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Subject: O.T. Pomegranite fruit wanted Replies: 44
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I have a question about pomegranate trees - I bought one about 4 years ago (cant remember the variety though ) its suppose to be self fertile and not need a pollinator.  Last year it bloomed for the first time and had 3 blooms but all 3 dropped.  I thought young tree so it couldn't handle fruiting however this year it had about 20 blooms but still dropped every bloom :(  its about 6' tall now so still a small tree.  Do you think it will finally start producing fruit or I'm wondering if it needs a pollinator after all?

Subject: what to do with immature figs ( side ? on desert king) Replies: 4
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ok thanks - some are close to full size but alot are not big at all

Subject: what to do with immature figs ( side ? on desert king) Replies: 4
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What is the best thing to do with immature figs that have no chance of rippeing? Do you leave them on the bushes and let them just get killed by the frost (its about 2 -3 weeks till our first frost here) or do you pinch them off or does it matter?  also on a side note my supposed Desert King fig a couple of weeks ago started producing little figs would a real desert king do this?  I was under the impression that Desert King only produced figs in the early spring

Subject: Fig tree thats getting too tall Replies: 8
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Does it help to cut a fig tree that has gotten too big all the way back to the ground and let it start over? Or will it just shoot right back up to the same size because the root system is so big?  My first fig tree I ever got (had about 12 years now) is between 12 and 15 feet tall and more and more figs seem to be up at the top I would rather them be within arms reach so I was thinking about cutting it back to the ground does this work? Any advice?

Subject: vanishing fig Replies: 15
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Thank you very much I will order some of these!

Subject: vanishing fig Replies: 15
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I'm assuming since its when the fig darkens is what draws the bird the bag needs to be white or a light color? or does this matter does the fact its in a bag deter the birds?

Subject: vanishing fig Replies: 15
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Organza bags?  I'll have to look that up and get some of those - thanks for the tip!

Subject: vanishing fig Replies: 15
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Had a fig off of my boaurdux type fig that had swelled and darkened and almost picked it today and talked myself out of it thinking Ill wait until tomorrow and give it one more day since the last one was a little under ripe.  Got off work this evening went to look at it and its gone.  No sign of it anywhere - don't know if it was a squirrel  or a crow or what but absolutely nothing left of the fig except a short piece of stem :(

Subject: Violette de bordeaux ( I hope anyway) Replies: 17
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ok here is a couple of pictures of this bordeaux type fig the fig needed a good 3 or 4 more days I would say but the stalk half way broke I guess from the weight of the fig and I was afraid Id loose it so I picked it.  last year was the first year to have any figs on it and I only got 3 the figs were half the size but MUCH darker almost blood red on the inside.  the fig tastes like a cross between a strawberry and a raspberry with a little crunch kind of acidic and a hint of sweetness.  Last year when picked when compleatly ripe was VERY sweet and rich. any ideas?[10021399866_6943d546af][10021400155_e1caaab77e]

Subject: how to tell what figs need a fig wasp? Replies: 13
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Thank you all for the info.  Very interesting and good to know!

Subject: how to tell what figs need a fig wasp? Replies: 13
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If this has been asked before I apologies I tried the search option but I keep getting an error message.  How do you know what figs need a fig wasp to produce figs and which ones don't?  I am interested in Black Mission fig but wasn't sure if it needs the wasp and since I'm in South Carolina I don't want to get a fig that needs a pollinator that doesn't live here.  Thanks for any info.

Subject: Violette de bordeaux ( I hope anyway) Replies: 17
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well just to be safe I will refer to it simply as a Bordeaux fig since this seems to be the safest assumption.  Thanks again for all the help!

Subject: Violette de bordeaux ( I hope anyway) Replies: 17
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Pete I just pulled out the old catalog that I ordered from and they also do offer Petite Negri so this must be the plant thanks a million for the help! 

Subject: Violette de bordeaux ( I hope anyway) Replies: 17
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Thank you all for your help and so  I will refer to this fig as  a Bordeaux fig and keep the first of the name off.

Subject: Violette de bordeaux ( I hope anyway) Replies: 17
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[9741781938_bacb6b21e3][9739571195_428ee86180][9739569747_082242b5c2] I don't have any ripe figs as of yet but when and if any ripen I will cut one open and take a picture of the inside.  Thanks again for any info or help identifying - also the figs last year ripened at about the size of a quarter if that helps

Subject: Violette de bordeaux ( I hope anyway) Replies: 17
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regardless I really like the fig - last year it produced 3 figs and they were excellent so I'm glad to have the tree.  I'm just really disappointed with the Nursery that I purchased the plants from.  Don't get me wrong all 4 fig bushes I received were in excellent condition and size when I received them but its looking more and more like they mis-labeled EVERY tree they sent me.  This causes me a big problem because now I have nothing to trade.  And say I had traded cuttings calling them what I thought they were it would have "polluted" the trade.  On top of that possibly caused hard feelings for whoever I traded with :(  This year the bush has a bumper crop but we had SO much rain this summer that none of my figs are ripening right so I don't know if they are gonna ripen or not before frost.  With all that being said I do believe that this fig is of the "Bordeaux" family because last year the fruit looked like the pictures of figs Ive seen under this name.  dark fruit with a bright red jammy inside and a wonderful taste (in fact by far the best tasting fig of all the figs Ive fruited so far.  Anyway if ANYONE can give me a correct Identification I would greatly appreciate it.

Subject: Violette de bordeaux ( I hope anyway) Replies: 17
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here is my violette de bordeaux or at least I hope it is (I ordered it from the same nursery that sent the two other figs that are apparently not desert king or Panachee).
Does this look like Violette de bordeaux and do the figs look like they will have time to ripen before frost?  Im in SC zone 7b.[9735818837_489462a400_n]

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Subject: wrongly labeled figs Replies: 1
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I guess maybe now I may be getting paranoid - with my first fig supposedly being a turkey but finding out years later its not and having no idea what it is.  Then to find out that Panachee is suppose to  have variegated stems and mine doesn't NOW today my so called Desert King fig has its first ripe fruit.  Is there ever an instance where a Desert king fig is bronz-ish red instead of green???  I ordered this from the same place and at the same time I ordered the Panachee also have an Italian fig from there that has yet to fruit so have no idea if it may be right or not.  All I know is the fruit thats on my desert king looks NOTHING like pictures Ive seen.

Subject: help identifying a couple var of figs Replies: 0
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I have a couple of var. of figs that I now believe I received with the wrong name and would like to know what they really are.  I would hate to trade or sell divisions of these plants with the wrong name. 

the first couple of pictures are of the first fig I ever got.  I got it from an old abandonded farm that was gonna be cleared for a houseing developement years ago.  I was told that it was a turkey fig but a few weeks ago saw turkey fig fruit at a farmers market that were 2 - 3 times bigger than the fruit produced by my bush so now I dont know what it is.  also most summers the fruit is a more bronze color than in these picks but I guess the excessive raing and lack of sun this year may have affected the fruit. any help would be greatly appreciated.[9706150551_9a67da8948_n]
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the next set of 3 pics is of a fig I bought from Rain tree nursery about 4 - 5 years ago as Panachee but after seeing  how the new growth is suppose to be varigated mine has none and has never fruited so I wonder if I was sent the wrong fig tree.[9694023237_1818571f7e_n][9694022009_c95027090c_n][9694020399_a228439fbd_n]the bush is about 6 1/2 feet tall now and the leaves look vastly different all over the bush (different shape, number of "fingers" size etc...  thanks for any help.

Subject: F4FF OPEN AUCTION: Black Madeira Replies: 33
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How hardy is Black Madeira?  I live in South Carolina zone 7b.    Ive heard about it needing a long hot summer to rippen and was wondering if a person grew it next  to a south facing wall with dark rock as a mulch and in early spring put up a temporary lean to with clear plastic to get it growing a few weeks early if this would work?  Or is it a fig that unless you live in a tropical  climate needs to be grown in a pot and moved out and back?  The summers here get very hot on average (this past summer being the exception with ALOT of rain)

Subject: Panachee finally ripens in NY City! Replies: 48
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yes its in a field thats where all my fig bushes are no shade all day and in full sun so 8+ hours a day all other fig bushes produce lots of figs,  I will try the pinching next spring  - any idea what var. it may be?


Subject: Panachee finally ripens in NY City! Replies: 48
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ok let me try again see if this works - [9694023237_1818571f7e_n][9694022009_c95027090c_n][9694020399_a228439fbd_n]

Subject: Panachee finally ripens in NY City! Replies: 48
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ok I dont know what Im doing wrong because I can see them on the post when I open this thread? 

Subject: Panachee finally ripens in NY City! Replies: 48
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[9693550839_b6f5b9d943_m] [9696777270_d4c741f8a1_m][9696773230_a5cf672c53_m] these are pictures of the fig tree I got from rain tree that I ordered as Panachee - anyone know what it really is?  Ive been growing it for about 4 years not and have never had the first fig on it - grows great but never makes any figs at all so far.   PS - thanks rafaelissimmo for the help in posting the pictures! 

Subject: Panachee finally ripens in NY City! Replies: 48
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Ive been trying to post some pictures of the fig bush I got from Rain tree that was suppose to be Panachee but everytime I do the "attach files" link it doesnt do anything.  Cant figure out what Im doing wrong.


Subject: Panachee finally ripens in NY City! Replies: 48
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I got mine from Raintree nursery

Subject: Panachee finally ripens in NY City! Replies: 48
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Well I guess this means the Panachee I bought is not a real Panachee either because mine doesn't have any stripes either.  Also as I mentioned in another thread it grows really good but has never produced the first fig so I didn't have the fruit to judge.  I understand nursery's have large inventory but its really frustrating growing something for several years then finding out that they sent you the wrong plant and it seems to be happening more and more.

Subject: what is the latest in the year you can set figs out? Replies: 6
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Im sorry I didnt make it clear - the figs I have right now are already planted outside in the yard - Im thinking about trying to bid on a Ronda de bor. on ebay but I didnt know if I won the bid and got the plant if I could go ahead and plant it out in the yard or would I be better off waiting till spring to bid on one that way I could plant it out then?  Thank you very much for the offer of sicion.  Also I was wondering about figs that are late to ripen like Panachee and black maderia  could a person plant them up next to a building with a south face then in the fall when it starts to cool fix like a cold frame around them to give them a few weeks of warmer weather to finish ripening? 

Subject: what is the latest in the year you can set figs out? Replies: 6
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Im in South Carolina zone 7b and I was wondering is it too late now in the summer to set fig trees out?  would they have enough time to get established before cold weather or do I need to wait till next spring?  Also where is the best place to get some of the more hard to come by figs?  My problem is the ones I have are fairly common so have nothing to trade with someone that would have the harder to come-by figs. 

what I have.

Violette de bourdaux (sp?)
Desert King
Italian fig - (dont remember the exact name but think it was misslabled from the nursery
                because when it produced figs they looked nothing like the ones in the picture from
                the catalog.  the picture showed a dark fig and this was a very light brown fig)
Texas Blue Giant
Unknown - I got a small piece from and old abandonded farm house that noones lived in prob for 50
               years and hasnt fruited yet.  never saw fruit because the land was cleared right after I got
               it for a houseing development.
another unknown - my first and biggest fig the one that got me started into figs.  thought it was
                           turkey fig until I saw actual turkey figs at farmers market now dont know what
                          it is. posted pictures on here but noone could identify.

Panachee - yet to fruit but growing like crazy


What I want----  Ronda de bourdeaux, Black Maderia,  atreano  


Subject: 27 Delicious Ways To Eat Fresh Figs Replies: 15
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One of my favorite recipes is to take figs (I've always used dark figs) and slice them make a grilled cheese sandwich with -
 
white bread, blue cheese, sliced dark figs and drizzle of honey cook on a griddle with a little butter.  Not good for you but tastes delicious

Subject: Reflective tape works great Replies: 11
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Thanks for the info!  last year crows found my figs and I got almost none because they would come as they rippened and clean them out every morning while I was at work.  I came home one day at lunch and about 5 crows flew out from inside the fig tree.  I didnt know what was happening till I saw that.  This year unfortualy because of the rain the figs here just flat out arnt ripening :(  however maybe next year if its a good growing season Ill def. give this a try.  where do you get the reflective tape?

Subject: fig identification help Replies: 2
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thanks for looking ill try to repost the 2nd pic.  After seeing what was called Brown Turkey figs at the farmers market they were ALOT bigger than my figs ever get.  Hopefuly this will workfig2.jpg 

Subject: fig identification help Replies: 2
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the first fig tree I ever got was from an elderly woman and she said it was a turkey fig so thats what I have thought it was all alone however this past week I went to the farmers market and they were selling figs and they had turkey figs and the figs they called turkey figs were WAY bigger than what mine produce.  Usualy the figs turn a brownish red color but we are getting so much rain here in SC they are not ripening but bursting on the tree :( so here is a green one that is as big as they ever get. any idea what kind it is? thanks for any info.fig1.jpg fig2.jpg 

Subject: Fig of the Day - Black Mission 08-17-13 Replies: 56
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can this fig grow and produce in South Carolina or is it one of the figs that has to have the wasp?  sorry for my ignorance but I have a few fig var. but not that knowledgeable.

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux rescue Replies: 8
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how different is the Ronde de bordeaux from Violette de bordeaux? much difference in taste and look?

Subject: Article on Panachee and new fig industry Replies: 26
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yes I do fertilize - I mulch with compost and put 10-10-10 around.  I'll try holding back the fertilizer next year - thanks for the advice.

Subject: Article on Panachee and new fig industry Replies: 26
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Ive been growing Panachee for about 4 years now in the same field as my other figs.  The bush is growing wonderfully in fact one of my best looking fig trees HOWEVER I have yet to get a single fig to even start on the bush?  Its in full sun all day I'm in South Carolina zone 7b/8a the bush is about 6' tall very healthy and couldn't ask for better growth just does not make any figs.  Anyone have any idea what I might be doing wrong?  I also grow desert king, Violette de Bordeaux, turkey, Texas giant blue and an unknown that I got from an old abandoned farm house.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Subject: black italian? Replies: 1
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Last year I ordered several different fig varieties and one was suppose to be Black Italian.  It has 4 figs on it this year and yesterday one was drooping (my understanding is that this means they are ripe -kind of new to figs) anyway I have a turkey fig that got me started with figs and that's how I tell with it anyway.  Anyway the fig was drooping and I pulled it and it was sweet and had a nice flavor however its anything but black it was more of a honey gold color.  I have read on here that a lot of the times the first figs a new plant produces isn't like what they will be when the plant matures but I'm wondering if Its gonna change that much?  Did I get a black Italian or is it something else?  I don't have any way of putting pictures on here or I would post one :( whats yall's thoughts?


Subject: Panache tiger fig wont fruit Replies: 1
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I planted several different figs last year and out of all of them Panache is by far my best grower.  It is about 5' high now and growing like crazy.  However it will not put on any figs.  I have tried pinching it back and all it does is send out side branches but no figs.  Its in full sun in a field above my house where my other figs are planted and in the same soil same everything.  I have an Italian black that I planted last year at the same time that got killed half way back and is only like 2' tall and it managed to put on 3 figs.  I don't know what I'm doing wrong with the panache but it just wont fruit :(  any ideas?


Subject: Panache tiger fig Replies: 2
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Ok thanks for the advice I will do that.  Sorry about the delay in a responce but I had to go out of town and just got back.


Subject: Panache tiger fig Replies: 2
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The Panache tiger fig I planted last year seems to be my best growing new fig tree.  It got almost no damage from last year where all the other new figs lost at least half of their growth if not more.  However there are no signs of figs on it yet.  The bush is now about 4 1/2 - 5 ' tall so when could I expect to maybe see some figs develop?  I'm in South Carolina zone 7b.  thanks for any info. 


Subject: Texas blue giant Replies: 4
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OK I just cant get the picture to load - if it is this virus how serious is it to the plant and the other fig bushes?  Do I need to destroy the plant to keep it from spreading and will it end up killing the plant if it is a virus?


Subject: Texas blue giant Replies: 4
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Ok I have a picture but im not very computer savy - everytime I try to load it I get the message that the file is too big


Subject: Texas blue giant Replies: 4
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last year I planted a Texas blue giant and it got killed back to about half of its size  -Its not growing well and is back up to about the size it was when I planted it.  However the leaves this year have like yellowish splotches on them.  Is this a virus?  If so why did it not show its self last year and how serious is it to the plant and to the other figs that I have if it is a virus?  Anything I need to do?  Thanks for any info.


Subject: Dogs like figs too Replies: 1
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YES my husky loves figs - in the summer when I walk  him and go to the fig bush to find ripe figs he will forage around the bottom of the bush and find ripe ones and pull them off with his teeth and eat them.  The funny thing is he doesn't mess with the ones not ripe so apparently he can tell the difference.


Subject: update on figs planted last year Replies: 9
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I was VERY pleased with the fruit from the Texas Blue Giant.  It had a very nice flavor to me.  Also I got one fig off of the Negronne Fig(Violette de Bordeaux) and so far its the best tasting fig Ive ever had (but that's not saying a lot because I'm fairly new to figs)

Wow those cherry bushes sound really nice I planted a dwarf black gold cherry tree this past spring but will check on  the bush ones.

Subject: update on figs planted last year Replies: 9
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Thanks for the info that gives me more hope!  The Texas blue giant fig seems to be doing pretty good because its growing fast even though it did lose some of last years growth.  I think it will be fine.  Last year I actually got 3 figs off of it 2 were not any good at all they were dry on the inside with the consistency of a dandelion or something no taste at all and almost cottony.  However that 3rd fig was awesome! for such a small tree it was a very big fig and had a very pleasant taste so I'm hoping to get some more off of it this year if it didn't get killed back too bad.


Subject: update on figs planted last year Replies: 9
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what I did was I waited until all of the leaves were off of the plants after a few frosts.  After that I took pipe insulation and put around the stems and around that put some regular wall insulation that I got from where some people were tearing a house down and wrapped that around the outside of the pipe insulation.  I then took some old ply wood and made like a lean too over that and put tar paper on top of the ply wood so that rain or snow would run off and it would keep the insulation for the most part dry yet still allow air to circulate.  This however ended up being one of the strangest winters we have had in over ten years because not only did it get really cold but we had a cold snap where it didn't get above freezing for about a week which is VERY unusual for here.  I had plants that usually are not hardly touched by winter that got killed all the way back to the ground this past winter.


Subject: update on figs planted last year Replies: 9
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last spring I planted several figs -

1. Texas blue giant
2. Panache Tiger fig
3.celestial
4. Desert King
5. Italian ever bearing
6. Negronne Fig(Violette de Bordeaux)

I protected them as well as I could this being the first winter in the ground (I'm zone 7 South Carolina) the one that came thru the winter the best was the Panache Tiger fig its fully leafed out as of now and has surpassed its size from last year. the next was the Texas blue giant which lost half of its growth and its sprouting out  half way up its stem but looks like its gonna do well.  After that the Desert King put up from about a forth of the growth from the ground so its a forth of the size it was when I planted it now.  The Italian ever bearing put out a sprout about 4 inches from the ground out of the main trunk but seems to be very slow about growing and the Negronne died all the way back to the ground but has put multiple sprouts from the root which are growing VERY fast.  The weird thing about it is the stem from last year if you scrape it back is bright green and wet like a sapling under the bark but just is  not growing any growth out of it so I don't know what the deal with that is.  The Celestial is a brown dead stick with no signs of life at all.  Anyway I mulched them all with compost and am applying weak peters fertilizer to them every other week.  Hopefully this coming winter will be a milder one then the last and they can get some good growth without loosing so much of it over the winter.

Subject: figs breakin dormancy Replies: 5
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I'm fairly new to growing figs (I have had a turkey fig for a few years) but last year I purchased several new var. - Texas blue giant, pan. (tiger fig), black Italian, desert King and Violette Bordeaux (sp?)  Of course as luck would have it this winter was one of the coldest ones we have had in many many years.  So far my turkey is almost fully leafed out.  My Texas blue giant and Desert King are putting out leaf buds now but the Italian black and the Violette so far have no growth what so ever.  no sign of leaf buds or anything.  I was thinking they are dead but I took my finger nail and scratched the bark of both of them and they are as green as green can be under the bark so why no growth?  Thanks for any input or advice.

also forgot to mention the tiger fig is almost compleatly leafed out as well

 

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