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Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
Posted By: daygrower Views: 10,848
 

If you buy paw paw seedlings from a commercial seedling grower they mechanically cut the taproot when the trees are young and still in the ground that makes them easier to transplant but it also makes them easier to grow in a pot for a longer time the secondary roots won't coil quite as bad as a long tap root.


Subject: How long to get figs from cuttings Replies: 22
Posted By: daygrower Views: 5,297
 

I agree about the commercial mixes using peat and perlite way too sterile for my taste I use a pine bark based mix and have even used straight pine bark fines with good results.

I also don't mess around when it comes to fertilizer no liquid or granular only coated timed release like nutricoat or osmacote and at about twice the recommended amount.

That and plenty of water will put any of the fast growing fig types in a 7gal. container with a 1inch or better caliper given a nice southern growing season.

(Disclamer) This is just my results your results may vary :)

and I have had a few that refused to grow good so I dumped them

 


Subject: How long to get figs from cuttings Replies: 22
Posted By: daygrower Views: 5,297
 

I really think it depends on the plant.

A little plant that is stuggling and barely growing will be set back by making fruit but a plant that is growing so fast that it has to be up potted 2 or 3 times in a summer will have plenty of energy to survive even if the top gets fried.

And the extended growing season down here means that we can get a plant up to a 7gal size in its first season  were as up north thats not as likely without a greenhouse.


Subject: How long to get figs from cuttings Replies: 22
Posted By: daygrower Views: 5,297
 

I don't pull the fruit off my figs unless they are newly rooted maybe that is wrong but I haven't lost any of them.

last year I got several figs from same year Hardy Chicago, VDB and Texas everbearing they were started at Chistmas and had fruit by late June and put out maybe 5 or 6 pretty tasty fruit each.

Peters Honey made 3 fruit and were very bland

some others made fruit late but frost got them


Subject: fig tracking Replies: 9
Posted By: daygrower Views: 893
 

I don't know if its the best way to do it but my son is working on a web page for me to keep track of my plants.

My goal this year is to take many pictures and lots of notes and this way I can have all info in one organized place.

I just hope I do my part and get him lots of info to upload I wanted to start last year but didn't.


Subject: Sporotrichosis Replies: 18
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,443
 

Grant happy to hear its clearing up hope there is not much scarring


Subject: Sporotrichosis Replies: 18
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,443
 

These things can get out of hand I have used sphagnum for 40 years I have never worn gloves (I do wet it though to keep from breathing the dust) and I have never had a problem.

 Once I stepped on a walking catfish and got a bad infection but I still walk in the woods.


Subject: bud light pack of cuttings Replies: 3
Posted By: daygrower Views: 682
 

Nice work Frank


Subject: Skipping steps in rooting Replies: 3
Posted By: daygrower Views: 595
 

Yeah I hate messing with those tender roots and sphagnum does seem to protect them better the roots weave through it.

Good luck Vince on potting them up

Last winter when I let some go way too long in the shoe box I just let them keep on rooting by the time I got them planted up the roots were tough and I wasn't worried about damaging them I just potted up and they kept on growing


Subject: Skipping steps in rooting Replies: 3
Posted By: daygrower Views: 595
 

I was trying to move some cuttings from a quart bag to  cups today and noticed how many times I cringed at seeing roots getting disturbed then I remembered last winter I had a few shoe boxes full of cuttings that kinda got away from me so I just left them in and took off the lid kept them watered untill it was warm enough to pot them up.

So this year I am going to put 3 cuttings of the same variety in a quart bag with sphagnum when they root I'll just turn the bag into a pot by cutting off the top and poking a couple of holes in the bottom and then pot them up when the weather warms.

 


Subject: Overall Best figs for Hot and Humid Coastal North West Florida Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,352
 

Its just over a year old the VDB were  cuttings I recieved Dec. 2010 I rooted them in winter then potted up into 1 gal then 3gal in Jun and my biggest went into a 7 in August the other went to JD.

This spring I will put that one in ground and pot up the cuttings I made last summer, save one for a spare just in case and distibute the rest


Subject: Overall Best figs for Hot and Humid Coastal North West Florida Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,352
 

Hey Charles

The Nero from Just Fruits has a closed eye no spoiling even in rain

the VDB has just done well for me but I am a fertilizing fanatic I always use timed release like nutricoat and lots of it for potted plants.

If something doesn't want to grow I will unpot it wash all soil off pot it back up and use a cup of nutricoat in a 1gal. pot if still doesn't grow in the trash it goes


Subject: Booted for asking. Replies: 13
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,339
 

Good question if I could only have five figs I would rotate untill I found 5 different excellent tasting figs that ripened at different times


Subject: Overall Best figs for Hot and Humid Coastal North West Florida Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,352
 

all good choices I have all but Col De Dame and they perform well Smith seems late here but very good taste.

another good one is Nero from Just Fruits  it starts late June and puts out a steady crop untill frost

Also Alma Frank has that one and it does very well for him


Subject: Introducing Darkman in Pensacola Fl Replies: 17
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,514
 

Hi Charles

Welcome to the forum your place looks great you have been working very hard.

 I have been trying to get that tropical look also  we are in Live Oak Fl. so pretty close to the same climate I have lots of palms,colocasia,gingers,bananas,cycads,bamboo and every kind of fruit I can get my hands on exept citrus.

let me know when you go over to Just Fruits again I'll bring you a thai giant colocasia the leaves get over 5 ft very tropical looking


Subject: Fig shufffle in january. Replies: 5
Posted By: daygrower Views: 714
 

Lets hope so Frank

and it sure is nice not freezing my butt off at work:)


Subject: Fig shufffle in january. Replies: 5
Posted By: daygrower Views: 714
 

This is a bad year for dormancy I don't like seeing leaves in Jan. it has gone from 60s at night to 20s too many times.

 


Subject: Request Replies: 8
Posted By: daygrower Views: 813
 

FIGS are fun

OK now the thread is somewhat fig related :)

 

 


Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
Posted By: daygrower Views: 17,501
 

An update on my wish list the only one left not gotten or promised

 

Maryland Berry

 

Thanks you guys are great

I will wait untill next Christmas to add another 6 :)

 


Subject: Question for Florida fig folks Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,052
 

I have a friend in the Tampa area on the mainland side who has older fig plants maybe 6-8 years one is LSU Purple I have not dug to see if it has RKN but the plants do well they just burn down every year and grow back to 8' or so with plenty of figs.

Its funny about RKN I have grown many different plants mostly in South Fl. all my life and have never given RKN much thought sometimes plants suffer and when you dig them out its obvious they have it hibiscus almost always have them but even in landscaper circles its not a topic of conversation much and as far as planting stuff in the ground here if its not something really rare I wouldn't hesitate if you are just planting for some figs.

RKN in Florida is kinda like alligators you just live with them

That being said no one should send plants to anyone without making sure they are not infected


Subject: Question for Florida fig folks Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,052
 

In my area of Florida we do have RKN like every other part of Florida but you rarely see a fig plant set back from it there are big old figs all over this area but most are Celeste or BT.

Some varieties may be more suseptible to RKN and suffer but grafting is risky when most years the figs burn to the ground here.

But I too have my collection in pots many varieties are in ground with a back up in a pot but so far the in ground don't have it but I go overboard with organic matter when I plant

 A three gallon pot will have a 3'x3' hole of compost, manure,native peat and pine bark fines and RKN don't like that kind of enviroment.


Subject: Cuttings delayed Replies: 2
Posted By: daygrower Views: 546
 

To all that are getting cuttings from me the plants are growing again and the weather is showing no signs of getting cold.

As soon as we get some cold and the figs go dorment I will get the cuttings off hopfully soon although this is nice working weather :)


Subject: Heatwave Replies: 15
Posted By: daygrower Views: 904
 

All my trees are waking up and there is no freezing temps in the forcast hopefully it will cool down soon I have people waiting for cuttings :(


Subject: Springtime in Autumn Replies: 2
Posted By: daygrower Views: 390
 

I'm in the same boat and the weather is going to be warm for at least another week thats why our figs die to the ground here it was 24 degrees three weeks ago now its in the 60s at night, figs flushing, apples blooming dogs and cats living together mass histeria


Subject: Ok Guys - Test your knowledge of these old cars Replies: 10
Posted By: daygrower Views: 818
 

Thanks Cathy that was fun even though I didn't do very good 71%


Subject: Barnisotte, Calvert and Sucrette from UCD? Replies: 5
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,288
 

I got a calvert cutting from UCD by way of a forum member this spring and it was slow at first but I stepped it up and put a double hand full of nutricoat to it and it has done much better its 2ft and has about 5 figs but only one not so good ripe one looks like another week on the rest maybe they will taste better.


Subject: What Is Your Fastest Growing Fig Tree Replies: 6
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,599
 

The fastest so far is a VDB it was a cutting in Dec. 2010 and is now 7ft nicely branched in a 7 gal. pot and has given me some pretty good fruit for a first year plant.


Subject: what happened to ... "question for dan_la" thread? Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,483
 

 

The nursery my wife works for grafts thousands of fuyu and they have tried airlayering and have talked to others who have tried it with no success.

But they do graft very easy if done at the proper time


Subject: Winter of 2012 Replies: 22
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,642
 

When we first moved to this area it was fall and all the old folks said it was going to be a bad year because there were so many acorns and the reason was the trees put on more nuts so the animals won't starve.

Of course it was a mild winter that year.

I feel for you guys up north how people can actually live up there is something I will never understand I have a hard time here in north Florida Ecuador is more my climate


Subject: How do you eat your figs? Replies: 20
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,566
 

I like them cold frozen ones are good too like fig sickles but they rarly make it in the house I just pick and eat them whole all but the stem I don't break them in half if ants are crawling on them I blow them off and eat.


Subject: Rooting Hormone Trial Replies: 8
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,032
 
Very nice Frank
keep us updated

Subject: On Naming Figs Replies: 34
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,041
 
One problem that cannot be avoided is there is no regestry for figs the AOS American Orchid society or any one of the other many societies out there have a regestry all spiecies have a name and all crosses have a name and if they don't have a regesterd name they are simply seedlings.
I have hundreds of one of a kind daylilies that I have bred but they are still just seedlings same with dogs if it is not regestered with the AKC its a mutt.
Figs have been around for too long for this to work and without the stucture of a society figs are dommed to confusion and in my opinion that is the only thing not fun about figs.

Subject: Bees and wasps Fix Replies: 17
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,515
 

I use them when hybridizing to keep the flower from getting contaminated


Subject: ( Final Update. No Evil Will Hex My Fig Trees Now. ) This Is What I Found In One Of My Containers Today ! Replies: 82
Posted By: daygrower Views: 4,230
 

This is really getting silly :)


Subject: ( Final Update. No Evil Will Hex My Fig Trees Now. ) This Is What I Found In One Of My Containers Today ! Replies: 82
Posted By: daygrower Views: 4,230
 
Nick
Throw the budda away and take the hand made cross put it on your dresser and when you see it say a prayer for that poor mixed up old lady.

Subject: ( Final Update. No Evil Will Hex My Fig Trees Now. ) This Is What I Found In One Of My Containers Today ! Replies: 82
Posted By: daygrower Views: 4,230
 

Man am I glad I live in the sticks


Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
Posted By: daygrower Views: 10,848
 
I have ordered 100 pawpaw seedlings for fall and will not need that many if someone wants a few for grafting let me know.
They are from Superior trees.
I am also interested in scion from named varieties

Subject: Meroni Chestnut Replies: 9
Posted By: daygrower Views: 985
 
If you can find a chestnut tree at a nursery even if it is already grafted and graft your cuttings on it you may have success.
This is not the best time of year but it is worth trying.
The only other thing is if you have access to the cuttings would be to wait read up and get your rootstock plants and have them send cuttings at the proper time for grafting.
Good luck I hope you are successful

Subject: My yard Pictures Replies: 18
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,871
 
Martin
How do you fit all of those plants in your garage?
Oh maybe I shouldn't have brought that up.
Plants look very happy :)

Subject: Little bit windy Replies: 6
Posted By: daygrower Views: 554
 
No just half of a shade house no damage to anything else and that part didn't even have many plants in it.
Me and my son will get it back up tomorrow better than before

Subject: Little bit windy Replies: 6
Posted By: daygrower Views: 554
 

Frank we got about 5 inches over the weekend,according to radar much more than you guys it didn't stop untill about 3 this morning


Subject: Little bit windy Replies: 6
Posted By: daygrower Views: 554
 
I think its funny that the damage stops where the figs begin.
This happens every once in a while we get those strait line winds here I'll have it back up in no time

Subject: Little bit windy Replies: 6
Posted By: daygrower Views: 554
 

We had a little wind last night but don't worry no figs were harmed :)

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Subject: Got a cigarette? Replies: 8
Posted By: daygrower Views: 967
 
$50.00 boy am I out of touch
I would have never thought they were that much your right not a good deal
Holy Smokes HaHa

Subject: Got a cigarette? Replies: 8
Posted By: daygrower Views: 967
 

Hey maybe you could get some cuttings for a carton LOL


Subject: Need an ID Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,038
 
My 2 cents
If I were to find a fig in a neighborhood and could not find a positive ID I would put a name on it with unknown attached.
If time went by and the consences was that it was unique the unknown would be removed.
In the case of something like Franks Petite Nigri where there is some doubt then the name with the disclamer-Petite Nigri (FMD) that will distinguish it from the other Petite Nigri out there it doesn't mean its not but just in case



Subject: Fig trees in my nieghbourhood!!!! Replies: 14
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,406
 

Yes that is exciting good luck the people have to be nice they like plants


Subject: Playing around (rooting) Replies: 45
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,196
 
Jason
Thanks for the information.
PS There is no such thing as a good chocolate cake :)

Subject: Playing around (rooting) Replies: 45
Posted By: daygrower Views: 2,196
 
That is some good rooting
How often did you have water them?
was the soil real damp or just not dry when you started?
How many different varieties were in this batch?

Subject: Need an ID Replies: 16
Posted By: daygrower Views: 1,038
 
Welcome to the forum Nelson
I don't know the variety but nice pictures I'm sure someone will chime in soon and give you a good guess.

 

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