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Subject: GIALLO MIELE Replies: 23
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 861
 
FYI, Mary Lane seedless is NOT seedless, but it has less crunch than some.  I still think it's Kadota which is a commercial variety in California and can be found at Big Box stores everywhere.  PLUS, it's honey drippy goodness in a yellow package! 

Suzi

Subject: Fig recommendation for clay soil Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 448
 
Ha!  Bet you don't stop at just two! :-))  Be sure and tell us what varieties Jon recommended for you!

Suzi

Subject: Fig recommendation for clay soil Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 448
 
LOL!  Who knew?  All varieties should grow there.  Since you are there, you should go over to Jon's Encanto Farm Nursery, the Figs 4 Fun fearless leader.  He has tons of varieties, many for sale, and he can recommend the tastiest ones for you!  Lucky you live so close to his place!  http://encantofarms.com/

Suzi

Subject: Is my first fig tree a gonner? Help! Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 593
 
Hopefully it will survive.  Now that you have soaked it, flood it with some Miracle grow.  Then leave it alone for a while.  Just keep checking the moisture levels.  I have a "soil sleuth."  It's a notched plastic stick that I insert in the soil, give it a twist and the soil sticks in the notches.  Easy to see when to water.

Suzi

Subject: Fig recommendation for clay soil Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 448
 
Jeff, Is that in Ohio?  If so, you will need cold hardy figs such as Hardy Chicago or Rhonde de Bordeaux or maybe Desert King.  It's very mild here in winter, so I'm not the best to advise on cold friendly figs.  Others should chime in.

Do you know your planting zone?  That will help others help you.  Go to the control panel top right, and edit your signature with your planting zone and state.  By doing that you will help us to help you!

Suzi

Subject: Fig recommendation for clay soil Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 448
 
You don't say where you are located.  Some varieties do better in different planting zones than others.  ALL varieties don't like clay soil.  You will have to amend your soil so that it drains well.  Figs don't like wet feet.  Just dig a big hole and mix the clay with compost and sand or turface.  The good news is you won't have to water as often.

Welcome to the forum!

Suzi

Subject: GIALLO MIELE Replies: 23
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 861
 
I'm thinking Mary Lane Seedless, but if you got it at Fedco, they would only carry common varieties, and it looks a lot like one of my favorites, Kadota.  Wish my tree was 20 years old! 

Suzi

Subject: "Lebanese Black/Purple" Fig's Pay Day Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 416
 
Those look so ripe and delicious!  You must have a pretty big tree!  Congratulations!
Suzi

Subject: JH and SV, a strong couple! Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 790
 
I just have plain old Verte and plain old Adriatic.  Both are full of figs, but not yet ripe.  Our Southern California sun has been missing this year.  Evidently El Nino is sending storms our way.  Just walked the property, found a huge massive leak in the irrigation lines, and no ripe figs.  Yours look great! 

Subject: Pictures PNW Granthams Royal Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
Love that honey drop!  I bet they are delicious!

Suzi

Subject: TEXAS BLUE GIANT Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 659
 
Danny, is this the one that got stolen from you?  So very sad.

Suzi

Subject: Pictures - Evening Harvest Replies: 17
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 425
 
Impressive!  Looks like my apple harvest.  This year I made apple wine.  I'll do that with figs one of these days!  Enjoy!

Suzi

Subject: Something is wrong with my tree Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 425
 
It looks good to me!  The fruit will only swell when they are about to ripen.  They don't all grow or ripen at the same speed.  This is a good thing. 

Suzi

Subject: Picked these this morning Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 240
 
Nice!  Thanks for sharing.  Kadota is one of my faves!

Suzi

Subject: Lazy Man's Guide to Air Layering Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 294
 
That is the oldest air layering method on this earth!  You can even bend the branch into a pot with the rock for an anchor, and it will root there.  If it wasn't raining so hard today, I'd go out and do this to a few figs.  I have many candidates, and I owe some people, and I have a lot of rocks.  I do fear gophers eating the roots, though. 

Suzi

Subject: Hooray ! We have the first rain of the summer! Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 364
 
I hope it's raining for you today, So CA!  Doubt it will help the drought, but it will help all the plants growing in the ground.  I hope it drowns all the gophers!  Today lots of distant thunder and off and off rain so far.  More expected throughout the night.

The thunder doesn't stop.  You breathe for a sec, and back it comes.  Tropical storms.  Go figure.  Plus it's friggin muggy!

Suzi

Subject: Figs on air layered trunk Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 294
 
I would NEVER disagree with Jon, and I was thinking the same thing.  I have a couple prolific trees from which I have promised air layers, but they are LOADED with figs.  This has stopped me from starting my air layers, but now, I'll just do it, get the roots, eat the figs, then cut them off.  The recipients will surely enjoy figs from those trees next year!

Suzi

Subject: MBVS after the rain Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 428
 
I have an MVBS here in So CA.  It's one who lost it's tag, and it's one of two unknowns that JD planted in no man's land on this property.  I can't get to it, even with my hiking staff.  Doesn't look like it has any figs this year, and it did not last year, but it's healthy and getting to be a nice size.

Mine is in partial morning shade.  Big pines near it.  Full noon and afternoon sun.  Maybe it has to grow a little bigger for figs.  Time will tell.  It's about 4 years old and in ground.  Got it from a figs 4 fun member on Ebay as a rooted cutting years ago. 

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Nick, that is disgusting!  Seen it many times!  I forgot about those herds of wild green parrots!  Euch!!  Haven't seen those here, but we have many crows and birds, and as you know, many 4 legged critters!  I wish the hawks would do a better job!  They soar over the valley.  Something must be wrong with their eyes.  Owls.  I hear em, but they don't do much.

Good luck to you!

Suzi

Subject: Rooting twigs right now Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 151
 
You should be fine.  Agree, they are right side up.  I just had an old parafin wrapped cutting in half perlite/peat in a vented water bottle show roots and a shoot.  It's outside in shade.  Took it 3 months to root, but it did!

Suzi

Subject: Hooray ! We have the first rain of the summer! Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 364
 
Yep!  Been pouring all day!  JD put a fire in the fireplace!  OMG!  It's not THAT cold!  Just rainy!  We did need a nice soaking.  Supposed to hang around through Monday!

Enjoy!

Suzi

Subject: Disappointing Noire de Caromb Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,057
 
Wish I could watch your videos, but our internet up here in the foothills is bad!  Maybe your tree needs a few more years on it.

Suzi

Subject: Interesting experiment! Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 337
 
Congratulations on a successful experiment!  Getting so big you might have to put them in bigger pots!

Suzi

Subject: Air layer removed after just 24 days! Replies: 38
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 929
 
Nice photos!  Good job!  I have some I need to get started also.  Thanks for the inspiration!

Suzi

Subject: 13 Reviews with Photos: Smith, UCR 143-36, Adriatic JH, Hollier, etc. Replies: 26
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,372
 
Richard, sometimes figs go inside out.  Happens a lot.  Usually on one or two figs, but not all.  They just burst out of the eye.  Sort of like an anomaly,  Seen it many times. 

Suzi

Subject: Sickly Fig plant - any ideas what's up? Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 462
 
Somewhere I read this information and it stuck.  If the leaves turn yellow or brown at the tips, not enough water.  If the same thing happens at the stems, too much water.  Not sure if this helps you, but my figs are all in ground, and easy to tell when an emitter (drip system) has stopped working.

Wishing you luck!

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by snaglpus


I truly know how Suzi feels.  Until you're walked in our shoes and experienced the destruction, you won't understand.  It's truly heart breaking.


True, Dennis.  Many here live in neighborhoods.  We live rural on the edge of wilderness.  There is one road, and neighbors along it, but spaced acres apart.  The area of the house includes a lot of land and is fenced.  Wilderness has chain link.  Frontage has wrought iron.  My figs are scattered throughout the property.  Doubt an electric fence would work, but I'm thinking of putting your special brew on the outside of the chain link. 

Wish I could stick birth control in the peanut butter! 

Suzi

Subject: Picture Unknown Large Dark Fig, Excellent Tasting Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 903
 
Amazing!  Congratulations!

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
jdsfrance,

That is a sad thing indeed!  Have you checked for scale on your trees?  Ants here don't travel up a tree unless there are aphids or scale.  Get rid of that, the ants should go away.  I heard cinnamon at the foot of the tree discourages them also.  My Paradiso had a huge scale infestation at the bottom of it's trunk last year.  The thing was a 1" x 2" ring around the bottom of the trunk, and then it moved up.  We were amazed at the depth of that thing.   No more scale.  No more ants.  The tree is much healthier this year.

Sorry for the loss of your breba. 

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Good sign, Richard!  Now if only 2 or 4 legged critters could read. 

I feel sorry for Paully and his thieves.  I'd put the skull and crossbones on the sign as well.  An illiterate human should know what that means. 

Always cracks me up going to a pet center, and there is a sign, "Do not pee on our lawn."  And they think dogs can read that?

Suzi

Subject: 13 Reviews with Photos: Smith, UCR 143-36, Adriatic JH, Hollier, etc. Replies: 26
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,372
 
I love the taste report too!  Thanks for posting this great review!

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Joyce, I like the idea of the flour and detecting tracks with it.  We might be able to determine where these critters are hiding and what they are.  I don't think we have bears here.  They are mainly in the big mountains, but I guess they could venture into the foothills.  Nobody here has ever seen one.  The camera is a good idea, but I just got an expensive metal detector, so hafta wait a while for that.

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Aww, Vito!  :-)  I wanted that one forever!  It's called The Rock Fig because it loves growing under boulders and we have lots of those!  I'll be happy to pay you when it's ready to go!  YOU MADE MY DAY!

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Joyce, the critter is much bigger than a rat!  You saw the damage in the first photo.  Not something a rat can do.  But rats are adept at stealing bait, dragging off traps, etc.  YEP, we got serious critters here.  I'll be happy to try the one bite bars, but I have a huge bush.  I think the poison is ricin.  I'll dust my figs with that.  I know to stay away, but the critters will get them before me.  Actually that VDB is off limits.

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
There are no deer here.  Trust me.  No deer.  Cougars, yes.  Bobcats, yes.  Coyotes, yes.  Deer, no.

Subject: Found a Large Black Unknown FIg -Black Exeter Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 658
 
Congratulations!  I wish I could drive through this town and find some fig tree NOT in someone's back yard.  So far I've found 4 in backyards.  No wild trees at all, and I've driven the backroads between here and Temecula many times.  I am the only fig lover in this area, except for my doctor who is from someplace where figs are plentiful.  He has to take good care of me because I control his fresh fig supply!

Suzi

Subject: Not a col de dam thing Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 300
 
Happychicken, you didn't include your planting zone in your signature, so hard to know.  A photo of the fig would be good.  It's probably a fig and you will need to be patient until it ripens.

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Jarl, I don't know how they would get in here.  This is a gated private road, and everyone up here is fully fenced with locked gates.  I don't think it's human.  If so, I hope they enjoy my poisoned figs! 

The two trees closest to the house seem to be favorites.  Those elsewhere on the acreage aren't even touched, so if I poison a few figs, there are plenty more.  Whatever it us must be hiding under a deck? We did find one stiff dead possum under a deck after we used Dennis' potion, but they seem to be immune to it now.

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
Mara, have no fear.  Our property is fully fenced and gated.  People here with pets keep them inside.  Too many bobcats and coyotes roaming around.  We don't have pets because we like to take off on a whim for a day or nine. 

My grand kids lead busy lives in other cities and/or states and have no time for pets.

We have had many critters, including rats, evade the humane traps, or haul them off completely!  JD even took the advice of some here and hung rat poison by wires in the trees.  Wonder of wonders, the bait disappears and once, even the entire wire!  It's a losing battle, and we are tired of it.

Don't worry.  If there was a pet around (which there is not), we'd go another route, but they steal our traps!

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
What do you think could be so big that it destroys railroad ties?  A bear?  We don't have those to my knowledge.  JD is fishing and hasn't seen that damage yet, but he will on Friday.  Dennis' potion will be out in full force

Birds don't usually eat an entire fig.  They leave peck marks, which is disturbing alone, and we do use netting.

Our problem is that most fig trees are in-ground and getting bigger daily, so it's hard to net them.  I doubt VDB will ever get big.  It's only 3' tall and 6' wide, so easy for critters to reach.

I feel really bad for Paully and his two legged thieves!  I'd put a sign on each tree.  "Beware!  SOME of these figs have been poisoned!"  Skull / crossbones.  Of course, none would be poisoned, but it might stop the thieves IF they can read.

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
paully I have a fence.  A big fence.  Critters can climb.  I'm willing to give up a year of figs to get rid of the critters.  I wait for them to ripen.  They are gone.  OK Critters, war!  YOU are gone.  I can't have my figs, YOU will have a bad tummy ache ending in death!

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
I need links figpig, and a guarantee!!  Have you ever watched I Claudius?  The evil Olivia poisoned the figs because that was all the paranoid king would eat.  Fresh figs.  As she left the room, she said to the doctor, "don't eat the figs."

I'm serious here.  I'll give up a year of figs to kill the critters!

Suzi

Subject: Thinking About Poisoning my Figs Replies: 46
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,010
 
I've reached the end.  Waiting for them to ripen, and then they are almost ripe, I sleep thinking I'll harvest in the morning.  All gone with extreme destruction of our railroad ties.  Damage2.jpg 

If I can't have them, they will die!  I will poison all the figs.  Sorry for the bird and racoon lovers here, but I'm done!  It's over!  I am going to paint poison on all my figs on one VDB because some destructive critter loves it.  DIE!

Suzi


Subject: Fig related gift Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 186
 
Happy Father's Day to all the Dads from me!  JD is spending the day with his kids and then hopping on a plane for a week of fishing in Montana.

Suzi

Subject: Long ago fig Replies: 2
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 305
 
Wow!  So sweet!  What a great photo!  You should find an artist to bring it to life.  I was an artist before arthritis struck and we had an old sepia photo of JD's gramps and his sister's daughter.  I did this as a gift to her on her birthday. 
The sepia:
Gramps.Jen.Original.jpg 
Gramps was eating something and nobody remembers what, but Jen was quite curious!  Here is the final:
Gramps.Jen.Take.Final Copy.jpg 
Sorry, no fig tree.  This was at their lake house in WI.  I had to research that old schlitz can and the oil can which gramps carried with him at all times. 
Suzi


Subject: Violette de Bordeax? Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 361
 
The leaves look like it, but many other fig varieties have the same leaf.  Just walked outside and looked at my tree.  It has many different shaped leaves on it, but it's pretty old and in ground.  I think you may have to wait for fruit.

Suzi

Subject: Not yet Root Bound question Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,172
 
Agree with Rewton.  Sit them in the shade, then transition to partial, then full sun.  They do need time to adjust.

Suzi

Subject: Tennessee New Fig Fan - Figs Ripening?ing?? Replies: 28
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 891
 
Your figs look great!  In zone 6b, I would think yours would ripen late summer - fall.  Here in zone 9b I've had  many ripen, but those were all breba on old wood.  New crop figs have not ripened.

Patience is not my best feature, but it is required for fig ripening.

Suzi

Subject: Have you ever Opened such Beautiful Cuttings? Replies: 17
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 976
 
I guess all they needed was a little heat.  It's around 100 degrees in the sun and 90 in the shade (which is where they are).  Two of them have tons of roots.  The one on the right has leafed out, and the one on the left has a couple very green shoots pushing through the parafin tape.  Today they were potted in 1 gallon containers.  They are under the deck but will be getting used to the late Western sun as it peeks through the slats in the deck structure.

Rooted.Growing.6-20-15.jpg 
Here you can see the leafless one bursting through it's Parafin wrap in two spots!

Bauds-Sucrette Bursting.jpg 
The other two cuttings were in sphagnum moss in the house.  Still green and viable, so now they are getting the same treatment as their siblings.  Both in plastic water bottles with drainage holes in damp potting soil / perlite sitting in the potting bench sink in the shade.  I expect them to root in the next couple weeks.  These are Baud's Sucrette, and I just put 3 Longue D'Aout cuttings in the sink with them.

I understand that the Sucrette is vigorous to grow, but slow to produce figs.  We shall see.

I know you are thinking I planted them in straight Perlite.  No.  They are in a mix of compost, perlite, turface and potting soil.  Damp, not wet.  I put an inch of perlite on top to discourage any fungus gnats hanging around.

Suzi


Subject: Mary Lane Fig Pic Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,284
 
. Here is mine from 2014.  She's got figs, but not yet ripe in 2015.  The drop of honey tastes like the best honey ever, and mine does have some seed crunch which makes me adore her more!

MLS.DeadRipe.jpg 


 

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