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Subject: Picture update Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,087
 
I took these yesterday of my growing trees from starters to in ground trees.

Starters still in cups and hardening off with cover off of tote. They are also in a shed with fluctuating temp of day and night. The only light is from a south facing window but not directly on the plants.




When they leave the shed in a week the will go into my shade house, which is a high sided box of sorts with fence boards across to regulate the amount of sunlight which hits the plants. The side shown has 2 to 3 inches of spacing between the boards for plants that have been outside for a few weeks. On the right barely visible in the upper right hand corner is the boards covering the plants that are new to the outside. The spacing is 1/2 inch to begin with. Only morning sun hits the shad box, at 1 PM it is shaded by a large tree in my neighbors yard.



Here are my 1 and 2 year old trees bunched together to help them shade the pot and also keep them from blowing over in the strong not stop winds we've been having for weeks now. Many of them have figs already.



Here is my pride and joy, my Black Ischia







Three trees next to my onion bed. Far end is a Conadria, middle one is a Hollier and near one is a LSU Tiger.




Subject: Easter 2011 Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,188
 
To one and all, wishes for a Happy Easter from the bayou land.
"gene"


Subject: A SPECIAL THANKS to a super nice member :-)) Replies: 3
Posted By: genecolin Views: 802
 
Cecil, there are as you know, some super fine folks that populate this forum. I just wish I had the time to visit or talk to them more often. Their generosity is unmatched. But since I can't, I relegate myself to short conversation on line or on the phone which isn't enough but I'll take what I can. One day I hope I can swing by your place for a visit  too.

"gene"


Subject: Chickens? Replies: 24
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,632
 
When I was a wee lad (actually I'm French), mon granpere had 2 fig big celeste trees in his chicken yard that bore lots of figs. They  were about 15 foot tall and wider than they were tall. The chickens kept the ground clean of grass and any fallen figs. Of course you had to watch for the fertilizer as you picked the figs.
"gene"


Subject: Spring equals hard work Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,007
 
Dominick, that might be true or not, but we have to mow the lawns 11 months out of the year, and the growing season never ends.
"gene"

Subject: identifying a fig tree Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,493
 
Ajax, welcome to the forum. That is a nice looking start you have there. I can't help you with the identity, but I'm no expert, and I'm not sure if anyone could being the tree is so young. Perhaps as it matures and bears fruit it will display characteristics that will help someone pinpoint the most likely variety. Looking forward to your future input and possible ID of your tree.
"gene"

Subject: Spring equals hard work Replies: 11
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,007
 
I've got to agree with you Dennis. At least I don't have to do the fig shuffle like some have to. Taking care of 40 or so potted yearling trees. 16 in grounds trees plus all the new ones I'm rooting this spring (50 to 60) is a chore. Besides that I plant a veggie garden which is coming along just fine. Potatoes are up and looking great, the snap beans and peas are coming along fine and the tomatoes have already set some fruit. These all need attention every couple of days. Like I said it's a chore, but a labor of love.
"gene"

Subject: My 2011 cuttings progress .... Replies: 84
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,324
 
Jason, it all looks good, thanks for the pictures. I tried some like that earlier this year not much luck, I guess I didn't get the process right. I must say my rooting in a Styrofoam cooler with lid on has worked fine. No mold at all, I'm real satisfied. You're right, the "Morley" is a fast rooter and grower.
"gene"

Subject: Just Joined Today! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,020
 
Welcome Dean, that's a nice looking tree/trees you have. Another option would be to air layer one of the shoots to make a second tree, and doing it that way shouldn't endanger the other. Before the end of summer you will have two nice trees.
"gene"


Subject: new to forum Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 804
 
Sara welcome to "THE" fig forum. I can't help you with any cuttings or plants at this time but I sure wanted to welcome you.
"gene"


Subject: Spring storms Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 606
 
I saw on the noon news the severe weather hitting Florida including tornadoes. I hope all are safe.

TMC, I experienced Hilda in 1964 and Betsy in 1965. I actually walked out into the eye of Betsy. I had never been so frightened before. Since then, when a hurricane comes, I go. Most times I travel to Shreveport La to my daughters. For Gustav a couple of years back, we went to Destin and we were just on the outside of the tornado band that hit the coast. I lost some of my roof to Gustav and two years of fishing. I'm just about over it and ready to fish. Well wishes to all.
"gene"


Subject: Spring in SETexas Replies: 25
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,614
 
Tim, as I have seen your set up first hand I can attest to the beauty of your house, yard and garden. If I had such a lot available right next door to me I wouldn't be looking for another place to expand to. Linda and I have to make plans to return during the fig season this year, although you had quite a sampling last year even if it was late in the season.

It's looking great again.
"gene"


Subject: Understanding Carbon Dioxide in the Rooting process Replies: 30
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,079
 
Dan, being no scientist I just do things from little bits of info that I gather at random from here and there. So my idea to make "air cups" was a sound idea and might help attribute to my success in rooting cuttings. My idea of using upside down cups have proven to be a plus because of the increased rooting area in the bottom of the inverted cup and the easy of transferring to a larger pot without disturbing the roots. But with what you're saying about trapped CO2, perhaps unknowingly, the best part of my idea might be the numerous holes around the cup to help move oxygen in and CO2 out. Below are three pictures of such a air cup with the resulting roots. As you can see by the date of 3/15/11 on the cup, it's only been 14 days since I put in the cup with only root initials showing. These aren't the only ones but the most photogenic of my rooting trees. The first two are of both sides of the same cup.

Thank you Dan for sharing all of the things you have with us.
"gene"








Subject: 3014 X Black Ischia Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,883
 
Martin, do you always root on a fine leather chair? Is that what makes the difference?
"gene"


Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,813
 
Noss, black berries are brambles and grow on upright canes whereas dew berries grow on running vines. The best dew berries I ever found were running along the ground in a large patch of waist high Johnson grass. While most people had been picking the edges where the berries were highly visible and small, I ventured into the interior of the field and found very large and sweet berries. I'd just walk until I found a runner and then follow it and pick the berries which were lined up pretty as you please on the runner. Some runners were 20' or more in length and held up to 1/2 gallon of big juicy berries. Black berries are just about my favorite fruit after figs.
"gene"


Subject: thoughts on moisture meters? Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,217
 
71GTO, I use a very light and airy medium which allow the probe to enter without causing any damage. The probe is pointed and just pushes aside any roots it encounter without any noticeable damage. Either way it hasn't shown itself to be a problem.

One note about light mixes, the reason I never try to get the reading over 5 or 6 is because if you take the medium with a 5 or 6 reading and hold it in your hand and squeeze it tightly around the probe you'll get a much higher reading. Light and airy mediums hold a lot of water but it is held apart by the mixture which has a lot of air in it. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean. By comparison, if you take soil from the ground and take a reading then put the same soil in you hand and squeeze it around the probe, the reading doesn't change much or none at all because it is tightly compacted in it's natural state.
"gene"


Subject: thoughts on moisture meters? Replies: 14
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,217
 
eun97, I use one of those little green ones with the 8" probe that sell for around 6 dollars at Lowes. When you have 50 to 60 cuttings to check, it makes quick work of in. I just try to keep the moisture no higher than 5 or 6 and never water until it goes into the red zone which is about 3 on the meter. How accurate is it? I'm not sure, but with tap water it works well enough to keep you from drowning your cutting or letting them get too dry. If you have them in cups in a tote inside, it doesn't take much to overwater them and you probably don't need to water them but once a week or less depending on your set up. Once mine are showing roots and leaves I move them to a shed where they get indirect sunlight with the temp to 80 or 85 degrees for their first hardening off. It takes only 3 or 4 days for them to dry out, so the meter quickly let me know what's going on. It saves the time and trouble of picking each one up and weighing it or poking your finger in it.

I like the meter to check my larger pots also. Even though the medium in a pot look dry on the surface doesn't mean that it's dry at the root level. Until you get acquainted with a good watering routine the meter comes in handy letting you know what's going on at the bottom of your pot. Some mixtures hold too much water and although the surface seems dry your plants can be drowning and on the other hand, some mixtures need watering daily or twice a day.

Using a meter is no guarantee, but it takes the guess work out of it for someone new as yourself. It lets you be consistent in your watering. A slightly moist medium and a little drying between watering equals a happy fig. Good luck
"gene"


Subject: New rooting experiment going well Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,094
 
Thanks for the info on the shelf life, but it does same strange that mixing it with water would shorten it effective life.
"gene"


Subject: Fig Trees Starting to AWAKE Replies: 30
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,525
 
All of my potted and in ground are awake and growing. Some also have figs. Here is a picture of my yearling trees from last year. Wishing everyone a great growing season.
"gene"




Subject: A little Humor & a lot of Humus Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,012
 
Cecil, sounds like a "America's funniest video" scene. It should have been taped. A good laugh my friend.
"gene"


Subject: New rooting experiment going well Replies: 8
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,094
 
I'll apologize for this being so long but I just had to explain it. Last year I had fits with mold and gnats. This year I started a few in baggies with sphagnum which work out with only a few with mold problems. I also started a couple in baggies with damp paper towels. That also produce some nice roots but still had too many with mold. I put a few in the little "Jon bags" and that worked also but not to it's fullest. I guess I just want 100 percent even though I know it next to impossible in such crude surroundings as I have. I think the biggest problem is to control is temperature and moisture, get them wrong and presto you have mold or rot.

Like it happens to all of us at times, I got struck by an idea. I toyed with it a couple of days and decided it made sense to I went for broke. I put all my cuttings at risk in an untried method, at least untried by me. As I have been reading everyone's ways of rooting and ideas for rooting, my mind put together a lot of little bits and pieces and came up with "The Plan".

Here's what I'm doing, and although I have only rooted a third of the cuttings involved, the others are well on their way. I only had mold problems on 2 cuttings and both had problem when I put them to root but just to see what would happen I put them in to root anyway.

I started like always by writing each one's unique number on the cutting to make sure I don't mix them up. Then instead of washing them with anti-bacterial soap and then rinse them in bleach, I didn't do either.  Instead I took each set of cuttings and laid them on a clean dry paper towel that I put it's number on and misted the cutting and paper towel with water with a little "Physan 20" which someone here introduced a while back. Now I didn't make the paper towel wet, I only misted the part touching the cuttings. After rolling up the cuttings the outside of the paper towel was still dry. As each batch was done I put them into a Styrofoam ice chest with very thick walls. When finished I closed it tight and sat it on a shelf in the corner. The damp cuttings and paper towel started bleeding the moisture into the rest of the paper towel. As all of them in the ice chest did the same, after two days all of the cuttings had the same moisture around them, definitely not damp but only the slightest sensation of moisture. The cuttings took on a feeling of being almost tacky as Dan describe the feeling when the moisture is just right. The insulated ice chest kept to temperature from fluctuating so no condensation formed anywhere. Every thing stayed constant. Best of all no mold period except on the two cuttings I mention earlier. I have since trimmed of the bad ends and the mold has not reappeared.

I check them every 3rd day and take out the ones with roots and cup them up. It's been so rewarding to see the progress of the cuttings from sticks to trees.  

Here are a few pictures of "The Plan". I hope I haven't bored y'all too much.

The ice chest


The cutting all wrapped up.


The magic ingredient.


Typical results.



Planted in inverted cups.


Snug as a bug in a rug.




Subject: Tips Pinched ? Replies: 12
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,340
 
Paully, I have pinched or tip pruned several of my trees that were started late spring to force them to branch out. It seems to be working fine as most are sending out buds and shoots. They were but whips before.
"gene"


Subject: Tired of winter Replies: 2
Posted By: genecolin Views: 512
 
Noss asked me to post these for you, hopefully it will bring you good cheer. Also please keep her and Mike in your prayers for a safe trip to Florida to visit her very sickly sister.


The end of winter!


The beginning of Spring!!!!!




Subject: Giant Amber Replies: 6
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,601
 
Like the rest who looked, I have nothing on it either. Good luck.
"gene"


Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
Posted By: genecolin Views: 11,555
 
Bill, a good thing who ever sold it didn't know it was really a "Jon Bag" maker. Then it would have been like some lost piece of art and the price would probably have been double, ha. Good find on your part.
"gene"


Subject: INVENTORY DAY Replies: 2
Posted By: genecolin Views: 720
 
I've been real busy with the spring garden and yard work these last two week and haven't been able but to read a few post and comment while at work. This evening I grabbed a pad and pencil and went through all of my trees. I haven't totaled up numbers yet but about 80 percent of my trees have leaves on them. My LSU Gold has some brebas as does Jason's McCauley Green.

Just last weekend leaves were just beginning to open. Here it is a week later and WOW, almost all of them are showing green. I'ts amazing how what looked like a bunch of dried sticks can transform them selves so quickly.  It been so warm here seems like summer wants to kick in. Seems like I lost a couple to those freezes we had a while back but I'm lucky that I have backups for those. It looks like I'm off to a good start, now I just can't wait for the first fig of the season. I feel for you guys that are still facing snow.
"gene"


Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
Posted By: genecolin Views: 11,555
 
My source of "Jon bags" is I make them myself. I take quart size zip lock bags, cut the zipper off and then use my vacuum sealer to make two seals down the middle of the bag. I then cut between the seals to get 2 smaller bags. It takes a little time and attention to get the seal just right but for the cost of the bags, $1.50, I get 50 "Jon bags". Worth the trouble if you don't need 1000 bags.
"gene"




Subject: 3014 X Black Ischia Replies: 18
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,883
 
Wow, that puppy didn't play around. Congrats and I wish you further success with making it into a tree.
"gene"


Subject: You won't believe this! Replies: 22
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,540
 
Wow beautiful Sue, that sure is a different look from when Linda and I visited you in July. I hope it doesn't damage any of your trees.
"gene"


Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
Posted By: genecolin Views: 17,501
 
Well I didn't post my wish list but Santa sure was nice. So a great big thank you to all who shared cuttings with me this past year. I just wish my trees would have been big enough to share some of what I have. Hopefully this year will bring me plenty of growth so I can get cuttings this fall and winter to share with others. It a great and fuzzy feeling to know I have friends across the land that I haven't met yet, but one day maybe. It's even a better feeling to have met some face to face.
Blessings to all,
"gene"


Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,221
 
Martin, you're more than welcome, that's what we gather here for, to support one another. It's very warm here. We got to 83 degrees this past week. All my trees are putting on leaves, the grass is growing (spent most of yesterday mowing and triming), and the AC is humming.  But it's nice. I saw some breba, swelling on my LSU Gold (not).

Bill you've got some nice roots also, The Jon baggies are really nice. Thanks Jon.
"gene"


Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,221
 
Ottawan, yes that soil is a little on the wet side. If I remember right, the Sal's was in sphagnum, the rest were in a perlite, pine bark fines, and compost mix. I started them off a little drier but as the roots grew, I gave them a little more water.
"gene"

Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,221
 
Martin, Bill is such a tease, lol. Here, I'll give you a couple of pictures of my rooting cuttings I took today to keep you occupied while waiting on Bill..





This one comes from you Martin.


and the same.


and the same again.











Subject: figs from WA, Australia part 2 Replies: 2
Posted By: genecolin Views: 715
 
Good looking fig george and the tree seems to be loaded. I like the stripes, they look cool like racing stripes.  Does it have a name?
"gene"


Subject: a fantastic fig - nicks flat fig Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 828
 
George, I've seen some late season LSU Golds with open eyes. But you may be right if its been there for a long time.
"gene"


Subject: a fantastic fig - nicks flat fig Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 828
 
George I'm no expert but it looks like the LSU Golds I've seen and eaten. I agree, a very good fig. I don't think I welcomed you to the forum yet so here is a very big welcome. Looking forward to you experiences down under.
"gene'


Subject: Plant Tags Replies: 28
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,236
 
Last year I discovered the mini-blind slats when the wife decided to throw away some of them. They make great tags that can be read at a distance but in case they get moved or lost, I also have an aluminum tag attached to the tree for permanent ID.  I also found that the marks-a-lot fades in the sun and I have changed over to paint markers.

Another small tip, since all my cuttings and trees have a unique number assigned to them, I write that number with a white paint marker on the top of the cutting as I receive them, that way it assures that it never gets mixed up when bagging or potting without being able to correctly ID it.

"gene"



Subject: About me Replies: 35
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,359
 
Cecil, really glad to see you back here. You've been missed. 99 98  97  96  95  94  etc   haha.
"gene"


Subject: Snow Coming Your Way Replies: 54
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,524
 
Ditto on that rafed!
"gene"


Subject: Are you hungry for a fresh figs? Replies: 29
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,478
 
Dan, do you think that your smoker cabinet would do a good job on drying. You should be able to get the temps down to the proper level. Why heck, you could even have smoked figs, sounds good to me.
"gene"


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,518
 
Jason, if it's a Celeste it got the prettiest leaves on it of any Celeste I've ever seen.
"gene"


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,518
 
That great news go4broek, hope mine do the same. I have some white stuff growing on mine but no root yet. What is your rooting method. I have mine in a baggie wrapped with a paper towel. Ain't Jason great for finding it.
"gene"


Subject: growing media help needed Replies: 37
Posted By: genecolin Views: 2,355
 
Quote:
Las vegas has been the smallest city I lived in before I moved to the sticks, Atl,las vegas,san diego,portland,,,,,sticks,,,,, I'm still trying to get use to not being able to get need/want whenever you need/want it


Grant, I'm glad to see you're moving in the right direction.
"gene"


Subject: All Points Bulletin - Looking for growers in Nashville, TN or surrounding area. Replies: 16
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,152
 
Cody, welcome to the board. Hang around and I'm sure someone will pop up. I have a brother in Tullahoma who's wife is growing a couple of Celeste she got from my Dad in La. They are in ground and usually die back most years.

"gene"


Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,866
 
Noss, it hit the low of 32.1*  at 7:07 this morning and now at 7:30 it's 33* and on the rise. Beautiful day ahead.
"gene"


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,518
 
Jason, Santa came today and left me a package. Thanks a million. Like I told you before I owe you one.
"gene"


Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
Posted By: genecolin Views: 3,866
 
rafed, you sound like my brother in Tenn. He told me last week while it was snowing his wife kept looking at the window really depressed. He said if it snowed one more night he might have to let her in.

Haha. y'all enjoy it and keep it. 43 degrees in the balmy south.
"gene"


Subject: How's X'mas & New Yr Wishes Coming Along ? Replies: 5
Posted By: genecolin Views: 678
 
Well, I hit it off on the right foot. I put 7 cuttings to root and now have 7 trees in cups. I'm floored on how easy those were. Since then I added more cutting to starting medium, some in sphagnum like the first 7, some in Jon type bags. None of these show roots yet but it should be soon. Keeping my fingers crossed. As soon as some of these strike roots I will be starting a third round using what medium seemed to have started the most. Good luck to all into the new season.

I must add that none of this would have been possible with the help of many generous friends here who share time, knowledge and cuttings.
Thanks,
"gene"


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: genecolin Views: 5,518
 
Oh boy, Christmas comes again. Thanks in advance.
"gene"


Subject: Happy New Year Replies: 19
Posted By: genecolin Views: 1,126
 
Happy New Years Sue from Linda and I. Those silly little youngsters are just like teenagers, they think they know it all and just grow like crazy. I have a few that I had to bring inside to protect them from the 27 degree weather we had last week. I have a couple that are still growing figs. One is a Flanders and another is a strawberry fig. In fact the weather is nice here today so I'll put them back into the sunshine. Another month and buds should be swelling here. Spring comes early and sometimes summer knocks it out of the way and we skip Spring.

I want to also take the time to wish everyone a very Happy and Prosperous New Year.

"gene"


 

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