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Subject: Visting a fig research institute inTurkey Replies: 7
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 634
It might be interesting to ask if there is a breeding program trying to develop new fig varieties.  If yes, what are the characteristics they are trying to obtain, how successful are they so far, and how do they propose to release them?

Subject: Rain capes for potted figs Replies: 7
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 582
When rain is forecast, I usually move my small potted plants underneath the eaves of the house or garage, where the large overhang acts like an umbrella and creates a kind of rain shadow.  But the pot of my Negronne tree is too big to be completely underneath the eaves, so this year I've been using a "rain cape" on it.  Whenever it's supposed to rain, I go tie a garbage bag around the trunk, making sure the top of the soil is covered over and that the bag wraps down the sides of the pot.  That way the rain doesn't get into the pot.  Granted, it may not look all that pretty, but it's worked in keeping the pot from being soaked during our downpours.  I admit that it would have looked better to use one of those clear bags.  But I accidentally bought a box of orange bags that the garbage pickup won't accept, so now I have to find creative uses for them ... such as rain capes for figs.

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Subject: Bugs on Fig leafs and trunk Replies: 12
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 2,311
I'd also say that it looks like a kind of scale.

I recently saw that ants kept crawling over one of my potted fig trees.  My first thought was that there must be aphids, but couldn't see any.  Then I took a really close look and saw that there were scale on the leaf ribs and leaf petioles and on some of the smaller branches.  The ants were farming them.  I didn't want to spray anything toxic, so spent maybe an hour going over every leaf and stem and picking them off by hand.  I was able to get most off without any problem.  I missed a few -- they're well camouflaged -- so whenever I walk by that tree I check if any ants are on it -- wherever an ant stops on the leaf usually means another scale that I didn't see before.  I'm sure that a little scale bug here or there won't be a problem, but they tend to become an infestation if not watched.

Subject: Desert King finally starting to swell Replies: 5
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 815
Here are the signs I look for to tell when Desert King is perfectly ripe:

1.  Hanging down -- When growing, the fig sticks out at a right angle from the branch.  When it's close to getting ripe, the neck starts to relax and the fig will eventually hang straight downward when ripe.

2.  Soft texture -- The fig starts out rock hard, but gets softer as it swells and when it's ripe it will be very soft to the touch.  Be careful to squeeze gently and not bruise it.

3.  Skin cracks -- When the fig is getting ripe, the skin may crack slightly to show the white rind underneath.  I'm not talking about it exploding inside-out; that's a sign that it got too much water (happens when it rains just at ripening time).  Just look out for a few small cracks, when the fig is so swollen that it can hardly contain all the lusciousness inside.  Note that some figs ripen up without developing any cracks, but if they do then it's a definite sign to keep your eye on them.

4.  Colour change -- The fig changes colour from normal green to a distinctive yellowish tinge.  At the same time, the bloom covering the fig will disappear.  For me the colour change is the most important sign.  A fig can hang down, be soft and have cracks, but if it's still green I know it's not really sweet and juicy inside.

5.  No latex -- when you cut off the fig, it shouldn't bleed any latex.  If it does, it's definitely unripe.

Five steps?  Perhaps I made it sound complicated but it really isn't!  After you try harvesting a few this year, you'll develop a feel for what the signs are.  In my experience, figs don't ripen once they're off the tree.  If I cut them too early, they may get softer sitting on the kitchen counter, but not sweeter.  I'm pretty sure that almost everyone has been soooo excited about their figs that they harvested a few too early sometimes.  I know I have.  So now I try to be more patient and wait for them to get really ripe before bringing out the knife.

Subject: Negronne breba pics Replies: 1
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 532
This spring, the potted Negronne tree sprouted several brebas, but only one stayed on until summer.  I've been watching it eagerly when it started to show signs of ripening a few days ago.  This afternoon I decided that it's time to harvest:  it turned a beautiful dark purple, the neck has relaxed so it hangs down, the small eye opened, and the skin started to show small shallow cracks.

Attached are a few pictures for everyone's viewing pleasure -- one just before I cut it off the tree, and one of the inside.  I ate it slowly just before writing this post.  It had a nice berry jam flavour but not cloyingly sweet, nice texture, and the rind was very thin.

The same tree has 27 main crop figlets growing.  It'll be another month or so before they'll be ready.

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jpeg Negronne_-_breba_-_outside.jpg (668.86 KB, 71 views)
jpeg Negronne_-_breba_-_inside.jpg (333.16 KB, 66 views)

Subject: 300 F4F members Replies: 8
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 817
Yes, thanks to Jon for all the resources you've made available on your website, including this forum.

And this one has no annoying ads like on that "other" forum.  I was just over there, and at this time don't need/want (1) psychic readings about a summer romance, (2) plug-in air fresheners, (3) puppy potty training lessons, (4) advice about class reunions, etc.

Subject: Smyrna figs - book - Interesting photos Replies: 5
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 677
I also can't download it directly from Google -- all I get is one page describing the book, but not the book itself.  I understand that Google looks at the computer's IP address and shows/hides info depending on which country you're in.  If the computer address is in the USA, you can see many more things than the rest of us; Google's scanning agreements with the university libraries and with publishers make many items only available to USA addresses.  :-(

Subject: My Underwear Ties Replies: 6
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 729
I use old socks to tie up sagging branches -- see attached picture.  Sagging branches are particularly an issue with Desert King which likes to grow all sprawling and leggy; sock-tying the branches prevents them from getting snapped off when it gets really windy.

I try to hang out the laundry as much as possible.  Who cares if the neighbours count how many pairs of underwear are on the line.  Sometimes I even make a little game out of it, alternating light and dark colours for fun to make a pattern on the line.

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jpeg Socks_and_figs.jpg (405.19 KB, 39 views)

Subject: Pinching off main crop from Desert King Replies: 3
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 927
I look on Desert King as my most reliable producer each year of my in-ground trees.  Because its breba crop ripens during August here this far north, they catch the really hot part of our summer and are sweet and flavourful.  Right now the main crop figs are already starting to pop out on this year's growth, but they will stop growing soon and will never develop further; they won't mature because they cannot be pollinated.  These poor doomed figlets stay quite small, so I'm not concerned that they are draining the tree's strength.  They usually start to drop off at the beginning of fall.  Then I go and knock off any remaining ones at the end of fall, just so they don't start rotting on the trees during the winter rains and possibly provide an in for disease that could injure the tree.

Subject: My Madeira Replies: 24
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 1,980
I believe that "figo lampo" is the generic term for "breba" in Portuguese.

Check out this link to see a photo (not mine) of what somebody calls the breba of the Lampa Preta variety from the Algarve region in Portugal.

Subject: Violette De Bordeaux Breba Replies: 29
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 2,147
Dieseler, your wish is my command -- here is my second post already.  Thank you for your encouragement.  I actually chatted with you in the chatroom several months ago, when the Negronne breba was just the same size that the main crop figlets are now.  Time sure flies.  I just edited the link in my previous post to show a larger picture; take a look and hope you enjoy it.

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jpeg Negronne.jpg (789.78 KB, 58 views)

Subject: Violette De Bordeaux Breba Replies: 29
Posted By: tettix2009 Views: 2,147
I had to resurrect this thread from a few days ago to show off my one and only Negronne (=VdB) breba.  Just above it, there are the little main crop figlets starting to pop out.

(I've been lurking in the forum for about a year now, but this is my first post.  I'm not sure if the picture link is going to work, but I'm going to be bold and press the post button now.)

... tettix (8A, BC)


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