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Subject: VDB Shriveled Up Replies: 37
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Thanks for the link, Gene.  Which kind do you use and where do you get it?

Vivian

Subject: my sickly black madiera Replies: 42
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Stallion is a kind of fig tree?

noss

Subject: Hybrid Torch (no figs, but still beautiful) Replies: 9
Posted By: noss Views: 857
 
They are so beautiful, Ken.  Thanks for sharing them with us.  I love the waxy, translucent quality of the cactus blossoms.

Do you live farther South than we do in Lafayette?  There are wild prickly pear cacti around here, or there once were before things got so built up.  :(  But maybe the more exotic cacti wouldn't do well here.

Vivian

Subject: Mislabeled Fig Tree Replies: 9
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Hello rawarn,

You will get plenty of responses to your post, but I just wanted to tell you that your photos are so clear.  The one with just the leaf, fig and quarter is dramatic in composition.  What kind of camera do you use to get such great photos?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Kathleen Black Breba Pixes Replies: 7
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You are, Jason, unless he reposted them because I can see the pics. 

noss

Subject: Are you smarter that a Fig expert? Replies: 13
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The top row all look the same to me as well.  Delicious!  :)

noss

Subject: Atreano Gold figs on my plate -- pics Replies: 21
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Hi Dennis,

Thanks for the link.  Those are not the pics I was thinking of.  Someone had pics of another unknown.  Was it Gene?  The only pic on this link that looks like the ones I'm thinking of is the second pic, with the fig being shiny, but the pic I'm thinking of showed two figs.  They had closed eyes.  But never mind.  I just thought about that other post when I saw the green figs of your post and couldn't find the post I was thinking of.

Vivian

Subject: Varieties with 7 Lobed Leaves Replies: 7
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Question--Are even the "bumps" that are often on the bottom two lobes of leaves considered lobes by themselves?  I have a Smith tree that has five deeply cut leaves and most of them have those two extra bumps on the outside lobes on each side.  I've been wondering about that.

Vivian

Subject: Atreano Gold figs on my plate -- pics Replies: 21
Posted By: noss Views: 2,078
 
Who just showed us pics of a green unknown fig that looked like these?  They were on the tree, not ripe yet.  These look like them to me, which does no good because the other figs were unknown, too!

Vivian

Subject: Some finds to share from today Replies: 17
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Hi Jason,

I'm coming to the conclusion that fig trees that are planted in the corners of tall board fences do the best no matter where they are.  I've never seen one planted in such a spot that didn't look beautiful.

Vivian.

Subject: Air-Layering Replies: 70
Posted By: noss Views: 7,717
 
John,

What does scarring mean?  Do you hack at the branch you want to air layer, or scrape it with the knife?  How much scarring and scraping is needed?

The reason I want to know is that the part I want to air layer has a larger diameter and is actually the main part of the tree that somehow got bent to the side, or at least it looks like that's what happened because it's main girth is larger than what looks like what should be the main top (leader, I think it's called).  Very strange, but I have reason to want to root a larger girthed trunk so that someone might get figs sooner.  The person has a health problem and it may get worse before a baby tree would get large enough to put out figs.  :(

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: The Birds Replies: 19
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Mockingbirds versus the Common Two-footed Boobies.  I might vote for the mockingbirds.  :(

I remember cat birds from when I grew up in NJ!  They remind me of mockingbirds.

Vivian

Subject: Fig allergy???? Replies: 29
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ROTF!!!  Now, that's a thought, eh?


Subject: The Birds Replies: 19
Posted By: noss Views: 898
 
Interesting article, Gene.  But we don't have just any old mockingbirds, we have Cajun mockingbirds!  They don't just give up when the going gets tough, they reason out how to solve their problems and get the job done.

:)

We have a mockingbird by our house who mimics Mike's keyless entry beeping for his car!  I have heard people tell me that they had one mockingbird who would call their dog by name.  I'd have liked to have heard that.

Bluejays also mimic and can say words.  Crows can talk very well.  Amazing.

Vivian

Subject: Help for a newbee, Yes, fig neglecter Replies: 3
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What a sweet thing to do, to take the woman some ripe figs.  :)

That's a nice-looking tree and I hope someone can identify it for you.  Ripe fruit helps a lot in identifying figs.

Vivian

Subject: Air-Layering Replies: 70
Posted By: noss Views: 7,717
 
Thanks so much for the great photo instructions.  I'm going to try it with a larger branch and see if it roots, or not.

Vivian

Subject: The Birds Replies: 19
Posted By: noss Views: 898
 
Hello lreilley.

I haven't got the foggiest notion how to post a picture here.  I'm luck that I can post!  LOL!

I'm sure my frame is overkill, but Mike said we needed to get thick piping, or it would sag in the heat and brutal sun here, which I'm sure it would.

I'm sorry about that.  If I had your email address, I could send you a photo to see.

Vivian

Subject: Air-Layering Replies: 70
Posted By: noss Views: 7,717
 
Hi,

I saw in another post where someone said something about scraping the bark to hasten rooting for air layering.  What does that mean and how is that done?  How much scraping should be done?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: The Birds Replies: 19
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Hi Pitangadiego,

I tried to come to an agreement with our birds to share figs, but they just laughed, so I put up the PVC frame and netted the trees.  You should have seen their faces when they saw me standing by the netting eating figs.  I reminded them that I'd tried to get them to share, but they didn't want to and now, they can't have ANY of them.  I then laughed at them.

Vivian

Subject: Giovanni: The Man Behind the Figs Replies: 2
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What a neat old gentleman and story.

Vivian

Subject: LSU Purple Replies: 18
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Tim,

Comedy relief is always a welcome thing!  ;)  And look--You discovered what was amiss and you learned something to be able to tell all of us.

Vivian

Subject: You Cover Your Figs I Cover???????? Replies: 19
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LOL John!  That's funny.

Thanks for explaining about the clover, very interesting.

We have regular clover all over our yard in the Spring and I like it.  It's the waterweed I hate.  That stuff is so stubborn.

Vivian

Subject: Best guess anyone??? Replies: 28
Posted By: noss Views: 1,489
 
Jason,

You make a good point about that.  I find trying to figure out what figs are what is very confusing.

It's the same with the description of the eye.  Some places say a fig has a closed eye, a tight eye, an open eye that is closed with honeydew drops about the same fig.

Vivian

Subject: Marseilles Black, Stella, Votata Replies: 18
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Hi Dennis,

I'm surprised to see the shape of the O'Rourke fig, but see that it doesn't look like an Improved Celeste to me.  I had some ICs last year and they were very good, but were more blocky.  They were delicious, too. 

Why do so many places that list figs say the two figs are the same, when it doesn't look like they are?  Is this just an ongoing debate about them?

Vivian

Subject: This mornings harvest and other ramblings. Replies: 13
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I was thinking the same thing, Gene, pests of the human kind.

Vivian

Subject: You Cover Your Figs I Cover???????? Replies: 19
Posted By: noss Views: 1,737
 
John,  What is an innoculent?

Vivian

Subject: Black Unknown Replies: 13
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I've seen this latex weeping happen on some Celeste figs of mine from time to time.  It doesn't appear to harm the fig.

Vivian

Subject: Proposed swap: My home-cured olives for cuttings Replies: 25
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Thanks, svanessa.

There is a nutrient that olive leaf extract will inhibit in our bodies, so you need to make sure you get that if it's a supplement, as well, but evidently the OLE is good for us.  I need to google it and find out what it is.  My friend told me this.

Vivian

Subject: Best guess anyone??? Replies: 28
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Hey Jason--That's been happening to me, as well--It's a plot--They're gaslighting us, trying to get us to believe there are photos when there are none.....  :)

Vivian

Subject: Proposed swap: My home-cured olives for cuttings Replies: 25
Posted By: noss Views: 1,466
 

OH, NOOOOOO, I just saw where you live, so you can't have olive trees there.  Sorry.  :)

Vivian

Subject: Proposed swap: My home-cured olives for cuttings Replies: 25
Posted By: noss Views: 1,466
 
Little John,

Do you process your own olive leaves, or do you get olive leaf extract?

Vivian

Subject: Nero Belleclare Replies: 7
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I have a young  Smith tree, but it is more interested in growing than figging, which is fine with me, for now.

Who can tell me what the taste of the Smith fig is like?  It's yellow and the only light fig tree I have, but wanted to play, so I got one.

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: You Cover Your Figs I Cover???????? Replies: 19
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Hi John,

Thanks for the info.  I guess I've already used a clay buster because when I planted my inground trees they had all kinds of garden topsoils mixed in that had chunky stuff in them that includes pine bark as well as bags of soil conditioners which have a lot of organice pieces in them.  It's created some nice black soil under the tree.  I may need to put some garden lime under the tree, just a bit, anyway.  That might help the fig drop, or not.

Isn't it so satisfying to create rich, loose, friable soil where there wasn't any?

Vivian

Subject: Best guess anyone??? Replies: 28
Posted By: noss Views: 1,489
 
I'm hearing Twilight Zone music in the background...What pics?

Vivian

Subject: This mornings harvest and other ramblings. Replies: 13
Posted By: noss Views: 918
 
Gene,

How large do the grapes get?  Are they very juicy? 

Concord grape skins are very bitter, too if you try to chew them.  Only the juice and that dark coating under the skin is sweet because the pulp is bitter as well.  I love concord grapes.

Vivian

Subject: You Cover Your Figs I Cover???????? Replies: 19
Posted By: noss Views: 1,737
 
I saw somewhere in a post something about a product called a clay buster, but I can't find it anywhere.  Does that ring a bell for anyone?  I'd like to get some of that stuff if possible.

Vivian

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
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Hi Supermario,

Thanks for letting us know what worked for you.  I'll try what you did next year and hope it wasn't just the finger-crossing!  LOL!  ;)

Vivian

Subject: Unwelcomed Visitor Replies: 5
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I looked up this caterpillar and the one place said that the hairs on the Oleander caterpillar aren't the kind that sting you.

Vivian

Subject: Colasanti Farms Italian Figs Replies: 15
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Oh wow.  He's a lucky dog, then, that you are a good man!  I'm not sure boxers ever really grow up and think that's part of their charm.  Sandie and I still play hide and seek and chase each other around the house inside (She's only 42lb--a tiny boxer.) and out.  We'll meet, face to face and I'll stay still and so will she and then I'll kind of jump and she play bows and we're off.  I love that dog to pieces.

Vivian

Subject: A new find Replies: 6
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Gene,  Is that eye a closed eye?

Vivian

Subject: This mornings harvest and other ramblings. Replies: 13
Posted By: noss Views: 918
 
Gene,  Is the purple grape a concord grape that slips its skin?  I love those, but didn't think they would do well down here.

Vivian

Subject: Colasanti Farms Italian Figs Replies: 15
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Hi Nelson,

I'm glad the dog is alive and well and am sorry you lost the fig.  Very frustrating, young dogs, but leaving them out when alone can result in unbelievable mischief, as you know.  I have a boxer who is probably ten years old and I wouldn't dare leave her loose in the house without us there, bless her heart.

Vivian

Subject: figs liking it in florida Replies: 15
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Thanks, Mike.

Vivian

Subject: Unwelcomed Visitor Replies: 5
Posted By: noss Views: 1,072
 
You need to watch out for those spiny caterpillars.  The hairs will stick into your skin and will burn like fire.  It happened to my friend.  The doctor told her to coat the spines in her arm with Elmer's Glue, let it dry and then peel off the glue and it will pull the spines out.  It worked for her beautifully.

noss

Subject: figs liking it in florida Replies: 15
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Hi Mike,

What are you feeding those babies and what kind of soil are they in?  It looks sandy.  Is it?  If so, did you put anything in the planting holes?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Colasanti Farms Italian Figs Replies: 15
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Hi Nelson,

How are we to read this?  "Now Dead dog destroyed it"?  Does it mean just the tree is now dead, or the dog is dead because it destroyed the tree?

Vivian

Subject: Do figs mutate? Replies: 4
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Hi Martin,

Is there a way to see your avatar picture in a larger size?  I can't make anything out the size it is here.

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Bird Ribbon Your Thoughts??? Replies: 8
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LOL!  Last year, Mike was weed-eating along the fig tree edging and he caught the netting and it made an unbelievable snarl out of it!  There was no hope of untangling it.  That was the one time he didn't call me out to hold the netting up for him, so this year, I told him I'd like to try the cuphooks and they worked beautifully.  I didn't like standing so close to the weed-eater like that.  Too dangerous.

noss

Subject: Bird Ribbon Your Thoughts??? Replies: 8
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Hi Tim,

Last year, we made a large frame out of PVC piping and I really like it.  We made what looks like croquet wickets.  The verticals can be unscrewed from the horizontal top bar for easy storing.  It's about 10' square.  We pounded six of those green metal fencing posts into the corners and middle of the fig tree area, which is edged with a border edging of concrete.  The PVC wickets are then fastened to the posts with radiator clamps.  Works great.

This year, we drilled little holes in the PVC in the top, middle and bottom of the verticals and screwed some small, white cuphooks into them so that I can hook the netting up when Mike weed eats the yard and the top hooks are good for hooking up the netting all around the tree, which makes for easy harvesting of the figs and caring for the tree.  It's a larger tree even though we pruned it way back this Spring.  Someone could make many of these wickets for over a row of trees.  The wickets keep the netting from dragging down the branches of the tree.

Don't know if this makes any sense, but it sure makes things easier.  The hook additions work really well and I can push the bottoms of the netting inside of the edging and pull them tight and hook them so that the netting doesn't blow around and it would be more difficult for a critter to get inside of the netting.

Don't know how it would do for squirrels, but the birds stay out.

noss

Subject: Figs picked today Replies: 11
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Oh. YUM!  Very pretty figs, Gene.  I've been able to steal a few figs from the birds.  You should have heard them hollering at me!  I just laughed.  The bird netting never got put up last time Mike was home.  He's been working over a lot since the blowout and he needed to rest.  I was going to put it up myself, but it's been raining so much.  (Yay!!!  Precious rain!!!)

Hope to see you soon,

Vivian

 

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