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Subject: Heat & Drought Damage: How Serious? Replies: 17
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,165
 
In general trees have enough energy to replace there leaves two times in one season. If they get stressed the third time there will be major branch damage.
You can sometimes save the tree by a severe pruning to promote regrowth from the base.

Al
Burlington County Nj
Z6

Subject: Soil is the issue Replies: 14
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,092
 
Hi Jon:
This may be more info than you need. It will address the clay problem in your soil.
Adding green sand will also help.

Al
Burlington county Nj
Z6



http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/AgriculturalFGDNetwork/workshop

http://fgdproducts.org/BenefitsOfUsingGypsumAgriculture.htm

Subject: Update on Lime treatment Replies: 53
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 3,898
 

Ground limestone which is the cheapest you can buy could take 6 mo or longer to work.

The pelleted lime will work very quickly with out burning the roots of your plants.

Clam shell, oyster shells,chicken grit are all forms of lime and will slowly release into the soil.

If you have a pH problem such as i have living in the pine barrens of NJ where the soil will always be a low pH some areas of 4.6 we use a lot of garden lime in the pelleted form along with lime stone.

Bill uses ground limestone when he plants up to his self watering pots because the base soil is of a neutral pH to start with.

I believe if your pH is 6 or 6.5 standard garden lime is all you would need.

As far as testing your local AG agent should be able to tell you what your average pH may be for your location. They can also do a complete soil test which would let you know what else you may be lacking.

So far as importing soil from another area and mixing with the native soil your imported soil will eventually become the same pH as the native soil. It is the way the nature works.

 

Al

Burlington County NJ

Z6


Subject: Update on Lime treatment Replies: 53
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 3,898
 

NOTE:

 

Not all lime is the same as garden lime.

some types of lime are used in building cinder block cons.

 

I would never put either of the following products on any of my trees.

They are very dangerous to handle.

Quick lime is used in barns to dry wet floors and gutters.

Hydrated lime can cause a fire if the bag gets wet.

You need to research what you are using.

 

Note 1—Quicklime and hydrated lime act upon clay soils and may render such soils suitable for highway construction and for other load-bearing applications. In most cases, lime causes finely divided clay particles to agglomerate into coarser particles which improves load-bearing properties and subsequently the lime-treated soil hardens by chemical reaction.

 

Al

Burlington County NJ


Subject: Roundup in Sandy land for Young fig trees(update)g trees Replies: 33
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,643
 

 

 

Interesting reading on the subject

 

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/29/monsanto-chemical-shown-to-cause-infertility-and-super-weeds.aspx

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/05/13/ge-food-cause-birth-defects.aspx

 

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/31/monsanto-worst-company-of-2011.aspx

 

 

Al

Z 6

Burlington County NJ


Subject: Putting in a well for irrigation. How much GPM needed? Replies: 13
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 4,742
 

 

Charles,

 

 check this site

http://www.cyclestopvalves.com/csvtechinfo.html

 

 

 

 

http://www.cyclestopvalves.com/csvtechinfo_30.html

 

Al

Zone 6

 New Jersey

 

 


Subject: Putting in a well for irrigation. How much GPM needed? Replies: 13
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 4,742
 

You can have this valve installed at any time any one with a well and using it to irrigate would be wise to have this valve installed. As you may have read it will eliminate cycling of the well pump.

 

Al

Zone 6

New Jersey


Subject: Putting in a well for irrigation. How much GPM needed? Replies: 13
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 4,742
 

Charles if you use a constant pressure valve (cycle stop valve) you will NOT need 2 tanks and you will NOT need an 80 gallon tank. The tank needs only to be big enough to fill the largest zone using the most water in gpm.

                                        Tanks usually die from too much cycling. It bends the bladder back and forth like bending a wire until it breaks. Cycling also destroys you pump motor and everything else prematurely. Doubling the size of tank will only cut the cycling in half. This means it will just take twice as long to burst the bladder and destroy your pump. It use to be that the larger the tank the better but, not anymore. There are now much better ways to eliminate cycling than trying to put on enough tanks. A Cycle Stop Valve and a small tank will do things that a room full of big tank cannot do. The CSV will provide constant pressure to the house, eliminate cycling, make everything last longer, and cost less.pm.

 

Al

Z6

NJ

PS I only have 25  Yrs in Irrigation

I to live in very sandy soil. 


Subject: Putting in a well for irrigation. How much GPM needed? Replies: 13
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 4,742
 

You will want to talk to your well guy. You see with some well set ups you will need to use all the water the pump is delivering unless you put a relief valve in to dump excess back into the well this is not a good practice. A constant pressure valve prior the tank is the way to go. You will not need a large welltrol tank when using a constant pressure valve. You do not want to short cycle the well if you are using a welltrol tank. If you are set on Rotors you will need the tank to use the initial 60 psi to pop the heads so they stay sealed when fully extended.

I would consider using a lot of drip type irrigation since 50% and more of your water is lost to evaporation when using over head.

All heads are rated at gpm's at specific psi's.

With any well systems with out the constant pressure valve at the tank  you will need to designer every zone to use all the water the pump will deliver.

 

enough rambling

 

Bottom line designed each zone to use just enough water to get the job done.

 

Al

Z6

New Jersey


Subject: Freeze advisory Replies: 57
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 3,235
 

27 deg. 4:30 Am

 

Southampton Twp Nj


Subject: Sal's Corleone scion Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 3,262
 

Barry, Just sent Pay Pal payment

 

These are great looking cuttings

Thank you

Al

Burlington Cty NJ

z 6


Subject: Today Snow can be distructive to fig tree! Replies: 8
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,002
 

Hi Herman.

Everything froze this morning low of 25 leaves still have frost as i write.

Will you box your trees this year? I have a couple of old windows i picked up if you still want them.

 

Al

z 6

South Jersey Burlington county


Subject: E-bay seller Replies: 50
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 3,822
 

Selling green tip cuttings without posting is NOT LEGIT
Al


http://cgi.ebay.com/Fig-Tree-Cutting-Cuttings-12-/280717707537?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415c144911

Subject: E-bay seller Replies: 50
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 3,822
 
 lordv08 is an E-Bay seller selling green tip cuttings the seller has now pulled there listing. However there is a new listing under the E-Bay seller wendi2604U using the same information and pictures as the first seller. It is the first seller using a different account. The new listing does say they are green with leaves. The original posting did not say green leaves and tips.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fig-Tree-Cuttings-5-/280729591225?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item415cc99db9

Al
Southern NJ Z 6

Subject: is Preen bad to use around fig trees? Replies: 5
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,863
 
It depends on how much chemical you have put on the ground and how deep in is in your soil. The way some landscapers work is to apply a good amount of Treflan same a Preen to the mulch bed and than cover it with several inches of mulch. This will create a vapor barrier under the mulch.  If you apply Preen on the surface of your bed and do not work it in you can dig it back and not have it in the new planting area. Greatly disturbing the area of application after a rain  will also disrupt the vapor barrier and make it useless.

Have a GREAT day
Al
NJ Z6

Subject: is Preen bad to use around fig trees? Replies: 5
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,863
 
Hi 71GTO
When you understand the way this stuff works along with crab grass control you can use it around your trees. What it does is create a vapor barrier so that any weed seeds that germinate will be killed when the first part hits the barrio.  This only works if you do not break the layer of gas formed in this barrio.  Depending on how deep you stir in these pre emergent can stunt the growth of any annual's that you may later plant in beds. Also check the label some will only last 30 days. You may have had crabgrass control put on your lawn only to have a lot of crabgrass where you edge this is because you have destroyed the vapor barrier from the chemical.

Have a GREAT day
Al
NJ Z6

Subject: Frost damage!!! Replies: 6
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 776
 

Plastic bags will not protect your plants from frost.
You would need a tarp that will breath. Check out the product on this site.
http://www.frostprotek.com/

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: New rooting experiment going well Replies: 8
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,094
 
 
I used this method of treating my cuttings this year prior to storage. I did not have any mold.
I start my new cuttings directly in a mix of 50-50 perlite and oil dry clay in a dark Tupperware container. When they started growth i moved them into a opaque Tupperware type container into a well lighted room near the wood stove. I kept the humidity up by soaking a couple of paper towels and placing them on the side of the container.
This method has worked very will for me. I tested the the P-20 prior to sending it to my son Northeastnewbie.
Below is what the Mfg. suggests and it works.
Hi Al:
 
Physan 20 will still active 5-7 days after mixing; if you can keep it covered all the better.
 
I'd suggest a dilution rate of two teaspoons per gallon for soaking cuttings. It is definitely a good idea to treat the planting media with this solution, too. Since Physan 20 is biodegradable, you may want to spray the cuttings every 10-14 days to prevent pathogens. Particularly in a warm, humid environment the product should help control any algae.
 
Sincerely,
 
Tom Whitehair
Maril Products, Inc.

Subject: irrigation Replies: 19
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,178
 

Dennis

I was interrupted when making the last post.
You will loose 33 psi pushing the water 77 feet up hill. This does not take into account the pressure loss  in all the tubing. That is why I suggest you take a flow reading on top of the hill. To get a rough idea of how much water you will use set one leg up with emitters and measure the output on that leg.

Al
Burlington County NJ Z6

Subject: irrigation Replies: 19
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,178
 
Dennis,
Energy is required to move the water higher. It takes 0.434 psi to raise water one foot. Conversely, one psi will raise water 2.31 feet. If is figure correctly it will take 33 psi of your supply just to get the water to the top of the hill.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: irrigation Replies: 19
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,178
 
Dennis
You will need to determine the water pressure at the source than calculate the pressure loss through your piping system. Keep in mind it takes a lot of pressure to push the water up a 77 foot hill.
When you have your feed line up at the top of the hill use a 5 gal bucket and measure the time it takes to fill.  You may need to use a controller that has 3 separate feeds. If I were designing your system I would create a complete loop and feed it from the center, this way you are more balanced with your pressure losses in your lateral lines to your drippers. Your should be using pressure compensating drippers on  this system. You see a non pressure compensating dripper will allow more water to flow out the first dripper and as the pressure drops in the lateral they will flow less and less.   There should be a number code on your dripper that let you know how much water they deliver.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: irrigation Replies: 19
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,178
 
Here are some great places to get information about drip irrigation.
Al
Burlington County NJ  z6

http://www.rainbird.com/homeowner/products/drip/index.htm

http://www.toromicroirrigation.com/ProductFiles/pdf/ALT142_What_Is_Drip_article.pdf

http://www.irrigationtutorials.com/dripguide.htm

http://www.dripworksusa.com/

Subject: Selling UC Davis Cuttings Replies: 33
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 2,547
 
Hi Tom

It is very easy to grow peach trees from hard wood cutting.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: Waxing results Replies: 6
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 813
 
Jason,

Well I have seen fruits & veg tables along with roses coated in wax to keep them from dehydrating. Noticing any cuttings that did not have a good cover would dry out i coated some in wax. Many of my cuttings in water bottles with a water bottle cut as a cover would get moldy I had to try and find a way to cut my losses. When you get mold on a cutting you need to dispose of the container and starting media or sterilize it. A couple of years ago I spoke with a elderly gentlemen from Italy who told me that when you cut branch's on you tree you should cover the wound with wax to keep insects and water from entering the wound especially a cutting that is vertical. I have done this and it keeps the branch from dying back very far. This is in the fall when pruning and the tree is not growing.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: horizontal rooting ? Replies: 16
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,040
 

Hi Grant

I live in the deer woods and the only damage i have is when the new growth starts and a yearling comes through not knowing what it is that take one nibble and never touch it again. I do not know what goats will do since they will eat most anything. I have all my fruit trees in the fenced in back yard. The Red Peach is in front and the deer love them when they ripen. When I plant in the back yard I have to keep the dogs in the house, if they see me digging they will come behind and dig up whatever I have planted. No problem when they don't see me.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6


Subject: Waxing results Replies: 6
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 813
 

Ingavald,
   The wax is from my wife's Yankee candle Cranberry Chutney.


     I have a number of other cuttings with the same wax and planted 1/2 over wax line in my propagating pot. I have not had a lot success with the baggie method. My new system of using perlite and clay and putting them in a dark Rubbermaid container until growth begins, than moved to a more clear container. Some of my cuttings in the dark have masses of roots moving out of the pots however there is no bud break. All are sitting close to the wood stove temps range from low of 56 to highs in the 70's.
When i removed the above cuttings from there pot there were no roots developing below media level. I re potted and put back in the dark.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: Waxing results Replies: 6
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 813
 
Results of some waxing of Stella cuttings.
I took some very very cold Stella cuttings an dipped them into some hot wax melted on top of my wood stove. It is quite obvious that the wax did not harm the cutting. I cut the top of wax Stella into 1" pics and planted horizontally and placed back into propagating bin. To maintain humidity i take several paper towels and wet them and stick them to the back of the bin. My propagating mix in perlite and oil dry 50-50 when the oil dry clay lightens up in color i water. I have watered twice in the last 2 months.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z 6

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Subject: horizontal rooting ? Replies: 16
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,040
 
If you have the space outside and a long cutting where the nodes are several inches apart you can plant them horizontals directly in the ground. Leave them in ground the whole season. If you had lets say 12 nodes it is possible to have 12 new plants. When you carefully dig this cutting up you should be able to separate into individual plants.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: Anyone want to trade ???? Replies: 18
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,791
 

Jason,
Great info.
My peach fits everything however it is a freestone.

Here are some pictures of a peach picked on Sept 17 2010.
let me know if you want a tree or some cuttings.
The ground is still frozen here.  I will be trimming my tree in the next couple of weeks.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z 6

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Subject: mass propagation Replies: 11
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,113
 
John,
I live in the upland pine's of South Jersey. Our native soil has a PH of 4.6 and is all sand. I need tons of lime to try and sweeten up the soil. It is amazing that fig trees will thieve in this soil without adding lime.
My test this year with direct planting will be to coat the exposed 4 - 6 inches with wax to keep them from drying. I placed a jar of candle wax on the wood stove to melt and took very very cold cutting from the frig and dipped them into the hot wax in Jan. The wax did not hurt the cutting since when pulled out immediately the wax hardened quickly. I than set these into my starting pots down to the level of waxing. I did this with 12 cuttings and all started sprouting leaves within 4 weeks the few that i did not wax and did not cover all dried up. I now believe i can do the same outside. Keep in mind that when the soil warms up to 50 rooting can start taking place. You will not have top growth and by the time top growth develops all chance of frost are over.  The longer the cutting the deeper you will need to dig to remove, which means you should plant them at least 18" apart or further if you have the room. When i dug mine up from the raised bed trial the root mass was as large as a 2 gal. pot. I did leave a number of cuttings in ground over winter and need to wait until spring for results. The variety i used was Italian Honey from a bush that freezes to the ground each year. The largest branch was the size of a quarter. The cuttings left in over winter were pushed about 18 inches into the ground last spring. I have no intention of digging these new trees since the initial root are very deep. If they survived this winter they will most likely develop roots closer to the surface and if they send up a shoot i will compost around the shoot which will develop more rooting.

Al
Burlington County NJ
Z6

Subject: mass propagation Replies: 11
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,113
 
If all the frost is out of your ground, you can just stick them directly in the ground. I also took some 25gal pots and mixed compost with perlite and stuck them every 2-3 inches apart. Than took another smaller pot and placed it into the larger one this held the moisture in and created extra heat. It was the first week of march when in did the mass planting. I also took one raised bed and covered it with black plastic. Than cut 2inch x holes every 6 inches and stuck a 12 to 15 inch cutting deep in to the soil. I also found that when you do this whatever is left above the ground will die. This year if i do it again i will leave very little sticking out of the ground. A couple of month's after the ground warms up you will want to check for shoots around the x cut in the plastic.
Good luck.
You have nothing to loose by trying, and everything to gain of successfull

Al
Burlington County NJ Z6

Subject: Plant Tags Replies: 28
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 2,236
 
I have used the plastic tags in Jon's first picture. I use a sharpie to write. What i found out was to also write on the pointed end of the tag which will be in the ground and it will not fade from UV.

Al
Z 6 NJ

Subject: 2nd Fig growers meeting Replies: 30
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,874
 
Hi Herman,

Would you like to make this south jersey meeting  not as far as Moods?
Al

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Dennis.
With water and in irrigation systems you loose pressure when you push it up hill. You may want to use a 3/4" supply line from the house to the top of  your hill. You may want to check what the pressure loss is through the BFP.
The combination of distance elevation and BFP may limit the number of emitters that will preform as expected. For this reason and others that is why you see larger systems with multiple zones.
Al
NJ Z 6

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Dennis,
You say up the hill. How far from your main supply is the hill and how high above the main supply is this hill. You said you live in the city I than take it you have city water supply. If this is the case you will NEED to use a form of back flow preventer. Check and see if there is a vacuum breaker on your hose bib if that is where you will be getting your supply from.  These devices prevent contaminated water in irrigation systems from getting into the drinking water supply. In most cities it is the law.

Al
NJ Z 6

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Navid,
If you cover the top of the pot with black plastic it will hold the moisture in the pot as well as the heat from the day. I do this to mine and have taken the temp from direct sun on the plastic which reached a high of 165 degrees and the temp of the fig leaf was 115 degrees. From what i have learned fig trees can take a lot of heat.  I believe it is better to let the soil breath and not over water. If a plant starts to wilt it need a little shade and not more water if the soil is moist from earlier watering.  What is your soil mix? If it dries out that quickly you may need to add a media that holds a little more moisture.

Al
NJ Z 6

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Dennis,
What you have should do the job
There are micro sprays that dribble water as well as send it is a spray pattern.  Any type of emitter that drips or dribbles will work just fine everyone need to do what Northeastnewbie suggests is to measure the amount of water that is being emitted from each emitter. If you do not want to do this you can  measure the first and the last emitter to see if there is a noticeable pressure drop in the line. I have made systems where if fed the lateral line from both ends with this method i have a more balanced pressure in the literal line.  Another way is to feed your lateral from the center and balance the emitters. These are some things you can do when the pressure becomes a problem.  One  very important thing to do is to purge your lateral line before  attaching your emitters. This should remove any sand  or little critters that may be in the tubing. You have had your supplies for some time.
Al
NJZ6



Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Navin & Jim,

Jim is on target with watering in the morning and the tubing will be cool.
Navin: If you can fill a 5 gal bucket in less than 1 min. and you will be using about 70 emitters you should do just fine.
I should mention that if anyone using a well to irrigate should make sure that the well pump does not short cycle. Short cycling of a well pump is the best way to kill in a relatively short time.
Short cycle is when the pump runs shuts down in a couple of min runs again the motor above ground and or in ground will over heat. I would tend to believe there folks who are trying to use there lawn irrigation system to water there lawn, shrubs, yard trees and fig trees. This is a bad idea.

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Hi Navid,

If you are going to use a garden hose of a hose bib on you home you will want to take a hose to the locaton of where you want to irrigate. At this point you will need a 5 gal bucket and a watch. Time how long it takes to fill the 5 gal bucket. This will tell you how many gpm of water you have to work with. What you may not know is what is the psi pressure of the water.
Let us say you have 4 gpm at this point. Now you know that you have 240 gph. If you have 25 trees and use 4 emitters per tree at 2.5 gph. 100 emitters 2.5 gph = 250 gph. You do not have enough water to service 100 emitters on one line, what you now need is a valve that has 2 timed outlets.
Now if you measure the gpm at the source and find it to be 5 + gpm you can increase the size of the hose to deliver more water with less pressure drop.

Al
NJ Z6

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Navid,

You can find everything you may need at  Home Dept or Lowes.
Here is a link to some installation.
You can use a valve and timer combination found at the big box stores.
Al
http://www.toro.com/sprinklers/online_piglet.pdf

http://toro.com/sprinklers/bsd/index.html


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
Hi All.
One thing you want to keep in mind is that when you use any type of overhead irrigation, micro sprays included you loose more than 50% of the water to direct evaporation. If you take note of a well designed overhead irrigation system you will not see any fogging or misting you will see droplets similar to a rain drop.
I have over 25 yrs. in landscape irrigation design. Your most efficient  use of water is by using a drip system. Keeping in mind the types of soil you are dealing with and how the water moves through YOUR soil. With a very loose mix water will perk very quickly nearly straight down. Heaver soil with a lot of clay the water may perk in an oval pattern and may not water completely the root zone. To my way of thinking it is better to use more emitters and run the system less time than fewer emitters and saturating a very small area.
Also think about where the feeder roots are on you fig tree. They do not go very deep straight down but spread close to the surface compared to other fruit trees. Not all emitters are the same. Depending on what your water pressure is some will deliver more than what they are rated for. Minerals in you water can cause them to change rates. Do not cover your emitters keep them up so you can see them working. For the most part you may not be running a drip system every day and it just takes one night for a spider to spin a web in the emitter which will cause it to malfunction. Depending on water presser the number of emitters on one lateral line is important since with each emitter on some systems you will loose pressure. Think of water like eclectic you can't operate a 1hp motor 100 feet from the power source with an lamp cord. Water behaves in a similar manner the further you are from the source to maintain pressure you will need larger piping. The source can be a well or city supply. If you house is supplied with a 3/4" copper pipe from the street you can't increase the flow  unless you add a booster pump.
Any questions?
Al
NJ Z 6

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,847
 
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Subject: Anyone want to trade ???? Replies: 18
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,791
 
Jason,
You can start peach trees from cuttings.
You treat them the same as any hardwood cutting.

Al
NJ  Z 6


Subject: Anyone want to trade ???? Replies: 18
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,791
 
Hi Cathy,
The tree you have appears to be exactly like the one i have been growing for a number of years with great production when it does not suffer a late frost. Some of the best features of this tree is the root stock it appears to be a true dwarf. This stock can be used to graft other peach cutting unto to maintain a dwarf tree. In my zone 6 it takes until late August to mid September for the peaches to ripen when they are left to hang they become very aromatic and sweet. You asked about the temp. well it survives temps. to -5 tonight i expect the temp to fall below 0 by morning.
Al
Southampton NJ
Z 6

Subject: Against all frost! Pix Replies: 9
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 994
 
Hi Vasile.
It was great visiting with you yesterday and thank you for all the samples of ripe fruits that are still coming on your trees. As i said to you all my trees have dropped there leaves since my morning temps have been to 27 degrees. I does appear to me that some varieties are more frost tolerant than others since i could see that a number of your trees are frost burnt and a good number looked like nothing had happened. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and time with me, and i will take very good care of the new cuttings.
Albert & I went out and collected 5 more varieties of cuttings today and will be collecting more next week. 
Again thank you for your time

Al
NJ Z 6

Subject: Selecting worthy,cultivars! Replies: 8
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 1,026
 
Herman,
I understand your feeling about discarded trees.
They will be destroyed today.
They will not be part of any trials in southern New Jersey.
I apologies for causing you bad feelings about giving away the trees.
You are still my mentor and master fig tree identifier.
Al

Subject: Please tell me how to get rid of 1 smart chipmunk Replies: 21
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 3,688
 
Hi Dennis,

You may want to try predator urine that hunters use. You would find this at your local hunting supply store.
Good luck

Al
Z 6 NJ

Subject: Air Layering Marathon - pictures Replies: 26
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 4,066
 
That is the idea behind this method.
I have found that bad transplanting and over watering = dead fig trees

Al
Z6 NJ

Subject: Air Layering Marathon - pictures Replies: 26
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 4,066
 
Dennis.
The long fiber P M does not fall apart.
When you take the poly bag off you have a peat pot intact with the  all the tender roots inside undisturbed. Depending on how long you let the pot hang on the branch there are only a few roots on the sides of the peat pot.

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Subject: Air Layering Marathon - pictures Replies: 26
Posted By: smiles4allages Views: 4,066
 
My method is to use a small peat starter pot
I cut it from the hole in the bottom on an angle up the side.
I wrap a small zip lock bag that i cut the top off and slit to lay flat
around the branch that i have just girdled i staple the bag the bag together in place.
I than place the peat pot around the branch fill it with damp S M than wrap the plastic and staple together.
The peat pot is dark and when the roots break through the pot i know it is time to cut and transplant.
No need to wrap with foil.

Al
NJ Z6

 

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