfully, there were no other vehicles around us at the time.

We had all my little Yorkies with us in the car and our son and all I could think about was the dogs would go flying in their pet taxies when we hit the ditch and what would happen to our son.  We had exercise pens too.  All kinds of dog equipment and I thought it would probably kill us as we went end over end in the ditch.  That was scary, yeah.

noss

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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Hello Grant,

The spelling is no big deal--It was close enough I knew what it was.  Having worked at a vet's office I just know how to spell pyrethrin by default because I saw the word all the time in flea sprays/dips, etc.  ;)

Thanks for the answer.

Hi Susan,

Where does one get this soap and what is its name?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Can I save this potted cutting. Replies: 17
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Hi GTO,

Why not do what Gorgi and NEN suggested?  It's a good learning situation and when you experiment, who knows what you might discover?

noss

Subject: ah, snow.... Replies: 20
Posted By: noss Views: 1,332
 

We got snow here in Louisiana, Bass?

Scott-you should have seen the drivers when we were living in TX way back when, a little farther west from Ft. Worth, that winter.  (We were stationed at Ft. Wolters.)

It snowed and we were still used to driving in snow in NJ back then.  We went down the highway for something and the people were zipping by us like we were standing still and there was no snow to be seen and the road was covered!  All we could think of was we hoped they didn't have to stop!  :)


noss


Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
Posted By: noss Views: 4,873
 

Hi Grant,

Is the pyrethrin in powder form?  If so, where did you get it?

I have some food grade diatomaceous earth.  I'll have to find it.  It's somewhere around here.

Maybe I'll run across that cookbook I want to take to JR, while I'm looking for the diatomaceous earth!  Or, vice-versa.

Thanks,

noss


 

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