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Subject: collecting cuttings from trees that are not dormant Replies: 12
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,612
 
I'm curious what varieties you have used for this method and about how many?  We haven't yet had our first frost, which is unusual for this area, and I am itching to get started with cuttings.  This is encouraging.

C.J.

Subject: Figs after the rain Replies: 9
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,477
 
Herman and Dan,

That is really good news, since I really like VdB.  I wonder if I am seeing so much cracking because I have it in a pot rather than in the ground where the water could run off more quickly.  Just a thought.

C.J.

Subject: Figs after the rain Replies: 9
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,477
 
I can add to that:

Violette de Bordeaux - bad vertical splitting, but still tasty
LSU Purple - really bad vertical splitting
Neri (Al Lerner) - vertical splitting

Armenian - no splitting... and almost no taste since it turned cold

C.J.


Subject: Terrential rains bombing Pennsylvania Replies: 10
Posted By: jenia Views: 885
 
Got home at 10 last night and went out with a flashlight to check the figs. Everything is splitting except the Armenian. I'm sure that will nave split by the time I get home tonight. Even split, the VdB and HC tasted pretty good, just a little watery.
It's still pouring.
c.J.

Subject: Norland Replies: 2
Posted By: jenia Views: 764
 
Is anyone growing this variety?  I did a search of F4F and didn't come up with any threads.  If you have any experience with it, I would love to hear about it.

C.J.

Subject: Bass, chat for a minute? Replies: 2
Posted By: jenia Views: 639
 
Bass,
Thank you for all of the info.  Talking to you is always educational.

C.J.


Subject: Bass, chat for a minute? Replies: 2
Posted By: jenia Views: 639
 
 I'll be in chat for a bit in case you have a minute to chat.

C.J.

Subject: Rancona and Blanca De Maella Figs (Asian Pears, JuJu Bees) w/pics Replies: 18
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,519
 
Bass,

What is the sweetest and most prolific of the Jujubes?  Do you like chestnuts?  I just picked about 7 lbs yesterday.  Don't know how good they are.  It has been hot and dry and they are 4 wks early this year.  The other tree is behaving more normally so we'll see.

C.J.

Subject: Phloem restriction and the affect on fig quality and yield Replies: 6
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,200
 
Ingevald,

Thanks for another great bit of sleuthing.   The Hossain/Boyce article is fascinating...but it gave me a serious headache and I'm going to have to read it a few times...and hope for someone to do the "....for Dummies" version.

C.J.

Subject: Rancona and Blanca De Maella Figs (Asian Pears, JuJu Bees) w/pics Replies: 18
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,519
 
Bass,

That is downright evil!  Just what I need.   Something else that I can't live without. LOL.

C.J.

Subject: Rancona and Blanca De Maella Figs (Asian Pears, JuJu Bees) w/pics Replies: 18
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,519
 
Rafed,

Asian pears will do just fine for you.  I have 2 varieties growing here in 5b, Chojuro and Shinseki.  My spouse loves them.  I'm still ambivalent.  They aren't great apples and they aren't great pears.  They ARE "refreshing" and the wasps and other bugs don't seem to bother them...and they bear like crazy!

Butting out before the thread police come for me.

C.J.

Subject: Col de Dame Noir Replies: 38
Posted By: jenia Views: 6,047
 
Well, Dan, you answered the question I was just about to post, i.e., what is the best tasting white fig?

I have a few and none of them have really tripped my trigger...so far.  Mine are all very young and few have produced.  Brooklyn White is "nice" but doesn't compare to any of the black varieties I have.  Lattarolla is sweet, butI only got one, the tree is only 2, and it is just...sweet.  The Armenian was the surprise.  It isn't supersweet, but it had/has (several more rippening shortly...if I can keep the woodchuck off of them) and nice, delicate flavor and a delightful texture...and it is BIG.  The LSU Gold hasn't produced yet.  The "Verte" I have is a train wreck (nasty seeds and not a lot of flavor). Morle Paradiso hasn't produced.

Tell me what other white fig I really NEED for the Northeast...orther than CDD white

C.J.<who probably doesn't have the patience required to grow figs>

Subject: My Best Ripe figs are stollen by a band of little thives Replies: 24
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,683
 
I think I'll stick with a woodchuck on my deck rather than rattlesnakes. <g>

C.J.

Subject: My Best Ripe figs are stollen by a band of little thives Replies: 24
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,683
 
Ouch!  Nighttime means opossum, raccoon...or neighbor kids.  Maybe mice, but if the fruit is entirely gone,...not.  If possible, move the trees into the dog's pen/quarters.  . That will certainly deter the neighbor kids.  FWIW, raccoons and opossums aren't particularly bright when it comes to Havahart traps...but if you want relocate them (illegal in almost every state) 40 miles might be sufficient.  I have taken to putting very large, clear, plastic bags over the fruiting sections of my fig trees. (Something is crawing up my Asian pear trees and eating the fruits right off of the branches.)

Good luck.  Let us know if you manage to whack the little wretches.

C.J <who believes that every creature has its place in creation...except in my fig trees>


Subject: My Best Ripe figs are stollen by a band of little thives Replies: 24
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,683
 
Herman and Nelson, I feel your pain.

I had to quit gardening in the ground a few years ago because of a woodchuck the size of a Basset Hound who kept leveling my garden no matter what I did.  The cats take care of the squirrels, but they didn't faze the woodchuck.  He would often sun himself on a rock with one of them.

This year, I moved the shorter trees onto the deck which is about 10' above ground level in case he developed a taste for figs.  A couple of days ago, I glanced out the window to see the varmit scuttling across the deck!  I went out to find that he had taken an enormous chunk out ot 2 huge, almost-ripe Armenian figs!  He had done the same thing to half of the ripe tomatoes.

I LIKE my deck so a shotgun isn't an option.  I can't hit the broad side of a barn with a rifle...and did I mention that I LIKE my deck???  I am trying to figure out how to net or chicken wire the deck without killing myself.  I've never been able to get him into a Havahart.  I NEED a big dog.

C.J. <who is currently homicidal>

Subject: Frost advisory tonight Replies: 4
Posted By: jenia Views: 851
 
Yay!  It is 6:15 AM.  It is 39 degrees and there is NO frost. Whew!

C.J.

Subject: Frost advisory tonight Replies: 4
Posted By: jenia Views: 851
 
We had nights in the 40's in July here in the Catskills (zone 5B).  I put plastic bags over everything this evening.  I still have trees with nearly ripened fruit...unlike last year whem I had nothing almost all of the seasonj.  My VdB is loaded.  Hope they make it.

C.J.

Subject: My Black Madeira fruited!!!! Replies: 19
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,766
 
Braggart!!

Just kidding.  Jealousy got the best of me.  Mine has one leaf more than it did this time last year for a total of 4 leaves...but it just popped out a single tiny figlet.

C.J.

Subject: Too Many Figs? Fig Gelato! Replies: 11
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,405
 
We have NO gelato in my area (NY Catskills).  I'm going to try making it with some Costco figs this week.  Not exactly ideal, but I don't have enough of my own figs for fresh eating much less gelato.  I'll let you know how it turns out.

Ciao!

C.J.

Subject: Too Many Figs? Fig Gelato! Replies: 11
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,405
 
As we say in NY, I am Kvelling!  Just watched "Tyler's Ultimate" in which he did an installment on ice cream.  The last recipe was fresh fig gelato.  Looked FABULOUS.  Here is the link to the recipe http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tylers-ultimate/fresh-fig-gelato-recipe/index.html

Italiangirl47, this one is for you!  If you get a chance watch the rerun of this episode on either foodnetwork or cookingtv.  The last portion is set in Iltay.  Okay, it's Roma, but it's great!

C.J.

Subject: IS DORMANCY NECESSARY? Replies: 9
Posted By: jenia Views: 3,444
 
I have read a couple of accounts of forum members overwintering fig trees in their living room, etc.  I assume there are many places in the world where temperatures don't drop sufficienly for fig trees to drop all of their leaves as they do here in the northeast.  I think Jon has mentioned that his figs (outdoors) haven't gone dormant in some years.

This leaves me wondering if dormancy is necessary for all figs, some figs or no figs.  Is it dependant on the specific variety? And so on. 

Jon, if my recollection is correct and your fig trees didn't go dormant, was there a discernible difference in the productivity or anything else the following year?

C.J.(who is considering ovewintering some youg fig trees in the living room)

Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
Posted By: jenia Views: 76,644
 
I am in zone 5B.

This was a good summer.  Many days in the 80s and a couple of weeks in the 90s but...night time temps are often in the 50s and sometimes in the 40s.

Most of my trees are still quite young, so it is hard to say.  I'm sure my list will change next year when some of my trees are older.   So far, I have had good luck with the following:

1.  Hardy Chicago - Bears young.  Ripens before anything else I have and ripens everything.  Doesn't mind rain or cold nights.
2.  Marseilles VS Black - Bears young. Starts to ripen right behind HC
3.  Sal's - Gene's Strain.  Same as above
4.  Violette de Bordeaux - Ripens late, but doesn't seem to mind cold nights and rain. Compact and productive
5.  I'll have a better idea next year.

C.J.

Subject: Armenian fig with pics Replies: 3
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,501
 
Hi, Ed.

Yes, the first fig that I picked on Aug. 30 had nots of brown markings and was uuuuugly as you can see below.  But then all of my figs seem to have a pattern of producing a single, unattractive fig a couple of weeks before they produce REAL figs.

Since it got cool quickly, I decided to try Herman's clear plastic bag trick to generate a little more heat during the day.  I think it worked.  The next 2 figs swelled and ripened in less than 2 weeks.  Maybe just a coincidence, but I don't think so.

Taste:  Lovely.  I had never had a white fig that I honestly liked.  I am rethinking that notion.   Both the overall texture and flavor are delicate.  It is sweet, but not dramatically so. The texture is divine, with almost no crunch at all   It is nothing like the Sal's (which was yummy).

Yes, the fig Gods smiled on me this year.  All of my trees are very young so I am only getting onsies and twosies each day and they are all pretty late (except for the Armenian), but that's a heck of a lot better than I was doing this time last year.

I believe you have Armenian also.  How has it done for you????

C.J.

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Subject: Armenian fig with pics Replies: 3
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,501
 
This young tree has completely surprised me.  I got it from SteveNJ this past Spring.  It is only 24" high but it pushed out 27 figlets (before I started removing the new ones).

In an earlier post, Steve noted that it took 90-100 days for the first 2 to ripen.  This one surprised me by ripening a fig before any of my other varieties.  I picked the first Armenian on August 30 and picked 2 more today.

The pics below are the 2 that I picked today along with my first Sal's-Gene's
strain, also picked today.

The skin is extremely fragile and is easily damaged by any kind of abrasion.  After  I cut it open, I expected it to be sort of crunchy because of the size of the seeds, but it actually had an almost custard-like consistency.  The bit just below the stem had absolutely no flavor, but the rest was delicate and sweet.

The only reason I can imagine that it produced so many figs for such a young plant is possibly because Steve overwintered it in a sunny window inside his house, so it had a headstart this Spring.

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Subject: USDA / UC Davis Fig Orchard Replies: 1
Posted By: jenia Views: 629
 
OMG!  I want to be THERE!

C.J.


Subject: Watering with a Timer Replies: 3
Posted By: jenia Views: 559
 
Satellitehead and SueV have both mentioned that they are researching methods of automatic watering with a timing device.  While I have used timers in my garden for vegetables and some of my larger pots of figs, I would be interested in hearing any experience with automatic watering of rooted cuttings, if anyone had tried it.

I look forward to hearing about what Satellitehead and SueV come up with.

C.J.


Subject: How Soon can I Air - Layer? Replies: 3
Posted By: jenia Views: 836
 
Okay, I'll bite? How do you make nocino/nocini?

C.J.

Subject: Fig Oiling Replies: 19
Posted By: jenia Views: 4,962
 
Bass,

Last year, it was so cold here that I had loads of unripened figs the end of September.  I oiled them and had similar results...but they were tasteless.  Unfortunately, I don't know if it was the cold weather, the oiling, or both that resulted in the complete absence of flavor.

C.J.


Subject: Disaster/ Apologies/ I.O.U.s Replies: 4
Posted By: jenia Views: 648
 
Jason,

That is very generous of you, but I believe it is I who owe YOU.  I will email you privately later today.

C.J.


Subject: Disaster/ Apologies/ I.O.U.s Replies: 4
Posted By: jenia Views: 648
 
Pride rideth before the fall.  Yes siree, I was sitting here fat, dumb, and happy, breaking my arm from patting myself on the back because I succeeded in rooting and cupping up over 200 cuttings.  Then, I had a family emergency and went out of town for 10 days.  My neighbor offered to take care of the plants, for which I was grateful.  I have to admit that I didn't go into too much detail about the care of the cuttings in my haste to leave.  I returned to find everything sitting in an inch of water and a haze of fungus gnats.  Only 10 cuttings survived.

Fortunately, my large plants survived.

I owe people a lot of cuttings and plants.  I will be sending individual emails, trying to make amends and asking if I can postpone until I can get replacements.

C.J.




Subject: FIRST ANNUAL NORTHEAST FIG SUMMIT REPORT Replies: 12
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,158
 
Okay, next time forum members have to wear a fig leaf in their lapel...or something. I can see that matching screen names to photos is going to be "interesting".

Subject: FIRST ANNUAL NORTHEAST FIG SUMMIT REPORT Replies: 12
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,158
 
Duh.  Okay, I missed at least one:

"...and northeastnewbie was there."

C.J.


Subject: The mice and the fig Replies: 15
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,427
 
Elizabeth,

Remind me to tell you about my neighbor with a 12 gauge, a keg of beer, and squirrels in his attic.  Truth is stranger than fiction.  That one brought the State Troopers out.

C.J.


Subject: FIRST ANNUAL NORTHEAST FIG SUMMIT REPORT Replies: 12
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,158
 
Bass,

I am kicking myself for not taking pictures of Bill's monster parent plants on the other side of the house.  That really gives you an idea of what is possible.

C.J.


Subject: The mice and the fig Replies: 15
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,427
 
Geez, Rafed, I hope you don't have mice in your kitchen.  You certainly wouldn't need stairs to the basement.

C.J.


Subject: FIRST ANNUAL NORTHEAST FIG SUMMIT REPORT Replies: 12
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,158
 
We all owe Bass of Treesofjoy.com a huge debt of gratitude for putting this together as well as Bill of Bill's Figs for hosting the event.

Maggie, I took some lousy pictures that I will be posting just for you.

This first gathering was small with about 15 people of which only about 6 are current forum members (+1 who will be joining in the next day or 2) and assorted children, spouses, etc.  Forum members included Bass (of course), Gorgi, Fortissi, BLB, PM209 and jenia.  If I've left out someone, please yell and I will correct this.  Not sure if Al Richter is a forum member or not.

PM209 gets the award for the longest drive.  He drove from Binghamton, NY (look it up on the map) to Flemington, NJ.  It was a 3:30 drive for me one way and Binghamton is at least 4 hours further north.

The weather was perfectly miserable so it was fortunate that we had the event at Bill's where he could shelter the group from occasional drizzle and give us a slideshow presentation of his self-watering system and general fig culture information.

I had been offline for a few days so didn't see Bass's posts about the raffle/swap, so... I embarrassed myself by showing up empty-handed.  I was impressed (and even more embarrassed) by the generosity of people lik Gorgi, Bass, Fortissi, BLB and Al Richter  Gorgi showed up with a boxfull of BC Sal's/Sal's Corleone plants that were raffled off for FREE. (Eat your hearts out!  Bet you'll all show up NEXT time.)  Everyone got someothing.  Actually, everyone walked away with plants and cuttings.  There was quite an impressive variety.

Mostly, it was just fun to put faces to names and talk figs.

Bill's operation is lovely and impressive.  He had an army of 180+ fig trees in his self-watering pots lined up like soldiers.  I couldn't get past calculating to cost of the pots, much less the trees.

In the meantime, Bass if plotting and planning future events so stay tuned.

I'll post (bad) pictures after I've had a nap.

C.J.






Subject: Fig meeting in the Northeast April 25th Replies: 35
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,907
 
Gorgi,

That's a great idea!  A drawing!  Is that what you mean?  Maybe we can each bring a cutting or 2 for a hat draw.

C.J.


Subject: Fig meeting in the Northeast April 25th Replies: 35
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,907
 
Maggie,

We'll send you pictures.

C.J.


Subject: Volcano preventing me from getting my figs Replies: 8
Posted By: jenia Views: 899
 
I was the other half of Rafed's mis-shipped figs.  Mine arrived even later.  2 were in really good shape.  1 had lost quite a few leaves but a week later, has bounced back nicely and is sprouting a couple new leaves.

Italiangirl, the airspace in Spain and Southern Italy is still open.  Milano and Fumicino in Roma is still closed so if they are willing to travel south, they can probably get out.  Lufthansa is launching 50 flights to Germany, so that is good news.


Subject: what ebay sellers do you trust? Replies: 8
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,181
 
Egad,

I forgot ejp3!  I have gotten some REALLY beautiful fig trees from this guy.

C.J.


Subject: what ebay sellers do you trust? Replies: 8
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,181
 
hermansur
arigato


Subject: My Encanto Farm Tour Replies: 3
Posted By: jenia Views: 855
 
I am soooooo jealous.

C.J.


Subject: Planning a fig growers meeting Replies: 51
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,427
 
Sorry to respond so late but I've been off-line for a while.  Count me in.  Just tell me where to show up.

I have room for 3 more people for anyone who can meet me anywhere between exit 18 on the NYS Thruway and NJ.

C.J.


Subject: Verdal Longue Info Replies: 11
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,567
 
Sal and Martin,

A savvy member on the other forum opined as to the importance of pruning an pitching in conjunction with this type of behavior:

"Most importantly, it gives the gardener something to do while he or she is out staring at the fig trees, so the neighbors dont think he or she needs to be institutionalized - important in this era of rising health care costs. (This is also a rationale for pruning tomato plants, but that is a different forum).  "

C.J.


Subject: Congratulation to Nelson Esteves on the birth of his first child Replies: 44
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,267
 
Nelson,
Congratulations to you and your wife on the birth of your beautiful little daughter!  But I don't understand why her middle name isn't FICUS. ;-)

C.J.


Subject: 100+ Year Old Fig Tree In Cairo, IL Replies: 31
Posted By: jenia Views: 7,034
 
Snows all winter?  Sign me up on the waiting list.  What hardiness zone, Bass?

C.J.


Subject: Preto Replies: 55
Posted By: jenia Views: 5,118
 
One thing that I have noticed that is consistent with the Preto cuttings and ALL of the cuttings from Sue V. is that they root along the entire length of the cutting.  Is this because of the maturity of the tree, the short distance (1/2-1") between the leaf rings, or something else?

C.J.


Subject: RKN - Nematode resistant figs & other rkn information Replies: 3
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,549
 
OMG.  That's a lot of reading...and it isn't winter.  Nonetheless, it's probably something that I had better read before I plant in the ground.

C.J.


Subject: Cutting of Pastiliere and Sultane Replies: 21
Posted By: jenia Views: 1,390
 
I'm looking too for them too.  So many figs.  So little time.

C.J.


Subject: Winter 2010,Fig Cultivars Cold hardeness results! Replies: 15
Posted By: jenia Views: 2,079
 
Herman, this is a goldmine of information!  You have given me hope that I may be able to put trees in the ground...as long as I protect them in Zone 5b.  It will be 2-3 years before anything I have (that I am willing to gamble with) is old enough, but I AM going to gamble when some of mine age some more.

Thank you for all of your hard work and you generosity in sharing you information.  This is a tremendous shortcut for people like me.

C.J.


 

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