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Subject: What's wrong with my leaf Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 830
 
While taking pictures today I notice a few leaves on different potted trees with a white border on the leaves. Anyone have a clue.



"gene"


Subject: Sal's Blk Uk, Mead, Vincenzo Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,392
 
Vincenzo leaves







Mature fruit



Subject: Sal's Blk Uk, Mead, Vincenzo Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,392
 
These are the leaves of the Mead:

New Leaves




Older Leaves




Immature fruit with red eye


Mature fruit and leaf




Palermo Red

Young leaves


Mature leaf


3 lobe


Single lobe


Immature fruit


Subject: Sal's Blk Uk, Mead, Vincenzo Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,392
 
Leon, if the rain holes up for a while today I was planning to take pictures of all my in ground trees to record their spectacular growth. If I get it done I surely will post them.

Didn't you mention in another post about the possibility of Aldo/Palermo Red being a Sal's. I also have a potted Palermo and will also take pictures to compare. I tasted a fig of the the mother of my tree last year and it was fantastic.

"gene"


Subject: Fig Tea Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,809
 
Herman Linda will be trying it out when we return from vacation in two weeks. She is diabetic. If we find out anything important I will post it here. I liked the tea and will be drinking more.

Subject: Fig Tea Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,809
 
Dave that is my intent also. I drink way to much coffee, most of it at work. I'm looking for a healthier alternative. When I retire after this year I hope to be almost totally off of coffee except maybe for a morning cup. I already drink other herbal teas.
"gene"


Subject: Sal's Blk Uk, Mead, Vincenzo Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,392
 
Hi Mike, yes the Mead is growing well. I had to pick the 3 I've eaten at the ripe stage and not dead ripe because the birds found them and pecked them. I think I might get to taste 1 or 2 more before I leave on vacation Monday. There are a dozen or so left on the tree but they are not near ready to ripen. I put the tree in the ground this past fall and it has come on strong. If the rain stops this week end I'll take a picture of it and its leaves. It is a very dense tree and the figs are almost completely hidden until you start moving the leaves out of the way. I'm looking forward to getting a few other growing from this one. Time will tell, but for now it's a real winner. It hasn't split or soured even with all the rain we are now having. That's a big plus for the humid South. Thanks again Mike for the cuttings.
"gene"


Subject: Guess the fig and win Replies: 48
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,654
 
No one yet, then it must be a TyTy special purple blue black fig.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Tea Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,809
 
Martin, it solved a problem for Adam and Eve so who knows what it might do for you.
Good luck,
"gene"


Subject: Fig Tea Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,809
 
Someone on the GardenWeb forum revived an old thread about fig tea. After doing a google search on fig teas, I decide to try it myself. I cut a couple of nice leaves off of my Conadria which hadn't gotten old and stiff and cut them up. With a couple cups of water in a pot, I put them to boil. After 20 minutes I turned it off and let it settle a minute. It smelled slightly of fig leaves which to the unknowing nose could be mistaken for a hint of coconut. I poured a cup and the taste is similar to the smell, very light with a slight fig or coconut flavor. It was not bitter so I added nothing and drank the whole cup.

I was wondering if any of you had tried fig leaf tea. It supposedly has medicinal properties that help control blood sugar. Just a wondering.
"gene"


Subject: Sal's Blk Uk, Mead, Vincenzo Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,392
 
Tim you might be right about it not being an Atreano. I remember eatting those nice ones at your house last year. This picure wasn't titled and I remember eating an Atreano about the same time, but it might have been another of my light figs. I used this picture mostly for the size comparison of the quarter.

JD,  the Sal's Blk Uk is really undersize and didn't represent the true taste of the fig. I also ate a couple at Tim's last year although late in the season, and remember them as being very good. I don't remember well enough to describe the taste. When judging taste I don't have vast experiences with many varieties so I relate everything to the Celeste which I grew up with. The Mead was excellent tasting, not quite as juicy as my Celeste, but all the figgy flavor and just the right amount of sweetness not to cover the taste. The Vincenzo was a fig of another taste. It in no way compares to the Celeste. It tasted of fig very lightly and had another finishing taste. Perhaps paully's discription of a tinge of lemon my be about right. It's hard to come to a conclusion with only one or two to taste. Paully I think mine is lighter colored because I had them in the shade because of the intense heat and drought, while I was on vacation. I didn't fully trust that their care taker would do a very good job of watering every day so by putting them in deep shade I probably saved their lives. I only moved them back into partial sun a couple of weeks ago after the rains started. So perhaps more sun would had done the trick. I don't think it could have ripened much more with loosing it. All in all they are all keepers for now.
"gene"


Subject: Guess the fig and win Replies: 48
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,654
 
Sal's EL, that my shot.
"gene"


Subject: Sal's Blk Uk, Mead, Vincenzo Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,392
 
Three more to taste today. The Sal's are very small this year, perhaps it need to move up from a five gallon to the ground. I think this fig would dry on the tree if left long enough. Last year I tasted larger ones at  Fatandsassytexan, they were great.  The Mead (unknown) was the better tasting of the three although the other two were good also.

The Mead is a unknown I got from Mike Gorski from VA and named after his aunt who had the tree in her yard.

Sal's, Mead, Vincenzo


Sal's, Mead, Vincenzo


Sal's Mead, Vincenzo


Sal's


Mead


Vincenzo


Here is an Atreano and Vincenzo along with a quarter to show size which I forgot to do in the above pictures.



Subject: Before and after Replies: 1
Posted By: genecolin Views: 555
 
Last night for supper we decided to have breakfast. Huh, say that again. Linda had the grandsons over all day and was whipped. She put together a grand feast in less time than Rachael Ray's 30 minute meals. In fact it took lest than 30 minutes to fix and eat.
It was a good excuse to try out some freshly put up fig preserve made with my LSU Gold (not), which was the first time I've done those.

Eggs, hash browns with Jimmy Dean sausage, toast, and the guest of honor, figs. Chased that with some ice cold milk.





The figs were delicious. They were lighter in flavor and texture than the preserves that I make with Celeste, but great just the same.
"gene"




Subject: A couple of thoughts for the day Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 819
 
You guys and gals seem to be old softies, so I guess I'm in good company. I love the oldies; music and people.
"gene"


Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,441
 
So be it, you've hit a low spot in your life, and now you're showing your true colors. Be gone and no more.

My appologies to my friends here across the land that I gave him two too many more post to reply to. He has brought shame to us and OUR board. Let's forgive him and then forget him.
"gene"

ps: in the words of Troy "choot 'em", the bird of course


Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,441
 
Brent, I think you got it right, no one knows why you're upset. You joined in on our banter and I don't think you have a clue as to what was going on. You've taken this way to serious, but then may there is no humor in your life. I hope you get over what's eating at you and join in the fun of growing and enjoying figs and life.
"gene"


Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,441
 
hoosier I'll vouch for Rafed. A finer person I've never met. I'm not choosing sides but I think you carried this a little too far. It's sad a person who cannot see the humor in life or tolerate the humor of others. You make this sound like a personal vendetta against you. Maybe you should move on since you don't seem to fit here. Go eat some shrooms and you'll feel better.
"gene"  a proud and gentile member of f4f



Subject: Panachee! Where's My Stripes? Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,592
 
Sal, at least yours is close to color. My supposedly Panachee turned out brown and is a Celeste.

My Sal's unknown black has quite a few figs on it and they will be ready in a day or so. Looking forward to tasting.
"gene"


Subject: UCR143-38, Giant Amber, Tena Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,063
 
Ken the two I picked were hanging and came off with just a touch.
"gene"


Subject: Baby Noire De Caromb Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,142
 
Hi Sue, it been a while since I said so. What is the source of your trees is it the same as Martin?
"gene"


Subject: UCR143-38, Giant Amber, Tena Replies: 9
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,063
 
Great pictures Ken, thanks for posting them. That Tena looks just like mine. I had only 2 figs on mine this year, it's first year in ground after one year in a pot.
"gene"


Subject: a disturbing fig video Replies: 58
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,765
 
Hey V, were you at Woodstock?   : )
"gene"


Subject: Awesome Smith Figs Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,334
 
Dan the Smith I got from you has one fig almost ready to pick, probably tomorrow. I can't wait to tasted. I hope I'm not disappointed since this is it's first fig.
"gene"

Subject: Any photos of ripe Tenas still on tree? Replies: 3
Posted By: genecolin Views: 755
 
Ken, this is the first year my tree has fruited. I planted it in the ground last fall. I got the tree from Tim (fatandsassytexan).

Subject: Any photos of ripe Tenas still on tree? Replies: 3
Posted By: genecolin Views: 755
 
Ken, here is what mine looked like on the tree.



This is what it looked like a couple of days later, very ripe. It's the fig on the right.



I had another one that I didn't let ripen quite so much and it was better tasting. I hope this helps.
"gene"


Subject: Happy 4th of July Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 822
 
A belated Happy 4th to everyone. I overlooked this post last night. If we want to continue to celebrate the reason behind the 4th a lot of people need to wake up. We are being led down a path that will take away any reason to celebrate the 4th as the government takes more and more control of the things we hold so dear, OR DO WE.
"gene"


Subject: Black Ischia Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 976
 
Thanks Martin for jogging my memory, I had forgotten your post mentioning the Black Provence. I do have his number and he, I, and his wife Edith swap emails every so often. They are a great couple and Linda and I thoroughly enjoy the visit we made to his house last summer.  He invited us over to talk figs and meet but he was interested to hear a real cajun talk. None of that TV BS.

I got a surprise today in the form of a Martin's UK. I post picture on another post.
"gene"

Subject: Gino's Black Replies: 66
Posted By: genecolin Views: 6,212
 
Very nice tree Jason, that thing is heading up. Dennis thanks for the added pictures, now I see what I have to look forward to. Mines is a newly started tree this year.
"gene"


Subject: Black Ischia Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 976
 
Gorgi, My tree came from California but I don't know the source other than I got it from Richard Watts. I will drop him a line and ask him for his source. I will keep everyone updated about it as it grows. I hopefully plan to get cuttings off of it and see how they do. I received the tree in March of 2010 as a bare rooted tree that was one season old and very small and weak. It grew the new sprout to about 18 inches last year. This year it didn't look back and add almost 2 feet and still growing.
"gene"


Subject: Deleon Breba Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,012
 
Nice looking Nelson, I've tried twice to root Deleon and failed on both attempts.
Thanks for the pictures.
"gene"


Subject: ABEBEREIRA Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,962
 
Picked my one and only Abebereira today. It's a very good looking fig, medium in size, closed eye and elongated. The taste is very good, sweet, figgy, but again 1 fig is not enough to give it a fair description. I also give it a thumbs up.
"gene"








Subject: Tallahassee Fig Finds Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,442
 
Great find JD, the figs look great. I can't imagine a paradise like that. How did you luck into meeting FMD, you don't find people like him by walking through a neighborhood.
Thanks for the story and the pictures.
"gene"


Subject: Black Ischia Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 976
 
Picked a Black Ischia this aftenoon. I waited one day to long it seems as it was dead ripe but had started to spoil near the eye. I tasted it anyway, at least the good part. It was sweet and very figgy. It was too little a sample to make any decisions on but what I tasted I liked.






Subject: China White Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,270
 
Today I picked my first China White. It's a pretty fig, medium size, and this one has a large eye. There were no bugs and it didn't sour due to the almost daily showers we have been having. It's hard to say to much about it because it is the first one ever. The fig was very good, sweet, with a taste that wasn't figgy. It had a different taste to it but with only one fig it's hard to describe. There are a few more small one that I hope will ripen, maybe I'll be able to tell more later. For now I give it a thumbs up.
"gene"








Subject: Some of my figs Replies: 38
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,606
 
Brent, I don't know what kind it was because it a friend who sent me the picture for a tease. My tomatoes are just about finished for the spring season. I had Goliath, Creole, Black Seaman, Golden Jubilee, a beefheart tomato and a beefsteak tomato. They all did well despite the drought. In August I'll be putting some fall tomatoes in.
"gene"


Subject: Mad @ Black Madeira Replies: 38
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,772
 
Now this is the part I like about the forum and the figs. Martin thank you for that bit of information. I can now add it to my records. Now my question is who is or was Richard Starnes, or should I go to RW for that information?
Thanks,
"gene"

Subject: Mad @ Black Madeira Replies: 38
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,772
 
I'm with Olga, maybe I can sell my secret and make some money to buy more figs, ha.
JD
I have no secret that I'm aware of, just the luck of the draw. My tree came from the West Coast via my friend Richard Watts in March of 2010. When I received it, it was a small bare rooted  started tree about 5 inches tall. I planted it in a small 6 inch pot with possibly some Fertilome UPM and perlite. Once it start putting out leaves and roots started to circle the pot I moved it up to a 1 gallon pot. The soil mixture in that pot was peat, perlite, store bought composted manure and pine bark fines. It lingered there for quite a while doing nothing then it shot out a side shoot and up it went. I started watering it with MG soluble. The shoot grew at least 18 inches and had bunch of fig on it. None of them ripened but the shoot did not show any signs of FMV. After the tree went dormant I pruned off the small original trunk with a bad case of FMV and move it up to a 3 gallon pot. This year it came out of dormancy and grew very fast and FMV free. It now has two figs that have started to swell and have now darkened. The tree had been in the shade for the last 2 weeks to protect them from the drought and heat while I was on vacation. I put it back into a spot that gives it morning and evening sun but midday shade. The two figs darkened in 3 days as you see in the photo below. Hopefully they will ripen so I can take pictures and also get a taste. Perhaps the secret lies in the very fast draining soil and a weekly dose of MG. If I figure out the secret y'all will have to pay.

"gene"

p.s.: the visit with Dan was great. It's too bad I had to go to work for the rest of the day.

The tree showing the original trunk in the center and the sprout on the left.


The sprout last year with figs.


The tree this year.


The figs this year.





Subject: Figs Coming Full Force Replies: 21
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,262
 
Tim, they're looking good. Have you set up your fig selling stand out by the road way yet?  Something must be wrong with my eyes because that LSU Purple, ain't, but I do see some similarity to my LSU Gold (not). The difference is that mine is very sweet with a nice mild figgy flavor and very productive. I've never had a season where it soured or got sour beatles and this year, knock on wood, the birds aren't touching them. I guess when my Celeste runs out, look out.

My Tena I got from you is looking great, in fact Dan and I shared my first fig off of it today and I have another one for a few days from now. It is not quite as good as my (not) but good to eat. I remember eating a bunch at your place last year and I didn't complain then either. There are some much younger ones coming on and I hope they get to ripen before the weather cools.

Keep up the good work, and keep the pictures coming.
"gene"


Subject: Some of my figs Replies: 38
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,606
 
Here you go Caneyscud, it don't get better than this.
"gene"



Subject: Pinching and removing leaves Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 809
 
It's I who owe everyone here a lot of thanks. Noss you're welcome to drop in anytime to help keep me from having a bellyache.
"gene"


Subject: HC from Lowes Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,867
 
This year I lost all breba, but if I remember correctly the breba were bright yellow and ripened that color while the main crop ripens with some spotting on them. I think the brebas were more round that flattened. I'll have to wait until next year and see what I get.
"gene"


Subject: Pinching and removing leaves Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 809
 
The only thing I know about it is that it came from Lowes and it is delicious.
"gene"


Subject: A Few Winner Celeste Strains Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,810
 
Great comparison Dan. Looking at the pictures make me think of my Father in laws trees that he lost to Gustav. His figs were always bigger than any other Celeste that I've seen and quite productive. Then it hit me, I seem to remember him telling me that another tree he had gotten from a friend that had LSU connection died after one year in the ground, but now I wonder if the other two also came from there. That might explain why they were bigger and very productive.

Subject: HC from Lowes Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,867
 
go4broek, here are the pictures of mine.

The fig.



My fig on left, Conadria on right.



The leaves of which there are three types, of which the 3 lobe is the predominant one.








Subject: Pinching and removing leaves Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 809
 
Pinching has been discussed many times here but a while back someone mention removing leaves to hasten ripening. On my LSU Gold (not) tree I decided to experiment the processes because I was left with so many unripened figs last fall and not so many of the earlier ones ripened. This year I took 1 of my 2 trees and pinched ever tip on it and on the other I stripped all of the leaves off of one branch to compare. The one with the pinched tip and starting to ripen fruit while the other tree has not done anything yet except on the branch that I stripped the leaves off of. My conclusion is that both methods work but I'll stick to pinching because the tree looks a lot better with leaves on it and I'm not sure what would happen to a tree that was stripped of all of it leaves. Meanwhile I went back to the unpinched tree and pinched all the tips. Today, 6 days later,  I noticed a lot of fruit swelling and starting to turn yellow.
"gene"

ps: as a footnote. I've compared the taste of my LSU Gold (not) to Conadia, Flanders, Lattarula and Celeste this morning. The Celeste wins but only because it's the standard. The LSU Gold (not) is superb. It's large, sweet, slightly figgy, doesn't split and very creamy feeling in the mouth. The Flanders and Latarulla can't hold a candle to to it but I will give them at least another season to age before I make the decision to get rid of them. The Conadria fell somewhere in between. Now I've a belly ache from eating too many figs off the tree for breakfast.....(do y'all think that the forbidden fruit could have been a fig instead of an apple)

The branch with stripped showing the first ripening fig on the tree.



The tree with pinched tips.




Subject: HC from Lowes Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,867
 
go4broek, man that looks almost like the one I got. can you post a picture of a leaf. Tomorrow I will post a picture of the fig and leaf.
"gene"


Subject: HC from Lowes Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,867
 
rob, I hope you got what you think you bought. I'm still trying to ID my Lowes fig that I bought for a LSU Gold. In fact I picked my first one today, deliciously sweet and only slightly figgy. Good luck.
"gene"


Subject: Hello and Thanks. Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 707
 
Too late to warn you now, so I just as soon welcome you to the gang. Keep us updated on your successes and failures. Oh, and did I say we like pictures.
"gene"


Subject: Hollier Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,147
 
Rafed, I'll take your option into consideration. The problem is the new shoot is so healthy looking. I will let it grow a while longer since it hasn't caused any trouble to any other tree.

Thanks everyone for the input.
"gene"


 

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