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Subject: LSU Gold makes my first Replies: 9
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,117
 
I will try to get photos posted for all of my trees.  They are big this year.

My alma was very late, october-november when it ripened.
My sugar fig is about 6 feet by 6 feet  bush.  I can not wait till they start to ripen.  

When I planted my figs I amended the soil with generic cat litter (pure clay) and with bark mulch.  I did this to keep the nematodes in check.  If your soil is pure sand you may want to try this.

Subject: LSU Gold makes my first Replies: 9
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,117
 
Over the past three days, I have picked 5 LSU Gold figs.  Ill see if I can get some photos over the weekend.  

Last year was the first productive year for this tree, about a dozen or so figs.  This year they seem to be bigger and much sweeter.  I will get approximately 20 or so figs.

It looks like my sugar fig is a few weeks out.

Subject: bordeaux mixture Replies: 2
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 5,081
 
You spray in the spring before you have any fruit.  It sits on the leafs and stems and branches.  Doesnt seem to be absorbed.  It kills all the surface fungus and seems to just slowly wash off in the rains.  I could tell my trees were sprayed for about a month.  All the fruit developed after I sprayed.
I say its not absorbed because if it was it would kill the plant by killing the roots.  (copper is also a root killer)
I will say, I used it this spring and never had a spec of rust this year and its been a busy rainy season, Id say about everyother day to three days with 1-5 inches a rain.

Subject: Starting an air-layer now? Replies: 9
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,168
 
I air layered 8 lower branchs off my alma and lsu gold.  They are not a year old.  It took about a month to see roots and then an extra week to pack the moss wad full of roots.  I have them potted now.
You can air layer any time of the year that the plant is activy growing.

Subject: Two must-have figs for the South Replies: 11
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 923
 
Ok, I stumbled onto this site, they are located in N Florida.  My thoughts, if they can grow and sell these types of figs there, then they should do well all along the gulf coast area and SE USA.
http://www.justfruitsandexotics.com/Figs.htm


Subject: Two must-have figs for the South Replies: 11
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 923
 
Im in SW Florida:  what I have learned.
As others stated, LSU gold is good.  I have two and are producing figs the first year in the ground and this summer have shot up about 4+ feet.

I have an alma and celeste, it seems the celestes figs fall off before getting ripe.

Subject: Sucker's Leaves drooping Replies: 15
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 993
 
Is it more or less humid outside?  I would go with full shade and the higher humidity of the two, if possible.  When it starts to put out a few nodes of leafs, go to part or full sun.
This sucker went through a big shock, and needs some time to rebound would be my guess.

Subject: 1-2 days from a fresh fig Replies: 9
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,178
 

Yes, the weather is hot.  Got up today to do yard work at 730am and it was too hot that early.  Did a bit of work around 3 in the afternoon and was drenched in sweat.  I could not imagine not having AC again.
After hurricane Charlie, we did not have electric for a week.  We lived off of camping equipment for cooking.  The doors and windows open, we may have caught a breeze, second floor apartment.  Keep them closed and then you didn’t have to listen to everyone’s generators.

Does LSU Gold’s have two crops?  I think these figs came on the new growth.  I would still call them brebas.
I picked the other one, it ripened up today, again, dry and kind of sweet.
Last year I only let two late (August) figs ripen on this tree; it was still in a pot.  They were very juicy and had more flavor.


Subject: 1-2 days from a fresh fig Replies: 9
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,178
 
I had to pick it.  It wasnt the best fig ever, but it was the first of the year.
Sweet but not juicy.




Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 3,942
 
Mario, where in S Florida, I be we are less than 2 hours from each other.  Im in Lehigh.
I have an inground celeste, its loaded with figs right now.  I think the recent dry spell has helped it out.
I tend to only fertilize when rain is coming and then just put a small handfull of granular at the base.  That way it doesnt hit the tree hard.

Subject: 1-2 days from a fresh fig Replies: 9
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,178
 
I have one LSU gold that is a day or two away from being ripe.  On the same tree, another fig  will be ripe in 5 days or so.  The other LSU gold, it has more figs, is about a week or so behind.  Here are the photos.
By the way, if you come out of an air conditioned house to hot and humid air, your picutres will look like they were taken in the 1970s. 

LSU, about a week out.


LSU, ready to bear.


The fruit is being monitored on an hourly basis



Well, I dont have enough time to monitor hourly, but if I did, well, anyway.

-Bill


Subject: New Member Replies: 21
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,444
 

Welcome here.  You are among good company.


Subject: Super Wet Soil Issues Replies: 20
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,273
 
I am in the same boat, kind of.  My mom moved (from PA) in with me and brought her fig tree with her that I sent her for christmas.  She had potted it in, seems like, pure peat.  With our daily rains coming back (florida), im going to have to replant into a more gravel, well drained soil.  As of now, even in the sun, it only needs to be watered weekly or less. 
I have used two parts sand, a part bark and some peat or wood chips as soil in the past that seems to drain very well.  I even add in some napa floor dry up (fired clay).  It holds moisture but is not wet.
Another thing you can do so you dont have to replant now is plug 1 inch holes in the soil and fill them with gravel or sand.  Then in a month or two do that again.  This will dry the soil pretty fast.  I may take that approach so the figs are not lost on the tree.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
I had leaf rust last year on the celeste, took about 1/2 the leafs off.  I have read that down in florida it comes back every year.  If you spray before you see it you can realy damper the severity down quite a bit.  Ill keep you posted on how they do with that on the my mixture post.
I sprayed all my trees, not just the celeste.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
Not much has changed.  The trees have just filled in.  The one photo shows all 4 of my trees.  The other one is the celeste, it is loaded with figs.



I guess it was on gardenweb, someone asked for photos of full trees.  My celeste has only been in the ground for short of 2 years.

Subject: bordeaux mixture Replies: 2
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 5,081
 

Well, we are just before the rainy season in Florida and with that it seems my figs get some leaf rust on them.  It doesnt get bad if I keep it in check with some copper sulfate.  So yesterday I mixed up a one gallon batch of a bordeaux mixture.

I took a gallon of water. 

Set 1 large cup full out of that and mixed in 3 TBL spoons of lime.

I took the rest of the water and dissolved 6 1/2 tsp of copper sulfate.  I made sure it was entirely dissolved by swirling the mixture around for a few min.  If you see a few pieces of copper, keep swirling.

Then I took the mixture of lime, gave it a quick stir and combined the two into a gallon sprayer.  Shook it up and added a squirt of dish soap.

 

Im posting this cause its easy to find the recipe for 40-50 gallons of a bordeaux mixture but difficult to find a one gallon recipe.  You will also notice alot of places, if your searching, have coppied this recipe wrong and have made both measurements tsp or TBL.

 

Hope this comes in handy.

 

{

Search for ‘pickling lime’ for food grade lime, $2 on line

Search for ‘drain root killer’, make sure its copper sulfate.  You can find this at home depot and other stores for a few dollars.
 
NOTE: one measuremet is a Tablespoon, the other is a teaspoon.
 
Source is Mississippi State University Extension Service. 
Attached is the PDF
 
Information is free. 
 
}

 
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Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 

Here are some more photos of my 4 trees.

This is the alma


Celeste


LSUgold (the bigger one)


Figs on the above tree




Small LSUgold






Subject: how long until you get figs? Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 772
 

Your in Zone 7.  It may be possible.  Im in zone 9b and my one plant, LSU gold, last year, got 2 figs;  It was its first year.  This year Im anticipating a few dozen.  On my other tree, I plucked the figs as they started so the tree would grow tall.  This year it should produce well.


Subject: moldy cuttings Replies: 5
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 794
 
Are the cuttings rooted yet?  If they are I would remove the bottles because if you have mold growth on the stem, then the leafs may not open.
As stated above, dry air will reduce mold growth.

Subject: Is Vermiculite/Perlite dust not safe when handling? Replies: 10
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 11,434
 
Its never been proven that vermiculite can cause cancer.  About 7 years ago this rumor started with no prof and there still is none.  Unless 5 days out of the week you are forced to breath in vermiculite dust for 8 hours, there is no health concern. 
Keep in mind, water, H2O is highly toxic and you can overdoes on it if you drink 5-8 gallons with out adding electrolites.  With that, you keyboard can probably cause cancer and your LCD screen can cause it too.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
I did nothing to protect them, they were froze for about 3 days during the night only.  Our low this winter was 26. 
The bottom photo is a celeste that I bought on ebay 3-4 years ago.  This will be the second full season in the ground.  I have high hopes for this tree and with the nice bud break, I think it will live up to its expectations.  The second photo was in the ground all last summer.  The other two were from Mr James Robin and were planted in the fall. 

Ill keep the photos coming.  Do you want me to start a new thread or keep this one.  I kind of like the historical feel to this thread.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
The bounce back.  Here are the same fig trees as of today.  There coming back.








Subject: Fertilizers and Fertilizing Schedule - Your Insight, Please Replies: 8
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 960
 

http://www.learn2grow.com/gardeningguides/fertilizer/basics/understandingfertilizernumbers.aspx


Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 

Dieseler, I sent you info on the water mark.


Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
Here are a few more photos of the same trees.  The healthy looking ones are around christmas time, the others are today after the freeze.









All the figs have nice buds on them, they should take off in a month or so.  Ill keep the photos coming.  I hope my 4 figs make it too!



Subject: Touching Figs Replies: 5
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,020
 

Not including your hands, think of all the things that touch the figs while they are on the trees.  Bugs, Leafs, rain, frogs, dragonflys, birds, dust and dirt.  All the various sprays that you may use.  Im sure the list can go on so with that, im sure your hands will not harm the young fig.  My guess is its an urban myth that made its way into books.


Subject: Talk About Bad Luck Replies: 26
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,167
 
Matt from Pittsburgh, very funny, very funny! 
I would think this tree will bounce back, its only been there a day, right?  Cut the tree in half right now and root the top half.  The bottom is already rooted, you should be fine.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
As promised, here are two more photos of my LSU Gold.  The figs have about trippled in size and I noticed 2 more figs budding.



Subject: monterey fig Replies: 5
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 501
 

NP, thanks for the help anyway.  Ill wait till summer when it starts to grow and see if we can identify it.


Subject: monterey fig Replies: 5
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 501
 

This tree has a couple of leafs, its definitly an edible fig.


Subject: monterey fig Replies: 5
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 501
 
This year someone beat me to giving my dad some figs trees for christmas.  I got him a few trees from Mr Robin (roots were fine for me).  Some one else bought him a lowes twenty dollar special, a monterey fig is what the tag says.  DOes anyone else know what else a monterey goes by?  Im going to take a shot in the dark and say its a BT but I can not find this varity listed anywhere. 
Thanks guys.  I have some more photos to post this week.

-Bill


Subject: What are the chances of survival of fig plants under these conditions? Replies: 11
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,099
 
Try something like this.  I would try it with a mecury thermostat that can go below 0C.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Space-heater-controlled-by-digital-thermostat/

Subject: good insulation? Replies: 16
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 846
 
This might help if you are going to get a space heater.  I would replace the digital thermometer with a mercury one and that way you can work with 30-40 degree settings.  Most digital thermometers do not go below 50.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Space-heater-controlled-by-digital-thermostat/

Subject: DANG! RKN? Ugh. Replies: 11
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,254
 

You can use a high organic mix with clay.  You can get generic cat litter wich is nothing but clay that is not fired.  I mix this into all my soils.  I think three bucks gets you twenty five pounds.


Subject: please name your Lowes figs Replies: 14
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,345
 
I would fertilize them and care for them, then try to identify them.  The fruit may normaly be larger with the extra nutrients, the other tree may fruit every year if the fert is there. 
I say that because all figs that are identified or growing in someones back yard is cared for so match the living conditions for the plant and it may make idenitification eaiser.  However, like Scott said, who knows what you have. 
  Its eaiser to say what is is not than what it is, you will only know that you have a dark varity fig.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
Glad to help.  Ill save some photos for when you realy get the cabbin fever in February.
(Im from Pennsylvania, I know what your are talking about)
I also enjoy photos of nice snow sceens if your catching my drift.

Subject: good insulation? Replies: 16
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 846
 
Styrofoam peanuts should have a much higher R rating (The higher the better insulator) than bubble wrap.  I would get a box, put in the pot and fill it with peanuts.
It might be just as easy to get a small space heater that is wired into a thermostat so it will hold a 35-40 degree temp in your garage.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
Thanks all.  Here is what I am thinking but probably isnt so bad for a fig.  When a tree is putting on fruit it does not save energy (sugar), it uses it to make the fruit.  So if I get a frost and all the fruit and leafs get knocked out then will the tree have enough energy to rebound.  I think for a fig, yes, there should be tons of energy, as for a pomgranet or some odd ball fruit, maybe not. 
So with that, Im going to roll with saxonfigs advise and just see how it goes.  At the worst I get a frost and the tree starts over in the spring.

Ill post some progress photos so the northerners can look at something other than sticks.

Again, thanks for the feed back.

Last winter was my first winter at this house, before I was living within 4-5 miles of the gulf.  Now Im about 30 miles inland and we had 2-3 frosts last winter.  Ill expect the same this winter. 

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
Thanks Fatnsassytexan.  I just planted an Alma and another LSU Gold and the Alma is putting on leafs now.  Im not sure if this will be good if we end up with a cold snap.
In other news, I think I can call my BT officialy dead.  The branches are so dry now they snap.  It has not had a leaf on it since summer.

Subject: LSU Gold put on figs Replies: 27
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 2,294
 
My LSU gold that I had in the ground for about 3 months put on some new figs.  If I dont pick them off they should ripen around march.  I dont think this tree knows when it is.  Im thinking wait till the first frost (if any) this january and then pull off all the fruit and leafs.  Then when it starts to grow again in Febuary or March, it will be in sync with all the other trees.  I think it started this growth since we just had 3 days of rain.  It has not lost its leafs yet this year.



Subject: Mr James Robin Delivers Replies: 21
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,696
 

I received my 6 trees from Mr James Robin and my mom, 1200 miles away in Pennsylvania, received her two trees also.  I ordered 3 LSU gold and 3 Alma.  4 are presents, one of each to my sister and dad, the other two are my own.  My mom got LSU gold and LSU tiger.  I am kicking my self since I did not take pictures of them like I planed.  The roots on all of them are very large, wirey, meshy, balls of roots.  4 of the plants are about one foot and one of each are about two feet.  These are the two that I have already planted in the ground at my house.  Perhaps Ill snap some photos of them already planted.

Like every one has stated, and I cannot explain it enough that Mr James is such a nice person to deal with and talk with.  I wish I could talk to him more but he has his wife and business to deal with.  Ill accept the fact that Ill just be a customer to him. 

With this purchase and planting, I am 100% hooked on figs (I was only 95% before).

Subject: I hate to get on my Soap Box but this seems like as good of an opportunity .... Replies: 12
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 954
 
Just stay with the figs and every thing will be ok. 

what ever you do, dont get into bamboo too.  Im not sure what to do this next summer.

Welcome, Im pretty new here too, about 6 months or so.

-Bill


Subject: Hello from Pittsburgh! Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 686
 
Good to have another Steelers fan in here.  Im orginaly from Erie but in the warm state of Florida now.

My advise, read this form a few times a week.  I pull little bits and pieces from the posts.

Subject: Hello. Replies: 14
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,117
 
You could have kept a few hidden like that but I think the fines were pretty stiff.  Here in Lee county the did the same so the oldest citrus tree you can find is 2 or so years old.  Well, at least in the ground for that long. 
The thing that sucks about that is it did not put a dent in the canker and most trees end up with it.  It does not kill the tree or harm the fruit, it just makes the fruit look less appealing.

I can understand their angle with citrus being the biggest (or top two)industry down here.

-Bill

Subject: Hello. Replies: 14
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,117
 
I went through the big D last winter so Im single again.  Its funny that I do not consider girls that do not know how to grow plants or have not interest.

Thanks for your guys' welcomes.

Subject: Hello. Replies: 14
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,117
 

Hello everyone.  It’s been nice to get to know everyone over the past few months; my name is Bill.  I have been using this site for a few months now and decided to finally introduce myself.  I have used GW for years and just changed my username from bill_ftmyers_fl to botanicalbill. 

 

I started to find plants as a hobby around the age of 12 or so.  My grandmother in Pennsylvania had a calamondin tree in her laundry room.  For years the plant always had a bumper crop of fruit on it.  My cousin took a fruit and rooted a few dozen plants.  He gave one to me.  I was very excited about it.  As expected, since I was 12, I killed the seedling.  Then after that I got some small leaf ficus that I still have to this day, planted in my back yard now.

I grew up in NW Pennsylvania; I know what the cold is about.  I moved to Florida in 2001.

I am now 33 and a few years back got into bonsai.  That was the reason why I joined GW, for the bonsai form.  From the new hobby and being in Florida I got to explore a whole new plant world.  Now that I have my own house with a 1/2 acre of land I have a lot of fun trying to find new plants.  At the rate I’m going I probably should buy the two vacant lots next to me so I can continue this hobby with out worrying about land space.

I went to PSU and took some forestry/botanical/evoulition classes but never finished that majory.  I now work as a paramedic and work on the road with a government ambulance service.  I still take some college classes and maybe someday I’ll make it to getting a botanical science degree.  As for now, Ill just chat here with you guys.  You may call this a fig form but it’s really a fig-grower-anonymous (FGA), for the addicts.


Subject: Head's Up!!! Zergas is back! Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 857
 

What does this guy do?  Sell wrong varities as something else; a BT as a Sals?  Does he know he is doing this or is he realy believe that he is in the right?


Subject: my first ever fig! Replies: 9
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 665
 
Brown turkeys can be confused with celeste.  Celeste are generaly smaller, however, growing conditions can change that either way.  Brown Turkey generaly take a shorter amount of time to ripen. 

The brown turkey has a reddish eye from an early stage.  The celestes eye is green untill it starts to get ripe ('The New Fig Booklet', Ray Givan; p26). 

Buy the cited booklet, its only eleven bucks and worth the money for starting off with figs, it has helped me alot and I still refer to it.

Subject: Video How to make a Bonsai fig tree Replies: 10
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 1,913
 
I have been into bonsai for about 10 years now and Ill have to say this guy a a joke.  What he did was potted a fig tree into a clay pot.  If this were bonsai he would have put it in a bonsai type pot with crushed(fired) clay and gravel as soil.  Then he would have wired the branches to shap in addition to cutting them.  I guess last, you can not use plants with very large leaves as good bonsai. 
What ever you do, dont show this to the GW bonsai form.  Then there will be a feud between the two forms.

Subject: Good time to plant in South Florida Replies: 6
Posted By: botanicalbill Views: 668
 

talk about getting off topic.


 

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