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Subject: Globe and Mail Essay about Growing a Fig Tree in Toronto's Little Italy Replies: 4
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What a sweet story.

Vivian

Subject: calling me a liar? Replies: 23
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Whoa!  The Italian hit the brain, there, and you sure told them off good!  You GO, Girl!!!  ROTF!!!

You must keep good records of that little jewel of a fig tree so that it lives long and prospers (A little Spock lingo, there....).  Maggie--I'm sorry that you got beat up like that.

Actually, the name, Mongibello sounds like it means, good eating, no?  Not that I know Italian, but mangia means eat, doesn't it?  Bella means beautiful for a woman, so bello--would it mean the same, but masculine?  So, it sounds close to that, for me, anyway.  Sounds like a perfectly good name for a delicious fig.  I hope this makes you laugh out loud.

Dear Paisana, keep growing that fig so we can see pictures of it soon.

Vivian

Subject: Fig Oiling Replies: 19
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Does oiling work for all kinds of figs, or just that type?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: grafting a fig cutting into a Mulberry bush Replies: 20
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Hi Grant,

What is jugalone?

noss

Subject: Uncle James' Miracle Fig Salve ©2010 Replies: 14
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Hi James,

I will have to try the sap next time the fire ants get me and see what happens.  That's interesting.

Bad as they may be, those large, colorful grasshoppers are works of art.  I've seen huge hoppers here, in LA.  Mike talks about having run over lots of them when they are all over the roads South of here.

I imagine they could give you a nasty bite, at the size they are.  When I was little, I was heartbroken when a hopper bit me.

Vivian

Subject: Main Crop - Few Pictures Replies: 15
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I noticed several of the Celestes beginning to ripen.  They're kind of dry even though I've been watering them every day it hasn't rained, for a good two-three hours.  It doesn't seem to help.  It's as though they need to be rained on rather than just watered from the ground.

I picked and ate one of the figs that looked like it was ripening but felt like it didn't have any juice in it.  It tasted like my Grandma's brown turkeys used to taste, that special fig taste, but not as sweet.  I was just going to cut it open to see what it looked like inside, but then tasted it.

Vivian

Subject: New Fig? Replies: 4
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Those people creep me out completely!  They are definitely on something, or they are not of this planet!

noss

Subject: New Fig? Replies: 4
Posted By: noss Views: 743
 
There is something seriously wrong with those people.

noss

Subject: Ficus Rigor Mortis Replies: 1
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That's too funny! 

noss

Subject: Yesterdays Rain Replies: 1
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Hi Martin,

I hope your Kalamata fig tree will be all right.  You'll have to keep us posted on its progress.

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste Or not So Improved?? Replies: 5
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I didn't have much luck when talking with him, about the no-drop Celestes, so I don't know what he has.  Wrong time of year to worry about it anyway, but I'd like to get my Hunt baby going well.  The plant I bought was one the nursery used for cuttings, so it's rather strange.  I might try air layering a couple of the branches of it, though, just in case the tree doesn't survive.  I will work with the Smith baby as well.  I told my two Celestes that if they keep dropping their figs, I might drop them.  I don't think they were very impressed...

noss

Subject: Improved Celeste Or not So Improved?? Replies: 5
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Hi papayamon,

Evidently.  :(

noss



Subject: Improved Celeste Or not So Improved?? Replies: 5
Posted By: noss Views: 1,100
 
No, Celeste, Improved Celeste, Golden Celeste and LSU Gold are all different varieties.

Whatever you did get, I hope they will do well for you.  :)

noss

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
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Well supermario,

I went out to talk to "Celeste" out back and saw that she's fixin' to drop some crop!  I ask her, "Mais why you doin' dat an' all?"  She jes' sit dar and ain' sayin' nuttin'! 

noss



Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
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Hi again.

I know what you mean about that fruit drop.  Very frustrating.

You can add a ton of mulch and the plant will love you.  It's all right that you didn't put mulch all the way up to the tree if the tree shades the very base.  If you put mulch up to the trunk, the trunk will sprout roots into the mulch.  As far as you cover up a Celeste trunk, she will send roots into that mulch.  And you can put a large circle of mulch around your tree because they send out lots of surface roots.  The heat and sun can burn the roots.  If there is grass around the tree, the grass will compete with the fig roots for water.

I'm not an expert, so maybe someone else could verify if you are over-fertilizing the tree.  I'm guilty of having not fertilized enough, if anything, except for this year, that is.

I misplaced all my notes I took that a retired UL prof told me he does for his trees.  He has a drip system that runs under black plastic.  I don't know how that plastic doesn't burn the trees up, but he's had that garden forever and whatever he plants, grows so well.  We go there to buy produce and fruit.  I'll be so sad when he's gone.  He's a living legacy.  Perhaps the leaves shade the plastic.  Don't know.  I'll have to ask him if he's there the next time I go by.  The whole thing is on an honor system and he has a wooden box for us to put money in when we buy things.  He's a crusty old guy and I really like him a lot.

Vivian

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

What you describe is exactly what my Celeste trees did last year when it was hot and very dry.  The fruit went from darker green, to a light green and then, they dropped.  Not all of them, but many (Too many) of them did that.  They would also feel lighter than the darker green figs, not as solid.  I was told by an orchard lady to start watering them before they fruit, on a regular basis, unless it was rainy, of course, and keep that up through the fruiting season.  She had an over head watering system.  I think that may have helped to cool the leaves and maybe "fake" the trees into thinking it was raining, since the water was falling on them like rain.  Don't know for sure, but she said the Celestes didn't drop as many figs if they had steady watering.  She told me 2-3 hours every other day.  This year, I've tried to keep the water to them, but not from overhead, and so far, they look good still.  Time will tell.  I was putting way too little water on them last year, though.

Are your Celeste trees mulched?  That's a must, as well.  It sounds like you are using a lot of fertilizer.  I don't know if it is too much, maybe.  Also, did you see if your soil needs lime?  I've been told that if the trees need lime, it can make them drop fruit, as well.  Other trace nutrients, as well.

I put fruit tree stakes around my Celestes this year and they have gone and lost their minds and are growing all over the place.  I don' tank I'll do dat again, no!  :)

I put one stake for each of the four trunks and maybe that was too much, but they're both loaded with figs.

Did you look for evidence of nematodes?  Is your soil sandy?  Did you put lots of organic matter in the planting hole when you planted your tree?

I hope things improve for you with the tree and maybe someone else can help you out with this problem.

Celestes are survivors and if they get hot and dry, will jettison fruit to take the stress off of themselves.  I wish I could get cuttings from someone who has a Celeste that does not drop friut, but those trees seem to be rare, if nonexistant.  :(

Vivian



Subject: 1-2 days from a fresh fig Replies: 9
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Hi Bill,

Is that a breba, or a main crop fig?  Are the main crop figs this early?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: New member from a bit far away Replies: 41
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Thanks Martin, I appreciate the time you took to send me the information on chimera figs.  Very kind of you and very diplomatic, as well.  :)

noss

Subject: New member from a bit far away Replies: 41
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Hi Martin,

I love the variegated leaves on the one fig tree.  Is that a Panache fig?

Still, no one has told me what a chimera fig is--What that means.

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Something is bugging me Replies: 10
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I had mentioned the June bugs/beetles a while back.  Every night, I now go out between 9 and 11PM and go June bug pickin'.  I pick them off the leaves with a tissue and then put them in a zip-lock bag.  Not seeing as many now.

noss

Subject: Fig tree from the jersey shore Replies: 13
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That certainly looks like a very healthy fig tree.

noss

Subject: Air-Layering Replies: 70
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Thanks.



Subject: Air-Layering Replies: 70
Posted By: noss Views: 7,717
 
What variety is it, in the last photos, that was splitting the bottle?

noss

Subject: My Little Panache Replies: 3
Posted By: noss Views: 617
 
What does chimera mean in relation to the figs?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Pinching Why? Replies: 22
Posted By: noss Views: 1,998
 
Thanks Nas,

Vivian

Subject: Please tell me which figs smell Replies: 39
Posted By: noss Views: 5,386
 
LOL!  Fred!

The smell of tomcat is not strong, thank goodness, but it's there and it may be that some people can smell it and others cannot--Genetic, like some people can smell cyanide and some cannot.  I still love the smell of fig trees, no matter what.  And I DO smell my trees and think back to my childhood at Gramma's house in VA

John, I don't think they could reach that high!  LOL!

Vivian


Subject: Please tell me which figs smell Replies: 39
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LOL!  I have always thought figs smelled like tomcat urine.  I didn't know other people would think that and they do.  Thankfully, they don't have as strong a smell to them as the tomcats.  It reminds me of the first figs I ever ate, which were at my grandparents' home in VA.

noss

Subject: Pinching Why? Replies: 22
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Hi Nas,

Thanks for the explanation of equilization of the sap.  I'll have to pay attention to that when I prune all the babies next Spring.

As for the one inground Celeste--She's in bush form.  I will try to prune the branches to the same length from the trunk on her, as well, and see what happens.

Both Celestes are good at going crazy with their growth and seem bent on doing their own thing.  This year, it's as though they both exploded with new growth.

Should the trees be nipped back during the growing season to keep them in line?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Pinching Why? Replies: 22
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Hi nas,

What does, "equalization of sap," mean and how does that happen?

Thanks,

Vivian

Subject: Rooting in an old aquarium Replies: 14
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Ken,

How does one make this sphagnum tea?  What is in the sphagnum that would kill mold?

What does the sphagnum look like?  Is it different from sphagnum peat moss?

Good luck with all your babies,

Vivian

Subject: Super Wet Soil Issues Replies: 20
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Hello Nelson,

I wish you good luck with your repotted fig tree.  You are right to have repotted it.  Even if the figs don't stay on the tree, the tree has a better chance of living now.

I got some fig babies this Spring.  I potted them in the wrong soil and they started looking peaked.  I came here and to GW and realized I used the wrong soil.  It was for inground use.  I then repotted them to some Miracle Gro moisture control potting soil and realized they were still drowining in that stuff.  I also found I had repotted them into pots that were too large for them. 

Tuesday, my husband helped me to repot them (5 of them for the third time and one, the second time.) into smaller pots with Fafard Professional Potting Mix.  This time, the water flowed through the soil well and doesn't seem to be waterlogged like the other two soils.  I hope they will be all right, but I know, if I had left them in the other soils, they would not have been all right.  I removed all but a few little figs from these trees and the rest still look healthy, but if they start to look poorly, I will remove them as well because I am more concerned with the trees than the figs this year.

I started to replace the garden soil in the wooden, open-bottomed frame I had put around the Celeste out front that had planted itself in the ground with one huge root.  As I was digging the soil out, I saw that it had put out some healthy roots all over the soil in the frame, just in the short time it had been set free of the pot, and it had been rained on that day, but was still loose and not very wet, so I left it.  The tree is doing beautifully, I think, because it is open to the ground (no bottom on the frame) and can drain even having been planted with garden soil mix. 

It had been in a five-gallon nursery pot for way too long and was terribly root-bound, but was strong and healthy, even so.  I had to cut the pot away from it and it was a bear getting the bottom of the pot out from under the tree.  I had to slice the roots around the sides because they were coiled round and round the pot.  The tree didn't even know anything had happened and it's quite large and loaded with figs and has grown even more since its liberation.

I hope your Honey fig proves to be as sturdy as this large Celeste is.  I hope the babies that have had way too much disturbance in their short time with me will take hold and thrive.  They seem to be better already, but time will tell.

Vivian

Subject: Snake tale Replies: 19
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Wow, Ken!  You must be an expert at handling snakes like that with the tube and the hook and the gripper.

Great photos,

noss

Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
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Hi Ken--Sorry Ireiley--I didn't see your post before I posted to Ken--I'd be interested in seeing how you freed the you-know-what.  ;)

Vivian

Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
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Ken,

That's a NICE little snake!  I'm glad you were able to save it and feel sorry for the ones that didn't make it.  I don't see many snakes around here except some tiny ones from time to time.  More often they are dead than alive, which saddens me.  I like snakes, but always check to see whether they are poisonous, or non-poisonous before getting too close to them.

Vivian

Subject: Birds and Unripe Figs Replies: 17
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Hello All,

I tried the CDs on the tree--all over the tree.  The mockingbirds laughed.  They are thugs and are not afraid of anything that I can tell, anyway.  They probably admired themselves in the shiny CDs.  I put bird nets over the trees themselves and it compacted the leaves so that they got rust earlier in the season than if not netter. 

Last year, my husband and I built PVC frames to put around the tree.  They look like huge croquet hoops.  The tops are screwed onto the upright poles so that they come apart for storage and the uprights are lashed onto metal fenceposting with radiator hose clamps.  The posting is at the four corners and in the middle of the fig tree enclosure.  So, there are three of the PVC hoops.  The bird netting goes over that and I let the bottom of the netting pool on the ground inside of the brick edging around the tree.  The birds are baffled by that extra netting.  The bird netting I use catches onto everything, literally.  I got shirt buttons caught in it and couldn't get free without cutting the netting away, so I wear a housecoat with snaps to harvest the figs.  The birds really don't like it.

However!  If the wind blows the netting aside from my not having hooked it down well enough--The little feathered thugs are inside the netting in a heartbeat.  LOL!  They are rascals.  They've already been getting into the tree, scoping out the figs to see if they are ripe yet.  The netting goes up this week.

Vivian

Subject: Never tried takink a photo of Replies: 10
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Hello Pezzuti, 

What a breathtaking view you have from that window.  Just lovely.

Vivian

Subject: MBVS Update Pics Replies: 16
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Hi,  What is the difference between sphagnum peat moss and shagnum moss?  Which is used to air layer figs?

Thanks,

noss

Subject: Best Air Layering On Yr 1 or Yr 2 Wood ? Replies: 17
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Thanks for the input, James.

noss

Subject: Best Air Layering On Yr 1 or Yr 2 Wood ? Replies: 17
Posted By: noss Views: 2,698
 
Hello,

Can you put a larger piece of plastice around the first roots, with more rooting medium in it, or even potting soil, to get a larger root ball on the air layer and keep the branch on the tree longer?  Like, maybe all summer and then cut the branch off in the fall?

I live in South Louisiana, and it's like a jungle down here.  I have a story about one of my two Celeste trees that I would be so ashamed to tell anyone, but that's one vigorous tree.  After what I discovered the other day, I can't believe it's lived this long and been so strong.  I hope that, now it's out of the pot it was in, it will be all right, but I want to get some air layers from it because it's a sort of legacy tree and I am a very ignorant person to have let the tree get into the trouble it's in.  In spite of this trouble, it hasn't affected the tree in any way I can ascertain.

I think the only way you can kill a Celeste fig tree is to put it where there is poor drainage, although I was told that some years ago the FMV decimated so many Celeste trees around here.

Thanks,

noss

 

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