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Subject: Bird Brain Replies: 11
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Hi Ken,

I enjoy reading about the escapades of people's critters.  And people call them, "dumb" animanls.  Look who gives whom fits.

noss

Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
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Gene,

That's some LSU Gold-Not tree, producing like that this late.  If you picked off the brebas, would that make the main crop ripen sooner, or do you think it's a tree that would need the fig wasp to ripen the main crop?

noss

Subject: Bird Brain Replies: 11
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They get so crazy when they are surprised like that, don't they?  Those mockingbirds are really bright and crafty.  That's why I call them little feathered thugs.  Way too smart.

noss

Subject: Night time pictures Replies: 7
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All I've noticed with the Celestes, which are grown trees, is that they start putting on fruit early and just keep producing until it gets too cold and they have lost their leaves.  I just ate a Celeste this afternoon and it was pretty good.  I picked it early to get to it before the birds could.  I've taken the nets off the tree, since the fruiting is winding down.  I'm not sure I would know how to tell if something was a second, or third crop.  I hope someone can clarify.  I don't guess it really matters as long as the tree keeps on putting out figs for us to eat, eh?  :)

noss

Subject: Night time pictures Replies: 7
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What does flushing mean, as opposed to another crop and how can you tell which it is?

noss

Subject: New Bird Net Replies: 4
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Aha.  Thanks.  I hadn't a clue.

noss

Subject: bury me Replies: 12
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I wouldn't mind being buried alive under a pile of ripe figs--That sounds like heaven, to me.  :)  Oh. Yum!

noss

Subject: bury me Replies: 6
Posted By: noss Views: 762
 
Yes!  That's the one I saw.  Someone must have had a link to it like you do here.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: New Bird Net Replies: 4
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Are those openings diamond-shaped, or square?

Your mockers must be a lot more peaceable than ours, down here on the bayou because if I were to grab a baby mocker with the parents around, I'd be dive-bombed and pecked around the head and neck--No joke!

Many years ago, I had a fig tree I covered with a fabric netting.  It was limp and like nylon.  I saw a flash of red and when I looked more closely, saw that there was a female cardinal with her head caught in one of the openings of the netting.  The openings in the netting were not as small as the netting I have now.  I ran over to her and picked her up to remove the netting from her head and upper body and she proceded to bite the peawoddy out of me.  She clamped down on the webbing between my left thumb and forefinger and didn't let go!  I was bare-handed.  That's when I realized that she didn't know I was trying to help her and that ended my "Lassie Syndrome" forever after.  I put on canvas garden gloves and picked her back up, whereupon she proceded to clamp down in the same place on my hand right through the glove!  It still hurt!

I finally got her untangled from the netting and she flew away, feathers in a rumple.  Cardinals have those wedge-shaped shell-cracking beaks.  She almost bit a divot out of the webbinb of my hand--I was bleeding.

Something I learned when we had an exotics vet working with us--Birds don't have diaphragms like animals do.  They breathe with their whole rib cages, so it will kill them if you clamp your hand around their bodies and hold them tightly.  They can't breathe.  You can clamp your thumb and forefinger around their necks and hold onto them that way.  Even if they struggle, they won't break their necks, as their necks are very flexible.  A regular washcloth, put over the bird's head and neck, between your hand and the bird's neck will protect you.

This is just general infor for people.  Tim, it doesn't seem that you were stifling the breathing of the bird if it was hollering the whole time, it must have been able to breathe all right.

Question--What does this mean?  "It allows you to squeeze figs away from the edge without removing it." 
 
That really is a beautiful fig tree.
 
Thanks,

noss 

Subject: Figs after the rain Replies: 9
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I don't worry about the rusty leaves drying up and falling off either.  Curiously, the rust hit the Celestes really late this season.  They are only now getting rust spots and most of the baby trees are still fine.  Maybe it's because it's been so dry this year.  I noticed that the leaves on the Celeste tree out front which were under the overhang of the carport roof are almost clear of rust, but its leaves that were out in the open and where the netting rested on them are more rusty now.  I didn't spray any of the trees with copper sulphate.

noss

Subject: He's back at it again Replies: 105
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Watsamatta with people doing that kind of thing, anyway?  Does it take that much work to offer the real thing?  Yeesh!  I mean, people who are doing their best can inadvertently get things mixed up without there being people who don't care if what they sell as is really that.

I'm so thankful for f4f and GW and the people who really do care what they sell.

noss

Subject: bury me Replies: 12
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I hope that's bury him ALIVE in a big pile of figs, but that's gonna be kinda hard to get that many figs to do that because people will eat most of them!  LOL!

And where is GM's post up there, anyway?

noss 


Subject: Figs after the rain Replies: 9
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Martin,

Up North, do the fig leaves change colors like the other trees do--You said some are turning.  Also, what kind of spots do some of the leaves get?

Down here, my fig tree leaves just start looking nasty, curl up and fall off.  Just like most of the other trees' leaves do.

noss

Subject: bury me Replies: 12
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WHAT!!??!!

noss!

Subject: First year: pots vs. cups Replies: 13
Posted By: noss Views: 1,117
 
Hi Jason,

I second what Martin said.  Thanks for the really great details on how you take care of cuttings.

noss

Subject: bury me Replies: 6
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Someone, somewhere had either a video, or still pics of how they cover up a tree for the winter.  I don't recall seeing anything on someone digging a trench and laying one over.  Man!  That's real love, eh?

noss

Subject: He's back at it again Replies: 105
Posted By: noss Views: 9,224
 
Is it just me, or are all the pictures exactly the same cuttings?

Didn't all of you who got junk from him give him negative feedback?  Or perhaps by the time you found out they weren't what they were supposed to be, it was too late to give feedback.

noss


Subject: First year: pots vs. cups Replies: 13
Posted By: noss Views: 1,117
 
Hi Jason,

What size cups do you use that you could keep the trees in them for the first year?  Also, it looks like you put them in clear cups and put the clear cups into the opaque cups.

noss

Subject: 143-36 pix and other people experience with it ? Replies: 24
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John,

That's a beautiful tree--Looks so healthy.  Whatever it is, it sure likes to thrive.

noss

Subject: Over ripe Pane E Vino Fig Replies: 7
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Rafed,

That is a clever idea with the stakes.

noss

Subject: Over ripe Pane E Vino Fig Replies: 7
Posted By: noss Views: 1,029
 
Why couldn't y'all attach wire to the containers and anchor one end into the ground for stability?  Just wonderin'.

noss

Subject: Terrential rains bombing Pennsylvania Replies: 10
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Goodness--Y'all are getting all of our rain we are not getting.  Twenty-two inches in SC is a lot.

Prayers are with everyone.  Send some of it this way, would you?

noss

Subject: Trees available Replies: 11
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I was told that the Improved Brown Turkey has larger fruit.  I don't know how improved that is, though.  I was also told that it has a more open eye.

noss

Subject: 143-36 pix and other people experience with it ? Replies: 24
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When you talk about the acidic flavor, do you mean that nice little "bite" that figs can have, like an almost ripe Celeste will have?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Natural air layer? Replies: 20
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Thanks gorgi.  When you said hack, I thought there was NO WAY I could use a hatchet--I'd end up cutting something vital off where it belongs.  A saw sounds like a good deal, though.

noss

Subject: Any Vern's Brown Turkey news ? Replies: 7
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Thanks Paully

noss

Subject: Same tree with Fruit size varying in size at different heights!!! Replies: 8
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Thanks Martin.  I was wondering what a good length of branch might be.  I want to keep my trees small and have been wondering if it would be all right to cut back the tips of the branches even in my climate.  I'll have to try it to see what happens.

noss

Subject: Same tree with Fruit size varying in size at different heights!!! Replies: 8
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Hi Martin,

How short is short for the branch?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Any Vern's Brown Turkey news ? Replies: 7
Posted By: noss Views: 1,272
 
Hi,

What is a Vern's BT?

Thanks,

noss

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

Good to know. 

The problem with fig trees down here is that we can have periods of mild temps during the winter and sap will start running in some, not sure if it happens with all figs, but the Celeste is really bad for starting up--Then it will get quite cold and there go the splitting and killing.

Since the Celestes have gotten larger trunks that hasn't happened, but we haven't had any ice storms the past several years.  At least up North, if the trees go dormant, they tend to stay that way.

noss

Subject: Natural air layer? Replies: 20
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Gorgi,

With what did you "hack" your tree in half?  :)

Thanks,

noss


Subject: Jon's favorite Figs! Replies: 15
Posted By: noss Views: 1,912
 
What is Brown Turkey MD?  What is the MD?

noss

Subject: A visitor on a fig leaf Replies: 8
Posted By: noss Views: 1,087
 
Hi Jeff,

I saw some of those at Hodges Gardens last spring.  They are so pretty and delicate.

noss

Subject: Jon's favorite Figs! Replies: 15
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Jon,

One might get the impression that you maybe don't like Brown Turkey figs.....  :)

noss

Subject: Tanglefoot Replies: 11
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So, Martin,

Have you had any bark damage to your trees with the Tanglefoot?  I'm thinking of applying it to the pots my figs are in.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
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Hi Dan!!!  That's exciting to know about the burlap!  I have some burlap and will try that with tomatoes and peppers and figs, as well.  Ooops!  I didn't really say that.....  ;)  It's a secret.....

Can't wait to get the you-know-what.

noss

Subject: Col de Dame Noir Replies: 38
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Is the eye open?  If so, how does it do in wet/humid weather?  Does it have a tendency to split and sour easily?

It looks like the pulp is solid, with no open cavity.  Is it?

On the three plants, are the eyes all exactly the same?

Thanks,

noss

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

I'm happy to know I do really have an LSU P, after all!  :))) Perhaps I'll make a little coat for it for the winter?  Somehow, the LSU P strikes me as such a vigorous tree that it would seem that a frost wouldn't hold it back much down here, but that may be my misconception. 

What would happen if one were to make a covering of shadecloth for a young LSU P plant for its first few winters in a pot?  A nurseryman told me he can keep his young fig trees in a nursery house covered with only shadecloth and frost will form on the shadecloth and not inside of it and the frost would make it act like a greenhouse, so the little plants wouldn't get frostbitten.

I hope the Smith tree will put on and ripen some fruit next season.  I won a VdB on eBay, so it should get here soon.  Supposedly, it's not a Negronne, whatever that may mean.  ;)

noss

Subject: Italian Black pics Replies: 1
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Hi Dennis,

It's good to hear your take on the taste of this fig.  I ran over to Durio Nursery a few weeks ago and bought an Italian Black fig tree.  I got a Black Celeste and a Native Black.  I don't know why I got them, but I did.  :| 

Is the eye on the fig open?  If so, is it open all the way into the pulp?

Thanks,

noss



Subject: A visitor on a fig leaf Replies: 8
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Is that one of those real refined dragonflies with the thin abdomen?  It's so pretty.

noss

Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
Posted By: noss Views: 5,836
 
Hi Y'all,

Now that some time has gone by, I re-read this thread and see one of the LSU Ps in the picture of both the whole and the cut figs is shaped like the figs on my little tree.  Of the two whole figs at the bottom (6:00 low), the one on the left side is the round shape like mine are.  Of the figs that are cut, it's the one on the right side of the plate, with the round shape and the inside color looks like mine, as well.

I'm glad I re-read this thread.  I see both the more elongated figs and the rounder fig are from the same tree.  The foliage is the same as mine, as well.

I guess I'll hang onto my baby for a while longer and see how it does.

Subject: Fig "milk" affecting skin/mouth Replies: 14
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Interesting information, nyasagold.  When I was attacked and stung by fire ants, I cut off a leaf from one of the fig trees and applied the latex to the stings and they calmed down and never itched, or formed the itchy pustules they usually do.  All that was left was a small, red mark to show where I was stung.

When eating the figs from my grandparents' fig trees, we always broke the figs open and ate the insides off of the skin, because the latex tastes nasty.

noss

Subject: A Big Fig Leaf Replies: 5
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Jiminy Cricket!  My Corelle dinner plates are 10 3/4" in diameter.  Did you measure the diameter of your plate?  I don't know the diameter of a 5-gal. bucket, but it's bigger than the plate, or at least looks that way to me.  That's a monster leaf.

noss

Subject: started the orchard what do yall think Replies: 14
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Y'all?  You're in NJ and say, "Y'all?"

Whatever happened to you guys?  ;)

God bless your new orchard and keep everything alive and producing.

noss

Subject: Old seedling Replies: 7
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Jon, thanks, that helps a lot.

noss

Subject: Old seedling Replies: 7
Posted By: noss Views: 1,006
 
Hi Jon,

Is that a split ring like used on key rings?  Is it the same size as a quarter, by any chance?  I can't quite make it out, but I've seen other posts that did look like split rings.

Just trying to get a handle on the size.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste (non O"rourke Replies: 15
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Hi Jeff,

I certainly would like to get an O'Rourke tree.  Please let me know the details.  You can email me if you'd like.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste (non O"rourke Replies: 15
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When I ask here, in Louisiana, if anyone has an O'Rourke, I get shown the Improved Celestes.  When I tell them, no, I would like an O'Rourke, I'm told that they are the same.  Without exception, this happens.

I really want an O'Rourke so I can see for myself how it's different.

The Impr. Celeste that I have ripened one fig and it was out of season, but it was still delicious.  I had thought I might get rid of that tree, but I'm keeping it and hope it's nice and sunny when it ripens.

Is there anyone who has a true O'Rourke and knows it's a true O'Rourke and can compare it to the Impr. Celeste for me?

Herman, or  Vinnie, do either of you have O'Rourke trees, as well?

Hi Karla--It's name is Improved Celeste, as far as I know.  Not O'Rourke.

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Maltese Falcon Replies: 6
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Ciao gorgi,

Thanks for the info.

noss

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux A+++++++++ Replies: 32
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Thanks Herman & Tim.  That's what I was thinking of when I asked.  It did help to refine the description of the flavor.

Perhaps there really is no accurate description for some figs--ya just have to taste them for yourself and see.

I so love a fig flavor that I'm not sure I'll like a berry flavor, or one that tastes like strawberry, but I can't imagine it and will have to taste it and that's something to look forward to.

Celeste, to me, has a fig taste and I love that taste.  I've never tasted any figs but the Celeste and BT and really like both very much.  At least the BTs at my grandparents' home in VA.  I've not had them anywhere else, so really it's the Celestes that I love, but since I've not tasted any other figs, I have not idea how those others could taste.  :)  I've now got several young, black fig trees and hope they will give me some figs to taste next year.  Same goes with the yellow figs, with the Smith and Champagne.

I pray that Eddie Romero will be up and running well by next season, first because he's a precious person and next, because he has a fig orchard with all kinds of fig trees to taste the fruit from.  I wish him health and strength and many more years to tend his orchard.  :)

noss

 

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