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Subject: Notes from the cage Replies: 12
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 959
 
Yes.

Subject: Notes from the cage Replies: 12
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 959
 
I've seen a few interesting things in my fig tree cage over the last couple of days.

Fig-related:
The Black Mission NL is starting to ripen a few figs, and they are much bigger than last year (which was the first year it ripened any fruit). The larger size may be due to a recent rain, but I'm not sure. I don't know if this one will make it. because the eye is pretty open and looks like it may split.

The LSU Gold shows no sign of slowing down its crazy growth. It went into the ground this spring as a small one-gallon, sticking up about 6" out of the mulch, and it's now seven and a half feet tall with new leaves coming. I should have pinched it, but now I'm curious to see how far it can go in a season.

Off-topic:
I received several pawpaw seeds (from 'Mango' variety) this year and after germinating them in the house, planted them outdoors in the ground and in containers. Now I have 17 seedlings of various sizes. This one is growing under an apricot tree to provide some shade; the plastic container is just a sleeve to protect the stem.

Some volunteer zinnias are feeding lots of butterflies inside the cage, particularly queen butterflies which are locally very common. I don't know how they get into the cage, but once in, they don't seem to be able to get back out again. It may be that the caterpillars crawl in through the mesh when they're ready to pupate, and then hatch out as adults. The cage is big enough (130' x 28') that they don't seem overly distressed to be inside, so I just leave them alone. I noticed the big sphinx moth this morning; I had seen a sphinx caterpillar feeding on a tomatillo plant several weeks ago, so this moth is likely the result. It was looking pretty beat up from trying to fly through the mesh so I caught it and escorted it outside.

Warning--snake alert, for the sqeamish:
Yesterday when I opened the cage door there was a good-sized kingsnake stretched across the doorway. My arrival startled it, so it zipped away under a squash vine (parts of the snake are visible in the photo). As I turned to watch it, I realized what it had been doing--there was a baby cottontail sitting very still, that the snake had undoubtedly been stalking. I had removed the bunny from the cage a few days ago, thinking it had come in through the open door and gotten trapped, but after I let it go outside it came right back in. Evidently it's small enough to squeeze through the wire mesh around the bottom. Cute as the rabbit was, I'm sorry to have interrupted the snake's hunt. We already have an overabundance of cottontails in the neighborhood, and I like having the snakes around to help keep the pack rats in check. Maybe it will have better luck today!




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Subject: UC Davis trip UCR 187-25 Replies: 12
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,766
 
That is a nice looking fig--I hope mine grows up to look (and taste) just as nice.

Subject: Squirrel trouble Replies: 25
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,174
 
I've mentioned this before on the forum but it may be worth posting again.

I have a friend who keeps ground squirrels out of his vegetable garden with a low chicken wire fence that has a hot wire attached to the top. I just phoned him to make sure I'm correct on the details, and he said it has been working great for about three years. He says the fence is low enough to step over easily, with about 6-8 inches buried in the ground. The posts extend up a little higher than the mesh, and are insulated with short pieces of plastic tubing that sleeve over the posts. Then he stretches the hot wire about an inch above the top of the chicken wire, so the squirrels have to grab it when they try to climb over the fence. It's powered by an old cattle-type electric fence charger, but should work fine with any of the units you can get at big box stores. Attach the "ground" lead to the chicken wire, and the  "hot" lead to the insulated wire.

He says they usually get zapped and go flying off the fence to run away, but a few times they've been killed. Lately, he says, they mostly don't even mess with it any more.

At any rate, if your trees are in an area that can be surrounded by a low fence and are well away from other trees or things a squirrels could jump from, his method might be worth a try--although tree squirrels are definitely more agile and devious than ground squirrels.

Subject: Baaaaaby Snaaakes Replies: 25
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,417
 
If you can locate the wasps and get a clear shot before getting attacked, you might try loading a spray bottle and squirting them with a jet of water mixed with a little dish detergent. It works quite well with bees--they were taking up residence in a brick wall at my house, and once I had blocked the opening, any bees trying to return to the hive would land on the wall or fly around near their former entrance. I came out periodically to squirt them down, which killed them without any toxins or nasty smells.

Subject: Gina's Humble Harvest Replies: 10
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,032
 
Dennis, you had me going there with frog jam, until I googled it.

Subject: Best Time for Air Layering? Replies: 19
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 5,386
 
When the tree went dormant, there were already lots of roots showing in the 3-liter bottle I used for the air layer. I had never done one that large (4', with lots of branches) and I was nervous it would crash when I cut it off. I could have removed a lot of the leaves to balance the amount of water taken up by the roots to what would be lost through transpiration, but I opted to just let them drop on their own. If it had been earlier in the year, I couldn't have waited that long because by winter the roots would have been compacted into a nearly solid mass.

What seems to be working well so far on those fairly large ones I just "harvested" for a couple of local forum members is to put them (still in their original air layer containers) directly into buckets with about an inch and a half of water in the bottom. They're in the shade but I have to refill them daily; it keeps them from losing too much moisture, although the Black Mission (on the right) is yellowing a little and dropping a few leaves.

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Subject: Best Time for Air Layering? Replies: 19
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 5,386
 
Thanks, Mark & Gina. The pair of air layers is on a Black Mission that was severely frost damaged. The main trunk was killed nearly to the ground and a bunch of suckers sprang up from the base. The left-hand suckers are too close to a cage I'm enlarging to protect some persimmons, so they have to go. I figured I'd air layer them, rather than just prune them off and throw them away.

Mark, I don't use rooting hormones. Air layers root so readily there's no need.

I'm pretty much letting all my young trees grow how they want for the first 2-3 years, so most are multi-trunked. If I ever decide to train them into single trunks, then I'll do the same thing and air layer any big branches or trunks that I want to remove.

Subject: grafting Replies: 12
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 992
 
I've had fun with a little bit of fig grafting this year, and I look forward to doing some more next year--but with only one exception, it hasn't achieved the results I'd hoped for. I had expected the grafts to really take off and grow much faster than a rooted cutting, and let me sample fruit in the first year. Then, I hoped to air layer the grafted branches and make new plants.

I grafted LSU Scott's Black, LSU Improved Celeste, Panachee, UCR 187-25, Black Madeira, and Violette de Bordeaux onto a UCR 135-15s, using a "modified bark graft" from an online tutorial; all of them "took." (I also tried an experimental graft which proved 100% fatal.) Out of all the grafts, the LSUIC grew very rapidly, produced good fruit, and is currently being air layered. The LSUSB grew nicely, though not as fast, and hasn't fruited. The others are alive but have only put out 3-5 leaves each, and look like they're just getting under way as the season winds down. In other years, my rooted cuttings have grown much faster.

My concern now is how to protect the grafts this winter. It's not unusual to lose some top branches, and usually it's no big deal because even if a tree freezes to the ground, it resprouts from the base. But--if I lose these grafts, that's all she wrote. If you're in an area where there's any danger of frost damage, I'd suggest skipping the grafts. If you really need to save space, you could plant two or three varieties in the same hole, or grow a hedge as some members have done. But if you rely on grafts and something bad happens above the union, you'll have to start all over.

Subject: My Black Maderia Replies: 16
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,154
 
It looks beautiful--keep us posted on the taste. Is this the first year it's fruited for you?

Subject: Best Time for Air Layering? Replies: 19
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 5,386
 
I cut off some "5-weekers" today and started 3 more big ones using open-topped gallon milk jugs. The tallest is 65 inches from top of air layer soil to growing tip. In my zone there should still be plenty of heat to finish them off this season. I've previously left a late season air layer in place until it went dormant, and then cut it and stored it in the garage for the rest of winter, which worked great too. I love air layering! How else could you get a 5-foot tree in just over a month?

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Subject: Bees on my figs Replies: 28
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,738
 
I got a batch of orchard mason bees several years ago and hung the bundle of tubes up under my eaves where the woodpeckers wouldn't see them. No worries about stings--they're not aggressive at all (though I don't know what would happen if you grabbed one). They re-used the tubes for several years, until the tubes started falling apart. They over-wintered just fine on their own in Tucson, although after the first year I have no idea whether it was mason bees moving back in, or some other native species. I've drilled wooden nest blocks for them as well, but they haven't attracted many bees yet. The main problem I had with them is that they never seemed to emerge in the spring until well after my fruit trees had already finished blooming.

Subject: my three amigos Replies: 27
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,063
 
Great critters! Not many amphibians in my yard, although it's possible a toad may wander through sometime (though I've never seen one in my neighborhood). When I look under pots and stuff in my little orchard, it generally yields sow bugs, earwigs, and roaches. I'd much prefer the frogs & salamanders! We do have lots of resident lizards though, which is nice.

Subject: No Abbreviations... Please Replies: 71
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 3,255
 
Wow--hadn't checked in on this thread for a while. at least it's never boring around here!

Just a thought for anybody trying to track down the meaning of an abbreviation: You may be able to figure some of them out by clicking on Encanto Farms Nursery (linked at upper left of the F4F page) and look at the "varieties" section, which is in alphabetical order. Not every variety is listed there, but a great many of them are, and an abbreviation may be all you need to settle on the correct variety.

Welcome, all newcomers & lurkers!! It's a great forum, with great (and passionate) people! If you ever happen to touch a nerve and think things might be spiraling out of control, that "take a deep breath" advice is worth it's weight in BMs (Black Madeiras, of course). ;-)

Subject: Introduction Replies: 16
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 929
 
Welcome to the forum, and happy growing. Looking forward to hearing about how your figs do in Texas!

Subject: How to insert images into posts Replies: 15
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,616
 
Great info Jason, thanks. Is it possible to insert images without uploading them somewhere online first, but rather to just upload directly from my computer to F4F? I can do that okay with the thumbnail images that enlarge once you click them, but haven't been able to actually embed a final-size photo in the text.

Subject: Unsealed Air layering Replies: 27
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,892
 
For some reason the image of the larger of the two LSU Purples didn't attach; I'll try again.

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Subject: Unsealed Air layering Replies: 27
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,892
 
Here's what the ones I mentioned on 7/30 look like at one month (I started them on 7/14). I'll let them go another week before cutting them loose.

I still need to prune off the big horizontal branch that the small LSU Purple air layer is attached to, so once I remove the small one I'll start an air layer on the big branch, which will make the main tree back into a single trunk.

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Subject: Green figs with red centers- the best! Replies: 37
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 5,630
 
No question--those are gorgeous figs! Wish I could help, but I'll leave the recommendations to to those with experience in your climate.

Subject: FMV question for Herman Replies: 19
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,630
 
FMV seems to be a touchy subject, and people with far more knowledge and experience than I have hold differing opinions on the matter. I won't try to deal with the question of how wide-spread it is, because I don't know what's correct and what isn't.

But... at least in my yard, where most, if not all, of my figs have FMV, I don't see much to worry about over the long haul (I recognize that things are different elsewhere, particularly where it gets cold).

Here are shots of my Black Madeira (UCD cutting from 2010) that has a heavy case of FMV--earlier this spring, and today. As you can see in the photo, several branches have grown much faster than their FMV-distorted counterparts. It'll be interesting to see how they do next spring, but so far the tendency among my trees has been to improve each year. New, healthy growth seems to quickly outgrow the bad. Usually the first leaves of spring are somewhat distorted, but they are typically followed by foliage that seems pretty normal. This tree is my worst case, but over time I'll prune away the symptomatic branches and I expect it won't be long before it looks healthy all over.

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Subject: MOST EFFECTIVE BIRD DETERRENTS Replies: 16
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,317
 
Frank, in the meantime, berry boxes work nicely, especially the ones with snaps built into the corners (it's easier to fasten the lid, and have it stay closed). If the rubber snake works, more power to you--but in my neighborhood, the only thing that seems to attract birds faster than figs is a snake.

Here's a photo of what happens to mine if they aren't boxed. (No harm was done to the "perp"--I still like the little stinkers, but need to do better at outsmarting them.)

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Subject: Georgia White Replies: 22
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,720
 
Dennis & Herman,

Is that the same one John calls his "White Hybrid Unknown"? Mine is growing like a weed, but isn't fruiting at all, and the leaves on mine look quite different (see photo, taken today). How old was yours before it fruited?

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Subject: NH drivewayfarm shots Replies: 55
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 4,026
 
Quite a forest of figs! They sure look healthy.

Subject: Would you pick me or let me hang for a few more days? Replies: 25
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,144
 
Frank, it was the pattern on my tree where if I waited for the fruit to get fully ripe, it often had mold forming or had gone sour from insect activity. The open eye and interior void make it more vulnerable to spoiling.

Subject: Would you pick me or let me hang for a few more days? Replies: 25
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,144
 
I'd say it needs time, but with BT it can be a gamble as to whether it will get fully ripe before it spoils.

Subject: Alabama Blue Replies: 9
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 747
 
Looks like BT to me.

Subject: A couple of bad days Replies: 22
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,227
 
Adding to BLB's suggestion, you might want to see if the Giving Tree folks recognize the guy from your tapes.

Subject: A couple of bad days Replies: 22
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,227
 
What a pain! Be careful--this guy sounds a little unbalanced. Stealing figs and tools makes some kind of sense, but stealing rocks???? I'm guessing the shopping cart is his main means of transporting loot, and I expect he's stealing from other places as well. Maybe you should try cruising the neighborhood neighborhood in the early hours to see if you spot him anywhere else. Good luck!

Subject: OFF TOPIC......LOQUATS...in NYC Replies: 24
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,945
 
I tried the seedling route. Several years ago a local GRFG member ate some great loquats in Spain; he brought seeds home and distributed seedlings for anybody to try. After about five years it began fruiting, and I left it for a few more years in hopes the fruit would improve, before finally giving up and removing it a few months ago. This particular seedling was also prone to fireblight. Live and learn! If I ever try one again, I'll look for a known, high-quality fruiter.

Subject: Joe's Jersey Fig and Hardy Chicago Replies: 5
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,802
 
I'm pleased to know that since I have an HC, I probably have a JJ as well! Nice documentation/comparison.

Subject: VdB and Celeste in Virginia Replies: 8
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 850
 
Beautiful!

Subject: "Just a little off the top and sides"... Replies: 18
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,470
 
Indeed. Mine was actually quite delicious for years--I even preferred it to my Black Mission because it was so productive and the figs were so big. By weight, I'll bet it produced 50 times what my Black Mission of the same age  produced--but once the beetles showed up, it was worthless. If I could have found a way to protect the fruit I never would have gotten rid of it, but I tried everything and nothing was effective. In my area, an open eye and interior void are just not worth the trouble.

Subject: "Just a little off the top and sides"... Replies: 18
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,470
 
Harbor Freight, around $150. Takes branches up to an inch and a half in diameter. Don't get the one with the blue top--the green-topped one is the newer model and vastly superior to the old one.

Subject: "Just a little off the top and sides"... Replies: 18
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,470
 
Now there's a thought--it probably would make a nice topiary!

The avocados I'm planting are 'Opal' (medium sized, green) and 'Wilma' (large, black)--fairly recent heat/cold adapted varieties from Texas; you can find information about them online, but unfortunately they aren't yet widely available. According to the information I was given they are self-fertile with thin, edible skin; grafted onto 'Lula' seedling rootstock (a heat & salt tolerant West Indian/Guatamalan cross) and reportedly hardy down to 16 and 14 degrees Fahrenheit, respectively.

Subject: "Just a little off the top and sides"... Replies: 18
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,470
 

...Or maybe I should say "Funeral for a Friend".

Today was the first step toward getting rid of my Brown Turkey, since almost all of the fruit is inedible due to beetle-caused souring. I would have taken it out completely, but earlier this spring I had grafted a twig of LSU Improved Celeste onto the top and didn't want to lose it. So, after cutting off the other branches and shredding them into mulch, I air-layered the graft in hopes that it will still grow roots despite all the 
BT carnage. I kept a few leaves in case that will help power some root formation. 


When and if the air layer can be transferred to a pot, I'll remove the rest of the BT and get the ground ready for a couple of avocados.

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Subject: Are figs your favorite fruit to eat? Replies: 34
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,472
 
Figfinatic, that would be great--maybe I can get a cutting when I deliver your air layer.

Subject: Are figs your favorite fruit to eat? Replies: 34
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,472
 
Gina, we had the first really wonderful Babcock peach this morning and I can't remember ever eating a peach that good. Unfortunately, the tree set almost no fruit this year--if we get 8 good ones we'll be lucky. Next year!!! The Blenheim apricot is amazing too--but we rarely get many here. I'm not sure what the problem is, but have assumed it's a combination of too little chill, late frosts, and maybe too few honeybees.

Martin, I've never eaten a Mulberry of any kind, but your rave review makes me wonder what I'm missing. Will small trees produce fruit, and can they be kept small by pruning?

Subject: Visit with Bluesguy and the “A” Street Unknown Replies: 14
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 950
 
Tom, that's the same Kadota I have, so I guess that answers the question.

Subject: Visit with Bluesguy and the “A” Street Unknown Replies: 14
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 950
 
I have no experience with Green Italian (and very little with Kadota), so I can't offer much, other than comparing A-Street to my Kadota in a couple of years. Speaking just for myself, it's easy to jump to conclusions. I had a white unknown from a cutting I took from a neighbor's tree, and ended up giving it away away because I was "pretty sure" it was a Kadota and I didn't feel like using space on duplications. However, now that I've had more time to watch my Kadota, the two don't seem very similar. I was also pretty sure that my Georgiafig White Hybrid Unknown was really a Conadria--last year the trees, growing next to each other, looked identical, but this year they're very different. I guess all this means is that with hundreds of known varieties out there, and who knows how many unnamed trees, fig identification is pretty confusing!

Subject: Are figs your favorite fruit to eat? Replies: 34
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,472
 
Out you go, Gina!!

Seriously, as much as I love to eat figs, much of the fun is in the growing. There are other fruits I'd prefer to eat; really good mangos or persimmons are currently at the top of the list. I hope some of my fig varieties will change my mind as the trees get older, but for now....

Subject: How many? Replies: 44
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,817
 
27 total, 19 in ground.

Subject: Visit with Bluesguy and the “A” Street Unknown Replies: 14
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 950
 
Ruben, that looks pretty likely. The only difference I can see is that your Kadota figs have a much longer stem, however, I don't have enough experience yet to know whether that characteristic can vary much from tree to tree in different climates. Does yours produce a lot of brebas? I have a young (2 year) Kadota that is just starting to develop a few main crop figs, but it hasn't had any brebas yet. I'll see how much A-Street resembles it when they're both growing in the same location.

Subject: Visit with Bluesguy and the “A” Street Unknown Replies: 14
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 950
 
Thanks all.

Ruben, if I remember right, it did seem like those brebas hung on pretty tight. Tom mentioned that they often get a honey-like drop in the eye, which dries and can get a little chewy--although I didn't notice any on the couple that I sampled.

Subject: figs for dinner Replies: 17
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 945
 
Wow! What a harvest!

Subject: Unsealed Air layering Replies: 27
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,892
 
Five weeks is probably about average, but I don't pay close attention. I'm not very scientific about it--I've done a half 2-liter bottle (essentially a pot) situated so the irrigation hits it. It runs an hour a day, so the excess just runs through the pot and waters the main plant, just as it would if there were no air layer. In my yard it's virtually impossible to over-water anything in the ground, because the soil drains so quickly.

Other times I've semi-sealed the air layer and just added water if it looked like it might be getting dry. I'm currently doing one down at the base of a multi-trunked Black Mission where no sun hits it. It's in a clear plastic container with a lid, so I check it every week or so to make sure there's still condensation on the inside. Another two on an LSU Purple are sealed pretty well, but they're right on the ground and probably have some water getting in when I flood the tree's basin.

Subject: Some Ripe Black Madeira Figs Replies: 15
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,331
 
Congrats on getting ripe fruit! They look pretty juicy--very nice for a first year in the desert. Mine are still in the "stagnant" stage, but I guess there's a chance some may decide to ripen. I've been breaking off the new ones that keep forming.

Subject: Unsealed Air layering Replies: 27
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,892
 
Can't speak for the northeast, but it certainly works fine in Tucson.

Subject: First LSU Purple figs Replies: 6
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 1,547
 
While I was away last week, my young LSU Purple surprised me by ripening its first couple of figs. The bigger surprise was that, despite all the accounts of this variety being tasteless for the first few years, these were quite sweet and on par with some of my other varieties. Maybe it's the heat?? At any rate, it will be interesting to see how the flavor develops over the next several years.

I had wrapped three nearly-ripe Black Mission figs with newspaper before leaving town, mentioning to the house-sitter that they'd be ripe and ready to eat in a couple of days. However, when I got home again they were still on the tree, shriveled, dry, and quite delicious! It's a good thing I got home when I did--we got two inches of rain this afternoon, which probably would have ruined them.

Hover mouse for photo captions.

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Subject: Visit with Bluesguy and the “A” Street Unknown Replies: 14
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 950
 

I always enjoy hearing about forum members and assume others feel the same. While traveling last week in Utah I had the pleasure of meeting F4F member Tom King (aka bluesguy) and some of his fig trees at the charter school where he works. I lived in Salt Lake City about a quarter-century ago and never would have believed it was possible to grow figs there in the ground, but Tom has them thriving all along the front of his school, as well as at his home. I was particularly interested in an unidentified old tree he has mentioned previously on the forum (http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Unknown-White-pruned...-3913289

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Trying-to-identify-a-fig-variety...-3620800),

so we drove a few blocks to take a look. It is situated at the top of a steep stairway, high above the street, growing against a house where it gets some cold protection. He calls it “A” Street after the address where it’s located. We helped ourselves to several ripe, mildly sweet brebas (he knows the residents) and he gave me a spare rooted cutting to see how well it likes Tucson. We also stopped by another house with a probable Brown Turkey; he also knows of several other in-ground figs in the area.

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Subject: July 25, 2012 Harvest Replies: 10
Posted By: TucsonKen Views: 832
 
Great stuff, Joe! I'm looking forward to getting some ripe LSU Purples myself; this is the first year mine has p roduced any fruit, so I've got a few years to go. Your VdBs are encouraging--mine are still pretty small. I'm out of town and anxious to get back and see how everything is doing.

 

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