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Subject: Birds, squirrels and possums, oh my Replies: 22
Posted By: nas33 Views: 392
 
If squirrels want your figs they will get them. Actually any fruit. They can chew through aluminum so good luck. The best luck ive had is keeping them away as much as possible by
Cat stays outside in yard
Bird netting dropped all over the tree without a spot to get within two feet of the trunk
Scare them any time you see them in your yard. Don't let them get comfortable in your garden.
Motion sensor sprinkler.
Move them into my Greenhouse when they are close to ripening :-)
Grow so many that you don't mind sharing a few with the buggers.

I hate them. Good luck.

Subject: Looking for Hollier in Toronto (or Canada) Replies: 4
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Hi if any has this variety and can spare a cutting or plant I'm sure I havesomething in trade that would interest you in return.
Nas

Subject: Cacausas Replies: 2
Posted By: nas33 Views: 151
 
I think I'm giving up on this variety. Dropped figs again. Any insights are appreciated if someone is growing this variety. Tx. Nas

Subject: Genovese Nero AF Breba 2016 Replies: 13
Posted By: nas33 Views: 584
 
The skin on the breba is much thicker but delicious. The main crop is exceptional. What a fig.

Subject: Question About the Importance of Up-Potting in the Same Mix Replies: 5
Posted By: nas33 Views: 235
 
If it matters I've have much more success with the health of the tress if I repot prune etc in fall at leaf drop. If I wait till spring I don't get the same production that year.

Subject: Cacausas Replies: 2
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Does anyone have experience with this variety? I have had it for 3 years and the figs always drop. It's supposed to be from Russia?
Excuse the spelling if it's not spelled correctly.
Thanks



Subject: Timing of repot Replies: 1
Posted By: nas33 Views: 95
 
Hello everyone. Very long time since I been on. Hope everyone is well.
For those growing in containers do you see any difference in the performance of the trees depending on whether you root prune in the fall or if you root prune in the spring?
I haven't been able to tell. I am working on doing all my trees this fall so that they are ready to go in spring. In April they can go from insulated shed straight to the greenhouse for their 60 day head start.
Lmk
Nas

Subject: Variants Easy To Root Replies: 31
Posted By: nas33 Views: 2,355
 
I feel like only one person in Canada has CDDN, Ronde de Bordeaux and Noire de Caromb.

Cant be easy to root is my theory.  Id like to try though!


Subject: Does anyone have the Martha Stewart Clip? Replies: 6
Posted By: nas33 Views: 892
 
awesome thanks JD!

I will keep my fingers crossed that it turns up somewhere...


Subject: Getting cuttings to Canada? Replies: 12
Posted By: nas33 Views: 2,579
 
theres lots of sources for cuttings inside of canada. Ive been through the cross border issues inside and out (trust me on this, Jon and Bass can comfirm) and sometimes its worth it, sometimes its not.  Overall though, the easiest sources of top quality cuttings and plants are inside of Canada.  Usually already trialed for our climate too!

Subject: Does anyone have the Martha Stewart Clip? Replies: 6
Posted By: nas33 Views: 892
 
Hey All, does anyone know where I can get the Martha Stewart footage where she interviews the Belleclare guys?

My brother and mom told me they saw it once on her show a long time ago.

I have read the article already, but I havent found the footage.

N


Subject: My Col de dame Gris Replies: 9
Posted By: nas33 Views: 2,320
 
Nelson, I have a BM for you Im sure...

Great to see the CDDG going and good to hear you have the CDDN.  We need a local source that can make it available.  \




Subject: In Ground Trees Replies: 8
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,017
 
thanks everyone, I am sure I will have to cover them in my zone.

Does anyone root prune their inground trees, or does digging them up every  year to bury them suffice for trimming the roots?


Subject: Berry flavored figs Replies: 8
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,815
 
VdB or negronne for sure
Verte
Hardy Chicago (in my opinion)


those are all reliable and I would say VbB is as close as you will get to a berry taste as you will need.





Subject: mold-help! Replies: 17
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,535
 
I agree with Sue, I was going to suggest that.  Wash and scrub them with the wet sphagnum moss not peat.  Do this in a large bowl or bucket where the SM has soaked for a few minutes releasing its powers.  I would also cut away any really mushy soft spots especially where the bark is mushy and coming away from the main.

Then use a new clean zip lock or clean container and drop those cleaned up cuttings in there with some new squeezed out SM laying around them and your mold issues should be gone.  BTW keep the ziplocs or containers open to the air.  Dont seal them.

Love the SM it works like a charm


Subject: New seedling "Cuban" Replies: 5
Posted By: nas33 Views: 719
 
I'm all for identifying all the best breba varieties and san pedro varieties.  We need them in the north east.  Who can wait until end of July to eat a second crop fig?  Not me.

So far my Mom's unknown Italian and my desert king are best for breba productivity, taste and earliness.

looks good though Jon.  Id bet you find out everything you need to know about it this year...



Subject: In Ground Trees Replies: 8
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,017
 
thanks everyone for the contributions.

Can any other members offer experience?  Im really hoping to make a decision for this year.
If you only had one yellow/green/white and one "dark", what would they be?
How are you protecting it?   Digging up and burying, wrapping, bending and wrapping?
Do you need to root prune?
Standard, bush, fan?



Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
Posted By: nas33 Views: 17,501
 
I probably have enough as it is to trial, but I am sure I could fit just a few more, ;)
These are ones that popped to mind:

Sucre verte
selection k-65
hollier
the paradiso I dont have, I have "Nero/Bronze", and I dont want the "brunswick" type one.  I hope Im not crazy
Ronde de Bordeaux
Laura
Noire De Caraomb
Col De Dama Negra
kathleens black
pisalutto?


Subject: In Ground Trees Replies: 8
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,017
 
Hi All,

I wanted to get some discussion going on the best way to handle fig trees in the ground.

Currently, I have all my plants in pots, but I am considering putting 1-2 "sure shots" in the ground to increase my yield and provide a deeper baseline of fruit.

I'm in zone 6a so I am hoping to hear from others in zones 5-7 with in ground trees.

Some questions that came to mind:
If you only had one yellow/green/white and one "dark", what would they be?
How are you protecting it?   Digging up and burying, wrapping, bending and wrapping?
Do you need to root prune?
Standard, bush, fan?

I would love to hear from the veterans and pros in the northeast, Midwest and Canada. You know who you all are...

thanks!



Subject: Tip vs Non-Tip cuttings Replies: 10
Posted By: nas33 Views: 2,064
 
I think the tip cuttings break quicker and I think overall the root development goes at about the same pace.

Ottawan, I have left all the buds that break to develop.  I always figured that because I have them under fluorescent that I am feeding the leaves, that in turn feed the cutting that in turn pushes the roots.  I don't know, when I went the method I am on now (spag moss in baggies, under lights), I have had literally a 99% success rate. 
Although, I have heard of horticulturalists using your method.




Subject: Best Desert King strain ? Replies: 29
Posted By: nas33 Views: 2,537
 
Pruning carefully I mean what Grant said.  You cut off fruit every time you prune a DK.  I have decided to pretty much leave it alone until it gets too tall for my liking.  I mean eventually every tree needs a haircut, but not too often...

Ed, Im in Toronto so its a bit tricky for trading, I think you and I exchanged emails a while back.  If you are ever in Canada, drop me a line, Id be happy to trade if possible...
I think Paul has the same strain...
Good luck everyone...




Subject: Best Desert King strain ? Replies: 29
Posted By: nas33 Views: 2,537
 
Someone told me Adriano's stock is the best.  I cant compare to anything else.

So far for me its hands down the best breba in terms of productivity, earliness and taste.  Ate my first ones last year on June 31 zone 6a.

Have to prune carefully with this one.  I have pretty much put a hiatus on pruning this variety again for at least a year or two.  Get too hasty and you wont eat fig one.

Id post a pic but it says the file is too big.  I cant figure it out...

Subject: Varietal Codes Replies: 6
Posted By: nas33 Views: 747
 
Hello All,

does anyone have a master list of all the abbreviations that come after the varietal name?

This is probably more directed to Jon.

I heard that some of the acronyms are confidential.



Subject: Portuguese trees Replies: 15
Posted By: nas33 Views: 2,158
 
very nice Jon, those look amazing.  What history!

Subject: I'm looking for figs with a very thin skin Replies: 8
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,060
 
yes Bass, I have noticed that about the skin.  Later in the season it can get tough and thick.  I find it can happen in hot summers too, although later in the year.  My paradiso was delicate and thin skinned when it first started ripening and later in the season, almost rubbery.
Jon is right about the skin.  My Bifara from Grimo is flavorless without the skin/meat/flesh as an example.
Paradiso, VdB, Verte all thin skinned for me off the top of my head.  There are more, I just cant think of right now...




Subject: Heelp with fig tree Replies: 6
Posted By: nas33 Views: 743
 
I agree with Gorgi, that is exactly what I would do with that. To me, it looks like it could be damage from rodents or deer?

Gorgi its encouraging to to hear you say figs respond well to heavy pruning.  Im always torn when I have to remove a branch even though I know its in the best interest of the tree.  I feel like I am literally removing figs and not just a branch.  This year though, Im going hard at shaping my trees.


Subject: Video: Interview with Nelson in Toronto on fig cultivation Replies: 7
Posted By: nas33 Views: 725
 
great work guys.  Next time you are in town let me know, maybe we can set up a fig meeting with others as well.

take care


Subject: Lattarula or Lattrola or Latarolla Replies: 41
Posted By: nas33 Views: 4,956
 
Ive heard Italian honey is the same as lattarulla.  I have lattarulla and another called ficazanna that are very similar but ripen at different times and the fruit is very slightly different.  Lastly, Lattarulla is not as prolific as ficazanna.

Either way, they are my best early white figs.  Really tasty in Toronto and reliable.  Lets put it this way, my entire family were in preference of dark/black figs 100% before we starting getting good crops from latt/fic and now they are near the top of our list for early to mid figs.  Easy to grow too!


The first two pics are fic and the last shows the latt but not the inside.
 

Subject: Lattarula or Lattrola or Latarolla Replies: 41
Posted By: nas33 Views: 4,956
 
Ive heard italian honey is the same as lattarulla.  I have lattarulla and another called ficazanna that are very similar but ripen at different times and the fruit is very slightly different.  Lastly, Lattarulla is not as prolific as ficazanna.

Either way, they are my best early white figs.  Really tasty in toronto and reliable.  Lets put it this way, my entire family were in preference of dark/black figs 100% before we starting getting good crops from latt/fic and now they are near the top of our list for early to mid figs.

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
Posted By: nas33 Views: 3,866
 
very nice Bass, I have read many places that greenhouses are very therapeutic.  You should take a daily nap in there, set yourself up a little cot and take a snooze.  That would be awesome.

My greenhouse is more like a glassed cold storage area for fig trees right now that smells like moth balls.  Not very soothing, but protective nonetheless.

 And yes, I am fricken sick of winter.  The highs have been about 3-5 degrees colder than the norm every day for the past 3-4 weeks and the lows have taken your breath away.  No break whatsoever.  Im hearing that it will get back to normal  -4 to 1*C this coming week.  Its been brutal.  Very cold and no sun.  Wow


Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
Posted By: nas33 Views: 3,866
 
Hey Jon, youre a zone 8 at least.  I still like discerning season to season.  In zone 8, I feel it almost blends together.  If I had my choice, zone 7b sounds good to me.  You still get a winter  fall and spring, but none of them is too harsh.  And 95% of the time, fig trees survive the winter outside too!

Still though, I have to admit, today when I shoveled a foot of snow off my driveway, SD sure did sound good.  25 and sunny most of the year?  I would take that.

 Cheers


Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
Posted By: nas33 Views: 3,866
 
Funny you posted this,

I was getting worried because the temp last couple of nights have been  -12*C before windchill.  I went out yesterday around noon to check things out in the greenhouse.

I insulate my "Costco" greenhouse with bubble wrap and create a form of "drop ceiling" using wires strung across the house.  Then I cover the plants with agriculture fleece to hold in the radiant heat from the earth.  Lastly, a small space heater on a timer.  Anyway,  the rosemary, thyme, tarragon, mint and oregano are unharmed and the soil in their pots is unfrozen.  The guava and citrus plants have a some leaf curl from the cold, but they seem OK.  The citrus and guava can apparently handle -5*C.

I did less this year insulating the greenhouse than last year, but its way colder this year.  If I can make it through this year without deaths, I gonna feel alot better in the coming winters and probably wont stress as much.

One last thing: I use a minmax thermometer, but I dont think its that accurate.  It showed a low of -10 and a high of 20!  Would have loved to be in the greenhouse on that 20 degree day.  Downright pleasant!




Subject: BOURJASSOTTE GRIS Replies: 7
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,498
 
Thanks everyone for all the info.

Maybe I can work out a deal for a cutting of the BG. 

The BG has a history of being grown under glass, which adds to eagerness to attain this variety.  In due time I suppose...

N


Subject: Greenhouse using recycled materials Replies: 3
Posted By: nas33 Views: 781
 
looks great!

From a person with a greenhouse for a 4 years now, I will strongly suggest as much ventilation as you can afford, both at the top and bottom of the greenhouse.  Of all the fruits and veggies I have grown in the greenhouse, the figs need the most fresh air and breeze.  In fact, the best taste was attained by getting a good head start on the season in the greenhouse (about 3 weeks in my area, 6a) and bringing the pots out into the open air.  Then late in the season, the best ones are selected for reentry into the greenhouse around sept to finish ripening and extending the season another 2-3 weeks past normal.
Good luck, its a tonne of fun


Subject: ATTENTION CANADA Replies: 7
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,398
 
Hey Jon (and all Canadians)

Im 50/50 right now on whether I will try to attain more varities, but that rides mostly on what Jon has available in a few weeks.  If I cant resist, I can probably help with this venture(logistically speaking).

let me know, email me or PM if anyone wants more info...




Subject: BOURJASSOTTE GRIS Replies: 7
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,498
 
Thanks guys!

Its definitely on my wish list.  My list is fairly short these days.  It has a long history in the horticulture of England and for some reason that "scene" has always intrigued me.

I understand that Barnisotte maybe the black version of this fig with altered spelling as is often the case with ficus.



Subject: BOURJASSOTTE GRIS Replies: 7
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,498
 
BOURJASSOTTE GRIS

Anyone have any info on this?

Availability, culture, synonyms?

Thanks as usual!

Subject: Figloo update Replies: 31
Posted By: nas33 Views: 3,759
 
John that is great info, yeah its been real cold in T.O. this year.  Ive been nervous this year about the safety of my trees in the greenhouse.

I like the lightbulb idea a long time ago but never tried it.  This gives me some more evidence that it works.



Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,261
 
Nelson, yeah no deals getting the pro mix bk (for others info, its peat, bark, perlite, mycorizah, wetting agent, fertilizer and lime) as its a min 4 skid/pallet order.  Uhum, I love figs, but...

I use the HP and simply add mini pine bark nuggets, turface, and granite (for weight mostly) and it pretty much simulates the BK.

BTW-I'll PM you about the visit




Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,261
 
Nelson great work.  The promix hp has mycoriza in it and I attribute much of the success you and i have had with it to the myco pro.

Looks like I need to make another visit to catch up!






Subject: Have you decided on your container media? Replies: 6
Posted By: nas33 Views: 775
 
Sorry to jump in Ed,

Kerry, its
1 part turface
1 part granite
1 part pine bark

you can play with the %'s- more turface=more water retention, more granite=less water retention

people have been replacing granite with perlite, but two things to consider:
1) perlite holds water, granite doesnt
2) replacing granite with perlite will make your containers more prone to blowing over.  I found most of my trees end up top heavy. 

good luck.


Subject: Have you decided on your container media? Replies: 6
Posted By: nas33 Views: 775
 
Epj3, yes the perlite would hold much more water than the granite, that probably helps with watering.  I also leave my black containers against a south wall sitting directly on the asphalt driveway.  Great for production, terrible for watering.  Adriano keeps most of his pots in the wood frames that he uses to protect them in the winter.  The pots stay shaded by the frame and he uses a heavier soil mix.  When he told me he waters about once per week, I almost fell down. 

Oh well, I guess we learn something every year.




Subject: The best of 2010 Replies: 20
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,781
 
lets face it I loved all the figs I have, but I am a little down on capelas and brunswick.  I may have to keep working on the correct container mixture for them.  Something tells me they want a coarse, very airy, free running mix.  Like 25% turf, 25% bark and 50% granite.   But I don't want to water and water and water.  They taste similar to me also.

Of the "named" varieties that stood out
Verte
Paradiso "nero/bronze/dusan"
Lattarulla
Ficcazanna
Colsanti Black


Its funny, 2 of the unknown varieties I have (Aymans/Moms Purple (large Italian) and some reddish Italian fig from a region that starts with a "B"-I'm going to ask the source again) are two the best freakin figs you will taste. Fairly prolific, reliable ( the large Italian is a bit shy in really cool summers), "special" in taste and looks.  I hope to figure out what they are in the next few years.  Some on this forum felt the red fig was Sicilian, but who knows.

BTW- wow Bass, that is some feat.  Consider yourself a very lucky man.  How many people in the WORLD can say they ate 10 different varieties of figs last year let alone 200+?




Subject: Have you decided on your container media? Replies: 6
Posted By: nas33 Views: 775
 
Hey All,

was wondering if any of you have made a final decision on the composition of your container "soils"?

I had great success using the Tapla Mix but I found I had to water significantly.  I understand that if I up the turface level, it will retain more moisture, but I dont think it will up it enough.  I may have to "break down" and add some high porosity potting mix just make it hold more water.  I know I will sacrifice some plant health due to less air getting to the roots, but I will just repot those ones more often.  Way better than watering 2 times a day all july and august.  When you have 90+ container plants, its just plain ridiculous.

Any updates on what worked for people this past summer or on what you plan to change?

thanks


Subject: The Figloo Replies: 11
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,855
 
The roots will not make any growth I dont think now that it is asleep.

As long as the roots are protected to -5*C, you are good to go.

They can handle cold, they just cant handle frost, and the frost/freeze/thaw cycles that follow. And obviously a long stretch at below -5* C would concern me, but as long as the median temp is -5* or higher, it should be ok.

Again, err on the side of protecting as this is the first year.




Subject: The Figloo Replies: 11
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,855
 
I would think even-5*C would be fine for a tree that mature.  Most trees can handle colder than that.

I would mulch the ground deeply with dry leaves or something, maybe straw.  At least a foot deep.  A tarp in my opinion would reduce the amount of heat coming from the ground which you want to maximize.
I wouldn't worry about mold unless the tree is wrapped in plastic.  Perhaps wrap it in burlap very well.

Lastly, put a couple bowls of moth balls around the base of the tree (thanks for the idea Bass) to keep the mice away.

Good luck


Subject: Fergouch Djmel Replies: 10
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,187
 
Have a peek

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Subject: First try with scions - mold? Replies: 13
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,393
 
http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&source=imghp&biw=1920&bih=828&q=chilean+spaghnum+moss&gbv=2&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

VS

http://www.google.ca/images?hl=en&safe=off&biw=1920&bih=828&gbv=2&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=peat+moss&aq=f&aqi=g5g-m4&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=



Subject: First try with scions - mold? Replies: 13
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,393
 
Valerie. Spaghnum moss is not the same as spaghnum peat moss.

Google images Chilean moss and then google
peat moss and you'll see the difference. They r completly different
and they're uses and properties vary greatly.

The biggest thing is that it is anti fungal or something like that. Basically mold can't grow on it.

Subject: Fergouch Djmel Replies: 10
Posted By: nas33 Views: 1,187
 
it looks like a verte to me.

Akram, verte stays completely green and has a deep red delicious interior...In fact they have called it "hunters deception" for the fact that it looks unripe (green) and firm yet is perfectly ripe.

Not sure how it would ripen in zone 5 a considering I only had my first pickings around 2nd or 3rd week of Sept and I ate my last one on October 29th or something.  Greenhouse in last stage of ripening, 6a.




 

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