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Subject: Strawberry Verte Looking Good Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 987
 
You can sink pots into the ground or not, but you can't legally stop heavy critters from breaking the branches and destroying the tree.

Subject: Strawberry Verte Looking Good Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 987
 
It's not what they ate so much as their weight broke several branches off from the trunk.  Each branch the size of a large 5 gallon tree!  That's why there won't be a lot of cuttings. 

Subject: Strawberry Verte Looking Good Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 987
 
There may be.  Raccoons literally broke the tree apart.  Not a lot left to it.  Here, nothing goes dormant until Jan or Feb.

Subject: Not for the Faint of Heart Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 298
 
Thanks Ken!  I forwarded the link to JD.  He should be able to figure it out!

You should pick your figs almost ripe.  Slice them.  Saute in butter.  Then spread on toast.  Yum!  They are so sweet that way.

Suzi

Subject: Not for the Faint of Heart Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 298
 
Rayrose, it sucks that you can't even let your peaches ripen on the tree.  At least tomatoes and peaches will ripen on the counter.  Can't say the same for figs!  BUT there is an alternative!  Because of that evil possum and fellow critters, and these horrible Fig Beetles, I now harvest a lot of figs when just soft, but not all jammy and wonderful like we love.

Last night we had this.  Those figs were delicious grilled with those onions!  Tasted like balsalmic vinegar aged for 18 years!  REALLY good!
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I have more I took before the critters could get them last night.  Partially ripe, but sauteed in butter for breakfast with eggs, bacon and fried leftover polenta, they will be a treat!

Suzi


Subject: Not for the Faint of Heart Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 298
 
Thanks Frank!  I was afraid of the Sevin dust!  Had a feeling, DON'T SPRAY THE FRUIT!  Don't want to end up in ER!



Subject: Not for the Faint of Heart Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 298
 
Wish we had chickens.  Ain't no chicken coop that will sit flat on a hillside and protect the birds from all the wildlife around here.  Coons, Possums, Snakes, Owls, Hawks, Coyotes, Bob Cats, Cougars and I'm sure I missed one.

Suzi

Subject: Not for the Faint of Heart Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 298
 
Will the 7 dust harm the figs that we want to eat?  AKA harm us?

Subject: Dark vs. light - figs that is Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 502
 
I have to agree with Jon.  California critters are VERY smart!  They just have this instinct! 

Suzi

Subject: Not for the Faint of Heart Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 298
 
Casey, we do spray our trees with neem to get rid of scale, but that tree is so thick it's tough to hit it all, so the ants are after the scale, however, once the beetles pierce a fig, they are VERY interested too!

Suzi

Subject: Not for the Faint of Heart Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 298
 
So, this morning JD went up to Rocky Top to gather some ripe figs.  He got some, but he also discovered this:

Borjosotte Gris 2016.FigBeetle.pin.jpg 
They are called Fig Beetles.  They buzz around make a lot of noise, but don't bite or sting.  We've been reading methods of control, and we are working on a solution.

Between this morning and now, those beetles finished that entire fig!  JD was going to catch them in a jar.  Too late.

You don't have to worry if you don't live in AZ, NV, CA or TX.  That is their main stomping grounds.

Suzi


Subject: Is this Binello? Something Else? Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 112
 
Well, it's not one I can truthfully share cuttings of since nobody really knows. 

Another it might be is Vernino?

Suzi

Subject: Is this Binello? Something Else? Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 112
 
Interesting.  Never had Gino's fig on my list, so no clue how I got it.  I did think it was Binello because that is one of the lost tag varieties.  I guess it's not.

Gino's fig is really good here in Southern California!!

Suzi

Subject: Is this Binello? Something Else? Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 112
 
I have had this fig for a long time.  Got it from R. Cantor.  It was in a container until we moved here 3 years ago.  A lot of tags got lost in the move.

We planted it, and it grew just fine until rats decided to use it for nests by eating all it's branches.  Sigh.  So it is now caged and for the first year giving us fruit.

The fruit are black outside and rather small.
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I hope these were ripe enough.  They were soft, and I wanted to get a few before the critters do.
Open.7-28-2016a.pin.jpg 

The skin is thin and not tough like VDB.  The flavor was rich, sweet, hit of berry with a tang on the finish, and a nice crunch.  The flavor is pretty complex.  The leaves are not huge, and I don't think the tree will be huge either.  The leaves are stiff and rough.

I like this fig, or maybe it likes this climate.  It's very healthy and does not wilt in the heat like VDB.

So is this Binello?Save


Subject: Snake in Fig Tree Replies: 40
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 839
 
Snakes don't eat my figs, so I got no prob with them, BUT I do have a a prob with possums.  KoolAid is my friend.  well, spiked.

Subject: cuttings question Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 109
 
The leaves will take energy, so I would clip those, but DO NOT PEEK!  Roots will form in time.

Subject: 35 Hours Left to Win a Hardy Chicago Fig Tree!! Replies: 2
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 173
 
I found this this morning!  I didn't enter.  Already have this tree, but you might want to win it!

Good Luck!

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
hoosier, so far out of 10 ripe figs, we got two (not quite ripe enough) and we had to beat the critter to them because he gets ALL the figs before they are even ripe!  Who pays for the water in this drought?  We do!!!! 

We'll try the peanut trick, but it will be backed up by a nice bowl of Kool Aid.

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
We got the kool aid.  It's the big plan now.  end of the rope.  Kool Aid!  And just FYI, too many Coyotes around here.  Everyone keeps their pets inside unless they are walking them.  This is wild country here.
Another FYI.  This property and house is 30 years old.  Any critter does NOT have squatters rights!

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
We were thinking it could be more than one.  We'll try putting the trap on the ground with something like jelly on bread, and covering it.  But frankly, we've had it! 

Subject: New kid on the block-Introduction Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 303
 
Welcome to the forum from Southern California!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Well, we are back to square one, and since whatever it is has decided that it can endure a little amonia, will NOT venture into the trap, we will resort to Dennis' potion. 

New prints on the window shelf 2 days ago
Print.Shelf.3pin.jpg 

On my way out to the tree this morning, I found this:
July22.FigHalf.pin.jpg 
So now I go check the trap!  We put a perfectly delicious half bitten fig in it. 
trap.emptyPin.jpg 
He didn't take the bait, and lead is not an option, but Dennis' potion is.  A little more damage I spotted on the tree this morning.
7-22.Damage.pin.jpg 
It doesn't matter to him if they are bagged or not.  It doesn't matter to us if he is dead or not!  He soon will be!  These figs are almost gone, but we have other trees loaded not yet ripe, and we are not willing to share!


Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
We keep the ammonia refreshed nightly, and the critter has not been back.  Tree is loaded with ripening figs.  JD thinks why bag?  Critters aren't going near that ammonia.  I just bag because of birds.  They just fly in, perch and don't really sniff the ammonia.  That stuff is for climbers.

Another option for finding tracks is to sift flour on the ground around your trees.  Whatever steps in that flour will leave prints.  Then you can use the chart for ID.

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Thanks for all your attempts at ID.  That ammonia seems to be working well, and it will be refreshed tonight.  Whatever climbed the tree was kinda heavy.  The tree now leans a little. 

I"m a huge fan of ammonia soaked rags and plan to incorporate them more whenever there is critter damage.

The only way we'll know what did this is for JD to trap it, and he just got home from fishing.  May take a few days.  LOL!  BUT I have my ammonia!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
The ammonia seemed to work!  The rag is still there, not one fig has been touched.  One that is in the bag is getting riper today. 

Tonight, I'll hit that rag with fresh ammonia.  Buying more at the store this morning.  That stuff is nasty!  I figure a critter leads with it's nose, and a whiff of that would seriously ruin it's sense of smell.  I may tie those rags to all of my fig and fruit trees.  Won't hurt the tree.  Thing is, the birds are a different story.

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Since Jd has gone fishing, it's on me to save the fruit for tonight.   I soaked a dishrag in 100% ammonia and wrapped it around the tree.  Get a whiff of that, Bucko!!  See if you'll ever smell anything ever again!!  Grrrrrrrrrrr

Subject: Bark Stripping Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 235
 
A vole will do that.

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Well, I think the print is a little too big to be a squirrel.  I know we have them around here, but rarely see them.  Never seen a coon either.  We did catch a big possum and a bunch of rats. Footprint Size.jpg 
Suzi


Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Nice chart!  Hard to decipher.  Either a possum or a coon.  Now how to discourage them. 

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
I think I need a motion detector that plays the sound of a snarling dog!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Arne, that's just the sidewalk that is next to the planter where the fig tree is.  I don't think it's mud.  I think it's fig juice from the critter squishing and trying to get that fig out of that bag.  I think you are probably right.  I told my neighbor and she said they have been having coon issues with them digging in their yard.

Not sure what we will do about this.  I know he will be baaack!!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
My neighbors don't know a fig from a fruit fly, so it's not them!  When I get more figs than we can eat, they will soon know! 

Suzi

Subject: Fool proof air layer idea Replies: 55
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,583
 
Love this method!  I owe a few air layers to a few people and JD is on my case about saving those deli containers.  I have a lot of the big ones, 6" x 8.5 x 4"   I LOVE EASY!  Thanks!

Suzi

Subject: Fig Thief. Can You ID Footprint? Replies: 47
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 639
 
Here we go again, but this time I have proof!

Yesterday, I checked my two ripest bagged figs.  Decided they could go another day.  This morning, the ripest is gone!  The other one won't come off the tree, but has tooth marks in it THROUGH the bag!

I noticed the bagged and half eaten fig lying on the sidewalk.  The critter left a footprint.  Is it a coon, a possum, or a rat?  That fig is a pretty big fig.  It's about 2" across, so comparatively, what do you think we are dealing with? 
Fig.Thief.Pin.jpg 

Lesson:  Pick any fig you think is ripe during the day.  Thieves mostly come at night. 

I'm just going to cut off the bitten ripening fig and put it in the compost.  If I can't have it, neither can that critter!

Suzi


Subject: Still think it's Osborne? Pics Replies: 0
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 81
 
Hi!

You all ID'd my unknown to be Osborne this spring.  The breba taste was sweet and refreshing, but not rich at all.

Recently it's been obvious that several main crop figs are swelling and drooping.  I noticed some had bird pecks, so I had to get out the bags.  I had a hard time putting the little green bags on them because they hardly fit.  These are BIG figs!

After about 4 days in it's bag, the first one dropped into my hand.  I should have weighed it, but I was creeped out by the ants on it.  HATE ants!  I rinsed the fig, sliced it open and found a few more ants!  So, I flicked and blew those off and admired the nice juicy fig that was staring at me.  Luckily, JD is fishing this week, so I didn't have to share. :-)

Here it is next to a quarter:
OsborneClosed7-2016.pin.jpg 
And here it is open:
OsborneOpen7-2016.pin.jpg 
This fig has a very sweet, rich and figgy flavor.  It is not nutty or crunchy but it is very juicy and delicious.  I didn't like the hardness of the open eye, so for my second half, I cut that eye out (plus I fear ants).

All the figs on the tree are this size when they swell and droop.  So is it still Osborn?  Osborne?  Not sure of spelling.

TIA

SuziSave


Subject: Venomous Insects and Spiders? Replies: 31
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 375
 
We spray insecticide around the house on a schedule. 

I don't go anywhere on the property without my hiking cane, and I stomp and pound the ground with it before I head in any direction to scare any snakes that may be lurking.   Here all we have are rattlers, kings and garter snakes. 

We have a neighbor who is a rattle snake whisperer.  Well, sort of.  We call him and he comes right over with a long hook.  He captures them and takes them an hour away and releases them into wilderness.

The only rattler we have seen this year was lounging on our putting green.  He's no longer around here. Rattlesnake.2.March.18.2016.jpg 

Suzi


Subject: Snake bite today Replies: 79
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,295
 
Dennis,

I'm so glad you got the attention you need.  Been so busy here, haven't been to the forum for a while and was shocked to read about your snake bite.  That must have been a pretty decent sized snake with the fangs so far apart. 

You are a good man!  You have angels watching over you.  Could have been a lot worse!

Suzi

Subject: (not for the faint of heart) Fig problem Replies: 19
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 611
 
I have the same problem on some in-ground trees.  Also some potted ones that are in mostly shade.  It has to be the heat and lack of water. 

Also, dark pots are likely to fry the roots in the hot sun.  I would wrap those pots in foil. 

I know you have water restrictions due to the drought.  Same here, but our county allows us to water 3 x per week for one hour between 4-7 AM.  Everything is on automatic drip.  We monitor the emitters for clogs.

Subject: Wait or Pluck? Let the critters have it? Replies: 13
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 254
 
So this morning I go out there and check it again.  It's not as plump or as heavy.  I'm now worried.  Finally I grab a knife and sever it off the branch.  It had 3 ants on it.  I blew them off, brought it in and this is what I got:
Osborne2016.picked.pin.jpg 
Cut it open:
Osborne2016.open.pin.jpg 
Very juicy and sweet.  At this point, it's just a light refreshing fig.  Had I left it longer, it might have been richer, but surely not as juicy.  It's a conundrum, but I have many more figs on which to test.  Some are starting to get the droop.  Is it Osborn?  I do not know.  I found it growing on county property.  Could have been a seedling that worked out to be good.  I do remember that the original tree had many shriveled figs on it, and I couldn't tell what color they were, but they did look light.
Suzi


Subject: Help determine the grade. Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 193
 
Looks like a beautiful and tasty fig!  Enjoy!

Suzi

Subject: Wait or Pluck? Let the critters have it? Replies: 13
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 254
 
I'll show you what's inside when she falls into my hand.  She isn't ready to pick yet.  I pray the critters don't get her before I do. 

Subject: Wait or Pluck? Let the critters have it? Replies: 13
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 254
 
Oh there is always competition, but hanging in this forum for years I know it should fall off in my hand to be perfectly ripe, but it looks and feels so soft and ripe.  It's a conundrum!

Suzi

Subject: Wait or Pluck? Let the critters have it? Replies: 13
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 254
 
This is my unknown which you have ID as Osborne.  I think you are right.  Look how sweet she is.  Heavy and soft in my hand, but she hangs and she isn't ready to let go. 

It's a dilemma.  If I wait too long, evil critters with amazing noses will get her..  Ready.Pin.jpg 



Subject: Where have all the flowers gone? Replies: 32
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,053
 
One last idea.  Winter is boring.  Trees are dormant.  Nothing going on.  We can't post pics of our latest delicious fig, so... we just go watch foodnetwork.com or whatever.  Summer lights up our world.  Figs get ripe!  Wish I took a photo of the one I ate today!  But, it was a whim.  Ripe and filled my little palm.  Gone.
Suzi

Subject: Lots of extra cuttings Replies: 33
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,126
 
I don't want any of them, but wrapped in Saran for 4 months in a Veggie Crisper doesn't sound like quality cuttings to me.  They must be cut fresh and sent fresh.  It appears you are reselling cuttings obtained from others.  You have KB on your wish list, but you are selling KB cuttings?  What is that all about?  Explain.

Suzi

Subject: Productive MBVS Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 699
 
I wish I could get to mine.  JD planted it low on the hillside, and it's hard to get to, but my eagle eyes see no figs after 3 years.  It is in ground.  Probably too hot and dry here for it.  It has a lot of pine straw mulch.  Never produced even one fig.

Subject: Breba from Unknown FINALLY. ID Please? Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 205
 
pino, you may have nailed it!  The first one that I didn't take a photo of was turning brownish violet, and the interior was darker.  I looked it up in Jon's list and the leaf and shape are the same.  It refers you to Archipel, which could also be it.  Thanks for the ID!  Jon's description says it thrives in coastal climates and to avoid extreme heat, which we have and this one is thriving here.  EXCEPT, it only gets morning sun, so I may have to consider that when finding a new location for it.  I've got some pine groves, and it could go near those so it will benefit from their shade.  It is a very aggressive grower.  I LOVE this fig!  On a hot dry day here, it is so refreshingly light, sweet and juicy!

Thank you pino!

Subject: Breba from Unknown FINALLY. ID Please? Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 205
 
I have never seen a fig wasp here yet.  I do have both Zidi and Port Capri, and the shape of both is similar, but my Verte also has the long neck and similar shape.  Zidi & Capri both have figs, but nothing looks near ripe yet.  Next time my Unknown gets a ripe fig, I'll wait till it shows color and put up a new photo.

This unknown sure tastes good.  There are many figs in San Diego county so it could just be a seedling.  They do have the wasp down there.  I live on a private road in county property and properties are 2-10 acres apart all flanked by miles of wilderness.  I've never even seen a fig up here, other than mine.  Even in town, I've counted a total of 3 trees and they are probably from a Big Box store.

I guess the mystery lives on.

Suzi

Subject: Where have all the flowers gone? Replies: 32
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,053
 
I didn't leave.  Just too busy to do much posting or reading.  Plus, I don't really need any more fig trees.  We are working on our house and acreage at the moment. 

Suzi

Subject: This is what I'm think'in now Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 223
 
The figs will happily send their roots into the natural ground.  NP!

Suzi

 

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