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Subject: Buried Alive Replies: 26
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I enjoyed watching the video AGAIN and came up with a couple of questions. He mentioned growing figs in pots for 38 years but didn't say anything about winter protection, soil make up, or root pruning and reworking the soil mix. I know that wasn't the topic of the film but BelleClaire nursery comes up every now and then and some of you fellows remember going there. Is there any info on the soil mix used and root pruning. These may have been covered at some time in the past but I thought I'd save a long and tedious search.

Subject: Some pictures of the fig plants Replies: 8
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Looking good Stephen, I see your Vista has drooping leaves. Mine does too and at first I thought it was the lack of water but it isn't. It must be a characteristic of Vista. The cutting I received continue to thrive.

Subject: OT- Our Wild Mulberry Harvest Replies: 13
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On my morning bicycle ride yesterday I passed on a street with a wild mulberry tree growing on the edge of a large drainage ditch that for some reason I thought someone had cut down. Much to my surprise I saw the staining on the concrete. I pull over and had breakfast, boy were they good.

Subject: Fig Leaf Tea Replies: 11
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I've had it several times using green leaves. I chop, steep and enjoy. The taste is reminiscent of coconut, actually it was very good and refreshing. Thanks for reminding me about it. I have some beautiful leaves on my LSU Tiger, I'll have to give it a try. The one I drank before was made from leaves of my Cajun Gold.

Subject: Discovery about fungus gnat larvae Replies: 14
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Thanks gorgi, but I really don't know what it means. Perhaps sealing the bottom end would help keep them at bay also. I rooted a few today and after soaking in Hormex for 30 seconds I dipped the end into my Bifenthrin granules and the granules stuck to the cuttings bottom end and sides up to 1 inch from the bottom. I then made a planting hole in the mix and put the cuttings in. Now the Bifenthrin is at the most vulnerable place on the cutting. I wet the mix good and put in a spot where the adult gnats can find it easily. we will see in a couple of weeks if it made a difference or not. On a couple I just poured some granules into the planting hole before i put the cutting in. Time will tell.

omotm, perhaps the easiest way would be to use the liquid. I would think that using it once at the original cupping and a little more when first potting up would be sufficient as by the time it loses it power the tree should be well developed. 

I sure hope this works as it is so simple.

Subject: Turkmenistan breba picture Replies: 5
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Mike the figs look great but the 74 - 79 VW stole the top spot in that picture.

Subject: Discovery about fungus gnat larvae Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,864
Thanks for the link Vitalucky. I see your concerns but the total outlooks seems very favorable to me. The bad side of bifenthrin is much better than the side effect of most of the medications you see advertised on TV for human consumption and bifenthrin is not made for human consumption. In fact in using it there is very little human contact if used properly. Being that its granular, more like sand, it doesn't adhere to one skin unless it's wet and the fact sheets states that it isn't easily absorbed through the skin of mammals. Breathing it isn't a problem as it is dustless and odorless. No strong chemical smell like most ant poisons. 

If it works on fungus gnat larvae like I think it will, the very small risk which I don't consider a risk, will be worth taking to control or eliminate them. I've been using it successful to control fire ants for years and I haven't started head shaking yet, lol. I appreciate you concerns and bringing them forward. 
Sincere Thanks,

Subject: Massive fig cutting give away! Replies: 55
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,532
Agreeing with you in prayer,

Subject: Dogs like sticks Replies: 36
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,766
Nichole, I grew many with air roots. It seems like the atmosphere right above the cubes is just right for rooting.

Subject: Root Riot Replies: 12
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Hi Tim and Rex, I've had very good luck with the Root Riot cubes. I didn't count but out of fifty cuttings I know I got at least 45 rooted. I lost a couple that dried up, bad cuttings, and one had mold, other than that the rest rooted. I'm on my second batch and have moved about half of them to cups also. I've decided that this is the way from now on. I used a root hormone call Hormex. It is a liquid and I soak my cuttings for 30 second at full strength. I also mix 1 tablespoon of Hormex in a half gallon of water and use that in a spray bottle to moisten them as they dry.

Subject: dirty word Replies: 44
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Nichole, check the lower end of the cutting to see if it is rotten. Peal back the soft bark and you will see the tiny whiteish larvea (small worm looking thing that moves). This will let you know if it's the gnats that caused the problem.

Subject: Discovery about fungus gnat larvae Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,864
The Talstar granules have been a Godsend for my wife. Without them she would be house bound. I get mine from our pest control guy, his price is way better than any other outlet. To keep the ants out of the pots just sprinkle some on the ground around the pots, they will not cross it or they die. I use a broadcast spreader and do my whole yard twice a year. I haven't had a nest it years. I do see a stray now and then as they come in on the fence and sidewalks but they never take hold of an area.

I don't know how many trees I've saved but if it is only one or all of mine, to me it's worth it.

Subject: Discovery about fungus gnat larvae Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,864
Today I was moving some cuttings from my Root Riot to cups. I decided to check on some of the ones I have cupped up a week or two ago. I found one that looked like it was failing even though it was starting to show roots against the cup walls. I carefully removed it from the cup, the Root Riot cube was still intact and the roots coming out of it were strong. Starting at the top of the cube, I took a pair of small scissors and cut the cube carefully down one side keeping away from the roots. I was able to fully remove the cube with out breaking any roots. Those roots are tough. After removing the cube to fully expose the cutting I could see that the very bottom half inch was rotting. Using my knife a opened up the bad bark to find larvae under it. I cut off the bad part and most of the root and put it back into it's cup. In the past I had attributed this condition to root rot caused maybe by too much moisture.

That got me to wanting to check out others even though they looked good. Here is a picture of the first one I checked.

Here is another one.
In the cup looking good

Most of the soil removed and showing a little of the rotting end on the cutting.

After cleaning off all of the rotting bark and larvae.

The roots that were attached to the bad bark were still healthy looking, nice and white and tough. It's seems like the larvae weren't attacking the roots but rather the cambium layer right under the bark while leaving the outer layer of bark.

A couple of weeks ago I was doing some reading up on a product that I use to get rid of fire ants and found the part where it talked about others things it kills. One of them is fungus gnats larvae, I know that from trials I've done that it also kills RKN. So when I put the bad cuttings back into cups I mixed some of it in the soil. It is granular so it mixes in easily. Where it isn't recommended for fruit trees and veggies on the label, in other online research I found where it is used in strawberry patches and in citrus groves with special USDA monitoring. Bifenthrin isn't systemic, that is it's not taken up by plants, it stays in the soil. I put one too far gone cutting in a cup with some soil mix and the Talstar granules and capped it tightly. I will check it in a few days to see if the larvae are still alive. Bifenthrin works not as a poison and eaten but by coming into contact with the pest and acting on their nerves in some way. It stays active in the soil for 3 to 6 months, so one application when transplanting should solve the problem until the tree has grown.  I know many of you don't like to use any chemical controls and neither do I, but in the case of fire ants which my wife is highly allergic to, a bite is a trip to the ER, I'm forced to use it. That's how I found out it cleaned out the RKN in had in a certain area of my yard.

Any thoughts or responses are welcome,

Here is part of the info.

Talstar N Nursery Granular Insecticide was designed with the greenhouse and nursery professional in mind. Using a specially designed sand granule Talstar N Nursery Granular Insecticide is easily incorporated into the soil or potting media without changing soil pH. Bifenthrin, the active ingredient, is light stable and provides a long-lasting residual control of listed pests such as fire ants, grubs, and weevils.

Talstar N Nursery Granular Insecticide is economical and reliable by being effective at low usage rates. Using Talstar N Nursery Granular Insecticide is easy and it will not bother your throat and has virtually no odor.

Active Ingredient: Bifenthrin - 0.2%
Target pests:

Quarantine Treatment Against Imported Fire Ants; Fungus Gnat larvae, Mealybugs, Black Vine Weevil, Root Weevil larvae, White Grubs, and Imported Fire Ants.

Subject: fig jam with skins or fig jam with no skins? Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 6,426
Tami, yes some or all of the alcohol will boil out but the flavor will remain if it is done in a pressure cooker or water bath. But being that it is being preserved in sugar and the figs have a large sugar content you can safely process them without the pressure or water bath. You need to cook the figs thoroughly preferably whole for 30 to 45 minutes. Sanitize jars and lids in boiling water, not just with boiling water, put the cooked figs in the still hot jars, add the brandy, fill jar to 1/2 inch of the brim, making sure the the sealing edge of the jar is clean of liquid, put on the lid and screw tight. Invert the jars on a towel and cover with another towel. The heat will soften the seal causing an airtight seal and a vacuum as it cools. The lids will pop shut as they cool. You now have the brandy still in the jars.

This is the same way we do our regular whole fig preserves. Never have had a seal fail or a jar spoil in doing it that way for over 40 years. Bacteria or fungi can't grow in the presence of that much sugar and I would think that the brandy would be an added plus.

Subject: fig jam with skins or fig jam with no skins? Replies: 25
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Greenfig thanks for adding your post to this thread as it allow me to see that I hadn't posted my method as I said I would. I will get with the wife tomorrow to make sure I don't skip anything and the I'll write it up.

javajunkie, I found this method on the net. It looks good to me.

From The Preservation Kitchen:

8 cups figs – washed, stems removed, halved or quartered
1 2/3 cups brandy
1 1/3 cups + 2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup + 1 tablespoon water

Prepare jars according to manufacturer’s directions
Prepare waterbath pot
In a large pot combine brandy, sugar and water to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until sugar disolves
Divide figs between jars
Add brandy solution to jars, to 1/2″ headspace
Wipe rims, put on lids, add bands and tighten until snug
Process in hotwater bath 15 minutes starting the timer when the water returns to a boil
Turn off heat and let jars rest in pot a few minutes
Remove from water bath and allow to cool completely before storing. 


Subject: SWC standing water question Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 499
Could you put a piece of window screen over the opening. That would stop the bugs and still allow you to pour water through it.

Subject: Will a cutting recover if leaves droop and fall off? Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,037
Frank if the only problem is shock from change of environment and the tree is healthy it might drop those leaves and the put on some more. The new ones will be acclimated to it's new home. I had some do that and worried but they came back.

Subject: Looking for known zone 5-6 fig cuttings Replies: 10
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Welcome to the forum Robert and thanks for serving us and our country. God Bless America!!

I live too far south to be of much help on cold hardy varieties but we have a bunch of northern members that will chime up soon I'm sure.
Good luck,

Subject: Kathleen Black fig Replies: 10
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Hi Tam, I can't help you with the KB but a warm welcome to you.

Subject: My very first fig order!!!!!!!! Replies: 10
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Welcome to the forum PurplePersimmon. After reading your post my jaw dropped when I saw your first picture and it was citrus not fig. I thought you had be had. Then I scrolled down to see a very nice fig tree. Congrats on it and with luck you just might taste some this year.

Subject: Martins Unknown in the Northeast Replies: 14
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By the way, mines is not the Italian.

Subject: Martins Unknown in the Northeast Replies: 14
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Marcus I'm not in the Northeast but I do have one growing down here in wet and humid La. The figs do split badly with the rain, but I did get to taste a fig off of a tree I gave to a friend and let me tell you. This fig that I tasted ripened in the fall after all the summer rains had gone and all had dried out. That one fig was one of the best tasting figs I've eaten. This was a fig with plenty of fig flavor, no berry, no peach, no anything else this was all fig. I hope we have a dry enough summer that I can eat a few of my tree this year to really get a good taste.

Subject: bah.. just not a good week. Replies: 8
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Martin, spoken like a true Cajun. (Meh or may or mae)

Subject: A Big Thank You Replies: 5
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Vince, I know the feeling. I received a surprise box today myself. It's nice to know that we have so many good people that use this site and share freely.
Bless them all,

Subject: What a stand up guy Replies: 7
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Jon is an outstanding guy. Wills, look like you hit the lottery.

Subject: "Up Potting A Root Riot Cube" Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,573
Vince I think you did it at the best time. As I've noted on mine, if you allow them to stay much longer the roots start to turn brown but if move up to a cup, the roots that hit the cup sides are the same strong white roots as you have shown. Another plus, or at least I think so, is that when transplanted into a cup or pot, the root ball is at the top near the surface. The young transplant will not suffer from roots being in overly wet soil if it is over watered a little thus preventing rot.

Left in root riot a little too long

Subject: Giant Loquat Replies: 26
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Frank, I would like to stand in line also if cuttings are available. Since they start readily from seeds, but it's a crap shoot as to what you will get, I wonder since it's ripening season that seeds might be available. I have just done my first graft on a mulberry tree that took and would love to try a loquat. It's the fruit du jour right now. I'll gladly cover postage plus.

Subject: OT: Seeking other plants/cuttings Replies: 15
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John, I don't have any to offer you but a few different mulberries would help round out your farm.

Subject: Happy B'day bouquet! Replies: 21
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Happy birthday Grasa, and wishing you many more fig growing ones.

Subject: Soliciting input on Fig get together in Texas Replies: 7
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Danny depending on the timing I would love to go.

Subject: grafting a fig cutting into a Mulberry bush Replies: 20
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Sue, whatever you do, don't plant them too close to that beautiful patio of yours. As good as mulberries are they can be a mess. Do plant it where you can lay something on the ground to catch the berries. I like to put out a clean piece of plastic early in the morning before the breezes start and pick it up after a little encouragement from me to drop the ripe ones. These are the berries that I juice. The best eating is right off the tree.

Subject: Making figs in containers less root bound Replies: 7
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I agree with Frank. The whole while I was watching I was hoping at the end he would wash the roots bare to get a true comparison.

Subject: I think the Groundhog was wrong! Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,033
Looks like a winter wonderland to me, but I don't want to be there.

Noss I got hit with 32.9 degrees and some frost. The frost burnt a few leaves on some of my trees and it completely did my snap beans in . I'll be replanting them this afternoon. I took the gamble and lost. Last year I won.


Subject: Clonex vs. No Clonex in Root RIot Cubes Replies: 18
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Thanks James, nice video. Beside nice roots I see another advantage of the cubes. Because of the way the root grow through the cube, it supports the roots and the breaking off of the fragile roots while moving to a larger cup or pot seems doubtful.

Subject: FREEBIE ALERT w/pictures now Replies: 12
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Danny my neighbor get the 3 gallon one for me at the store she works at. They get imported flowers in them. I use a hole saw instead of a spade bit that way they don't crack. Great little pots.

Subject: Another story about a wonder fig Replies: 2
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In 2011 I started a whole bunch of cuttings. As each rooted in paper towels I moved them to cups and later to pots. One cutting refuse to put on root after all the rest were gone. I put it in a cup and put it with the rest of the cupped cuttings in the shade of a large fig tree in a clear tote with a crack in the cover. When all the rest were move to pots the lone cutting sat by itself. I quit tending to it. I happened to check on it about a month later to find it sitting in a cup of dry soil. I left it alone. Another month passed and I was cleaning up under the large fig tree as I had some pots scattered all over. When I opened the tote I picked up the cup with the cutting and dry soil to dispose of it, I saw a small green bud on it. I moved it to a better home and it begin to grow. A miracle for sure.

Subject: Another rookie here....... Replies: 14
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Jeff, welcome to the forum. Those figs look amazing with their deep red centers. I don't think I have any that deeply colored. Continued success on your rooting and growing. I'm jealous of your 3/4 acre. I've been looking for an acre for a while but no luck so far. I might have to settle on my 1/4 acre and be happy.

Subject: Took some pictures of the fig forest Replies: 21
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PM sent.

Subject: Important to shop around Replies: 13
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Not much use for firewood down here. We were running the AC this week.

Subject: Important to shop around Replies: 13
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Dave your story reminds me of a elderly neighbor a few years back, quite a few years come to think of it. He lived next door out in the country. He had a very large pecan tree that he needed removed because just like you it was too close to the house and the trunk had started decaying. He priced around and finally settled on this one company. The owner told him 300 to drop it and another 100 to cut and get rid of it. He thought it was a bargain as this tree had a trunk of almost 4 foot in dia. and 80 foot tall. He would laugh each time he told the story of how they charge him 300 dollars for less than one hour's work to lay the tree down and only 100 dollars to spend the rest of the day working hard cutting it up and hauling it away.

Subject: Spring is sprung Replies: 14
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Last year my only tree to suffer from late frost was my in ground Paradiso. It budded and then we had a frost which killed all the buds. It budded again and the same thing happened. I was afraid I'd lose the tree. The third time was a charm, but it delayed the ripening into the rainy season so all was lost.

Subject: Cuttings update Replies: 11
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Wills, that is a lovely picture. They are some nice healthy specimens. Mine are not leafed out yet but just starting. I have them in a lean-to on the north side of my barn. That keeps them out of the winters rain and allows the to sleep a little longer in case we have a late Feb. cold snap. Looks like we have one coming with a low of 39 on Sat. After that I will introduce them to sunshine and watch them grow. Thanks for the picture.

Subject: Spring is sprung Replies: 14
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Looks like the season has begun. While checking my young trees I found these sprouting new leaves.

Subject: OT-Ever wonder what our members look like? Replies: 336
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That's me on the right after being awarded the Crappie Dot Com JMMA  Man of the Year award. That's the best picture of me I could find and it goes with the fishing theme.

Subject: Introducing me Replies: 22
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Welcome from Coastal Louisiana where the winters are sometimes Spring.

Subject: Ecstacy of Gold Replies: 21
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,374
I saw this post earlier but didn't have time to post my choice of gold fig. Of course mine would be Cajun Gold. Have you ever eaten fresh honey and comb right out of the hive and get a sugar rush. That is what this fig makes me think of.

LSU Gold center halves flanked by Cajun Gold on each side and above it

Subject: Figs and Faith Replies: 11
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I'm with you on that one Bill.

Subject: Watering cuttings Replies: 11
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Those are looking real good JoAnn. When I first started rooting a few seasons ago I found out that looks can be deceiving. Some potting mixes are darker even when dryer so I'm with Snag on using the moisture meter. Now according to some, you are not measuring moisture but one thing for sure, when there no water present it reads zero. When there is a little moisture it reads low on the scale and when it's wet it reads high on the scale. That is all a novice could hope for. I find that the mix is a little more moist than the meter shows because sometime the contact between the probe and the mix isn't perfect. For that reason I usually keep my cuttings at a very low level, like right about on the line between dry and moist. Also it takes very little water to raise the moisture level a bunch. Until I have roots crawling all over the cup I use a syringe to water and I do it through the holes in the side of the cup and not by pouring it in from the top. Until I move the cutting up to a 1 gallon pot I never put in enough water that it comes out the bottom of the cup, then your mix is way too wet.

Now that I've been rooting for a few seasons and have rooted and killed several hundred cuttings, I have a better feel of the moisture by looking at the mix in the cup, but I still use the meter when I have a doubt. For a novice I would greatly recommend using a meter for a season or two. Over watering and under watering are the main enemies of a new cutting. The meter is also handy for newly potted trees. Some times the pot seems moist but it's only the top that has the moisture. A meter lets you probe to the bottom where the roots are. A meter will also let you know if you have a mix that holds too much water, you will get a good reading at top of the mix but the bottom will make the needle jump all the way up or at least much higher. The bottom will remain wet even when the top is dry.

Just sharing a few things I've learn as the seasons have passed.

Subject: LSU SCOTT YELLOW & BRANDY Replies: 15
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Paully, yes my tree came from JR.

Subject: LSU SCOTT YELLOW & BRANDY Replies: 15
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It wasn't mislabeled on my end. My friend also got one with dark figs. I will say it was very good tasting and I looking forward to the coming season and hopefully it will give me a dozen of so. If it a Scott's Black that is fine with me. Time will tell.


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