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Subject: VERY SWEET Black Celeste - pics Replies: 39
Posted By: JD Views: 2,156
 
Dennis,

Can you post a few photos of your Black Celeste (tree, leaves, and unripened fruit)? It would be nice to include in this . Also, where does BC rate on your Black figs list?

Dan,

I hope you can repost your photos. I would also like to see them. Given the praise and description that you and Dennis have shared, I might need to call Durio to place an order.


Subject: MY Violette De Bordeaux FIG Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,843
 
@ Jason. I had the same thought. My young VdBs don't have leaves like that. Those are different and much healthier.

@ hml597. Thanks for sharing. How old is your tree? I am interested in seeing the pulp of those figs and a mature leaf. Please keep us posted.

JD


Subject: My 2011 cuttings progress .... Replies: 84
Posted By: JD Views: 5,324
 
Enjoy the time because it is fleeting, and that is a good thing! I am thankful for any time, be it several minutes out back to water or a few hours to cut the grass.

The chronicles of the life of our 6 year old and and 8 year old always include birthday parties, games, sports, practices, lessons, trips, and general quality time. It also includes planting, seeding, watering, weeding, pruning, fertilizing, and harvesting but not in the large and regular chunks of time that I used to have when they were younger.

When you have a good balance between the two (the kids and the figs) and your children show an appreciation, understanding, and respect for growing what they eat, join you, and take an active role in doing just that...THAT is a beautiful thing. I cherish those days and enjoy that time with them the most!

Subject: I finally figured it Why figs with FMV,from Ca Collection,don't want to grow on East Coast. Replies: 26
Posted By: JD Views: 2,847
 
Thanks for sharing what you do personally; that is what I was after. To recap, you use 8 cups for your in ground trees and 4 for your potted DK of powered calcitic limestone that you mix into the soil.

Also, a personal mantra from my youth that is a testament of my adult life: if it is to be, then it's up to me.


Subject: I finally figured it Why figs with FMV,from Ca Collection,don't want to grow on East Coast. Replies: 26
Posted By: JD Views: 2,847
 
@ Herman. I have both dolomitic limestone (powered and white) and calcitic limestone (granular and brown). I will likely add a combination of both; powdered directly into the new soil when I pot up and granular as a top dressing for all. I need to think about how much.

Subject: Skardu Black Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 2,168
 
George,

What is your fertilizing regimen? Looks like you are applying both controlled release (Osmocote) and liquid (MG) fertilizing regimen? How often? Do you top dress the Osmocote or mix it throughout?

JD


Subject: I finally figured it Why figs with FMV,from Ca Collection,don't want to grow on East Coast. Replies: 26
Posted By: JD Views: 2,847
 
Herman,

I appreciate the theory as well. I am definitely interested in an application: what type and how much limestone? I would love to read your thoughts on this.

JD


Subject: Adding Limestone Replies: 8
Posted By: JD Views: 1,088
 
I have a read a few posts (a couple from Herman) that mention adding limestone to both in-ground and potted figs. I have granular limestone (brown) and powdered dolomite (white) and agricultural limestone (white). So what is the practice? How is it applied?

Subject: question for JD, Sue and Jon Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 2,234
 
@ Ed. Just wanted you to see 'Bebera' and 'Branca' in the same sentence.

@ Sue V. I am here (there) now. Check your PM.

JD


Subject: Sad day for me Replies: 37
Posted By: JD Views: 1,418
 
Gene,

A prayer, a smile, and as much peace as possible to you and your family.

JD

Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: JD Views: 5,518
 
Thanks Ruben.

I am exploring changes to my potting media as well.

Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: JD Views: 5,518
 
@ Sara. I have you on my list. I will check on the Voiture #217 growing outside and see if Jason sent me any extra Morley. I have two small ones growing in one-gallon pots but nothing like what Gene & Ruben are posting.

@ Gene & Ruben. What are you feeding those figs?

Subject: question for JD, Sue and Jon Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 2,234
 
Ed,

Here is what Sue V has on her website:

Branca
Figo Branca  (aka Bêbera Branca)

Green fig from Madeira

I hope this reconciles any confusion. If not, Sue V will have to chime in.

Subject: "Blackened" Madeira Replies: 34
Posted By: JD Views: 2,716
 
On Monday, I sun screened several scion that I planted directly into the ground about 8 weeks ago. I covered the 1/2" 19 gauge galvanized "hardware cloth" is covered with scraps of 30% and 45% shade cloth. In addition to sun screening, it also protects them from an errant weed whacker.

This attempt represents the Portuguese figs of San Diego section (thanks to Sue: svanessa) of my fig hedge (inspired by John: GeorgiaFig) just at the border of our property and the undeveloped adjacent lot. Also include how I convert my home irrigation to drip.

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Subject: Auto Water timers Replies: 5
Posted By: JD Views: 957
 
Dennis,

I have the same unit - Dig 9001DB - that Sal posted. I have owned it since 2008.

Good unit. My only issue occurred about 18 months ago. After realizing that I needed to replace the battery, I noticed that the plastic clip/hinge on the battery door was broken. While replacing the battery, I saw that the terminal (+/-) connector was rusted due to water entry from the broken battery door. After a few bucks, new connector, wire splicing, and super glue, I haven't had any more problems with it.

JD


Subject: First Breba of 2011 Pics Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,641
 
Very nice Sal. Very nice!

Subject: Wter barrel with floating sunflowers seeds Replies: 20
Posted By: JD Views: 2,507
 
drivewayfarmer,

Will you please post the link to the info on controlling squirrels and if available, a photograph of your setup?

Thanks,
Jimmie


Subject: Nursery Road Trip! Replies: 10
Posted By: JD Views: 891
 
JFE has them and they look good.

Meanwhile, both of those air layers are promised but I will keep you in mind. There are a couple more small shoots starting down low...

Subject: Nursery Road Trip! Replies: 10
Posted By: JD Views: 891
 
lreiley,

I am a forum member who happens to live in Tallahassee with a modest fig collection. The last few days here have been absolutely beautiful. 60s rising to 80 with 50% humidity and a breeze. You are welcome!

Meanwhile, Just Fruits would be an excellent visit. The fig trees are out of the greenhouse and looking GREAT! Here in Zone 8B (and at Just Fruits), the greenhouse makes a tremendous difference. How much of a difference? Well, I just could not resist purchasing a few fig trees (Images #1&#2 LSU Improved Celeste and Images #3&#4 LSU Scott's Black) when I was there about ten days ago. About six weeks about, I bought a Smith from the discount area for something like $12.99 (last image).

When I up-potted, I started air layers...my preferred way of propagation.

JD

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Subject: too many leaves. Replies: 13
Posted By: JD Views: 864
 
Thanks for the clarification and expansion Dom. I read the sentence in your post but wWanted to make sure there was a distinction between what you had to do and the pinching that Herman professes (and that I do sometimes) when anyone searches "pinching".

JD


Subject: too many leaves. Replies: 13
Posted By: JD Views: 864
 
Hey Dom,

Can you talk a little bit about why you are pinching? I think I may have misunderstood what I have read about the process or you know something that I need to know. I am asking because the Dark Port and Byadi appear to be young cuttings with less than six leaves. I'm curious.

JD


Subject: Fig Orchard complete....well almost Replies: 55
Posted By: JD Views: 4,307
 
Good God Dennis! You have been busy. Very nice work.

I can predict the CNN Headline news in about three years:
  • Man starts the largest fig nursery in North Carolina...in his backyard! 
  • North Carolina man donates figs to local food banks.
  • Man's blood tests positive...for fig?!?!

Subject: bird netting enclosure Replies: 45
Posted By: JD Views: 4,745
 
Very nice Ken. It gives me some ideas for a scaled down version to protect my blueberry and figs this season.What are you using at the tops/tips of the 1/2" emc to support the netting and stabilize the emc via the wire?

JD

Subject: Easter 2011 Replies: 24
Posted By: JD Views: 1,188
 
Happy Easter!

Subject: My new rooting method Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 2,036
 
Bass,
What did you put them in after the TP49? And that growth was only after..."a couple of weeks"?
JD


Subject: Fig Hedge Replies: 54
Posted By: JD Views: 5,500
 
The result looks funky. Check out
It is known as pleaching and in the video, the guys at DaveWilson Trees show a 3-in-1 pleached fig tree. Here is the definition from Wikipedia

"Pleaching is a technique that may be used to train trees into a raised hedge or to form a quincunx. Commonly, deciduous trees are planted in lines, then shaped to form a flat plane on clear stems above the ground level. Branches are woven together and lightly tied.[1] Branches in close contact may grow together, due to a natural phenomenon called inosculation, a process similar to grafting."


You can check out a photo here.

JD


Subject: My 2011 cuttings progress .... Replies: 84
Posted By: JD Views: 5,324
 
Jason,

I appreciate the encomium.

This forum demonstrates how useful and instructional and social technology can be. It has given us a chance to be who we are, do what we love, and fig out!

And yeah, partners in crime we are. I have learned a lot from you as well. In those early days on the fig learning curve, learning what not to do, was instrumental and so much fun.

JD


Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: JD Views: 6,215
 
Beyondista,
Check your PMs.
JD


Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: JD Views: 6,215
 
Beyond,

I think I can help. I will check once I return from travel.

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: JD Views: 6,215
 
Navid,

Per this thread http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5124385, I have not followed up with Jason. Please let us know when/if you do.

JD


Subject: Found another curious nearby fig ("Unknown Morley") Replies: 91
Posted By: JD Views: 5,518
 
Sara,
Don't just "put it out there"...I think you should ask Jason (satellitehead) directly instead of asking "if anyone". Jason is a good guy, generous, and has fig experience and knowledge to share.

Subject: A Fig Trek with SueV Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 2,570
 
Sue,

I did not get cuttings. Can I take a rain check? I thought I had taken cuttings but then I looked at the pictures and remembered that no one was home, the wall was too high, and the tree was out arms reach, i.e., I would have had to stand on my hood. That would have invited unnecessary trouble. Also, I prefer dark figs. Thus I will wait until NG green fruits and sample it this summer. If you are able to get the NG dark fig, then my answer is definitely 'Yes'.

JD

FYI. The Del Monte is huge. Leafed out it must be beautiful. If you make it, please post a picture. If you make it, please update.




Subject: A Fig Trek with SueV Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 2,570
 
Jon,
As customary, your memory serves you well. You reported that the owner said it was a green fig (amber interior).
JD (Jimmie)

-------- Original Message --------
Date: Sun, January 30, 2011 12:18 am

Jimmie,
 
Sue and I took cuttings in Point Loma today.
 
We checked out the two additional trees on Narragansett, and got cuttings from one. Supposed to be green with a honey-amber interior. I talked to the fellow with the second tree. He said it was black and very good, but he had to talk to his wife about getting cuttings as she was very picky about pruning her tree.
 
Enjoy,
Jon

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 30, 2011 7:31 AM

Excellent Jon!

I wish I could have been there with you and I hope that these are good figs.

Which one is dark and which one is green relative to the address, 4343 or 4277?

I Google map the location of the figs (and all other fruit trees) I "find" so I know where they are

FIGS in SAN DIEGO (4343 Narragansett Ave)
4343 Narragansett Ave San Diego CA 92107
Tree visible from alley between Narragansett & Del Monte, between Santa Barbara St & Venice St; Labeled NG#43.

or

FIGS in SAN DIEGO (4277 Narragansett Ave)
4277 Narragansett Ave San Diego CA 92107
Tree visible from alley between Narragansett & Del Monte, @ corner of Venice St; Labeled NG#42.

Did you happen to make it to the very large tree I posted about here http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5044932?

FIGS in SAN DIEGO (4502 Del Monte Ave)
4502 Del Monte Avenue San Diego CA 92107
Very large tree at the end of Guizot. Tree overlooks the water.

Jimmie

-------- Original Message --------
Date: Sun, January 30, 2011 5:41 pm

Jimmie,
 
Got cuttings from 4343 (Green), talked to man at 4277 (dark) but got no cuttings.
 
Didn't see Del Monte. Sue only remembered that there were a couple on Naragansett, so we drove till we found them.
 
Enjoy,
Jon

Subject: New ( to me) organic small animal repellent Replies: 9
Posted By: JD Views: 729
 
Rafed,

I agree with Bill and note that just yesterday I visited Mr. Walmart's sore and settled on that hardware that claims1200fps.

Also, Fredfig mentions the cone shaped pellets in post #13 of his "Late cuttings" post.

JD


Subject: Does anyone have the Martha Stewart Clip? Replies: 6
Posted By: JD Views: 892
 
Noss,

I don't know.

JD


Subject: Does anyone have the Martha Stewart Clip? Replies: 6
Posted By: JD Views: 892
 
Nas,

After reading this thread few months ago, I did a cursory search. I just realized that I hadn't posted what I found. I think it gets you closer to what you are looking for. Episode 203 could be 'the Bellclare guys'.

JD

Martha Stewart Living TV Show

Episode 49 | Season 5 (1997-1998)
(Airdate Sep 22, 1997)
Preparing pesto; fig tarts; vegetable harvest; garden ramp.

Episode 67 | Season 5 (1997-1998)

(Airdate Oct 14, 1997)
Cold frames; South African bulbs; figs; onion rings. 

Episode 203 | Season 7 (1992-2000)
(Airdate Sep 1, 1999)
Pet care; molasses cookies; fig nursery; serving figs; fig tarts.

                                               



Subject: Unknown Black fig from Southern France Replies: 12
Posted By: JD Views: 1,864
 
Dan,
Thanks for exacerbating my condition! Good looking figs.
JD


Subject: 3014 X Black Ischia Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 1,883
 
Thanks Herman!

Now you have even more curious and possibly confused because I am not sure that I am sure I know what you mean. Can you say more? What do you mean when you use the word "hybridized".

I also have a few follow up questions:

1) Are the Black Ischia cuttings that UCDavis distributes considered "originals"?
2) Do you consider your Black Ischia tree is hybridized? If so, why? If not, why?
3) I read your follow up to a post by John (jsvand5) in which you confirmed that his friend had bought a Black Ischia. Was it an original or hybrid?

I read your words but I just want to make sure I know what you mean.

JD


Subject: Late cuttings Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,318
 
Not to go to far astray but what color is the pulp of Sudliche? Hadn't heard of it until you posted it. It is not listed at Encanto so I went to Trees of Joy. Bass has the following image on his website (and possibly a typo..."sudriche").

JD




Subject: 3014 X Black Ischia Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 1,883
 
Martin,
I am having trouble seeing what you did. Is that a paper towel covering the cutting that sits on sphagnum or just a paper towel?
JD

Subject: 3014 X Black Ischia Replies: 18
Posted By: JD Views: 1,883
 
Martin,

Will you please tell us how you rooted your Black Ischia? I know that some have purchased trees and until your post, I have not found any posts about successful rooting of Black Ischia. I know that John (jsvand5), Herman, and Sue V has posted about it but I think you are the first to post about and show a picture of a successfully rooting.

I haven't had any luck and I am truly interested in what you did. I have read about notching, angle cutting, or smashing the cut end. What did you do?

JD


Subject: Late cuttings Replies: 15
Posted By: JD Views: 1,318
 
I agree Black Madeira (edit: Not anymore. I have photos to refute this) and Preto grow comparatively slow. I suppose mine are outliers because they grew 6"-10" last year. Both survived a garaged winter and are outside braving the recent wind and rain. I'll keep a close watch on them both, take some notes, and consider fertilization after the next 30-45 days.

@Paul. Thanks to Sue V, while on a trip to San Diego in October, I tasted Preto. It was later in the season, had been raining, and it was still memorable. Read more. Beautiful tree with a complex tasting and great looking fruit.

@Jason. Leaves and bark?!?! Squirrels?!?! You need some camo and amo to go along with the recent 750fps purchase you made. I've been told that you want the coned shaped amo.

JD

So in my nexus of time-place-conditions, Black Madeira does not grow slowly as defined by < 12" of growth per year. I received and started rooting the cutting (C-FU) from Jon/Encanto on 19 Feb 2010. The first picture was taken on 6 August 2010 and the two that follow it were taken today 28 March 2011. The last picture has two Preto in it: one at the bottom of the picture and the one immediately above it with granite on top. That means only 6" of growth on the Preto cutting received 25 days after the previously shown Black Madeira. The leaves appear to be identical.

black madeira






preto


Subject: fig photos Replies: 30
Posted By: JD Views: 3,440
 
Thanks Bass! Good to see some (dark) figs (new to me) to wonder about...pulp & taste? Need to explore the site a little more to see if there is an accompanying page of cut figs.

Subject: Pomegranates Replies: 48
Posted By: JD Views: 4,941
 
Good thread Rob!

Just for reference, pomegranates were on the cover of the Jan & Feb 2011 Issue (Vol. 43, No. I) of the CRFG's Fruit Gardener. It included the article "A Passion for Pomegranates" authored by Edgar Valdivia. In it, the author highlights the following varities if you like a sweeter tasting Pom with soft more edible seeds: Azadi, Eversweet, Ganish, Myodovi Vasha, SinPepe, and Vina. I am only familiar with Eversweet. The author also mentions a PomWorldwide Yahoo! Group and some nice photos posted on his website (edvaldivis.com).

Happy Pom-ing,
JD

FYI. I have an in-ground Sweet pomegranate. It flowered last year but dropped the fruit when they were small. Trusting that at least one fruit to ripen this year.

Subject: irrigation Replies: 19
Posted By: JD Views: 1,178
 
Ken,

Have you tried a shrubbler, soaker dripline or emitter tubing? I use each of them. Those links point to DripWorks, however, there are local solutions of the same kind in most places across the country. I purchase tubing and emitters locally from Ewing (irrigation).

Dennis,

Jon lives on a hill and his backyard orchard has a nice irrigation setup that I do not recall. Maybe he can offer some advice.

JD

FYI. These pictures are from the DripWorks site.

Shrubbler


1/4" Soaker Drip Line


1/2" Emitter Tubing





Subject: Anyone answer a question about AU Rosa plums? Replies: 54
Posted By: JD Views: 4,833
 
Jason,
Toilet seal wax...worked great. Less than $2 and easy to apply. I'll follow up with some non-scientific results with regards to the graft; and a few photos.
JD


Subject: More info on Figs from "Paradise" Replies: 7
Posted By: JD Views: 744
 
Guess I should get out more often and diversify. On both forums, varieties page, available plants page, scion sale page, wish list page, various tips pages, and today was my first time to figs4fun.com. Damn.

Jon, thanks for giving me a reason to ask. Jason, thanks for stating the obvious. The oil was just 50 feet away...

JD

Subject: More info on Figs from "Paradise" Replies: 7
Posted By: JD Views: 744
 
Jon,

Where do I find the link to the Fig Links page? The navigation is not obvious to me. What am I missing?

JD


Subject: Fig Hedge Replies: 54
Posted By: JD Views: 5,500
 
John,

I too am interested in watching the fig hedge evolve. Keep posting photos. I think I recall seeing a couple of those in another of your post. Thanks to you, I started a fig hedge also.

JD


Subject: First Figs Replies: 7
Posted By: JD Views: 777
 
As mentioned in another thread, I was able to put my figs out last week and it was my first overwintering of figs. Many of them (those overwintered in the garage and those that stayed outside) have both leaves and figs starting to bud and grow. Last year, I knocked off the immature figs. This year (year 2) I let them grow, right? I ask because it is (or it seems) early for them to be growing.

JD

 

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