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Subject: happy memorial day weekend! Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 297
 
Happy Memorial Day to you and everyone else too!  We celebrate tomorrow because JD is going to the Ducks Hockey playoff game Monday night.

Suzi

Subject: starting cuttings an inch and a half under ground Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 426
 
Agree, but I only bury mine with 1/2" of dirt on top.  Still works.  It's natural for them.  However if your climate is not ideal, it will not work.  Drives me nuts all of you with your pots and shuffles, but I do understand.  In an ideal climate outdoor rooting is the best.  If you do the fig shuffle, maybe not.

Suzi

Subject: FVM Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 316
 
Your fig will live and produce WITH FMV.  The leaves just look ugly.    Almost all figs, especially those from UC Davis have it.  It can cause problems in cold climates.  Figs grow fine and can look really ugly in Mediterranean climates. 

When you step out of the box and try to grow them where they should not be grown, problems will happen.  You do not say your planting zone or location.  What is it?

Suzi

Subject: FIG NEWBIE Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 560
 
Zone 4?  That = cold.  I hope the cuttings you got are cold hardy.  What variety did you get?  Congrats on your purchase and I wish you well!

Suzi

Subject: ouch !! ot Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 242
 
Sorry to hear about your health problems.  A kidney stone has to hurt really bad.  Also people get gallstones.  None of this sounds good.  What makes Kidney stones happen? 

I do research on my own health issues, but I do know Oil pulling can get rid of many toxins.  Google that.  Google Oregano Oil 100%, not the cheap stuff.  I always look for alternatives.

Figly, mine are all good.  Surprisingly it's kinda rainy and overcast today here in Fig Heaven, AKA Southern California.  My figs are a little confused.  Should be hot now, but it's not, so they are just feeling their way.  I have huge Brebas wanting to ripen, but it's cold.  I have fig cuttings sprouting from the earth where I plant them, but they sit stone faced.  Not growing yet.  Too cold.

Get well!

Suzi

Subject: The Joy of Rooting in Dirt Outside Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 327
 
This happens to me a lot, because I root in dirt.  Today, they delivered a new pool heater, so I go down there to open the gate, and I see this big leafed weed, right next to the LSU Hollier marker...

HUGE leaves. But so far away from the marker. So I pulled on it. OH YES! Attached to the cutting! Baby Hollier has big roots, and I'm leaving her alone for a while till we dig her up and put her in a container to grow big and strong. She already shows that feature!

I love my little surprises! 

Suzi

Subject: Does a fig wasp map exist? Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 459
 
Nice map!  Just as I thought, not one here!  I have managed to locate 3 trees in people's backyards, but that's it.  I know that the wasp rides the winds and will drop down within 100 miles of the host, so I have hope.

Subject: What Can You Tell Me About LSU Gold? Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,877
 
I'm looking forward to my first tastes of LSU Gold this year.  It struggled in it's spot in ground for 2 years, but seems to have found it's joy.  It's growing big and is loaded with figlets, so fingers crossed it will love my zone!

Suzi

Subject: What other kinds of plants are people growing? Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 793
 
I don't have a greenhouse.  We have 2 Anna Apples, 3 Avocados, 1 Mango, 1 Macadamia, 2 Wonderful Pomegranates, 4 Blood Oranges, 2 lemons, 1 lime, 1 Navel Orange, and one Valencia orange... A satsuma Mandarin, a ruby red grapefruit, 1 peach, 1 Apricot, 1 plum, 2 Olives, 2 Pakistan Mulberries, a backyard vineyard, many fig trees, top setting walking onions, many roses and other flowering plants.  I forgot one tomato and one jalapeno.

Subject: The Origin of Figs Replies: 36
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,512
 
It's all about climate.  Riverside County.  Perfect!  Dry, windy heat in the day, and cool nights.  If there is no wind, you risk disease.  It is what it is.

Suzi

Subject: CA water restrictions Replies: 99
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,443
 
Well that sucks!  How are they getting away with this?  Where is big brother?

Rain is expected again on Friday, but for one day and not enough to help the drought.

Suzi

Subject: how do I get cutting to grow as bush form? Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 463
 
Most figs will put up suckers from the roots.  I have a hard time getting one to grow with a single trunk!  The advice above is great!  I can't add to it! 

Good luck!

Suzi

Subject: Advice on shipped plants Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 301
 
You can give them a little humidity by putting a plastic bag over them with slashes in it for air circulation.  This same thing happened to me, and the tree recovered just fine.  I kept them under our big deck in the shade.

Suzi

Subject: Anyone waiting for UCD cuttings still? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 632
 
A little side note.  Harvey mentioned the printed labels.  Do not think those labels will last.  They will fade in the sun and rain and you will have no idea what you planted.  Make your own permanent labels.

Suzi

Subject: CA water restrictions Replies: 99
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,443
 
Its been pouring for hours!  Just noticed the birds don't chirp in the rain.  I'm pretty chirpy today!  Wishing all of California and other drought areas a nice rainy day!

Suzi

Subject: any use for perlite dust? Replies: 22
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 811
 
Hypertuffa is sort of scary to me.  Like, would I mold a dying lady onto my hillside and cover her with milk and moss?  YIKES!!  There is such a forum on GW.

Suzi

Subject: What is the name for this beauty? Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 829
 
If this is your fig, post photos of the leaves and the cut fig next to a quarter.  THEN we might help you.

Suzi

Subject: thumbs up to plant-creator on ebay Replies: 36
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,057
 
Done reading this thread.  This kind of stuff is what makes good members leave.  STOP IT!
Suzi

Subject: peonia-scammers on Ebay Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 870
 
Wow!  "the Seller Screwed Program."  That really sucks big time!  Ebay is big business.  They are in it for the money.  They do facilitate bidding and all that, but there are all these hidden fees that buyers don't know about.  You get dinged from them all the time as a seller.  Again, I don't sell fig cuttings or any cuttings or seeds or anything living.  I consider it my personal garage sale.  LOL!

Harvey, the "known sellers" aren't the problem.  The bidders are. 

If cuttings or rooted trees are offered, "buy it now with free shipping."  I may jump if I want that variety, but I'm not getting into a bidding war ever again.  That's just me.  I purchase "Buy it Now" all the time.  Seller is happy.  He/She gets their money, and the deal is done.

Suzi

Subject: Figbrella Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 340
 
Here, the figbrella would blow over immediately!  Winds every afternoon.  Eliminates fungus, but frustrating at times.  Nice touch!

Suzi

Subject: Advice on Rooting Cuttings Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 306
 
All good advice from everyone.  Welcome to the forum!  You will find members here eager to help you.  You can help us help you by going to the control panel upper right on your screen and putting your planting zone/location in the signature field of the profile. 

Edited to say those figs look great!  Obviously they are red in the center.  Are they green when ripe or dark?

Suzi

Subject: Somthing Is Eating The Leaves Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 213
 
Most garden centers / nurseries have Neem.  You can also get it on Amazon.  Spray in the evening, not in the hot sun.  Any oil will fry your leaves in the day.  We mix it with water in the sprayer.  The directions will be on the label.  It won't hurt your figs or your plant.  It simply messes up the reproductive process of certain insects that bite or suck the leaf juices.  When they cant procreate, they disappear.  I think JD sprays every couple weeks.  He's out of town for a while, so I can't ask him.  No phone service where he is now.

Here is a garden web thread about Neem.  It's a discussion on Aphid control, but the stuff controls many insects: 

Suzi

Subject: Somthing Is Eating The Leaves Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 213
 
Every tree in our yard including figs gets sprayed with neem oil on a regular basis.  Figs main pest is scale.  Not sure what is eating your leaves.  Count yourself lucky.  We have some critter that simply bites an entire branch or main trunk off and leaves a leaf or two lying on the ground.

Suzi

Subject: thumbs up to plant-creator on ebay Replies: 36
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,057
 
Interesting!  I need no more figs ever, but what varieties did you get?

Suzi

Subject: Decapitated! Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 347
 
You need to do the tobasco daily cuz the things grow out of it.  HUGE mistake here.  Did it, thought it was done.  Who has time for daily Tobasco?  That poison works bettah

Suzi

Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 76,644
 
I think we need to split this thread into Geographical areas like NE, NW, SE, SW, MW, MS... I guess that won't work.  Too many options. 

Subject: New to fig. Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 276
 
Alfig, you might need to protect your figs from the rain.  Some will split and sour.  Figs natural climate is hot and dry.  You will need to find out a way to replicate that.  You have the heat.  Figure out how to keep them dry.

Suzi

Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 76,644
 
I live in a Mediterranean climate.  Fig Heaven.  Not all figs do so well here.  What?  Nope! 

VdB, the darling of many, sucks here.  It is a cool weather fig.  My favorites here are LSU Gold, Black Mission, Mary Lane Seedless, Kadota, Verte, Bourjasotte Gris, Adriatic, Hardy Chicago which is weird since this is a hot climate and it doesn't go dormant, Flanders is one of those OMG., Alma is such a sweet tasty thing, Paradiso, and the list goes on.  Can't wait to taste Norman's Yellow and Native de Argentile AKA Hative de Argentile AKA AKA .....

Suzi

Subject: peonia-scammers on Ebay Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 870
 
Frank, I think you are correct.  Sad that this happens.  Mostly when prices go up, the lister is accused of driving them up, but would a buyer?  I will admit (past moments on Ebay with stuff I really wanted, I put a maximum bid in waaay more than anyone would ever pay, and I always won).  I remember one thing I did that on.  You will think me silly.  But my most favorite memories when a kid was gramps old fashioned ice cream maker... the crank kind.  I paid $110 US for it (maximum bid $700), but I won!  AND, it beats the electric throw down my son brings to the party every 4th of July.  It's the big event!  You don't crank, you don't get to eat!  And my ice cream is so much better than his..........  Everyone is so excited to go down under the boat deck and crank that ice cream!

This whole thing is why I do not buy cuttings on Ebay.  I did years ago, but it's gotten out of hand.

Suzi


Subject: been in and out of hospital for a week.. Replies: 55
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,775
 
Hope you are feeling better!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Ice tea Replies: 24
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,088
 
People soak the leaves and wrap fish in them for the BBQ.  Many ways to use our trees IF the critters leave something for us.........

Suzi

Subject: peonia-scammers on Ebay Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 870
 
You can block people from bidding on your auctions.  At least a couple years ago you could.  I have only sold stuff from my late mother in-law's estate and no living plants, but some people are just plain trouble.  Good luck with this problem.

Suzi

Subject: Anyone waiting for UCD cuttings still? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 632
 
Egghead, I never have.  They are really busy there, but the auto confirm is enough for me.  Shows what I ordered.  Now my big job is to get JD to go on one of his fishing trips so I get guilt money to by my groasis waterboxes to grow my order in next year. :-)

Suzi

Subject: Year of the breba Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 544
 
I've got similar amounts on Bourjasotte Gris and Verte.  Main crops on all are starting.  Figs for breakfast soon!

Suzi

Subject: Branching at every node at the same time. Replies: 23
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 624
 
Nice tree Frank!  You will soon have lots of figs!

Suzi

Subject: Anyone waiting for UCD cuttings still? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 632
 
I got my confirmation within 8 hours.  The address from which it came was DAV@ars-grin.gov  Maybe check your spam?

Suzi

Subject: New to fig. Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 276
 
Welcome from Southern California.  Frank is correct.  Please go to the control panel upper right.  Then, in the signature section put your location/planting zone.  We don't want your address, just something vague like South PA, Zone 5a or something like that.  Different figs do much better in certain planting zones.

Suzi

Subject: Decapitated! Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 347
 
It will grow just fine.  At least your damage was an accident.  I still find bitten main leaders daily.  We caught a possum, but it's still happening.  Drives me nuts.  The damage heals, and the tree goes on.  Critters just keep coming.........

Suzi

Subject: Anyone waiting for UCD cuttings still? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 632
 
If you didn't get your order in to them by Nov 1 2014, you won't receive it in 2015.  Expect it in 2016.  I got my order in for 2016 delivery in April of this year.  Received confirmation.  I hate to order early because often I'd like to add to my order, but I don't add to avoid confusion.  They have the dates on their site.  It's usually Nov. 1.

Suzi

Subject: Diapers for gardening Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 269
 
Pretty cool!  Looking on Amazon for that Sodium polycarbonate.  Lots of options.  Thanks, Sue!

Suzi

Subject: A Big and Old fig tree Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 535
 
Nice!  Looks like it has a touch of FMV!  Also looks like they want reachable fruit, so the tree isn't grown high.  Just wide!

Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: Need Help Selecting A Small Fig Tree With Specific Traits Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,042
 
Hi Norm!

Where are you located?  I don't see it anywhere in this thread.  VDB is definitely a cool weather fig.  It wilts in heat.  We live in hot weather, so I know.  Our winters are not so cold.  Rare snow.  VDB never went dormant this winter.  Her breba crop is slim, but she is covered in main crop figs.  We have two of this variety in different spots on our property.  Both are shrubby and not trees at all, but that's due to pruning.  We could have chosen one trunk and snipped off all the suckers, but we didn't do that.

I find it to be a really dry, not juicy, but flavorful fig.  It's skin is very thick here.  If you are in cooler weather it may perform better for you.  I think it's great on the BBQ!   I LOVE Alma fresh, sweet and juicy, but no intention of doing preserves.

I just walked out and snapped this shot for you.  This is the main crop on one of her many branches.
VdB2015.Fronta.jpg 
Suzi
PS  I have one that you should get, but I know you won't.  Norman's Yellow.


Subject: HELP! Critter Eating my Verte Tree - Rat? Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
As of this morning the world is less one huge possum!  We figure he was on his hind legs chomping on the tree limbs.  Happily none of the figs were ripe.  We are not giving up because there are plenty of critters around here.

Suzi

Subject: Need Help Selecting A Small Fig Tree With Specific Traits Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,042
 
VDB has fruit on the small side and the skin is not thin like you want, but the tree is not a vigorous large tree.  It can be kept small, but so can they all!  Aggressive pruning will keep figs small.
Suzi

Subject: Please let us know your first name... Replies: 32
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 894
 
Suzi, and if my fingers are on the wrong keys, it's Sizo

Subject: HELP! Critter Eating my Verte Tree - Rat? Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
Nope!  JD is kinda stubborn.  I tell him to follow what you guys say and don't think!  Just do it!  NOPE!  He tries to understand.  Sigh.  He did buy a poison trap, but no way of knowing if the stuff worked except the trees are still being eaten.  The Kentucky Derby is making life tough today cuz he has money on it, but Tractor Supply is open till 8 and he has a list.  Dennis gave me a secret recipe, and JD is NOW going to buy the stuff for it.  No more excuses! 

JD's horse came in for him, so now he's on rat control.

I am so sad about my beautiful Verte.  At least the figs are still there and growing larger, but the canopy is getting thin.  It is attacking one of my VDB's loaded with figs, but it seems to just like to bite the branches. 

Suzi

Subject: spindly growth Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 427
 
Spindly usually equals not enough light.  Those do look spindly.  Are they now in full sun, or is it just really cloudy there? 

Suzi

Subject: will just a long root grow a plant? Replies: 2
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 220
 
Hard to say.  We moved a four year old fig tree that was in a pot with it's roots in ground, and we pruned the roots off to get the pot in the car.  Many were left in the ground.  When we checked back on that house prior to it's sale, no tree had grown.  There were plenty of live roots there, but no tree grew.  Good luck with your root!

Suzi

Subject: Found A Couple of Treats! Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 301
 
So when you going to have your taste test?  This bottle is half gone.  Not cheap, but I love this stuff!
Tangy Fig Balsamic.jpg 

Subject: Newby Just Got My First Plant's Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 632
 
Welcome to the forum.  You probably need to edit your pictures to make them smaller.  I usually pick 1000 pixels for the longest side, and that works.  I size mine in photoshop.

Seems like you have a nice beginning variety of figs!

Suzi

 

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