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Subject: Clusters of Cajun Gold Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,196
 
Here are pictures depicting the differences between my LSU Gold and my Cajun Gold. I believe that the Cajun Gold (which I named) is a relative of the LSU Gold. They have many similar traits and mine most likely came from a nursery that propagates LSU Gold to sell to nurseries. This nursery received either cuttings or trees from Dr. O'Rourke when he was letting his trees out for trial propagation. I believe that it is probably a lost LSU fig but have no proof of such but because of discussions I've had with others more knowledgeable than I, I came to that conclusion. 

Anyway here are pictures I took today showing the two figs together. LSU Gold on left, Cajun Gold on right. The major difference is the flatten end on the LSU Gold.



Cajun Gold in the middle of two LSU Golds



LSU Gold on left Cajun Gold on right. Cajun Gold has a little more reddish color on the inside.



The interiors of both figs showing the same characteristics



The taste of the figs are similar, they are honey figs. The Cajun Gold are a little sweeter and with a little more flavor. On these figs I pick yesterday, the LSU Gold was a little bit more watery like it would have rained in the last day or so, but it hadn't and the trees are growing side by side. I did not notice this before but then I've had a terrible season two years in a row. Cajun Gold develops a drop of honey in the eye as it ripens which helps seal it. It can takes rain without splitting but my problem has been sour beetle getting on the eye and turning it sour. This year the beetles haven't shown up or the chickens are taking care of them.

"gene"

Subject: Picked today Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 415
 
Cal, DR. G was maybe a 5. I'm hoping the next one is better. It's a very nice looking fig with it's pale green color. It was sort of watery but pleasant.
"gene"

Subject: Vista, another first Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,063
 
Frank mine is probably on it's third season and is in a 3 gallon pot. The tree is small as I have not pushed it for growth waiting rather until I can get it into the ground later this year. This is the first time it's bore fruit.
"gene"

Subject: Clusters of Cajun Gold Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,196
 
Gene, I will be posting some pictures of LSU Gold and Cajun Gold as soon as I get the uploaded.
"gene"

Subject: Vista, another first Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,063
 
On my last round today while watering I saw some figs that had colored some. Upon closer examination I found one that was somewhat hidden that was perfectly ripe except for maybe letting it start to shrivel. I obtained this Vista from Jon in a trade a couple of years ago when I went visit him. There are 3 others on the tree. It's my first taste of this type of fig (vista, mission). I found it deliciously sweet and berry flavored, but not quite a sweet as the Geno's Black I posted about. Waiting to see how the others taste before I make any more comments.
"gene"






Subject: Picked today Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 415
 
Below are the first ripening off of these trees except the LSU Gold which I've picked 2 already.
The top right fig is one given to me by charles willis which he calls Dr. G after the person who gave it to him.

The top left is a LSU Gold

The top center and 2 below it on the middle row are China whites.
 
The lone dark fig is Geno's Black.

The LSU Gold was up to par, honey sweet, mild with a light taste of fig.
The China White is not so sweet as the LSU Gold but has a good flavor and texture. Only the top one was ripe enough. I knocked the other two off accidently. They fall easily. As you can see it has a hollow center and a large open eye. It can only ripen in dry weather without spoiling.

The Geno's Black is a new taste to me. Probably what most would call berry taste but very very sweet. I will have to study that one more.




Subject: Geno's Black Replies: 2
Posted By: genecolin Views: 357
 
My first Geno's Black of the year and my last one of the year. It's a small potted tree that will go in the ground this fall. The fig was fully ripe and very berry tasting. It was very sweet, almost too sweet, like an over ripe Celeste is about the closest I can ID the taste. It was good but I'm not sure I like figs that sweet. I will have to see how it does in the future.




Subject: Today's harvest Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 742
 
Mike, I also hope the rains hold off for a while. If the chickens get too fat and might have to eat chickens. ha.
"gene"

Subject: Today's harvest Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 742
 
Thanks everyone for the comments. Noss give my trees a couple of weeks then you need to come over for a tasting and bring Ferd with you.
"gene"

Subject: Today's harvest Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 742
 
Quote:

Ok Just check'n since we all know dark figs are the best.

I think that is a matter of opinion, and not mine. I like variety.
"gene"




Subject: Durio Nursery - Confused about listings.... Replies: 4
Posted By: genecolin Views: 519
 
James before you place an order please call Dalton Durio. I had a friend stop in there a month back on a Saturday on got to talk to Dalton face to face. My friend wanted to buy a couple of varieties but Dalton said he had none for sale. He was way behind in his work as he's been doing landscaping work out of town. My friend said the place looked a little run down and weed infested. I hope he get it back on track for he's such a nice guy to work with. If you do get in touch with him please let us know the outcome. The trees I've gotten from him were always very good.
"gene"

Subject: Today's harvest Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 742
 
Rich, none have ripened yet. They all seem to be later ripening although I did see a Gino's Black that is a day of so from being ripe. My hope is that the chickens don't see it first.
"gene"

Subject: Today's harvest Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 742
 
Today for the first time this season, I had a real harvest. Yesterday I did taste a few but today I put some in a bucket. They are mostly Celeste with 2 LSU Golds, 1 LSU Tiger, and 4 O'Rourke. I like to pick and eat the Celeste at the just ripe stage because I find them more refreshing than at the very ripe stage. At the just ripe stage I can eat dozens but at the very ripe or candy stage they are too sweet and I can only eat a couple. Thus I make my rounds every day and pick the ones that have just ripened to that stage that I like. Of course I always miss a few and those I'll pick and eat at the candy stage.

In the photo it's not hard to ID the LSU Golds. The LSU Tiger is the large fig right below them and the 2 standing up in the upper right hand corner and below and to the right are O'Rourkes. The O'Rourke show stripes.
"gene"


Subject: Celeste Study Replies: 33
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,256
 
Mine develop that purplish color when they over ripe. I find that they are too sweet at that stage to eat but a few, but at the just ripe stage I can eat a bowl full.
"gene"

Subject: My SC figs Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 563
 
That looks great Doug, I'm envious of all your space. I glad to hear that some south La. trees are doing well in SC. 
"gene"

Subject: Celeste Study Replies: 33
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,256
 
My Celeste which is a common one in this area of South Louisiana.

The leaf


Just ripe fig


Over ripe to the candy stage and drying on the tree


Ripe on the right and over ripe to the candy stage on the left.

Subject: LSU Tiger Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 909
 
It was too late yesterday for me to take pictures but this morning I was up bright and early to take these. Although I thought it would be a day or two I did get to sample 2 of them this morning and found them very good, very sweet, very juicy, and a hint of Celeste taste. If they hold up like this the rest of the season then I will be very glad that I did not take it out this winter. The next 2 I will let get very ripe to see how they differ from the two I sampled today which were just ripe.
"gene"
















Subject: LSU Tiger Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 909
 
Looks great Brian, I can't wait to taste mine.

I came home from a weeks vacation and found 3 or 4 Tigers that have turned brown but need a day or two. I had such a bad time with them last year splitting and souring that I almost cut it down over winter but decided to give it a fair chance. Last season was too wet for any fig. I may have a report in a day or two. We had 3 1/2 inches of rain while I was gone but now the weather has settled some and there is only a slight chance of rain. hopefully it stays dry so as I can get a good sample.

Ryan, I glad to hear your tree is doing well and the figs were good.

"gene"

Subject: Ice Crystal Replies: 13
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,314
 
I didn't have time to listen to it closely and because of the accent it is hard for me to completely understand, but he did say that it puts on two crop, one in Spring and one in Fall. He also said that it could take the cold well. When I have time I will try to decipher more.

"gene"

Subject: Newtons- Now without the fig? Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 502
 
I for one won't miss them. They disgrace figs.
"gene"

Subject: first fig of season, a whopper Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 918
 
greenbud, yes the chickens are always under the trees. They do not bother them until the fruit starts to ripen then they will eat all the lower ones which is fine with me. They deserve the treats for tending to the bugs all year long and for spreading the fertilizer.

I do not attempt to categorize the unknowns but just keep my eyes and ears open hoping to find someone else with a similar one. 

"gene"

Subject: first fig of season, a whopper Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 918
 
greenbud, yes the UK stands for unknown. I do not spread the fertilizer, the chickens do it naturally all day long. It is washed into the soil by the rains.
"gene"

Subject: Darkman (Charles Buzbee) Replies: 17
Posted By: genecolin Views: 718
 
Great news from Charles. I visited with him and his wife Tami and he is looking great. In fact he felt well enough to give me a short walking tour of his grounds which are expansive. It was great seeing him up and about and in great spirits. He still has some healing to go but is doing great. He has quite a layout, it's just too bad that last winter was so hard on him and then the followup flood that put some water in his house. He says hi, and will be joining us shortly.
"gene"

Subject: first fig of season, a whopper Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 918
 
Kubota, they get fed chicken poop by my chickens. The orchard doubles as a pen for my 6 chickens. The trees are dark green.


Subject: first fig of season, a whopper Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 918
 
I think you have something there Dale.
"gene"

Subject: First Ripe One this year for me Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 464
 
Frank, you're way ahead of me on all my figs except the one Martin's UK I posted about. My alma is loaded with main crop figs but no breba. Because of it's length I was thinking it was a Hunt until I read your post. Sweet anticipation.
"gene"

Subject: first fig of season, a whopper Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 918
 
You're right Gene, when I showed it to Linda her eyes bugged out of her head. I wish I had a picture of that.

Ken you can borrow them but getting them there might be a chore.

Mike, I don't. Well last year they ate all the wanted as they mostly all spoiled. This year I hope is different and if they get to be a problem, I have to keep them in their chicken tractor until I get mine harvested. If the season continues as it looks now, I'll have plenty to share with them. Some of my tree have very low branches and it won't take them long to find those as soon as they start to color. After that, I might have to restrain them.

Scott, Crappie.Com is a great site. It is a nation wide site with sub forum for each state. I've been a member for a few years and enjoy it as much as my fig and garden forums. We have a few get togethers each year which are the utmost of fun. We'll meet at a state park or private marina with cabins and fish, eat, and swap stories for 3 or 4 days. Check us out at "Crappie.Com". If you like to fish crappie then this is the place to be and it family friendly so even your wife and kids can participate. We keep it clean.
"gene"

Subject: first fig of season, a whopper Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 918
 
Usually by the middle of June I've been eating figs, but this year all fig are late because of the colder than normal winter and later than normal cold weather. All in all the fig season looks great as of right now. If the rains hold off or a least stay at a manageable level, I should have an abundance of figs. The trees are in great shape and are loaded. My decision to invite the chickens to free range in the fig orchard has done wonders for them. The trees are a very healthy looking dark green from all the free fertilizer but I haven't noticed any excessive growth. The one fig I'm picturing is Martin's UK. It was the first fig to show swelling and the first to fully ripen. I had been watching it for some time but it is in a place hidden from the casual look. Having not checked it in about 4 or 5 days, this afternoon I decided to go into the chicken pen/orchard to see it. WoW, to my surprise it had fully ripened and had started to open at the eye. The size startled me at first, but then I knew it had the potential to grow that large from Martin's pictures. The good thing is that it hadn't rained in several days and the second good thing is that it didn't spoil or have sour beetles on it. Maybe my chickens are doing their job or maybe it's just a bit early for them. Either way I'm grateful, for it was such a wonder fig to taste as the first of the season. It was sweet and had a good fig taste and made me want another. I only got to eat half as I shared the other half with Linda but even my half took 3 bites to consume.  I'm leaving to go on vacation on Sat. for the week and won't be around to see if any others ripen. As of right now I don't see and other figs that have moved from the stagnate stage to the begining of swelling. I hope to return to a whole bunch of figs getting ready to ripen the following week.  Enough talk and time for a picture or two.
"gene"

The fig is in Linda's hand, and it was a handful.



The other side of the fig showing it opened up. Looks like I took a bite out of it.




Subject: OT - Need your prayers Replies: 68
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,891
 
Just saw this, and I'm so sorry for your Mom. I will join other in prayers for her to have a quick and complete recovery.
"gene"

Subject: Darkman (Charles Buzbee) Replies: 17
Posted By: genecolin Views: 718
 
I just received word from Charles's wife Tami that Charles's surgery went well and was a success. He had a quadruple bypass this morning and is doing well. She said that he is talking a little. I told her we would continue to lift him up in prayer and ask for a speedy recovery. He asked that I pass this info on to you guys and gals. I'm looking forward to seeing him in two weeks when we will be passing thru Pensacola. I have a gift tree for him.

"gene"

Subject: From MI to FL Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 603
 
Rafed are you making up names again. Haha. Nice looking trees Frank and Rafed is the most generous and a great friend.
"gene"

Subject: OT Helping to get to Margaritaville Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 423
 
Those limes are gold right now. A case of limes that used to wholesale at $10 is now it $90 or more. Bartenders are be hit real hard.
"gene"
ps: very nice tree.

Subject: Prayer and thoughts Replies: 43
Posted By: genecolin Views: 993
 
Thanks for posting Hershell,

I talk to Charles earlier today but was on a repair job and didn't have time to post until tonite. I'm glad you beat me to it so that the prayers could start flowing. I will be seeing him in about 3 weeks and by then he should be over the worst of it. Like I told him I feel certain that all will be well and it will take a few weeks to get over it and then he'll be set for life.

Heavenly father we ask that you protect Charles as he undergoes this procedure. Also guide the hands of the surgeon and all the assistants that will help get Charles over this ordeal. We ask this and all things in the name of Jesus.

"gene" 

Subject: Last years cuttings Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 860
 
Hi JoAnn,
Seems like I too missed this post. I wish I had a success story to tell you about your family tree as I was really looking forward to having another dark fig. But alas, it wasn't to be. None of the cutting survived the onslaught on the fungus gnats last year. They were horrible. This year has been completely different as I haven't lost a cutting to a gnat, in fact I hardly ever seen any, which is great. I hope others have had better success and show us some pictures of the figs. Perhaps I'll be able to get a cutting or two in the future from them.
"gene"

Subject: Fig Ice tea Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,088
 
Frank that looks great. Pete's idea of adding fresh figs and lemon sounds interesting. I've had the fig leaf tea a number of times and tried mulberry leaf tea once and found that the fig leaf makes a more pleasant drink. Fig leaf is suppose to have an effect of blood sugar and so is mulberry leaf. My wife is a diabetic and was having bad side effect for using Metforum (sp?). She got off of it and started taking a mulberry leaf supplement and low and behold, her blood sugar is lower and more stable on the supplement. Now she is also on other medication but they alone didn't control her sugar but with the added mulberry supplement, she right on track and amazed her Dr.
"gene"

Subject: Cuttings Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 815
 
Ken that sounds like a great idea. I have a friend that roots out in the open in a hill of river sand. River sand is the stuff that is washed down stream and settled on the river banks. It's composed of all sort of goodies and does a great job of rooting cuttings. He just buries all but a little of the cutting and let mother nature do her magic. Of course we have high humidity and a fair amount of rain in early spring.

"gene"

Subject: Really Small Fig Or Really Big Blueberry? Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 693
 
Thanks for the added picture figero. I let my tree grow a little taller before I chopped off it head and it make a very nice open tree.

Rafed, let me know if it died or not as I have another small one I can send you.
"gene"

Subject: Really Small Fig Or Really Big Blueberry? Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 693
 
Thanks for the feedback Figero. Yours is the first report from the many cuttings and trees I've given away. You are ahead of me by a bit as my breba are still a few weeks away. I have a large main crop working this year and hope the rain hold off long enough to get in a decent crop.
Thanks again,
"gene"

Subject: LSU FIG FIELD DAY!!!!!!! Replies: 53
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,655
 
Chavis and schaplin, you have picked up on a older thread from last year. I have gotten word, yet unconfirmed, that there will be no more fig days at LSU. I believe they have sold the rights to those trees.
"gene"

Subject: It's May Already Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 622
 
Hi James, I'm in the same boat. I decided not to rush things like years before and end up with a bunch of small plants to babysit and fight off the fungus gnats. I did an experimental rooting of some of my Cajun Gold to see if this method would work. Six out of eight rooted and are now small plants on the outside and looking good. Since it worked out well, I have now started the rest of my cutting and none have yet put out roots. One small batch of 6 in a container all to themselves and a little warmer, have started to sprout buds and leaves. Hopefully roots will appear soon before I'm forced to cup them up. Good luck with yours.
"gene"

Subject: torrential rains in SE Replies: 29
Posted By: genecolin Views: 937
 
I got a call from Charles a little while ago. He said they are alright and the damage to the house consist of water getting around 3 inches deep in part of the house. They are in the process of pulling all the carpets out and washing everything with bleach and odorban to prevent and get rid of any mold trying to grow. Having gone through this twice myself, I told him he was doing the right thing. He thinks by Wednesday they should be ready to redo the floors. As for his fig trees which he thought had all washed away, by some miracle they were flooded but not flushed downstream. He seems to think they will be alright. He did lose a lot of other plants and a whole slew of 3 gallon pots filled with potting soil ready to receive some young trees. Also his yard where he had been building good soil for some time has been scoured away down to the hard stuff below. Everthing went including the grass, fences and more. He said a new river formed thru their neighbor hood and flowed through their yards for at least 7 blocks taking everything in it's path.

He wish to thank everyone for their concerns and prayers. He is off line until they get the house dried out and he will keep us posted as soon as he can.
"gene"

Subject: torrential rains in SE Replies: 29
Posted By: genecolin Views: 937
 
I just spoke to Darkman in Pensacola and he has water running like a river through his yard which washed a lot of the trees away. He also has 3 inches of water in his house and it's still raining. Please keep him and all those in the Southeast in y'all prayers for they are hurting from this outbreak of tornados, thunderstorms and more rains that can be handled. 
"gene"

Subject: Score! Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 772
 
Gene, nice score for sure. If you are having the winds like everyone else, do you trees a favor and drive 3 stakes and tie the tree to stop the wind from loosing the rootball.
"gene'

Subject: Now I'm a cancer survivor Replies: 68
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,632
 
Blessings to your Jason, great news my friend. Need something, Holler.
"gene"

Subject: Breba drop on LSU Gold? Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 479
 
Welcome to the club, mine are all gone also. In fact all of my trees have dropped their breba except my Cajun Gold. It did drop some but retained about 50%.
"gene"

Subject: Camper Shell = temporary Greenhouse Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 613
 
I think I remember about Richard Watts using his station wagon to  do the same. Great idea.
"gene''

Subject: Perlite Is... Replies: 15
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,577
 
James you'd better watch it or you might be getting some figs the color of TyTy's figs, ha. Oh, by the way, great idea.
"gene"

Subject: How are you ending the year? Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 922
 
Dennis,
Thanks you for the prayers. I just went out and checked out my tree. During some hard rain and wind the root ball got soft in the pot and the tree leaned over real bad so I'll have to repot and straighten. Well maybe not as it will go into the ground soon. It is about 3 foot tall and has a side limb almost as tall. I will probably air layer the side branch or use it for cuttings this winter.

I've started a few assorted cuttings 6 weeks ago and have them all potted up, so now I will start the rest of my cuttings. I only have about 25 this year. I started around 100 last year which was a little too many. I doing it a little different this year and if it as successful as the first one's I'll post a report. It sure has simplified the process for me.
"gene"


Subject: Date With Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 65
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,263
 
Well I tried the Abebereria leaf tea and I somewhat agree with Sue that it tastes like asperagus, well maybe a hint of asperagus. It it definitely not as good as the tea made with my Cajun Gold which had a coconut flavor. I will do a cup this afternoon or tomorrow and see if I get the same taste I remembered from last year.
"gene"

Subject: How are you ending the year? Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 922
 
Hi Dennis,
Llast year was not a growing year for me. I just kept things alive. The wife had a knee replacement and that became an almost full time job all the way through October. In fact she's not 100% yet but at least she is able to do just about everything for herself. So because of the situation all I did was water a little and give them a little MG a couple of times over the summer. I did get to move many 1 gallon plant up to 3 gallon pot and Spicewood was one. It didn't bear any figs, but it is growing nicely now. I plan to put it in the ground soon.

I did start a bunch of cuttings last spring and most are doing well although I did lose some to the gnats. I have just started my cuttings for this year and so far everything looks great. I'm about to get a new batch out of the fridge and get them going. I only have a few this year, maybe 15.

How did your figs taste, anything like the J.H. of any other Adriatic. I curious but I guess I might find out this year if all goes well. I have about 70 that I will be putting in the ground at my friends house where he has some unused pasture land. I would have started this week end but the rains hit pretty hard. So it will be soon I hope.

Take care my friend and let's hope for a dry ripening season this year,
"gene"

 

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