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Subject: Good time to plant in South Florida Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 668
 
Another reason why gas lines are not in the ground is in alot of places the ground water level is only 1-5 feet down during the summer.  It makes it hard to dig for repairs.

There are some of the older neighborhoods that have gas lines in the ground.

Subject: FAQ Replies: 30
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 8,269
 
A glossary.  I just found out there is a difference between cracking and splitting.  A glossary would help, do not know if its been mentioned yet.

-Bill

Subject: Good time to plant in South Florida Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 668
 
When I dug the ground to plant, it was bone dry.  I went down about 2 feet and filled with wood bedding, peat moss and black kow mix.  I did this cause the soil is all sand and trying to remove the possibility of root nemotode. 

Just a quick question, nematodes are more of a problem in wet sand rather than dry sand?

I planted a banyan that I air layered from my dad which was a cutting from the Thomas Edison estate garden.  I dug down 2 feet but was not on a slope and hit wet sand about 18 inches down.  Dont know why Im sharing this, its just what I did today.

Subject: Good time to plant in South Florida Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 668
 
Okay, then I think Im on a good track.  Im pretty sure the problem, which was minor, I had with this plant is the black pot heating up too much and hurting the roots.  I did get some help after I covered the pot with a plastic trash bag. 
I planted on the slope coming from the corrner of the house as my celeste did extreamly well on the slope.  I planted about 10 feet away from the celeste. 

I guess our wet season is your dry season and the flip flop in the winter. 
Im thinking if I water it about every week, it will keep putting out leaves.  Once the cold, 40 degree weather comes in January Ill quit watering till we hit 60s.  That should be the end of February.

(just a note to the northerners.  Im from western Pennsylvania, so yes, I do know what cold, sub zero F weather is about.  Ive only spoiled myself for the past 8 years and only have had my own yard for the past year.  Im 33 and have used the names bill_ftmyers_fl and botanicalbill on GW, currently use the later.  Perhaps I should introduce my self here and make a post for that.)

-Bill


Subject: Good time to plant in South Florida Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 668
 
Hi.  I took my LSU gold that was in a pot and planted it in the ground today.  I might get one or two frosts around the end on January or February and I can just cover the plants when and if that comes. 
My question, even though it has already been done, is this a good time to plant?  The seasonal rains stoped about 3 weeks ago and the ground is drying up.  So the water now comes by hose.  My Celeste still has a dozen figs on it that are not ripe.  I think I have about one more month of growing season here.

Thanks for the feed back in advance.

-Bill


Subject: Rain capes for potted figs Replies: 7
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 582
 
I did the same thing this summer for my LSU gold.  Not only did it keep the rain out, the bag shaded the pot so the black pot did not over heat.  I used plant wrap (strechy flat plastic to tie up plants) to tie the bag to the pot and to the trunk.  I had to remove the lower branch, only pencil thick, to get this to work.  I used a white kitchen bag, just like you, it stood out like a sore thumb.

-Bill


Subject: Another Growing Season Done Replies: 19
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 943
 

It is possible to have snow above 32 but for frost to form on a object, the object needs to be 32 or it will just form dew.


Subject: Fig for tropical areas Replies: 7
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,440
 
I live in south florida and have very wet summers.  I have a 1 year LSU gold that gave me 2 large figs this year, its in a pot.  I also have a 2 year celeste that is in the ground that has a few dozen figs on it right now.
I would deffinitly try these kinds but would favor the LSU gold cause it is not a dark fig and cause of its size.  Both kinds are closed eyes. 

Subject: Another Growing Season Done Replies: 19
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 943
 

Just for the good sake of your plants, if it was 37 out then you did not have a frost, not possible.


Subject: FAQ Replies: 30
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 8,269
 
Regions.  I live and florida and about 1/3 of what you guys preach is out the window down here.  Regional differences...

What varities can grow where and how well do they do in each place. 

I think if you do this FAQ correct you are going to put Ray Givan's book sales in the toilet.

Subject: A few books that I ordered Replies: 4
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 815
 

'The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture, Second Edition' by Michael A Dirr, I just got this book in the mail.  I would not recommend it.  It is nothing more than a very dry reference for different types of plants.  It is very text book like.


Subject: A few books that I ordered Replies: 4
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 815
 
I just bought a book called 'The plant propagator's bible' by Miranda Smith.  It seems like a good book, hits the basics and gives allot of detail.  It goes though each way to propagate a plant, 5 ways and subdivides each way into more detail.  One way is, obvious, cuttings and breaks it down into 12 different types of cuttings, from cane, greenwood, conifer to root.  Then under each type it lists different types of plants that can be taken with this type of cutting. 
I like the book.  I consider myself one notch above a beginner as I have done air layers, divided plants and planted from seed.  It has a good section on grafting.  I would like to get into that. 

My other book is 'The new fig booklet' by Ray Givan with Fred W Born.  Im sure most of us in here have that book.  I got that one about 2 months ago and use it as a good reference. 

I was surprised with Amazon that they shipped my two books separately even though I had selected to ship them together.  The other book I ordered is a day behind in shipping and is called, 'The Reference Manual of Woody Plant Propagation: From Seed to Tissue Culture, Second Edition' by Michael A Dirr.  I hope that book is good.  Im thinking it will be more text book type.

Ill give a feed back of that book when I get it.

Any recommendations of other Fig or propagation books?

-Bill


Subject: Help Protect Figs Replies: 3
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,775
 

In short, its a chicken coup.


Subject: eBay... Arggghhh! Replies: 11
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,002
 
Have you considered to see if James Robin Jr has what your looking for?  He is only $15-$20 a tree and is going to start shipping soon.  You will be able to find his contact information on GW or here.  Just search for his name and, please, read the post you find his contact info on.  It will give you some insight of him and his wife.
-Bill

Subject: Some Disappointing Variants In 2009 Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 912
 
Perhaps its the climate.  I have a 1 year old LSU GOLD that I got my first fig ever (posted on GW).  I only got two figs off that tree and that is because I reduced the crop on my two foot potted tree.  Im guessing in a few years I will get excelent crops and good quality.  Keep in mind I am in 95 degree summers with extreamly high humidity.  Almost any of the LSU figs are designed for high humidity.  The other tree I have is a celeste.  The somewhat large crop for a 3 foot tree is not rip yet.  Dont know if it will ripe.  I have 2 more moths of good growing weather. 
I know the subject of the post is disappointing varients and I can understand why you have had difficulity with these two types.  They are designed or bread for the SE wich is normaly high heat with high humidity in the summer.
Doesnt this justify that the climate your in needs the correct variant of a tree?
-Bill

Subject: Anyone recognize this fig? Replies: 12
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,061
 

The top two photos are not the same fig (maybe the same tree).  I have seen these identical photos on another post.  Perhaps that person would know what they are.


Subject: Do Suckers Take Longer Time To Fruit Replies: 7
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,145
 

Just from a genetic stand point, the suckers and cuttings should be identical.  They should fruit the same, provided good conditions.


 

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