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Subject: Go USA Go! Replies: 29
Posted By: supermario Views: 1,547
 
So glad that Spain won since my grandparents are from there!

It's funny though, when I stayed in Barcelona last year, I couldn't find a spanish omelet nor a decent paella anywhere! I guess I have to stay in Madrid or Sevilla next time. =)

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: supermario Views: 3,942
 
Hey guys, just a quick update. I had applied some granular fert around the time I put up the first post in this thread. After the last post, I applied some water soluble 20-20-20 fert directly to the base of the plant. I am happy to report that figs began plumping up and ripening almost immediately. Since then, I've harvested well over 30 figs. Today alone, I harvested 8 figs and there are plenty more on the tree, so I should end up with even more figs than I had last year. =) 

For those of you having problems with your celeste's, try mixing about 4 tablespoons of water soluble 20-20-20 with water in a 5 gallon bucket. Pour it around the base of the tree and cross your fingers. ;o)

Also, I've learned that prociutto and figs are an EXCELLENT combination. X-D

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: supermario Views: 3,942
 
Thank you for the reply Vivian.

It is actually rainy season here right now. It has been raining every day, if not, every other day for the past month or so.

Maybe I am fertilizing too much. I've done extensive research and have not found one definitive source that tells me how much fertilizer fig trees need. I guess it's becaue there are soooo many varieties.

I did mulch, but apparently not enough since I've noticed a ton of weeds growing around the trunk. I read that mulch prevents nematodes, so that is why I though maybe that was the problem. Either way, I planned on pulling up the weeds and mulching the bejesus out of that tree.

My soil is rocky and sandy in some parts. Again, I'm going to add a ton of mulch just to be sure that nematodes do not have it easy. I previously added mulch about 6" from the trunk out of fear of causing mold around the trunk, but I will put it right up to the trunk and see what happens.

As for watering, I never water the leaves of any of my trees. I always water around the base of the tree and let the rain take care of the leaves. Even during times of dry spells, I avoid watering the leaves because I've been told that the sun cold burn them(it gets VERY hot here)

The tree itself is growing like mad, but I would love to enjoy the fruits of my labor as well. =)

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: supermario Views: 3,942
 
Im in the kendall area... about a 20 minute drive from the Redlands.

So, I guess no one has any suggestions as to why this year is different from last? It's one thing if my tree never produced, but it produced wonderfully last year. This year it is loaded with figs, but none ripen. They don't even change to the proper color.  =(

Last year, some would drop before plumping up, but even those would turn in color... This year they go from green.. to very light green.. then drop.

I've followed the same fertlizer practices I did last year. Granular every 2 months during growing season and 2-3 iron drenches during the warm summer months. 

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: supermario Views: 3,942
 
Last year, my tree ripened plenty of figs. The figs were the size I expected, a wee bit smaller than a golf ball. They ripened to a purple color and they tasted EXCELLENT. Very sweet and delicious.

I am wondering if it could have some disease or a nematode infestation.

I'm amazed that this fruit has been around for 1000's of years and can be grown almost anywhere on the planet... yet there is painfully little as far growing tips on the internet. Not even a consensus on fertilizer requirements!

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: supermario Views: 3,942
 
Thanks for the quick reply.

I am in zone 10-11 in south Florida.

Yes, I am sure it is celeste.

The tree is in ground and I planted it about a year and a half ago. It was about 2 ft tall at the time and is now just under 5ft tall.

Hope that helps

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: supermario Views: 3,942
 

I have a celeste fig tree that produced loads of figs last year. This year the tree is again producing lots of figs, but none of them are ripening. They turn from green to a whitish green and fall to the ground. I applied chelated iron just before they started fruiting and I fertilize once every two months with 8-3-9. Anyone have any suggestions/comments as to what is wrong? 


Subject: How and when to take a cutting Replies: 2
Posted By: supermario Views: 565
 

Thank you!


Subject: How and when to take a cutting Replies: 2
Posted By: supermario Views: 565
 
What time of the year should I take cuttings for planting?

How large should the cutting be and where should I take it from?

Thanks in advance!

 

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