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Subject: My first fig cuttings Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 626
 
Welcome to the forum!  It looks like your cuttings are very healthy!  I wish you success with all of them!

Suzi

Subject: OT California rare fruit growers Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 537
 
Nice photo Bass!  Interesting that the California Rare Fruit Growers used it on their cover!  I'm a native Californian and I've never seen this fruit grow here.  Maybe in Northern California or higher altitudes?  Does it need a lot of chill hours?  You are in PA, so I'm betting we're a little too warm for it to grow here.  It probably likes lots of snow.
My grandmother used to make gooseberry pies, but I think she bought them canned.  She came here from Kansas and I think they grew there.

Good luck with your photography!

Suzi

Subject: RdB brebas Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 406
 
Sweet!  Got mine from Kerry too.  But it's had a hard life.  It dwelled in a container for 2 years, then got put in ground with a bad emitter.  We didn't know the emitter was bad until the stress showed.  Mine has no figs this year, but possibly in the future!  Yours look great!

Suzi

Subject: A new book about figs Replies: 34
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,193
 
Let's see, you registered 7 hours ago and are promoting your book.  Too bad you didn't register 5 years ago and have been an active member.  I consider this post SPAM.  The book might be good, but your presentation of it is not.

Suzi

Subject: Critter patrol time again Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 707
 
Dennis, I feel sad for you.  My Verte (I used your magic potion) is still getting decimated by ground squirrels.  I didn't think we had them, but in the last 3 days, I actually saw two.  They take the branches to make their nests.  The magic potion does not work on ground squirrels.  Thinking of lacing some peanut butter with that potion and spreading it on the trunks they must climb.......... 
The potion got a big possum, but not the dessimator!

Subject: New introductions to forum Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 379
 
Welcome from Southern California!

Suzi

Subject: anyone heard from Charlie? Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 486
 
nope

Subject: A neglected fig tree In Texas Replies: 31
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,036
 
If I was a bird, I'd dwell in that tree~  Very nice!

Suzi

Subject: Peter's Honey Breba 2015 Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 464
 
I found that to be true on Bourjasotte Gris.  The first batch was not ripe, but kinda sweet.  With more knowledge I now wait until they go purple/brown and get a few cracks.  They droop when yellow, but I'm learning that they are not ripe yet.

When they are the proper color, they are very sweet clear to the stem.

Suzi

Subject: Adoption of BT at Lowes Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 491
 
Congratulations on your BT score!  Enjoy!

Suzi

Subject: My old unknown fig tree? Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 609
 
My first thought was that it could be a wild fig planted by a bird all those years ago.  When you mentioned the gnats, and someone mentioned wasps, I then thought that your fig must be a caprifig.  So now you need to figure out if those gnats are truly fig wasps.  Lampo has posted many photos of them.  If not the wasp, maybe just fruit flies. 
Love the treehouse!
Suzi

Subject: New Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 328
 
As long as you grow figs in containers, zone 8 is pretty fig friendly.  You'll just have to put them in a warm spot in winter.  Choose varieties with a short ripening season.  I heard Osborne Prolific is good.  Hardy Chicago should do fine.

Good luck!

Suzi

Subject: Breba's that didn't survive the day Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 306
 
My Verte is chillin"  She aint ready, but she'll be bettah than yours!  Just had a nice snack of Bourjasotte Gris.  Yumm

Suz

Subject: New member Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 457
 
Welcome Larry!  Good luck with this passion!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Fever Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 394
 
I wish you the best with your varieties! 

Suzi

Subject: Is Scotts Black = LSU Black ? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 3,077
 
First year with LSU Scott's Black.  Nothing to compare.  Nice thread.

Suzi

Subject: 1st figs of summer almost ripe Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 572
 
Beautiful Figs!  Almost all seem to have an open growth pattern.  I guess you pruned them that way?

Suzi

Subject: something new to the morning mix Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 246
 
Here's my add to the mix.  Picked yesterday.  Anna Apples.  So yummy! 
6-09-2015.Harvest.jpg 
I'll be peeling, slicing, microwaving for a partial cook and freezing.  Still have some from last year!
Suzi


Subject: Gain ebay reputation Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 826
 
Also when you do start shipping, pack everything well, ship fast, and offer replacements or refunds if something goes wrong.  Ratings are everything on Ebay.  One bad one will shake confidence.
Suzi

Subject: Tissue Culture LSU Purple, In Ground in Zone 6b Replies: 13
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 405
 
That fig photo looks delicious!  Perfectly ripe!  We don't have to winter protect here, but you did a great job!

Suzi

Subject: OT - playing with my new refractometer Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 248
 
We have a new one too.  You have inspired me to read the directions and try it out.  In about 5 years, our in ground trees should be bearing enough for us to make fig wine.  I'm hoping for high brix readings.

Suzi

Subject: Strange--mouse mummy on a fig twig Replies: 28
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 715
 
Disgusting!

Subject: Why do Cuttings Take So LONG to Root? Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 486
 
Mara, at least I have ONE fully rooted.  I really want the others to follow.  Mine came from Axier, and had a one month delivery ride.  The cuttings are all green and viable with no signs of mold.  It's been weird weather.  Foggy AM, burns off to sunny afternoons.  June Gloom.  Maybe a little too cold for rooting.  Gonna give it my best efforts, and will transfer the one rooted cutting to a larger container and put it in partial shade outside on the drip system. 

Now I'm curious if Baud's Sucrette will be aggressive and huge or not so much.  Time will tell!

Suzi

Subject: Mind the Gap? Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 369
 
It will be interesting to hear what others say.  That does look scary to me, but the tree looks healthy!  Maybe you should do a couple air layers for back up.

Suzi

Subject: Our first brebas - Lampeira Preta Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 548
 
Francisco, birds are always around.  I even know the cadence of a few.  Do not count me in the bird lover category. They are enemies of all of my fruit trees.  An enemy must not be loved.  I try to sing back to them with what I think is a threat.  Do they leave?  Nope!

The possums and the raccoons are another threat. 

We just deal with stuff and hope we get something good to enjoy!

Suzi

Subject: Nuhurskii fig Replies: 2
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 334
 
I don't remember it.  JD says, "NO MORE FIGS."

Suzi

Subject: First air layers of the season Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 432
 
I owe a few some air layers, but I'm waiting for the Breba to ripen.  Hate to lose my figs.  Maybe late summah?

Suzi

Subject: Our first brebas - Lampeira Preta Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 548
 
Beautiful photography of a beautiful fig!  Flavor profile please?

Thanks Francisco!

I went to Portugal once.  A cruise ship.  We booked a tour.  Loved it.  Froze!  Didn't know the mountains were so cold!  A tourist from England saved me.  She had this little flask and she poured some in my coffee!  Good memories.  Wish I had known about figs then.

Suzi

Subject: OT: Pakistan Mulberry Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 312
 
I started mine from cuttings.  Out of 14, 2 took.  One is stunted and the other is huge!  One year old and plenty of fruit.  It is very sweet!  We figured out the emitter on the stunted one was clogged.  Story of our drip system..........

You will love your tree!

Suzi

Subject: Why do Cuttings Take So LONG to Root? Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 486
 
Sigh.  Remember when I got 4 beautiful cuttings that took a month to get here?  I received them April 17th.  REALLY important cuttings to me.  So, instead of doing my usual "root them in the ground," method I wrapped the tops in Paraffin Tape and split them into two parts.  THESE CUTTINGS MUST LIVE!

Part one:  Each cutting in a punctured water bottle with slightly damp coarse perlite and potting soil.  These were placed on my potting bench where it's shady in the day, and cooler than a sunny spot.  I gave them a splash of water every couple weeks.  Today, one shows a green shoot pushing out of the tape and I checked for roots.  YESSSSSS!!  The other has no roots or growing shoots.  Same batch.  Same treatment.  It's still viable.

Part two:  In a baggie with damp sphagnum moss.  Moss is still damp.  Cuttings are viable.  No roots.

I may break down and put one of the part two batch outside in a trench in ground and see if one will root that way.  Most cuttings do.

So it's been 6 weeks.  I guess that's normal.  Unlike me to worry so much but these are Baud's Sucrette.

Suzi

Subject: OT Is this an apricot pest or disease? Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 218
 
Shudder, that looks nasty!  I hope your tree recovers!

Suzi

Subject: Norman's Yellow Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,108
 
No breba crop this year on my two trees, but they are aggressively growing.  Hopefully next year.  Probably will take a lot of time to get really tasty brebas.

Still, I'm very happy to grow this variety!

Suzi

Subject: Vista Breba 2015 Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 459
 
Thanks for sharing!  I have VdB but not Vista.  Sorry a critter got the first one.  Even in a clam shell!!  I love when members post flavor profiles!  Thanks for that!

Suzi

Subject: Pollinating wasps and Profichi Caprifigs 2015 season.5 Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 334
 
You are an excellent teacher, Francisco!!  Thanks!

Suzi

Subject: What's this leaf problem? Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 393
 
Are your figs on drip irrigation?  If so, check the emitter.  Our weather is not as hot as yours, but now and then, a fig tree will show symptoms like yours.  It's mostly a clogged emitter, OR some critter has bitten the line.  We flood those trees, fix broken lines and replace the emitters when this happens.

Suzi

Subject: Smallest Fig of My Collection Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,023
 
Wow!  Impressive!  Enjoy all those figs!

Suzi

Subject: Problems with this site Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 418
 
Does "guys" include "girls"?

Subject: Bourjasotte Gris First Crop Plated! :-) Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 832
 
Last night I sliced only the red parts into a salad with red onion and mixed greens, dressed with a Fig Balsamic and Olive oil.  Salt and Pepper of course!  It could have used a little tart from citrus.  Learning curve.

Suzi

Subject: Pond Pots Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 536
 
Huge fan of air pruning pots.  Since our move, everything goes in ground, but we used similar pots at our other house, and it was amazing the amount of roots in the containers with NO rootbound circling.

Suzi

Subject: Bourjasotte Gris First Crop Plated! :-) Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 832
 
I just went up and checked today.  There are a handful swollen to tennis ball size and turning yellow.  Now I know.  Learning Curve.  DO NOT PICK THEM until they are brown and shrivelly.  If they get to the point of being dry, won't be pleased, but... Learning.

Suzi

Subject: Problems with this site Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 418
 
There is nothing wrong with the site using a desktop or laptop, so it must be your phone.  Maybe take it in and see if they can figure it out.  Could be your server or settings.

Suzi

Subject: Kind of OT, Fig art Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 309
 
Very cool, Sue!  The technique is unique!  Good job!

Suzi

Subject: First Ripe VDB of 2015 Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 433
 
Just so you know these fig trees are 5 or 6 years old.  Maybe that's why they are so early in ripening.  It has been a warm winter / spring also.

Suzi

Subject: Bourjasotte Gris First Crop Plated! :-) Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 832
 
ChrisK, I really don't know when these will be ripe.  They were soft and had the droopy neck, but I will leave the rest on for another week and check every few days.  The organza bags do zip for me.  Our critters tear right through them.  Huge waste of money.  BUT, the critters don't seem to bother this tree.  It's so big and the canopy so thick, they can't visually see the ripening figs.  It's even hard for me to find them.

I noticed those that were brownish were riper than the green or yellow ones.  Learning curve!


Suzi

Subject: OT: Lamb Hass avocado... Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 395
 
Look up Kona Sharwil and Jan Boyce.  You may change your opinion about Haas.  They are premium designer avos and hard to find.  I got both varieties recently at Atkins Nursery in Fallbrook.  They have a website and you can call and reserve a tree.  They are $25.00 each.  Small trees, but nicely priced for these rare ones.

Suzi

Subject: Bourjasotte Gris First Crop Plated! :-) Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 832
 
I decided to go up to Rocky Top and see if there were any ripe figs on the Bourjasotte Gris.  This is it's first year to bear fruit so I wasn't quite prepared what to expect.

Some should have stayed on the tree longer, but none were overripe.  The flavor was sweet, but not the strawberry flavor I expected.  These are Breba and those aren't usually as good as main crop.  There are so many more Breba ripening on the tree and tons of main crop figs forming now.  This tree is a prolific monster!

JD laughed when I brought them in and told me to compare them to a baseball instead of a quarter...
Borjosotte Gris 2015.Breba1.jpg   Borjosotte Gris 2015.Breba2.jpg    I bet next year and the years after the flavor will improve on this amazing fig.

Suzi


Subject: First Ripe VDB of 2015 Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 433
 

I wouldn't have known these were ripe unless DH installed a bench up on a place on our property that we call "Rocky Top." There are 2 figs up there, and as we enjoyed that bench, I noticed some very swollen and black VdB figs.

I picked 5. One I took with me to the doc appt I had this morning. He loved it! He is from the Mediterranean, and he gave it a gentle squeeze to check for ripeness. Then he proceeds to tell me, you know you can multiply that tree. I agreed, and listened to his old world wisdom. He said to cut a piece about 7" long and put it in water for a week. Then stick it in the ground. It will grow.

I'll try that, of course. THEN he said I may ask you for some pieces of your tree. I told him I have many trees, and I'll bring him figs and cuttings on my next visit.
6-3-15-BrebaWhole.jpg  6-3-15-Breba.jpg 
The old doc told me he loves the yellow figs.  So, I'll be bringing him some LSU gold and maybe Kadota.  I wish Norman's Yellow had figs.  Too much a baby.

Suzi


Subject: the gift that keeps on giving Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 440
 
Very nice!  It's too cold here for figs to ripen :-(  Not complaining since we are in drought conditions and it rained last night.  Might today and tomorrow too. 

Enjoy your breakfast!

Suzi

Subject: Coconut Coir Burns in Stainless Steel Bowl Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 356
 
I'm probably the only one that's worried about the bowl!  :-)

Suzi

Subject: i didn't mean to ignore everyone.. Replies: 41
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,067
 
I was MIA too, but just got busy.  I hope you continue to get better and better, and I hope all your figs will be replaced in time.

Suzi

 

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