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Subject: Grandparents BT 50 years old Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 474
 
Beautiful tree and memories!  Thanks for posting!

Suzi

Subject: Native de Argentile 2014 Replies: 58
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,647
 
Shah, a lot depends on the climate and care of any particular fig.  I like to go to the UC Davis site, and choose figs from other countries that are native to the climate in which I dwell.  Also, this was a 2011 acquisition.  The tree is 3 years old.  It's not even yet in it's prime!

Mine is a baby.  It suffered a critter bite, and I thought it was gone, but there are roots in the earth, and it's growing like the weed it is.  I have now protected it from those rabbits and voles with a cage.  But it shows me that it is vigorous and happy in this climate.  It is in ground outside.  It will be moved when it goes dormant out of the nursery and into life.  I will say this post has motivated me to give it extra care for sure!

Suzi

Subject: Native de Argentile 2014 Replies: 58
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 2,647
 
OH MY!  I have a cutting that has popped up from the earth from this years UC Davis order, and it's far surpassed the others in growth!  Even after a critter bit it to the ground!  It's protected now, and I can't wait till it gets some figs!  It's got 5 leaves compared to the two of the rest.

Love your description!

Suzi

Subject: Gag Me With A Fig Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 586
 
Hmmmm.  I got some from Trader Joes and they were really good.  That was a year ago.  I ate a couple fresh, and BBQ'd the rest.  Yumm!  I now have my own Black Mission, so I'll be picking them fresh from now on.  Sorry about your bad experience.

Suzi

Subject: Hunt 2014 Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 688
 
I wish I hadn't lost my rooted cuttings, but they were part of "the mother of all fungus gnat infestations," and they didn't make it.  I heard a lot of good things about this variety!  Enjoy it!

Suzi

Subject: Pomegranate tree demise now official Replies: 11
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 559
 
I'm surprised you have to mail the dead roots and stump back to them.  When Gurney's found out they sent me VDB instead of Italian Honey, they immediately issued a credit for another online purchase with no proof at all.  That is not good business IMHO.  I'll be staying away from Willis.  Thanks for the heads up.  Sorry about your pom.  An entire year wasted.

Suzi

Subject: One More Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 321
 
Really delicious looking!  Reminds me I need to go feed my sourdough starter.

Suzi

Subject: Figs on the golf course Replies: 3
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 395
 
I've found a few wild figs growing along golf courses, but none intentionally planted big trees.  Probably for the squish reason?  I've got two olive trees taken from golf course olive suckers.  Jump out of the golf cart while the guys take their sweet time (and they do) putting, snake a few suckers, put in the water cup, bring home, strip the leaves and cut the top one in half, sink in the dirt outside, and wait.  Two grew into 6' trees.  We had to seriously cut them back for the move, but they are growing here.

I tried to get some wild fig cuttings to grow, but that was not successful.

Sorry you couldn't enjoy those figs!  Golf courses always need money.  I bet if they harvested them daily, people would buy..........

Suzi

Subject: Fig Varieties I colected So far this season Replies: 15
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,307
 
Congragulations!  Good job!  Some interesting varieties.  Next year, hopefully you can taste the fruit and post photos!

Suzi

Subject: Introduction from BC Canada Replies: 32
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 982
 
Welcome to the forum from me too!  Can't offer much advice from Southern California, but I'm sure you'll do just fine!
Suzi

Subject: Introduction Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 685
 
Welcome from Southern California!

Subject: Hotel inspired by Figs Replies: 4
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 272
 
Very nice!  I've been to Portugal, but not there.  Mediterranean cruise on a tour.  They took us high in the mountains.  Brrrrr Cold.  Sad people.  We went to a coffee house, and I had on shorts and a tank and it was freezing!  Everyone sat at picnic tables.  This nice lady next to me was from England.  She saw my goose bumps, opened her purse, pulled out a flask, enhanced my coffee, and instant warm!  I'll never forget that day.  Just the people don't smile much.  Donkeys were so cute!

Suzi

Subject: first fig Replies: 7
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 327
 
Congratulations!!  Good luck with it!

Suzi

Subject: I can't believe The User Name "Fig" was not taken till now. Replies: 9
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 518
 
OH NO!  Not only do we have to worry about figs with two or more aliases, we have to worry about members?  Do we need an AKA list?  This is getting really complicated..............

Suzi

Subject: Smith 7-30-14 Replies: 34
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,355
 
Exceptional!  Wow!  Color me sad.  I lost my Smith cuttings to fungus gnats along with many others.  Love the drops of honey.  Nice photos!

Suzi

Subject: Today's Treat - Flanders Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 613
 
Must have missed your post, Harvey.  I had no idea what this fig tasted like until today.  I think if I let mine hang longer, the pulp will be darker like yours.  Definitely a keeper!

Suzi

Subject: An Overabundance Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 625
 
OMG!  Not sure what you were cookin' but I bet it's delish!

Suzi

Subject: Today's Treat - Flanders Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 613
 
The taste was sweet, rich, figgy.  Not berry.  Not too nutty.  Light crunch.  Juicy.  I think it would have been a little more honey rich had I left it on the tree longer, but I saw those birds eyeing it, and decided to steal their thunder.  There are more on the tree, and I'll let those hang longer.  I'm sure others here have this fig.  Be interesting to get their opinions.

Suzi

Subject: Today's Treat - Flanders Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 613
 
First fig off this tree.  Could have ripened one or two more days, but a very good fig!

Flanders.7-30-14.jpg 

The flavor was sweet, rich and figgy.  No melon or any other flavors detected.  Mild crunch.  Skin thin.  Delicious!

Flanders.Inside7-30-14.jpg 

Suzi



Subject: Smart Pots/ Fabric Pots/ Root pruning Pots Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 3,722
 
In the hot desert, previous home, we had an entire vineyard in Sun Leaves Grow Bags.  The bags last one year, but the amount of roots in the ball was amazing with NO circling at all!  The reflective white and dark insides helps with the heat, but we also put them under the canopy of in-ground vines.  Our bags were filled with Al's Gritty mix specifically formulated for hot desert regions, and all were on drip systems.

I often punched more holes in the bags for extra root pruning, a concept in which I completely belived

All have been moved here to our new property and put in-ground.  Now we have land.  No need for bags.

Suzi

Subject: Introduction and a couple of questions Replies: 13
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 449
 
Welcome from Southern California.

Suzi

Subject: Inchario Preto - Our best fig ! Replies: 32
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,490
 
Thanks for sharing your beautiful figs!
Suzi

Subject: Urban homesteading on small city block Replies: 23
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 835
 
I would love to go all edible, but I have a huge block!  One and a half acres steep hill, and a cheap hubby, random gophers and assorted pests, plus a verified drought.  He'd rather me drive to the store and buy produce than pay for the water and all to grow it.  I do my best.  I troll daily to make sure the drippers aren't clogged.  It happens.  Soaking two at the moment, clogged with hard water deposits, in vinegar.  Sigh.

Suzi

Subject: Pic Paradiso "Dusan" - 28th July 2014 In PNW Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 401
 
Nice fig.  I have a Paridiso, but no clue which kind.  Hope it looks like this one!  It has small figs now, but I don't give them much hope.  It's covered with ants (well it was till I hit it with cinnamon yesterday), and was one of the few that suffered damage from a clogged dripper.  That has also been fixed.

Thanks for posting!

Suzi

Subject: One CRAZY story--for the love of figs! Replies: 57
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,617
 
Harvey, they don't have to be Ethnic to be cranky when they are old.  They just have seen it all, and don't give a flying ^&$@#$%^&$%^!!  :-))

My son was an intern and he encountered this old anglo lady.  She needed her eye exam.  She had a mouth like a sailor.  He was trying to be the calm sweet kid that he is, but she was having none of it!!  He had his eye exam light out, and she told him to put it where the sun don't shine............  Yep!!  They think they are entitled to be cranky, and well, maybe they are!

Still love Dennis' story!  It's just the best!  They could make a movie about it!!

Suzi

Subject: OT Grafting=Art Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 436
 
Well, to avoid the sugar in triple sec, we use beer.  It's yummy and not so very sicky sweet with beer......
We make a pitcher.  Lasts a couple days  You don't have to use beer.  You could try adding OJ or something...  Wing it!!

AGAVE Nectar Version (Kinda dark for a Margarita)  I like the Splenda version best.

8 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (un-strained)
¾ C. Agave Nectar (Use light syrup, not dark).
12 oz Water
1 bottle light beer
12 oz 100% Agave Tequila

Stir and serve over ice in a salted rim glass garnished with a half slice of lime.

SPLENDA Version

8 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (un-strained)
1 C Splenda or to Taste 
12 oz Water
1 bottle light beer
12 oz 100% Agave Tequila

Stir and serve over ice in a salted rim glass garnished with a half slice of lime.


Subject: All That Nature Stuff (or Spider vs. Wasp) Replies: 6
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 467
 
See?  This is why I don't like hummingbirds.  Been dive bombed one time too many!!  You'll never catch me feeding them!  Cool photo of the spider and the wasp.  Now your big job is to find the wasp nest........................

Suzi

Subject: OT Grafting=Art Replies: 10
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 436
 
Wow!  Very cool!  I'm sure you have seen the frankenfig posts here.  Many are doing just that by grafting many varieties onto one tree to save space and still get to enjoy various varieties of figs.

This gives me an idea.  Wonder if citrus can be grafted.  We have a Bearss lime that is strugling, and JD can't live without his margaritas.  He likes them made from real juice because he's diabetic, and I make them with splenda.  We also have what we think is a seedling grown into a big tree.  I may try grafting the lime onto the seedling........  Guess I'll  head on over to the citrus forum and see what they say.

Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: Cement vs. lime? Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 659
 
We have decomposed granite for our soil.  There are huge boulders here, and you can almost watch them decompose.  Very easy to chisel shapes in them.  Not sure how much lime is in them, but the soil drains almost too well, so our figs need more water than soil with a little more clay content.

I've seen huge cracks in cured concrete from tree roots, including house slabs, so be careful planting too close to cured concrete, and give the fig tree's gigantic root system the respect it deserves, or give your home the respect it deserves by not planting a fig near concrete that you intend to dwell on for a few years.  Fixing a cracked slab is not cheap. Trust me, I know.  Been there.  I worry about those Alma twins... actually not the twins.  The pool and concrete surround.

Just saying...........  be cautious.

Suzi

Subject: Introduction from Des Moines, WA Replies: 27
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 873
 
Welcome Shirley! 

When you reply to a topic you will see a little green icon in the font strip.  It's the one that looks like a tree sort of.  Just click it, and a browse box opens.  You can search your computer and choose a photo of your tree.  It won't take anything bigger than 1mb, so I try to size mine 640 x 480, but it will take them a little bigger.  If you send them to yourself with your smart phone, just choose size small to send.  Easy to post.

Sorry about the city sprawl coming your way.  We see it here.  This is a dairy farm / citrus orchard town, and builders are slowly eating that up.  They are widening main roads, and I see them putting in sewer lines.  At the moment, it's just bare land around this, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see what's ahead.  I envision our old city center to build new and grand, leaving old town and moving to the center of the new sprawl.  This reminds me, I need to take photos of those pretty cows before they all sell out. 

And OMG!  I drove past a farm that had many Texas Longhorn steer resting under trees two days ago.  Gonna have to stop the car and cross my fingers they aren't bulls!

Suzi

Subject: Drought? Replies: 1
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 212
 
We have gotten just enough rain in July to turn the dust on the cars into ugly spotted vehicles, but not enough to really help in the garden much. 

We get more than much of California because we are in the foothills next to high mountains.  It always rains in the mountains, and we get some of the leftover, sometimes.  See that little lake on the map at the bottom of California?  We are north of the lake in the severe drought area.  Happy we are not in the extreme part, but so many are.  Sad.

It's really bad in some of the major farming areas up north.

Suzi

Subject: Hardy Chicago Air layers Replies: 12
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 586
 
Good job!  Success!!

Suzi

Subject: 1 Month Ar-Layer Pictures Replies: 28
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 712
 
OMG.  You just made me feel lucky!  We lurk above and below 100 high temp day, but nights are smooth and cool... lurk around 60..give or take 10 degrees.  We get these winds every afternoon.  This is why we can grow wine grapes.  The grapes love the lack of humidity and the winds.

Nice fig that can put up with all that!

Suzi

Subject: First Harvest Verte Pics & Review Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 934
 
I didn't get cuttings.  I bought a plant named Verte.  I hope Ruben responds to my PM plea.  I will say this is a really vigorous HUGE tree, and prolific is sort of underspin.  It's an 80 footer if somebody lets it, but we'll stop it at 20'. 

Just going to hide and watch.  Green Ischia, I've heard is also a delicious fig.  Shhhhhhhh

Suzi

Subject: First Harvest Verte Pics & Review Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 934
 
Just walked out there.  The main trunks are supported by sticks so they will grow tall, but tonight I noticed a ton of new figs at every leaf on every branch.  This is a very prolific tree.  You harvest figs, it grows more.

Last year these figs appeared in November, and I knew they wouldn't ripen, but first harvest was in April.  I am pretty sure the new ones will ripen by September. 

We're figuring out our schedule here..........

Suzi

Subject: 1 Month Ar-Layer Pictures Replies: 28
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 712
 
Sort of puts in stone that root pruning concept!  Congratulations!  I've been only using root pruning pots for 3 years, but amazing how well the concept works on air layers!  I'd try it on all my figs, but not wishing to ship a ton of air layers....  Still, back-ups in case of gopher damage............

Great post!

Thanks!

Suzi

Subject: Trio (Adriatic, DK, Green Ishia) sampling. Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 825
 
@kiwibob, I do have Adriatic, but in Southern California heat, it's figs are not yet ripe.  I received mine as a plant from a member here in Texas.  It's not JH Adriatic, or Bla Bla Adriatic.  Just plain old Adriatic.  LandscapeWitch, who I got it from said it's so good she has to lean against the fence when she eats it.  Well, mine is full of figs, but none look near ripe.

Is it a late bloomer?

Suzi


Subject: First Harvest Verte Pics & Review Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 934
 
Thank you Art.  I just sent him a PM!  Much easier than snail mail.  I linked to this thread.  Maybe he'll pop in with some history.

I understand the no posting thing.  Life sometimes gets in the way.  We had 1 major death, one house remodel and sale, then another major remodel and move all in 2 years, and that takes a lot of online time!!

Suzi

Subject: multiple questions Replies: 2
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 277
 
Of course I agree with Jon on all 3 points.  Where are you located?  Some zones have hotter sun than others. 

I took a walk through our plantings today and noticed several figs with yellow dropping leaves.  I took my soil sleuth (google that), and checked the soil.  Dead dry!  And they are all on drippers.  Well, we turned the thing on, and guess what?  HUGE leak making all the figs and grapevines get less water than they should.  It's now fixed.  We don't notice the leaks usually because it's set to water at 5 AM.  We are asleep at that time.

I suggest you buy some kind of soil water meter.  The sleuth is cheap, and you could even make it yourself.  BUT, it goes into the soil, you turn it, pull it up, and if the soil stays in the notches, it's damp enough, but if it poofs out... too dry.

Suzi

Subject: First Harvest Verte Pics & Review Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 934
 
OK Calvin.  I hope he remembers.  Wish I knew his screen name.  I'll stick a note in the mail tomorrow.

Suzi

Subject: Cannone Dark 2014 Replies: 5
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 417
 
Love the shot with the jax in it!  Looks like a yummy fig!

Suzi

Subject: Prioritizing My Figs Replies: 21
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 746
 
Well, sounds like you have big plans!  VdB is not a big tree, so maybe put that where you don't want a full sized tree.  I know Black Mission, Vista, and Raspberry Latte will all grow huge!  They are also all dark figs.  If it were me, I'd try a mix of some dark, some yellow, and some green.    Also think about early vs late ripening.  If you want the B&B to have a continual supply, you might want to make sure your choices include different ripening times.

If you want to stop by Hemet, I'll let you slice off a shoot of my Verte that's growing where it shouldn't be.  It might have roots attached.  That's a green with red center fig.  Doesn't appear to be on your list.

Suzi

Subject: Marsellies Black vs 7-27-14 Replies: 14
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 654
 
I can hardly get to my tree, but I see one unripe fig on it.  Why we put it where we did is a mystery!  It seems happy though.  It's a slip slide down a pine needle covered slope to get to it.  Bad planning.

Thanks for the preview of good things to come!

Suzi

Subject: Ant Attack! Replies: 72
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,526
 
JD actually likes the ants on the citrus trees.  They lead him to the pests, so he knows where to spray, but I'm not a fan of ants on fig trees, even though I know scale can be a pest on figs.  I noticed a ton of ants on my Paradiso yesterday, so I'm going down there with my cinnamon shaker today.

We get mealy bugs on the citrus, and a blast of water gets most of them.  I don't think they attack figs, but all these suggestions are good!

Suzi

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux 2014 Replies: 18
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,432
 
I've got mine in ground, but it's the first year for it.  Either it doesn't like it's spot, or it's a little too hot for it here.  No figs yet.  Looking forward to tasting some one of these days.  Good luck with yours, JD.

Suzi

Subject: First Harvest Verte Pics & Review Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 934
 
Here are pics taken this morning.  I found 3 more ripe figs, so another breakfast.

The Tree

Verte.Tree.7-27-14.jpg 

The leaves vary.  Two leaves.  Same tree.  The entire tree has varied leaves.

VerteLeaves.Figs2.jpg 

Figs and leaves

VerteLeaves.Figs.jpg 

So which is it? 

Suzi


Subject: Australian fig cuttings to sell me? Replies: 16
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 1,480
 
Garden Web has Australian Forums.  The US fig forum is very active, so maybe you can find help in the Aussie version of Garden Web.

I actually got help from them for a different kind of tree.  A previous owner planted a Silky Oak native to Australia on our property and we are wishing it would die or go away!  LOL!  Messiest tree on earth, and it's over our big patio!  We are going to have to have it removed at a pretty big expense, but the Aussie's were helpful to me on that subject.

Good luck to you!

Suzi

Subject: Trio (Adriatic, DK, Green Ishia) sampling. Replies: 20
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 825
 
They all look to be pretty big compared to that quarter.  So, explain the flavor.  I know, it's too late.  Next time try to pay attention to how seedy, how the skin is, and the flavor profile like berry, peachy, etc.

Thanks for sharing!

Suzi

Subject: Today’s LA Times….. FIGS Replies: 8
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 497
 
Great article!  Thanks for posting it.  I disagree on Kadota.  So far my fav fresh fig!  Unfortunately the birds love it too.  I followed the dude on twitter, so I'll be getting all kinds of food goodies in my feed.  His recipes missed that grilling of the figs, which is also such a great way to serve them.  Ooops.  Just checked.  He has a grilled fig salad.  Yummm!

Suzi

Subject: First Harvest Verte Pics & Review Replies: 25
Posted By: DesertDance Views: 934
 
The thing is, I might have tagged it 143-36 all by myself in my spreadsheet while doing beginner research.  I will post photos of the tree and leaves today.  It's dark right now.  We are having unusual weather.  It's hot and sticky, muggy, and we, in dry Southern California are not prepared for that.  I couldn't sleep, so I'm up really early with the AC and fan on.  I often look at what other names for something might be, and add that to my spreadsheet.  Does anyone know Ruben's screen name?  He would certainly know what he shipped to me.  It was an entire plant, not cuttings.   I'm pretty sure he tagged it Verte.  Ruben is in Texas.  I found his address, but not his screen name.  Bad record keeping on my part.

The tree has more than doubled it's size since it went in ground last September.
Suzi

 

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