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Subject: Vacation Jitters... Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 854
 
I feel your pain, I just returned from a 10 day trip and had left my trees in my sons care. One son took care of them for the first 5 days and then went to work. The second son took care of the the last 5 days. The minute I hit the yard I was off to my trees. The in ground trees were fine as I expected but I was a little disappointed, OK, a lot disappointed when I saw my potted trees. I had put them under a mulberry tree in deep shade so that even a poor watering job wouldn't affect them as bad. Well the first two I saw had leaves dried on them. Two others were wilted and the rest were OK. At least it was trees that I can replace easily that were hardest hit, and maybe they might still make it. So be careful in who you choose. Perhaps you can explain to his parents the importance of the watering routine so they will keep an eye on him or remind him to do it. Good luck.
"gene"


Subject: Hollier Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,147
 
Jason, yes I did along with a whole bunch of other ones. This is the only one that developed any problem and only when it was on its second year. I had it next to all my other ones and none of them developed and scales or any other problem.

I remember your post about the borer or what ever.  What became of the cutting, did it grow.

Dom, it is growing from the trunk right at the soil line.
"gene"


Subject: Hollier Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,147
 
Dom, yes it looks that way but as you see it is the way it was on the tree.

Thanks for reply Martin, that's what I was thinking of doing, same as I did for the  Ischia Black except it is still in a 3 gal pot and doing well. It has 6 figs on it and looks great. I post pictures later.
"gene"


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Subject: Hollier Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,147
 
I bought an Hollier two years ago. It looked normal and grew well in a 1 gallon pot the first year. Up potted it to a 3 gallon nursery pot in Spring of year 2 before it started to break buds. It started OK and put on a few figs. As the figs were growing it got attacked by scale. After finding out the problem and solution here on the forum, I corrected the problem. The figs went on growing and then split in the strangest of fashion. They basically turned themselves inside out real weird. In the fall I planted it in the ground. It overwintered well and started budding in early Spring. The tree never grew. About 6 weeks ago a sprout came off the main trunk at ground level and now it has grown way past the original tree. Since I want a tree and not a bush, should I let the vigorous sprout grow and cut the main trunk or vice versa.

A couple of pictures of the splitting figs from last year.




The tree as it is right now with the vigorous sprout zooming upward and onward.





Subject: Unk varieties Replies: 4
Posted By: genecolin Views: 670
 
Not quite like my Conadria. Here is what mine looks like. I got it from Almost Eden.





First fig I eat this year, a Conadria.




Subject: bunch of brebas Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 895
 
Now that is a pretty sight, BLB. Great picture.
"gene"


Subject: Fracazzano Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 4,029
 
Olga, after studying your pictures and mine I don't think that the are the same. Very close maybe but not the same. Since I'm in zone 9 along the coast of Louisiana, I don't think the differences I see are caused by different climates. The soil here is mostly clay and loamy clay and it doesn't get any salt water. I guess I'll just have to keep looking.  Dan may be right in thinking it's another LSU fig, just which one. It has the characteristics of some of the LSU figs that's for sure.
Thanks again,
"gene"

Here are the pictures I took today.

A 3 lobe leaf which is the most predominant.
 

A single lobe leaf of which there are many.


And a 5 lobe leaf of which there are a few.


The stripes and white dots.


Singles, doubles and plenty fruit per branch.


The inside of fig from last year. All same except two halves in the middle which are LSU Gold.




Subject: Fracazzano Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 4,029
 
Thanks Olga, I will take pictures of mine later today to show you. My tree is a fast grower.
"gene"


Subject: Fracazzano Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 4,029
 
Olga, I've been following this thread with interest. Is there any way you can post a picture of the leaves of the Fracazzano. I have an unknown fig that looks very much like your Fracazzano. I would appreciate it very much.
"gene"


Subject: Jon's cuttings Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 884
 
Great idea, they are bird and squirrels proof, but a little hard to pick I bet.
"gene"


Subject: Negretta Main Crop Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 900
 
Martin, I have to agree with Rafed. Looks like someone will be eating a bunch of figs, what a heavy bearer.
"gene"

Subject: Mission Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 806
 
Watch it closely Martin, it might be a bud sport. But then looking closer, I see the main branch has some color also. Who knows? Very nice looking.
"gene"


Subject: Happy Fathers Day Replies: 7
Posted By: genecolin Views: 650
 
Maggie, thanks a lot for the Happy Father's Day wish. May you have a blessed day.
"gene"


Subject: Varieties To Grow In Ground In The Tropics Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,558
 
Paully, sounds like the much discussed Black Celeste might be one for you. It seems to have the characteristics you're looking for.
"gene"

Subject: A Windy Day Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,383
 
gorgi, that's what we've been experiencing for the last three months. I have to water daily to keep them alive. Day before yesterday I moved all of my potted figs under a large mulberry tree out of the sun completely, because I'm afraid if I miss one watering they would die. Yesterday afternoon they didn't look as stressed as the soil was still slightly moist. The temps have been brutal hitting 97 degrees yesterday, and the wind has finally let up a bit, but not much. We've been having constant winds in the neighborhood of 15 to 25 miles per hour seems like forever. Good luck with yours.
"gene"


Subject: Info for Citrus Growers only Replies: 23
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,679
 
Dan, Thanks for the heads up. My tangerine tree has lots of fruit on it this year for the first time ( 4th year). I'll give it a go and a bunch of water.
"gene"


Subject: Is that normal? Replies: 33
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,781
 
Figluvah, glad to hear about the J.H., I've got figs on mine and can hardly wait. In fact I can hardly wait for the first ripe fig off of any one of my trees.
"gene"


Subject: VERY SWEET Black Celeste - pics Replies: 39
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,156
 
Yahoo, I'm not blind. Nice looking figs Dan.
"gene"


Subject: Name this fig and win it! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,894
 
Dan you can drop by anytime you come to town an get your tree and I'll make sure to give you a call when they ripen.

Noss when are you going to learn to do such a simple thing yourself, haha.

"gene"


Subject: VERY SWEET Black Celeste - pics Replies: 39
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,156
 
I guess I need to take another trip to the eye doctor, because the glasses don't work or something else. I see no pictures.
"gene"


Subject: Looking for a ronde de bordeaux Replies: 3
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,142
 
I don't have one for sale or trade, or in fact I don't have one at all. I just want to take the time to welcome you to the forum. Don't be shy, let us know what's going on in you fig growing life.
"gene"


Subject: Name this fig and win it! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,894
 
Bass, If you want to win an unknown that won't behave itself any two years in a row, I guess you can. I'll hook you up.
"gene"


Subject: Name this fig and win it! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,894
 
Perhaps I didn't explain it correctly since I know some of you know of my plight. The problem is that neither do I know what it is. It was bought for a LSU Gold but it is not. I think Dan might be on to something in it being a LSU fig but one that wasn't officially released. Maybe with his resources he might find out what it is. I'm still trying to decide if it's a tree worth keeping as each year it's production has been different. Time for it to settle down.
"gene"


Subject: Name this fig and win it! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,894
 
Dan, win or not, I have another nice one for you. Next time you come this way let me know. It's got your name on it.
"gene"


Subject: Name this fig and win it! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,894
 
Noss, this is the first year for such odd figs, but it has made 2 figs per node before.

Gorgi, These trees are 6 years old and I only use about 2 cups of 888. Much less than previous years. As you can see in this picture from last year how close together the nodes and figs are. This picture was taken in October and the tree is still in growing mode and putting on figs.



Normal, mature figs




LSU Gold in center, (not) on each side and above.


Thanks for the guesses Bass, satellitehead, hoosierbanana, and snaglpus.

Welcome to the fun world of figs.
"gene"

Subject: Name this fig and win it! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,894
 
This is an amazing fig, it has many looks. It has produced some outstanding breba and main crop. The last couple of years it has lost it's breba either to late frost of drought. Last year it only ripened a few of main crop, the earliest ones, the rest grew until they just dropped. The tree grew well into December before it stopped and it put on fig continually until the cold weather shut it down. The tree had hundreds of figs on it when the leaves fell, some were full size and some were BB size. I have two trees in the ground, one I broke all the figs off of it when the leaves fell. The other I left to fall on there own just to see what would happen this year. There was no die back to either tree. I pinch back one tree this year and left the other do its thing. This year it has put on some really weird figs. Many are doubles, side  by side at the same node. Some are doubles one on the other or whatever you call them. Some of them have navels the poke out, some navels are recessed, and some are half in and half out.

The two in ground trees came from the mother tree that I bought from Lowes. The mother tree produces great figs for 3 years until the storm finished it off. They were so good I wanted a bunch of them so I air layered a bunch of them.

This isn't the first time I have shown pictures or asked for help in identifying it. It was bought for a LSU Gold from Lowes. I just thought I show some of the strange things its doing this year. Oh. and if someone can ID it I have a lovely two years old in a 3 gallon pot for you. 

My only hope is that a lot of them ripen this year because I love them. Any guesses?
"gene"

This first picture is a true LSU Gold the next is the (not).




Here are some of the other pictures of the not.









Subject: question for JD, Sue and Jon Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,234
 
Dan you should see your Smith. I'll probably get to taste them also.
"gene"

ps: thanks


Subject: Monstrueuse Pix Replies: 13
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,390
 
I have a two year old tree that had one fig the first year but it did not ripen. This year it has many and I hope to taste some.
"gene"


Monstrueuse










Subject: question for JD, Sue and Jon Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,234
 
I have all three growing down here in La, all thanks to Sue. Thanks Sue, I can never thank her enough. I hope to taste at least one fig from each this year.
"gene"

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Branca







The three sisters






Subject: Sad day for me Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,418
 
Once again thanks for the prayers and thoughts. It's so nice to be among friends.

Will, I grieve with you, sorry to hear about your uncle.

Blessings to all,
"gene"


Subject: Sad day for me Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,418
 
To all my figs4fun friends, those I've met face to face, and those I've only met here on line, thanks for all the prayer, well wishes and condolences. Having friends like y'all only make this easier, as I know I don't carry all the burden. She has run the race and run it well, and God in his mercy allow her to go peacefully while she slept. Never did she suffer any pain or was a burden to any one of us. She was as common a person as you could ever meet and never met a stranger. When I told her I had discovered that she actually had relatives that were some of the first settlers that came to America and founded Jamestown she didn't quite understand. Then when I told her that she was related to the Queen of England and had royal blood in her veins she couldn't imagine that. She just thought of herself as a humble housewife and mother, but to me she is a Queen, the Queen of my world. I'm am nothing except for her.

Once more, thanks to all, and thanks to God.
"gene"                                

Subject: Sad day for me Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,418
 
Today my Mother pasted away at the age of 93. We all knew her time was short, but the call from my brother this morning still left me in shock. I was walking out of the house to go visit her when he called. Now she rest in eternal peace.

As some of you have noticed, I haven't been too active on the forum lately. Well she was one of the reason, I didn't have the passion for life I usually have with her lying in bed not hardly knowing what was going on around her. Once I pass this grieving stage, perhaps I can get back into life with a good heart. She will be missed that's for sure, but her clocked has stopped an  I can accept that, it will just take a little time to get myself together.

"gene"

Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,518
 
Ruben, yes we do have a lot of time left, so maybe it will grow a fig. I sure wish it would. I keep y'all posted.
"gene"


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,518
 
I have one in a one gallon pot that's looking very nice but it doesn't have any figs on it. I think I have another one but couldn't find it just now. I was hoping to get at least one fig to be able to see what it is but looks like I'll have to depend on you go4broke. I still say it has some great looking leaves.
"gene"




Subject: First Breba of 2011 Pics Replies: 15
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,641
 
Sal you're ahead of me that's for sure. I have some breba but it will be a while before they're ready. Mine is planted in the ground. Looking forward to tasting it again. It gave me a bunch last year for such a small tree.
"gene"


Subject: Pre-Fig Fruit Season Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,260
 
Nice pictures John, that tree looks to have all the fruit a person or family could handle. Are the good for making preserves or jellies besides eating fresh? I wonder if it would fruit this far south, if it does, I might have to make room for one. It's nice to have other fruit while waiting for the figs. I have a loquat and a mulberry, which have both just finished fruiting.

Noss the light colored mulberry is desirable in one's yard if the fruit is good tasting. I've tasted some that were good and some were bland. The nice thing about white mulberries is that they don't stain you hands, mouth, clothing and the walkways. The one I have growing in my yard is a white mulberry but it makes black berries, huh?  White mulberries were brought to the US to feed silkworms way back when it was thought we could make an industry out of making silk. It didn't work out and the white mulberry spread across the country and is considered an invasive species in some locals. Ninety nine percent of white mulberry trees make black berries. I think I remember reading that they are called white mulberries because of their buds and yes the are a distant cousin to figs.
"gene"


Subject: GM#5/ Maltese Falcoln Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,216
 
Tim if this cool weather ever passed I will start my air layer for you. I will wait until the tree is growing steady. I'm not sure what this cool weather would do if I started the air layer now. My tree has put on a couple of figs so I'm hoping to get to taste the CW this year. The two I got from you last year both have figs on them. I put the Tena in the ground and it's growing well and the unknown black is loaded with Florida figs. Thanks for being a great friend. It's about time to plan a week end drive heading west.
"gene"


Subject: GM#5/ Maltese Falcoln Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,216
 
Fantastic news Tim, you lucky dog. Hopefully one day I can get my hands on one too. Hope it grows well this summer and you can show us a picture at the end of summer.
"gene"


Subject: Grafted fig Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,094
 
ben, were those saddle grafts. Looking good so far. Did you use material that was already budding and the tree also. I know, so many questions, but such a project brings all of these on.  I have a Celeste that I'm thinking of making into a variety tree with up to 5 varieties on it. Any help will be appreciated.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Orchard complete....well almost Replies: 55
Posted By: genecolin Views: 4,307
 
Great job Dennis, I hope the damage to your knee is too bad. Your hillside reminds me of Jon's hillside in Ca. Good luck with all your trees and looking forward to more pictures of the trees and fruit as they mature and ripen.
"gene"


Subject: How to make Potting Mixes by Dr. O'Rourke Replies: 21
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,533
 
Thanks for clarifying that Dan, for a while I thought your mind had gone blank, ha. Looking forward to Dr. O'Rourke mix, for a fact Dr. Al's mix is too free draining, requiring watering twice a day on very hot and windy days.



Subject: agressive rooter Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 874
 
Ed that sounds like a plan to me. An early bearing breba only would suit me fine if it's as prolific as I've heard and the taste is acceptable. We'll have to compare notes down the line if we are both successful at bring them to fruit.
"gene"



Subject: agressive rooter Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 874
 
OK, I've edited the post to show the pictures. Thanks.
"gene"


Subject: agressive rooter Replies: 10
Posted By: genecolin Views: 874
 
Here are pictures of my Fiorone De Ruvo which I started in a paper towel. I moved it to the inverted cup on 3/30/2011 and it has filled the cup with roots. It even out paced "Lots-a-roota" (Latarulla) by a mile. You can't see it in the pictures but it has even sent out roots above the soil within the cup. Does anyone else have this one and have an opinion or description of the flavor.
"gene"










Subject: My 2011 cuttings progress .... Replies: 84
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,324
 
Jason those are looking real good. One question for you, do you find that you disturb the roots a lot when moving the cutting from the bags to the pots. The ones I rooted in the little bags did well but I didn't like handling the root that much. I have since gone back to rooting in paper towels and moving them to my inverted bottomless cup with potting mix which means when I move them up to 1 gallon pots the roots are not disturbed. I have not lost any after moving them since I've done this.
"gene"


Subject: italian figs to trade Replies: 29
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,179
 
Good morning Mario, I remember you posting pictures of some of your figs and they look great. I don't have any blackberries to trade but come this fall I might like to work out something out with you for some cuttings. If you can't find anyone with berries to trade perhaps you could sell a few cutting to cover the cost of buying the berries. Please post some pictures of the figs when they ripen.
"gene"


Subject: Picture update Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,087
 
Paully my BI is at least twice as tall as yours and is really growing fast. I'm fertilizing it and all other potted one with a dose of soluble Miracle Gro every week end.

Dennis I think you will have good results with the peat pots as I have had with the inverted cup. There is no disturbance of the roots period. That is why after trying the small bags like Jon uses I went back to rooting in paper towels and then to inverted cups. I found that I disturbed the roots too much to my liking. I also dampen the mix I use when potting up from the cup to a gallon pot before putting it in the pot. That prevents the mix from drawing all the moisture from the rooting medium or drowning the roots trying to get the potting mix damp. Good luck on the CDDN and BI.
"gene"


Subject: Picture update Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,087
 
Cecil sorry for your losses but it wasn't a total bust. At least you have some back ups and thank God you saved some of the best.

Paully, didn't really look to see if the figs on my BI are breba are main crop. I'll have to check tomorrow. I'm just excited that it's doing so well and has figs on it.

Sal I don't know if I had anything to do with it, all I did was to give it care.

Dan if you thought it look good last year you should see it now.
"gene"


Subject: Picture update Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,087
 
Rafed my friend, you make me blush. I owe all of this to you, you started me. I also owe a lot to the rest of you that have sold, traded of given me cuttings and trees. You are one heck of a great bunch and I wish all a Happy Easter.

Cecil, how did you end up with your trees now that it's warmed up. Did you lose many to the winter weather. Poor JA had all of his freeze to the ground, He tells me some are coming back from the roots.
"gene"


Subject: Picture update Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,087
 
Martin, one day maybe, just maybe, if it continues doing well, I'll be able to get a clone from it. Do you have a clue as to who would want it. Ha. Take heart my friend. If I'm blessed so will you be.
"gene"


 

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