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Subject: I got a good laugh today. Replies: 17
Posted By: genecolin Views: 696
 

As I drove into the yard yesterday, I stopped opposite of my anti-bird cage as I was waiting for some dear friends to show up. I noticed some movement near the cage which turned out to be a mocking bird. He had jumped from the ground to the netting about 2’ off of the ground. He starting pecking and pulling at the netting looking for an opening. Finding nothing he jumped back to the ground and starting walking along the bottom edge pecking again at the netting looking for an opening. What he didn’t realize is that the netting didn’t end at the ground but extended along the ground for a least a foot  away from the enclosure. He  was standing on the extended part. While he surveyed the netting from one end to the other Linda pointed out another mocking bird that flew to the top corner of the cage and started looking for an entrance on the upper part of the cage. He too was pecking and pulling on the netting trying to find a weak spot. Not to be out done, a third mocking bird flew to the other end of the cage and started walking down the lower edge also looking for an opening. He also was walking on the extended portion along the ground. Linda and I sat there for a least 5 minutes watching them, thoroughly amused by their antics. I would have stayed longer but as we were waiting on friends to show up to go out to lunch with us and Linda had to go in for a minute or two before they arrived, so we cut it short. I wished I would have had a video camera to record them in action. Up to this time the birds have only been watching and studying from the rooftops, trees, and power lines around the house but today they moved into action. Perhaps they know that the figs are getting close to ripening.

“gene”


Subject: LSU White Honey Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,782
 
You got it Tim. Since after trying for 3 years to find it's proper name I've given up. There is the possibility it's related to the LSU Gold or may be a sport of LSU Gold thus I've named it Cajun Gold. There is a great possibility that Lowes got the tree from Becnel's nursery in Belle Chase La. So in propagating cuttings from LSU Gold they might have started a sport of it without knowing it. I also understand that Becnels received trees or cuttings from LSU or Dr. O'Rourke many years ago to propagate and explore. Thus it could be a sibling of LSU Gold.

By the way does yours have any figs on it this year?
"gene"

Subject: LSU White Honey Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,782
 
Paully I'll be driving over to see it in person as soon as I get Linda a little more on her feet. My Cajun Gold puts its figs out in clusters as in the following picture. Mine is "loaded" also.
"gene"


Subject: Conadria Replies: 31
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,472
 
I bought my tree in 2009 as a 6 inch plant in a 4 inch pot. I move it to a 1 gallon pot and it grew fast and I moved it to a 3 gallon pot. It stayed in that pot until Nov. 2010 when I planted it in the ground. 2011 it grew fast and large to around 5 foot and had many figs but they were mediocre. 2012 it really put on some more size and figs. The breba were large, good and sweet, but the main crop was lost to the rain. Hoping for better this year.

Nick, that is a funny looking Conadria. I've seen them with amber or light red interior but never like yours. What is your source, mine came from Almost Eden Nursery.
"gene"

Subject: Conadria Replies: 31
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,472
 
Thanks Mike, it's one of the healthiest of my bunch.
"gene"

Subject: Conadria Replies: 31
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,472
 
Below are a few pictures showing my figs today. I can't complain on production. Taste, breba are more sweet than figgy but good. Last year the breba were very early and might have been my first fig of the season. By the time the main crop came in the monsoon had hit and the figs threw in the towel, at least I did. So I cannot really comment on the main crop. It's hard to remember two years back but I think that I liked the breba better than main crop, or it just might have been that the breba were the first of the season and by the time the main crop ripened, I had other much better tasting figs like Celeste and Cajun Gold.
"gene"


Cluster of figs


Several clusters


Cluster of breba

Subject: Conadria Replies: 31
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,472
 
Paully, I've had good luck with my Conadria. It grew like a wild man last year but after severe pruning it's behaving better this year. My breba were extra large and plentiful last year but since I pruned it so hard I will only have a few. The breba were my earliest fig last year, they were plentiful, and they were good, very sweet and somewhat tasty. Linda loved them. When the rains hit and I lost all my figs, the Conadria were among them, but then it wasn't only rain it was a monsoon. Good luck with yours
"gene"

Breba:



Subject: Red Bug Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 656
 
Bob, looks like spider mites. Google for pictures to compare to it.
"gene"

Subject: Did I risk my life for a Brown Turkish!? Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,427
 
How do you suppose it got planted there, from a seed perhaps.
"gene"

Subject: Perlite Trommel Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,184
 

Where there's a will there's a way. A great idea Wills, beautifully executed.

"gene"


Subject: Birds, birds, no birds Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,084
 
Rui, thanks for the comments. You speak of snakes and things, Ken who gave me the idea and design put solid black plastic around the whole enclosure from the ground up to two feet. This keeps the creepy crawlers out. If you think it snags shoes real bad, don't try fooling with netting while having a shirt with buttons on it. I have left some slack in the netting and some extra at the ground level. We don't have cat birds but they must be related to the mocking birds. The mocking birds walk the whole perimeter looking for an entry place. Last year I had one walk between to lapped over pieces of netting and get in. Now he had to find the lap which was around 12 inches and separate to two layers and squeeze in between them. If I wouldn't have seen it myself I don't think I would have believed it. Other that a few drawbacks I think it will work just fine. Oh and no snow or branches here, my biggest threat will be strong thunder storms and Hurricanes. Time will tell.
"gene"

Subject: Birds, birds, no birds Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,084
 
I'm not sure how many one bird can eat but one bird can destroy a whole bunch by pecking once or twice on each one. Here, usually the mocking bird will peck around until it finds one that it likes and the sparrow follow behind in droves and finish them off.

Dale you say electrify it. Well Ken who gave me the idea has an electric fence at ground level to ward of the javelinas. I have no such pest.

"gene"

Subject: Birds, birds, no birds Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,084
 
Darkman, I didn't see your post earlier. The netting is supposedly good for up to 4 years but If I take down it should last a lot longer. My plans is to take it down after the season which will last until October or November. When I take it down I have a few modifications to do that will allow me to take it off in one piece and put it back on in one piece. The frame will stay up.

Here chicken wire would not work as the sparrows would zip right through it. Actually the frame work is pretty sturdy but might require better anchors because of the added weight of the wire.

You're right Steve, take Dat and Dat and Dat, now git out of here.

"gene"

Subject: I have moved to the lazy side.... Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 978
 
I have a friend that uses one, he says it adds a lot of air to the mix and really makes it lighter.
"gene''

Subject: Birds, birds, no birds Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,084
 
Thanks guys, I owe it all to Ken.

greg, the netting comes from  <http://www.bird-x.com/bird-netting--standard-birdnet--products-32.php?page_id=198>. I made a mistake, the cost is 114 dollars for the 200' roll.

JD you must be a mind reader. I have a few single trees around the yard and I was thinking how easy it would be to make an individual cover for each. Since the trees are young and small a 6' X 6'would be more that enough. I could then by some 7' wide netting and wrap around it with a separate piece for the top. Good thinking my friend.

"gene"

Subject: Birds, birds, no birds Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,084
 
How do I keep birds out of my trees, I use little blue flags. The little blue flags do the trick, that is as long as they are attached to the net framing and the netting. Using Tuscon Ken idea and success I decided to try his approch. I saw his in person last September when we stop over at his house while driving to CA. (Ken thanks again for the hospitality.) Mine is 53 feet long, 18 feet wide and 12 feet high using 16 pieces of 3/4" steel conduit @ $3.12 each or $50, 1/4 mile of electric fence wire @ $25, 12 anchors at $3 ea or $36, and 200 feet of netting 14' wide for $108 and a couple spools of nylon string. Total cost around 230 dollars making it well worth it if I don't have to worry about the birds any more. This year the birds had a great breading season, I think many of them nested twice. The mocking birds are more plentiful than ever. They are always chasing each other around the yard staking out their territories. Well it was time to stake out mine.

Here are a few pictures of my project. Oh, and the little blue flag were just put on the wire to keep me and the grand kids from running into them.









China Whites safely behind the netting.


Cajun Gold with it's hundreds of figs.

Subject: Moscatel Preto Replies: 15
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,749
 
Paully, thanks for the well wishes for Linda. In the photo you can see other trees on the right edge of the photo. I moved around 30 young plants in what is a box of sorts made out of tin on all four sides. I use it to acclimate young trees to the sun. When I put all the trees in the box they were just breaking buds and most were only 6 to 12 inches tall. I put fence boards across the top with 2 inch spacing between them. That way they are only in the sun for a few minutes and then in shade. This is repeated all day as the sun moves across the sky. Every week I remove 1 board and move the boards apart giving them more sun. I repeat this a few more times until the are ready for full sun. Since I start this in Feb. the box can be totally covered to protect them on cold and frosty nights. In march we have our spring winds which can play havoc on the little trees, so by being in the box they do not take a hard buffering from them. It's a great set up, but the MP didn't keep up with the others. They are all due an up potting as soon as I finish another project that's on the front burner. I will have pictures shortly of that project.
"gene"

Subject: Moscatel Preto Replies: 15
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,749
 
OK Pete, I dug it out and found that it hasn't grown much this year. It's a little taller than it was in the picture I took last year. It's still in a 1 gallon pot and although it was in a sunny location it is being shaded by trees that grew much faster than it did. I will move it soon to a more sunny location to see if I can get it going. It's looking healthy but need to grow. I just been too busy lately caring for the wife and her replacement knee. She's healing and it won't be long before I can turn the house over back to her.
"gene"


Subject: White Triana, Hollier, IC, O'Rourke hardiness? Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,452
 
I thought it was Ol' Yay???

Subject: New Brandy / Scott's Yellow Replies: 15
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,160
 
Tim, you may have answered this before, but have you gotten figs from both.

I hope all is well you, Sandy, and MIL. We are doing fine except Linda is suffering the aftermath of have a knee replaced. She on her feet and healing but having bouts with pain which are becoming less and less. Looks like I'm off towards a great fig season if only the rains stay away.
"gene"

Subject: Moscatel Preto Replies: 15
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,749
 
Pete, I'll try to run it down later today when I water and take a couple of photos. Hoping I see figs.
"gene"

Subject: LSU Thibodeaux Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,244
 
I checked mine this morning and found it wilted. I'm afraid that fungus gnat larvae have gotten to it.
"gene"

Subject: LSU Thibodeaux Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,244
 
You're way ahead of me Cajun, mine is about 3 inches tall.
"gene"

Subject: What is the best tasting LSU Fig Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 4,432
 
Brandy is a name that James Robin applied to Scotts Yellow. Somewhere down the line some cuttings got mixed up and there are trees out there bearing the Brandy name producing dark figs so they are not Scott's Yellow, perhaps they are Scott's Black, who knows. I have one named Scott's Yellow / Brandy that produces dark figs. I also have a Scott's Black and if all goes well this year I might be able to compare the two. So if you own a Brandy it could be the real Scott's Yellow or an other fig which is dark.

"gene"

Subject: Where to find a true O'Rourke? Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,135
 
You're absolutely right Paully. There were many figs in the test orchard and there is a good possibility that after LSU shut down the program, no one really took good care of the figs and the research work. Dr. O'Rourke didn't publish anything so the possibilities are endless as to how many figs from the same batch are out there producing good figs. Buy the time LSU were coerced into releasing the group of figs, they could have just went to one group of the trees and decided these are O'Rourkes. Although they are blood brothers there is still genetic differences. But what really happened is anyones guess and until someone from LSU digs into it who will know for sure. Perhaps someday an AG student will take an interest in figs and dig up any research work that Dr. O'Rourke left behind. It would be real interesting to see some of his notes.

Matt, as far as which one taste best, I can't answer that just yet. I did eat some of my O'Rourke last year but no Improved Celeste off my trees. I did taste a couple of IC from the source of one of my trees and without being able to a side by side comparison it's hard to tell. The IC's I did taste were very good. The O'Rourkes that I got off of my tree were very sweet and although it rained throughout the ripening season none of them split, cracked or soured. Hopefully the rains will not come at the wrong time this years so as I can get a good sample of each.

"gene"

Subject: Where to find a true O'Rourke? Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,135
 
This morning I went a look closely at my O'Rourke and Improved Celeste. Here are pictures of the leaves of the different plants.

Comparing My LSU O'Rourke and LSU's O'Rourke I see a big difference. Could it be that LSU has more than one type named O'Rourke without realizing it? Maybe just some subtle differences. The mystery goes on.

O'Rourke/Improved Celeste from JR



Improved Celeste # 1



Improved Celeste #2



My O'Rourke from LSU



Figs on my LSU O'Rourke



Picture from LSU release showing the leaf of an O'Rourke.





Subject: Where to find a true O'Rourke? Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,135
 
I don't know what he's selling now but I think that his thinking is that they are one and the same fig.
"gene"

Subject: Where to find a true O'Rourke? Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,135
 
I bought a tree from JR about 3 years back and it was labeled, "Improved Celeste/O'Rourke". I also got a tree through a friend from LSU  supposedly an O'Rourke. It's leaves and fruit are different. I also obtained two "Improved Celeste" from two sources and they look very similar to the one from JR. Later I will have pictures of both.
"gene"

Subject: The fig shuffle starts again w/pics Replies: 32
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,333
 
Art, looks like you had quite a job on your hands. Glad you got them all taken care of. It's about time for this silly weather to settle in.
"gene"

Subject: What is a Neri 1 ? Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,394
 
Hi Nick, glad to hear from you and I'm hoping all is well. I sure do miss your stories.'
"gene"

Subject: 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, nope Replies: 17
Posted By: genecolin Views: 744
 
WoW Steve, those are really going. Next season it will be from 33 to 133, you watch and see. Thanks for posting.
"gene"

Subject: A little OT - my garden this year Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,106
 
Thanks Jo-Ann, I really like the diversity of your garden. One day I'll get to the point of adding flowers too. By the way I've never seen or heard from a reliable source of anyone making potatoes in a stack of any kind, weather is tires, wood frame, bags, or hay stacks. I belong to a gardening forum and many have tried.
"gene"

Subject: A little OT - my garden this year Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,106
 
Barry the okra in the picture is called Fife County Okra. I bought it on line. It doesn't always come up so robust but usually like most okra. That year it just grew like crazy. I planted it like I usually do, following my snap beans. I did nothing special.

Thank everyone for the kind remarks.
"gene"

Subject: To add insult to injury Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 583
 
I wish I could burn it and all of its relatives.
"gene"

Subject: To add insult to injury Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 583
 
Doug, the rectangle he's sitting in is actually 1/2" wide, in the picture it's 1" making him look twice as large.
"gene"

Subject: OT - Growing Pineapples Replies: 31
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,744
 
I haven't grown any myself but I've seem plants that others have grown. They just take the top off of a store bought pinapple and plant it. They do make fruit.
"gene"

Subject: bright blue spots on fig leaves? Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,122
 
Hello Anne and welcome to the forum. I have no idea about about the blue spots. I've used Physan 20 in the past with no harmful side effects to me or my trees and cuttings. The warnings are to try to cover themselves from all liability. I've also used neem oil without problem. Neem oil should only be sprayed late in the day on tree exposed to direct sunlight as the oil will fry the plants. It should not pose any problem to trees inside or in shade. Of course it cannot be used straight from the bottle but mixed with water. Sorry I couldn't be of any help otherwise.
"gene"

Subject: To add insult to injury Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 583
 
This year started off real good as for as propagating went, but now as the season is ending and I have a few important cutting yet to root, the gnats showed up. This morning while sitting at my computer this gnat added insult to injury. The nerve of these beast, of course this one will do no more harm.
"gene"

Subject: Celeste with breba Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,048
 
Yesterday my brother dropped in for a visit. We walked around the yard talking as I pointed out different figs and vegetables. When we got to my Celeste with the breba, I start showing him the breba and telling him about them. All of a sudden I came upon a ripe breba. When I say ripe, I mean hang man ripe plus at least a day. Excited, I forgot to take a picture of it hanging but caught myself before I ate it. As you can see in the picture it wasn't large and had a very long stem. The taste was excellent, sweet and figgy just like a Celeste should be. I shared it with my brother and he agreed with me about it being very good. We searched and searched but found no more.






Subject: A little OT - my garden this year Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,106
 
JoAnn, I love gardening as much as I love propagating, growing, and eating figs. It's amazing how much you can grow in your yard. Living in the deep south I can garden year round starting with sweet peas (Jan), snap beans, tomatoes, cucumber (Feb/Mar), okra, corn and southern peas (summer), followed by cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower in the fall, plus seed my onions for transplanting in January. We get to eat the cream of the crop and put a lot up in the freezer and pressure can. Here are some random photos of my current and past gardens.

Me standing in my rows of okra


Tomatoes


Strawberries


Snapbeans



Brussel sprouts


Cauliflower


Onions


Figs

Subject: Celeste with breba Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,048
 
I will be watching it closely to see how they pan out as to weather the breba fully ripen, taste good, and repeat the performance next year. I might have almost destroyed a unique tree.
"gene"

Subject: Celeste with breba Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,048
 
I have a new phenomenon on my Celeste this year. It's full of breba. They started appearing after the main crop but some are catching up in size to the main crop. It is continuing to put on breba. I've never seen this on this on this tree before. This is a tree that didn't want to produce figs for it first three or four years. It would only put on a few very small figs which would get eaten by the birds. They were about nickle size and the whole tree maybe had 25 on it. The tree was 8' tall by 8' wide. I pruned off every branch on it down to the 4 major branches which I couldn't cut with my loping shears. I was planning to use a chain saw on the rest and take it out completely. Something came up and I didn't get to cut it down. It regrew and acted the same. I pruned it back a second time and again was going to take it out but hurricane Gustav made me put it off again as I had a roof to replace. Once again it grew back as beautiful as ever but this time it put on a lot of very good figs. Boy am I glad that nature intervened. It is loaded with figs this year as you can see in the pictures but the breba's have me stumped. Perhaps it the continued cold weather late into Spring even after the main crop showed up.
"gene"


 



Subject: HUGE Thanks to Vern Replies: 4
Posted By: genecolin Views: 482
 
Vern is a super great guy and a generous one at that.
"gene"

Subject: shipping rooted cuttings Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 719
 
Greenfig, there is no end to the abuse a plant will get in the mail. It will be thrown, dropped, piled on and may end up on it's head for a greater portion of the trip, so plan ahead. I've received potted plants that were just about bare rooted from the shipping abuse. I've also received many broke tops on trees.

Fill the cup or pot to the brim and over with damp new print wrapped round and round. Then tape or use rubber bands to hold the paper in place. Make sure there is no place that the soil isn't covered because it will find it's way out. It's not a bad idea to put only the cup or pot in a plastic bag to contain the moisture, don't put the top in the bag. Another concern is the tree landing on it's head and getting smashed, breaking the top of the tree. A good way to prevent this and also protect the leaves and branches is to roll a piece of cardboard into a cylinder just a little smaller the the top of the pot or cup. Place in on the taped up news print and plastic bag then tape it to the cup or pot, don't spare the tape. Put the protected plant in the shipping box and cut the cylinder even with the end of the box. You do not want any play between the cylinder and the interior of the shipping box. You can stuff peanuts around the it to keep it from shifting or mashing. It will take a little effort but it will insure your plant will arrive safely.

Good luck,
"gene"

ps: a styrofoam cup makes a very poor shipping container and is sure to be broken during shippment.

Subject: OT Rooting Western Red Cedar cuttings for my dad Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 744
 
A wonderful story Paul. I did an Internet search on the Thuja plicata and it seems like it grows easily from seeds formed in the small cones on the tree. Perhaps you could get some cones and remove the seed to plant. Just a thought.
"gene"

Subject: Black Ischia (picture heavy) Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,006
 
Nico, thanks for the pictures, those look great. The first one must be a main crop and the other two are of brebas. Is that correct.
"gene"

Subject: Black Ischia (picture heavy) Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,006
 
Thanks everyone for the encouragement. This tree can be trying to one's soul, but I don't know if they will all be like this one. I think it's the FMV that really stunted it growth for it's first years. If it grows well this year I will move it up to a 5 gal pot when I see roots hitting the wall. I want to give it all the room it needs. For root pruning I did just like Martin showed in his recent post, in fact Martin is the one I copied since his seem to do so good (thanks Martin). As far as the taste, last year was a wash and I do mean a wash. I lost almost all my fig due to the excessive rain. Perhaps that is why it was almost tasteless. My other figs even though they were bland and waterlogged did taste figgy. This fig had a completely different taste that I can't describe as I've never tasted anything like it. Hopefully we have a nice dry ripening season so I can truly get to taste this fig at it's best. We are in a rainy pattern now and have been for the last couple of weeks. I just hope it gets it all out of it's system and go back to a normal pattern. The rain now is making a mess of things but the trees are loving it. I've never seen them this lush. Here is a picture of one group of my 3 gallon potted trees. The BI is the forth pot from the left. The large tree on the left is a local Strawberry ( a Louisiana heirloom) and the one on the right is a J.H. Adriatic. The one on the right behind the pots is LSU Tiger. That tree has gone hog wild this year and has plenty of fruit on it. The only tree that I've seen grow faster was my Conadria last year. This year after a hard pruning the Conadria is having normal growth.
"gene"


Subject: Black Ischia (picture heavy) Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,006
 
First I would like to say that my cutting came from my friend Richard Watts. When I first got it in the dormant stage and bare rooted it looked great with the nicest root ball I'd ever seen on a young fig. I first moved it to a one gallon pot for it's first year. In it's second year I moved it up to a 3 gallon pot. In Feburary of 2012 I checked the roots and found that it hadn't fill the pot or was circling. I just removed all of the loose soil and gave it some fresh mix, mostly pine bark fines and a little peat. This past February I pulled it from the pot again and found that the roots had gone to the pot walls and bottom. I cut off about 3 inches of the bottom soil and root and cut 3 wedges from the sides. This time I potted it up in the same 3 gallon pot with some pine bark fines mixed 3 to 1 with rabbit manure. I also top pruned it to make it put out more branches. As you see, it seems to be working. At awakening I fed it some Miracle Gro plus a little triple 13. As soon as all this rain stops, hopefully in a couple of days, and the pots dry a little I will again feed it MG. I am pushing all of my potted trees this year using MG and triple 13. So far all of them have responded well. I just hoping I get to eat some great tasting BI this year.
"gene"

Subject: Black Ischia (picture heavy) Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,006
 
I hope I've gotten this in the right order.
After struggling for life for 4 years, it is finally looking like a tree that might make it. It started life as a small twisted sprout about 6 inches long with very deformed leaves and a nice ball of roots in 2010. I didn't think it would survive the first year. In late summer it sprouted another branch just above the soil line which in no time grew way past the original. It did put on a few figs but none ripened. The original sprout never did grow an inch. It went dormant.

2010


2011 rolled around and it came to life. The new sprout grew nicely.  The leaves although infected with FMV didn't look too bad. The original sprout had a few leaves that were more deformed than ever, but did not grow an inch. I cut off the original sprout and tried to root it but it wasn't to be. A few of the figs did ripen and looked good, but didn't have much taste to them. Definitely not figgy. Thus came and went the 2011 season.

2011
April


June


July
Figs looked good but were not.


September fig looked better but no taste



2012 season looked a little better. The leaves weren't as deformed and 8 small figs set on the new trunk and ripened but not much to talk about. Also another new sprout started again near the soil line and it had 4 figs on it. I tried to air layer it but that failed.





Now for this year 2013. While still dormant I root pruned it and put it in some fresh soil mix including some rabbit manure. I also topped off the tree taking about 10 inches off. I tried to root 2 five inch pieces but again, no go. Meanwhile the tree awakened and put out some very nice leaves compared to previous years. Figs are also starting to form. Perhaps this is the year it will do something.




Subject: Buried Alive Replies: 26
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,289
 
Thanks Pete now I know. I appreciate the reply.
"gene"

 

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