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Subject: HELP! Critter Eating my Verte Tree - Rat? Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
jdsfrance, JD says our trigger is on the side and a critter could get the bait by just reaching it from the outside.  Bummer.  He's giving it a try tonight, by trying to rig something up that will have to shake the trigger.  Dennis and Frank both sent some lethal ideas, and we may just resort to those.  We have no pets or small children to worry about. 
Suzi 

Subject: Just dropping in to say hi from middle TN! Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 313
 
Welcome to the forum Egghead!  You have some nice varieties for your containers.  Good luck with them!  I only have one concern about those you plant in your soil in the future.  RV repair could mean there are toxins in it, so be careful you don't plant near those... like oil, paint thinners, stuff like that.

Suzi

Subject: My Healthy Desert King trees Replies: 27
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,129
 
Looks great Dennis!  Looking forward to the photo of that big plate of ripe figs!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Identitification Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 394
 
There are over 700 varieties of figs and each one has a variety of AKA names.  On the same tree you will find different shaped leaves, therefore it's impossible to ID a fig without a photo of:

a.  The whole ripe fig next to a quarter for size comparison sitting next to or on a leaf.
b.  That fig cut open so we can see the inside.
c.  A flavor description
d.  A juiciness description
e.  Is it breba or main crop

Where did you get these trees?  Did you not label them or lose the labels? 

Suzi

Subject: Multi grafted fig trees Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,125
 
dbfurlo, Welcome to the forum.  You are going to have to learn to graft.  It's on my list this year.  You will find many people happy to help you here.

What planting zone are you in?

Suzi

Subject: Morton Bay Fig Tree in San Diego Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 390
 
Greenfig, yes it's not edible.  Different kind of Ficus.  Ficus has many varieties.  Carica is the one we all love.

Suzi

Subject: Fig newb, may have killed my tree Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 327
 
Welcome to the forum from Southern California.  It rarely freezes here, so I'm not qualified for a personal answer, but been a member so long I feel from other's experiences that your tree may sprout back with new shoots.

Good luck to you!
Suzi

Subject: HELP! Critter Eating my Verte Tree - Rat? Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
Thanks for all the great advice.  We'll try it all.  I'm sure there is more than ONE critter working my trees because more than one tree is effected.

I just checked the trap this morning.  Door's open, food's gone.  I didn't check to see if there is new damage on the tree branches.  There is so much it's hard to tell other than the white sap dripping.

JD did find the cardboard left at an opening under the BBQ deck, so we think the critter-s must reside there.

We didn't think of bugs, but do they like cheese, orange slices and peanut butter?  Can they cart a piece of cardboard several feet away?  We are giving this dude a FULL meal.  He's getting his salad from my tree!!  GRRRRRR

I read Harvey's thread, but this is OUTSIDE, not in an enclosed place and it's a BIG outside :-)

Suzi

Subject: spindly growth Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 427
 
If we catch our limb eating critter, I'll send him to you.  He's good at taking out the growth tips.
Suzi

Subject: HELP! Critter Eating my Verte Tree - Rat? Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
Do you think a plain old snap trap would be better?  We just don't know what this nocturnal critter is.
Suzi

Subject: HELP! Critter Eating my Verte Tree - Rat? Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
He seems to like Tabasco sauce now after we sprayed the entire tree many times.  He has bitten the tree in many places.  We set a trap.  First night he took nothing.  Second night he ate the food but didn't get trapped.  So JD cut a 3 x 5 piece of cardboard nailed through the cheese and orange slices and placed it in the trap so the critter would have to work and release the spring.  This morning, the entire cardboard is gone.  Is the trap next?

Here is the trap:
The Trap.jpg  Here is a small dent in the damage he has done to the tree.  He doesn't seem to like the leaves or the figs.  He just cuts the branches.
Damage 4-30-2015.jpg 
We thought the chicken wire cage would prevent access, but he could be getting to the tree from the deck above. 

What can we do to get this guy?

Suzi


Subject: Climate suitability Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 272
 
Figs like dry heat, not tropical heat.  They will grow, but might split and sour if it's too wet where you are.  Some varieties do much better in tropical environments than others.  Good luck!

Subject: Photo proof-they're alive! Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 401
 
Looking good Jo-Ann!  This year they will put on more growth for sure!

Suzi

Subject: Help with ID Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 314
 
If this is a Ficus, it is not Ficus Carica.

Subject: cheap rooting .... in the air ! Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 641
 
Wow!  Love what a little neglect will do!  Very nice!

Suzi

Subject: CA water restrictions Replies: 99
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,443
 
Persianmd2orchard, it's too early to say. 

The wheels of government regulation take time to turn.  Each county is in charge of informing it's water customers of cutbacks.  Last year, prior to the governor's edict, our county cut us all back to watering on certain days depending on your address.  From what I understand it applies more to water being wasted on lawns and sidewalks, etc.  A lot of those in suburbia prioritize which trees get water and many have converted to drought loving plants.  Each individual will have to decide to use or not to use water for fruit trees.  Many save rain and gray water for irrigation purposes.

Our home is in the agricultural water district and is not in a city or town, but they cut us back last year, and may do so again soon.  Time will tell.  The drip system works for us because we can regulate days and timing.  HOWEVER, leaks happen.  Just last week, I was on the walkie talkie (necessary for the size of the property we own), and I paged JD!  "WE ARE WATERING THE DRIVEWAY!!!!"  You have to be out there when the water is on to see these things happen.  It's all fixed now.

Thanks for your concern.  People in the central valleys of California have it much worse than where we are.  Entire orchards have dried up and died there.  Very sad.

Suzi


Subject: Cuttings. Am I too late...... Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 516
 
:-)  There's always a chance.  I guess you won't know until they arrive.  Good luck!

Suzi

Subject: to pinch or not? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 685
 
Tifany, it isn't rocket science.  You pinch. You stop the main branch from growing, so it sends out side branches with more figs. 

Suzi

Subject: Cuttings. Am I too late...... Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 516
 
loquat1, the problem is that the objective you wish to achieve is roots.  A mere cutting with figs and leaves has no roots to support those things, so they will suck the life out of the cutting, and there will be no energy to root.  Capece?

Suzi

Subject: CA water restrictions Replies: 99
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,443
 
I think it's over now, but it was a light off and on rain all day long.  I like it that way because it wasn't a torrent that washes all the seeds away.  It was gentle enough to break the dry crust and allow the water to penetrate the soil.  I know, not a lot of penetration, but I am thankful!

Suzi

Subject: my figs Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 472
 
Are your figs in pots or in ground?  Where do you live?

Suzi

Subject: Cuttings. Am I too late...... Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 516
 
You could try, but I'd remove all the figlets and leaves prior to shipping and I'd let them recover too.  See if you can get them to root first.  How long and how hot will their trip be?  I no longer accept cuttings in our summer time because the have always arrived slimy and moldy.  Just gets too hot in the delivery trucks mid summer.

If you root and send full plants in dirt, they will be fine.

Suzi

Subject: CA water restrictions Replies: 99
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,443
 
Procrastination is a good thing I think.  It's raining now, and yesterday we carefully planted those tiny statice seeds all over our mountain.  The instructions said 1/16" deep, so we just laid them on some dry dirt with a fork in the ground to mark where we put each one, pinched a little dry soil on top and gave them a spray of water from a water bottle.  I was prepared to go out this morning and spray all the forks, but no need.  It's a nice light rain.  Hope it doesn't wash them away from their markers!  I also hope you all get some of this nice rain too!

Suzi

Subject: My RdB has had a rough time Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 700
 
Agree.  They will come back.  Even the one that was weed wacked.  As long as there are roots, shoots will come.  You might have to do what we do.  We put chicken wire cages around ours because we have voles, rats and various critters that have been known to snap trunks right off!

Suzi

Subject: GOOD Ebay transaction Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 647
 
Back at you!  Thanks for the email. 

The cuttings will be welcome!  I might just send you a surprise.

Suzi

Subject: Tomato Sauce the old way! Replies: 22
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
What is Tuttorosso sauce?  I don't think Stater Bros carries it.

Suz

Subject: GOOD Ebay transaction Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 647
 
Danny, could I ask a favor.  The move was rough, and I need cuttings of the vines I sent to you.  I promise to send some really good fig cuttings in return.  I need Touriga National and Tempranillo.  OK?

Suzi

Subject: GOOD Ebay transaction Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 647
 
DT, happy it worked out for you!  Send me cuttings when it grows big and luscious!

Your bud,

Suzi

Subject: CA water restrictions Replies: 99
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,443
 
I use intellicast.  That hourly thing.  We might just get o.o3 inches of rain.  BUT, Svanessa AKA Sue, I did buy some Statice seeds.  Your plants are amazing, and I think tomorrow, I'll just go spread the things and with the rain, one or two might germinate.  And there is this Lyrid Meteor Shower tonight, but go figure.  Cloud cover.

Suzi

Subject: to pinch or not? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 685
 
Richard, you just wait for 5 leaves, and pinch the growth tip.  NOW you have stopped the branch growth, so the fig puts out new side shoots with more figs. 

Suzi

Subject: Tomato Sauce the old way! Replies: 22
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
Just watched the fig marmalade video.  Pretty sweet!!  This year I may actually have a big harvest from my in-ground trees.  Might have to try that!  And the info about the Tomato machine was good too!  We have two apple trees, and I am overwhelmed when they are ripe.  Applesauce... Hmmmmmmmm

Suzi

Subject: Found Another One! Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 822
 
Nice find!  I have discovered only one privately owned fig tree in this town.  Makes me sad that people here don't grow them.  I guess they are not a big part of Mexican, Biker or Cowboy tradition.  This town is pretty much a third of each.  People here look at you strangely if you don't arrive in a pick-up with boots and a cowboy hat.  A big dog accessory gets some respect... OH, and you must park your old dying truck on your dying lawn.........

Anyway, I carry the fig load for this area on my shoulders.  Nobody but neighbors will know.  They will partake.

Good luck with that blessed find!

Suzi

Subject: to pinch or not? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 685
 
This Southern California lady isn't really qualified to help you, but when I want more figs, I pinch at 5 leaves.  It appears I have a tree some members would like cuttings from, and it's destined to grow huge.  This year, I am pinching for sprouts to make into cuttings to send next year. 

Maybe you should take more cuttings so you can insulate those trees with hay or whatever you guys in cold climates do.  Member's here may love your cuttings, and if they are gonna die back anyway, why not?

Good luck with your figs!

Suzi

Subject: Advice regarding Kadota Fig in NNJ Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 593
 
Advice coming from Southern California seems meaningless, but looking at your photos I see a bunch of dormant trees behind yours, so if they haven't emerged, maybe it's just not warm enough for the Kadota?  Figs are tough, and I know Kadota is not one of the cold hardy types, but it will probably start budding and shooting soon!

Good luck!

Suzi

Subject: How can I view PM's I sent? Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 201
 
You need to SAVE to your sent folder.  If you don't SAVE, they won't be kept so you cant view them.  Every PM you saved when sending should be in there.  It's on the left top drop down menu.

Suzi

Subject: Tomato Sauce the old way! Replies: 22
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 545
 
I loved his homemade fire pit!  The whole thing was really great!  Thanks for sharing!  I'm a little too lazy to do all that work, but Mario Batalli's sauce works for me.

BASIC TOMATO SAUCE

  • 1 Spanish onion, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 3 ounces virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or 2 tablespoons dried leaves)
  • 1/2 carrot, shredded finely
  • 2 28-ounce cans of tomatoes, crushed and mixed
  • Salt to taste

To Make Tomato Sauce: Saute onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until translucent but not browned. Add thyme and carrot, cook 5 minutes over medium heat and add tomatoes. Bring to boil, lower heat to just bubbling and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt to taste and set aside.


Subject: Still Alive !!!! Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 383
 
Hi Jo-Ann!

I'm with the others in wishing you a much better future ahead.  Life gets in the way for most of us now and then.  If it helps, I sent you a small Desert King a couple years ago.  It was a rooted little plant.  Not sure if you were able to keep it alive.  But one of your lost ID's could be that.

I too have a few lost tags due to the move.  I like the suggestion to look at previous photos by sppsp.  I may do that.  I was thinking of just waiting for ripe figs to get a better handle on the lost tag bunch.

Suzi

Subject: Pollinator assistance Replies: 2
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 228
 
Welcome to the forum!  Everything you have mentioned above except for the Calimyrna is self pollinating.  Where are you located?  Like planting zone?  It will help us help you if you go to the control panel upper right, and in the signature part, put your location/planting zone.

I'm in Southern California.  Some fig trees do better in some places than others.

Have fun collecting figs!

Suzi

Subject: greek tseligato Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,255
 
Looks absolutely delicious!  Thanks for tempting us!

Suzi

Subject: Have you ever Opened such Beautiful Cuttings? Replies: 17
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 976
 
They are from Spain.  All tips have been wrapped in parafin tape to keep them from drying out.  Two are in damp sphagnum in a baggie, and two are in new potting soil/coarse perlite mix topped with 2" of perlite.  Those two are outside on my potting shelf and the baggie ones are in my desk on top of the printer.

Suzi

Subject: Have you ever Opened such Beautiful Cuttings? Replies: 17
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 976
 
Greenfig, they are a rare variety, and when they start to show leaves and roots, I'll be happy to share what they are.  Don't want to jinx anything!

Suzi

Subject: Have you ever Opened such Beautiful Cuttings? Replies: 17
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 976
 
These arrived today, wrapped together in (a roll?) of plastic wrap after a 5 week trip and some time in limbo.

I had given up on their arrival.

I began unwinding yards of plastic wrap, and inside were 4 beauties already showing roots!  Maybe that's the secret to roots!  Cut fresh, wrap in tons of plastic, put in a padded envelope and mimic the postal system for 5 weeks prior to peeking........

Enjoy!

Bauds-Sucrette Cuttings per Axier.jpg 
Suzi


Subject: Let's start some air layers! Replies: 28
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 828
 
I'm doing a few air layers this summer AFTER I have taken advantage of all the Breba crops.  They seem to root easily in the shade of the fig tree in the heat of summer.  I wrap with foil to help protect from sun and to make it seem like it's under ground where roots want to grow.

Suzi

Subject: Papa John Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 424
 
I know nothing of Papa John, except for the dude that makes pizza.  Welcome from Southern California!

Suzi

Subject: introduction first post Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 497
 
Welcome to the forum from Southern California.  Looks like you have a good fig collection started.  I hope you win the nomination!

Yippee!

You've nominated The Rad Misfits

Keep a book in Your Nominations panel until the end of its campaign for it to count. Find something you like better? Swap out a nomination at any time.

Suzi


Subject: Finally! Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 601
 
Congratulations on a job well done!

Suzi

Subject: Cutting request and potting soil question Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 365
 
Welcome to the forum!  I don't have the cuttings you want, and have zero experience with RKN, but if you do a search on the forum for RKN, there are several threads about it here.  Good luck.  Generous members here will probably be able to help you.

Suzi

Subject: Question about FMV from a fledgling fig enthusiast Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 407
 
You will find that most fig trees have FMV, and here in the mild climates of California it doesn't affect the trees growth.  Many of us get our fig cuttings from UC Davis and all their trees have it.  I have a few trees without it, but most show signs.  Don't think there is a way you can keep it from spreading.  Search the forum.  This topic has been discussed many times. 

Welcome to the forum!  Enjoy your hobby!

Suzi

Subject: Flavorless fig tree Replies: 22
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,221
 
So this is an old tree in ground.  I see a lot of potential here.  Learn to graft and top work the tree into varieties that are really good.  You already have some babies that you can use.  The tree is established.  Don't rip it out.  Make it into some really good varieties!  Cross your fingers the birds and squirrels will keep away.  Good luck!

Suzi

Subject: Grapes Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 400
 
Nice offer.  Grapes are so easy to root.  Hope someone takes you up on it!

Suzi

 

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