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Subject: A mistry fig? Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,242
 
luak, Crappie you say, why there is no better tasting fish in the world for me. It's even good enough to mention on the fig forum. Beside growing things mostly figs, I like to crappie fish.
"gene"


Subject: How are you ending the year? Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 922
 
After hitting 27 degrees earlier in the week, we are now in the 70's. Talk about a swing in temps. I still have a couple of young trees that haven't gone dormant. I move them inside went the temps fall below 30. Hopefully next year they will be on track.
"gene"


Subject: How are you ending the year? Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 922
 
This year I'm ending the year by transplanting two started cuttings from cups to pots. I think it's a great way to end the year. The two I'm potting are Sal's EL and an Adriatic called "Spicewood" because of where it was found.

Both seem to be doing well although the Adriatic suffered a little water damage to it's leaf during all the Christmas rush. It's pushing more now and they look good.

Sal's EL in cup and in pot.



May the year end on a great note and may next year all your wishes and dreams come true.

"gene"



Adriatic "Spicewood" in cup and pot.






Subject: Happy New Year Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,126
 
A Happy New Year wish for everyone, and may 2011 be you figgest year yet.
"gene"


Subject: how to get figsions? Replies: 3
Posted By: genecolin Views: 722
 
luak, welcome to the forum. I wish I had a bunch to send you but all of my tress are too young, By this fall I should be able to share some cuttings. Knowing and eating figs all my life I too was surprise to find out about so many varieties. I now have a bunch of them thanks to the generous members here.
Merry Christmas,
"gene"


Subject: Merry Christmas to all Replies: 36
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,499
 
Rafed old buddy old pal, perhaps you can find my name on one of those packages. Ha. I hope you and the family had a great Christmas. We had a wet, cold and windy one but it's warm and snuggily inside. Time for a toddy.
"gene"


Subject: Merry Christmas to all Replies: 36
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,499
 
A very Merry Christmas to one and all. May all your wishes come true and may you receive an abundance of God Love.
"gene"


Subject: An Ole Fashion White Christmas Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 735
 
Martin, a very white Merry Christmas to you and your family. The snow is probably beautiful, but please keep it up there.  As pretty as it is, it only causes trouble down here in bayou country. Keep it safe and go to bed early tonight.
Your friend,
"gene"


Subject: Rooted cutting,fruitting the same year? Wich Cultivar,was able to do it? Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,894
 
J.H. Adriatic, cutting started in Spring of this year and I ate a very very good fig on the week end after Thanksgiving. Seems like a lot of you had the same experience with the J.H. Adriatic.
"gene"


Subject: Coming Your Way Perhaps ? Replies: 34
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,008
 
Rafed my friend you are so lucky, but I must say keep your luck and the snow. LOL
"gene"


Subject: What else do you grow? Replies: 106
Posted By: genecolin Views: 9,150
 
I'm nowhere near zone 7, but here in zone 9 here is my list,
Fig
Loquats
Mulberries
Muscadines
Grapes
Pomegranate
Satsumas
Blackberries

but the thing that has grown the best for me is FRIENDSHIP.

"gene"


Subject: Hi Beukelman Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,176
 
Martin, I think he has other interest than figs. Of course I have no such experiences to verify that with.
"gene"


Subject: Black Genoa Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,781
 
Hi George, welcome to the group. It's always good to hear from others with some knowledge of our common passion.
"gene"


Subject: Happy thanksgiving Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 955
 
Well put Bass, Happy Thanksgivings to all.
"gene"


Subject: DEER WARS Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,266
 
Things are well here John, the weather is perfect. Fig season is just about over but I have hopes to taste a couple more. I know they won't be great but a fig is a fig is a fig.
"gene"


Subject: DEER WARS Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,266
 
If you think they're bad in your garden or orchard, just look what happens when they get into your house.

http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20101114/ARTICLES/101119607


Subject: NOSS Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,184
 
Mimi sounds like my father in law. Independent until 3 days before he died at 96. May God bless her and be gentle in his bringing her home. She and the family will be in my prayers.
"gene"


Subject: NOSS Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,184
 
Vivian, Glad to hear you trip is going well, so you continue to enjoy.
"gene"


Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
Posted By: genecolin Views: 76,644
 

Alex, welcome to the forum. It will be interesting to see how figs grow in your area. I checked the internet for information about your weather and if the chart below is correct you would need figs that hold up well cool damp weather perhaps somewhat like our Northwest coast.  Good luck and have fun.

"gene"

 

Average Monthly Temperature, Rainfall and Days of Rain

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Temp F

37.5

39.7

47.1

57

66.3

73.4

82

82.5

75.3

64.5

54.5

42.6

Rain Inches

10

10

13

13

12

14

11

11

12

10

8

7

Rain Days

9.4

12.0

13.7

14.0

14.6

13.3

11.2

11.4

12.0

8.2

8.1

8.0

 


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,518
 
Jason, you know me, I'm always a sucker for a sucker or two. Let me know and I send the postage plus. The only ones you sent me last year that made it are the McCauley Street green, I started 4 of them. One has a couple of figs that are close to ripening, I hope they make it.
''gene"


Subject: NOSS Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,184
 
Hey, hey, hey, I'm game for a squirrel hunt. Perhaps I need to become a nuisance squirrel control specialist. I could just keep the squirrels for my pay.
"gene" 

Subject: NOSS Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,184
 
V I'm glad to hear that y'all made the trip with no trouble. Tell Herman hello for me, I'v got a nice Paridiso growing from his cutting. Do enjoy the vacation and be careful on the way back. Linda and I will certainly drop in again when we head to Lafayette and you're always welcome to come to Houma.

Rafed my friend, Vivian is a special person that you do need to meet. She'll win your heart over in a minute and man did I say she can grow fig trees. I'd sure like to see you and her hog and gator hunt.

"gene"


Subject: Happy Ending Replies: 26
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,386
 
You are 100 percent correct Martin, the season went too fast. But I must say it was a good season. My in ground Celeste produce it's first harvestable crop this year. We ate bunches of them fresh and put a few up to eat over winter. I got to taste Martins Unknown, Flanders, Mead, Marsielle Black VS, Strawberry, Osborn Proflic and even my own Richard's Uk (pretty sure it BT). I also got to taste, thanks to a friend, some Smith, Hunt, LSU Purple, and Strawberry. I also succeded in starting 46 different varieties that I hope to plant in the ground for further evaluation. The thing I missed most was the breba that fell off of my LSU (not). I will pay them more attention next year.

The best part of the season was all the nice on line friends I've made here and especially those I got to meet in person. I wish I could meet all of you. May everyone have a restful winter and may we all emerge in the spring with renew vigor just like our trees.
"gene"


Subject: NOSS Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,184
 
Linda and I had the pleasure of visiting Vivian and her husband Mike last Friday. We had gone to Durio's to pick up a couple of fig trees in Opelousas La. and detoured to her house in Lafayette. What a great visit we had with a great couple. We had such a nice time just jawing away. I was amazed at her trees. After hearing all summer about her problems with them, I was expecting the worst, but low and behold, her trees look great and put mine to shame. Her Smith that we heard so much about is absolutely beautiful. It's about 4 foot tall, nicely branched and growing well. I only hope that I can turn my little tree into such a lovely specimen next year. I'll have to take pointers from her. (I think her secret is to try to kill them, then rescue them at the last moment, then they will be ever grateful and grow into a nice tree for you). Don't tell her that I figured her method out. LOL V. Vivian evidently has more than just a green thumb, I think she speaks their language very fluently.

I want to thank her and Mike for allowing us to come to their home and invite us in with open arms. I know that we will be back again and again and looking forward to it.

A warning to Herman, she's headed your way this week. Just be careful because she just might want to take you home with her. That's just the way she is. Bless her.

Here is a picture of her trees with the Smith being the first on the left. It started out as a stick early this Spring. The second picture is of her "babies" which are really teenagers and should grow up into young adults next year.






Subject: First Mead fig Replies: 2
Posted By: genecolin Views: 775
 
I grew this tree from a cutting I got from Mescalito, thanks Mike. It's an unknown to him that he got cuttings off of his aunt's tree and named it after her. I think she got it from the homeland. However it got here is important especially to him and I'll get the story straight before I share any cuttings. We all like to know our tree's pedigree if possible. I started this tree in the spring and it's in a 3 gallon pot growing nicely. This is the only fig that will ripen although there are a couple of other small ones. It's a beautiful colored fig with a nice deep colored pulp but the most important thing for me in South La. is the fact that it's eye is small and is blocked by the flesh. The taste was very good but I think I let it stay on the tree a day or two too long. It tasted like it was just going over the hill. Will it bear this late normally remains to be seen, but it would be nice to have a late bearing tree to ripen in our dry late season weather. Hopefully next year will bring a bunch of fig to better evaluate them. I already looking forward to them. Enough words, here are a couple of pictures.











Subject: Fig preserve with under ripe figs Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,935
 
Wow, when they talk of under ripe figs, they mean under ripe. I have a tree full of those and will give it a try. That's better than throwing them on the ground. I've used slightly under ripe figs to preserve but nothing like that. Thanks for the recipe.
"gene"


Subject: Another fig lover is born? Replies: 28
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,426
 
Congrats to you and Mom, beautiful. More mouths to feed means you need to grow more trees.
"gene"


Subject: A Fig Trek with SueV Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,570
 
Yes Sue is a great one. I just wished I could visit more often but 1600 miles is a good piece to travel, not that a friend isn't worth the trip, but one has to have means as well as wants. I'm sure I'll head that way again in a few years. By the way Sue, I enjoyed watering the trees.
"gene"




Subject: Flanders Replies: 13
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,875
 
leon, I ate my first of three Flanders this year. They ripened about 3 weeks apart. I cannot say it was the best of my figs but it was good. It was not as sweet as I like my figs but it had a distinct figgy flavor. It has a tight eye and wasn't bothered by rain or the intense heat we had this summer. It is growing in a pot this year.  These were on a tree that I got from Richard Watts that he started in 2009. It grew straight up to about 3' tall. In early spring I will prune the top to make it branch out into a tree form.
"gene"


Subject: Marlow Fig Pictures Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,015
 
Vivian, I did a hit and run on my bicycle before. I had seen this fig tree with very large figs on it in the front yard of a rent house. I went back the following spring just when the buds were turning green. I rode my bike right up on the sidewalk and while still moving I grabbed the end of a branch and snapped it off. I planted it and waited patiently for two years for it to start bearing and it did. It turned out to be a magnolia. I ate two good figs off of it that year. The next year they split way too early and got full of bugs and the same the third year. Out came the shovel and out went the tree. Oh well I tried.
"gene"

Subject: Marlow Fig Pictures Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,015
 
Vivian,
Fences, that's why you need to carry a step stool in you car. Then you can do the hit and run thing like Jason.
"gene"


Subject: Marlow Fig Pictures Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,015
 
Vivian,
Fences, that's why you need to carry a step stool in you car. Then you can do the hit and run thing like Jason.
"gene"


Subject: LSU Gold & Conadria Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,608
 
Well here it is, my last Conadria. Too bad the season has ended for these. This one had great fig flavor and good sweetness. I can hardly wait until next year for some more of these. Thanks Sal for posting yours and Mary Ann that is a wonderful looking fig.
"gene"






Subject: LSU Gold & Conadria Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,608
 
Sal I've one Conadria left on the tree and it's starting to swell and soften. Probably be ready by Sunday or Monday. I left the last one on the tree until it starteded to fall off. The stem had split from blowing in the wind and only a small piece was holding it on. It was light colored inside. I will try to leave this last on until it falls also so I can see if it has darkened inside. We are having nice cool dry weather now which is great but cannot forget to water daily.

Oh and by the way those figs look great.
"gene"


Subject: LSU Gold & Conadria Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,608
 
Sal, I went home for lunch today and picked 1 LSU Gold and 1 Conadria. I split the LSU for Linda and my grand daughter Taylor (she's like a mockingbird) to share, they said it was great. I took the Conadria to work and shared it with another fig growing friend. It was also very good. I'll sure be glad when I can get a dozen or so at one time. Sorry no pics.
"gene"


Subject: Forum Is Slow Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 875
 
Ditto, it took me 3 tries and 4 minutes to log on.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,812
 
Vivian, I don't know if picking the breba would make the main crop ripen. All I know is that the breaba are good enough to not worry about the main crop. Being I have 2 trees, I might try removing all the breba on one of them just to see. I don't think it need the wasp because I've eaten a few of the main crop, but only the very first one that set. It's still a mystery to me but one day....................
"gene"


Subject: Bird Brain Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,050
 
Ken I found mocking birds in my enclosure too. and for the life of me I couldn't find out how they had gotten in. While watching through the window one day I saw one get in. He got in at a lap in the netting.by pulling on the net until he found the opening and squeezed in. They are smart.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,812
 
Real simple,

1 gal. figs
2 tsp. soda
4 c. sugar (sugar can be adjusted to personal taste)

Wash figs carefully; place in shallow pan. Sprinkle soda over figs and cover with boiling water. Let stand for 15 minutes, then drain. Rinse in cold water. Combine sugar and 1 quart hot water; bring to a boil. Cook for 10 minutes. Add figs slowly in order to keep syrup boiling. Cook until figs are transparent. Keep syrup boiling and put figs into sterilized jars. Cook syrup until thick, then pour over figs leaving 1/4 inch head space. Put lids on jars and tighten rings. Set aside until lids snap close. When cool, store away.  OR The filled jars can be processed in a boiling bath for recommended time.

No guarantees but it works for me. Some people add lemon but I've never. I may try that next year.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,812
 
Sue, I make preserves with under ripe figs but they are not as under ripe as the figs I knocked of the tree. During the rainy season when the rain ruins the ripened figs, we pick them at the almost ripe stage meaning that are dark and the inside are just starting to sweeten, about 2 days early. The preserves are fully flavored and sweet because of the sugar added in the processing. Using such figs also mean that they stay whole during the cooking and canning. Just the way I like them on my breakfast plate in the morning.
"gene".




Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,812
 
Last year I tried pinching and all it did to that tree is to make it branch out and grow 3 or 4 more branches and I ended up with the same clusters on the tip of those and neither figs ripened. It was hard to drop all those figs but I know they won't ripen and if it helps my breba crop for next year, so much the better. I've just about decide that those trees will be breba only trees and next year right after I pick the breba I will prune them back to promote new growth which will grow quite long before summer is over and should be the wood that I will pick my breba off of on the following year.

Subject: Verdal Longue Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,034
 
That's one good looking plate of figs Sal. Those Conadria look just like mine. I think I may get a couple more of them if this weather holds. My flanders and LSU Gold will give me a taste also.
"gene"


Subject: He's back at it again Replies: 105
Posted By: genecolin Views: 9,224
 
A wolf in sheeps clothing is still a wolf. Thanks for warning everyone.
"gene"



Subject: Fig Cluster Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,812
 
Sal, I've the same thing going on my LSU Gold (not). Will yours ripen? I have hundreds of figs all tightly grouped like that. In my case I know they won't ripen so I have a question. Seems like someone just recently wrote about breaking all those fig that won't ripen to make for a more productive breba crop in the spring. Is that correct. My tree makes large sweet and juicy breba but not many main crop ripen, just a few of the earliest ones. In fact I have two such trees side by side. I've broken all the figs off of one tree just to see if that's true, but if someone tells me it is so, then I break them off of the other tree also. Sal I hope you don't mind if I post a couple of pictures also.
"gene"

LSU Gold (not)



LSU Gold...the real one



Just a small portion of the broken figs on ground.



Subject: bird netting enclosure Replies: 45
Posted By: genecolin Views: 4,745
 
OK now I understand, pretty simple.  That's gonna be a big birdless cage. I won't need one that large for the coming year but I do have to make mind larger and stronger. Thanks for the ideas and the source of the netting.
"gene"


Subject: bird netting enclosure Replies: 45
Posted By: genecolin Views: 4,745
 
Ken, looking forward to your pictures. I need to improve on my bird netting next year and want to look at all possible solutions. Thanks for the update.
"gene"


Subject: Night time pictures Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,152
 
Sal, glad to see you made it home just in time to eat some figs. Thanks for the pictures. I almost went to the canyon in 2003 but Linda was afraid we'd fall in.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Branches In Water Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,947
 
Martin, someone here mentioned putting fig sap on bites.  I've tried it on mosquitoes and fire ants bites and it does stop the itching, burning and the swelling.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Branches In Water Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,947
 
Martin, do you ever run out of ways to have fun with figs.
"gene"


Subject: Great visit with a figgy friend. Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 875
 
I'm a little late, OK, a lot late in posting this but feel I must. I was real busy at the time and I guess I forgot to acknowledge a couple of well wishes. I found this post while looking for something and realized that I hadn't thanked Martin and John for the wishes of many more seasons.

Since then I had a complete physical, including blood work, stress test and colonoscopy and all is fine. I'm scheduled to live to 100. So I hope to meet a whole bunch of y'all.
"gene"



 

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