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Subject: Too late to air-layer? Replies: 9
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 789
 
Watch this video on propagating trees from suckers:


Subject: Too late to air-layer? Replies: 9
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 789
 

It's not too late.  I'm actually getting ready to cut off two branches this week that I started airlayering ~4 weeks ago.  I usually airlayer up till mid-December in my zone, and I know people as far north as Pennsylvania that airlayer until into November.

Edit:  I forgot to mention - I started an airlayer this past winter while my tree was dormant, in January or February, and it took about 8-10 weeks, but I started to see some roots touching the side of the bag.

You don't need to use sphagnum to airlayer.  Soil will work.  I'll post some pics.  I'll also dig up a thread on suckers with video for you.


Subject: I thought Desert King was breba only fig tree Replies: 14
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,365
 
Too funny!

Subject: slow growing tree Replies: 10
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 610
 
In VA? Any time, if properly watered. I prefer planting in late summer or mid-spring. This allows roots to establish before winter (if planted late summer) or to pass the risk of death by late freeze (if planted mid-spring)

Subject: slow growing tree Replies: 10
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 610
 
I have seen this happen in cases of root infections like Root Knot Nematode (RKN).  For more info on RKN, see:

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/RKN-5842456

Remember, most potting soils come with fertilizer, whereas your ground does not.  It is possible that you just need to fertilize the in-ground tree.  Or maybe this idea will work for you:

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Solution-for-NonSlow-Growing-Trees-5977954


Subject: Battaglia and Verte Help Replies: 9
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,246
 
On the green one....

Dan has the twin sister of this fig, which he says is from Turkey: http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/show_single_post?pid=1270052909&postcount=45

It also matches Jon's "Green Italian": http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Green_Italian.html

And also his "Portland 3" which doesn't look quite the same, but according to Jon is identical to his "Green Italian": http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Portland_3.html

I don't know what this strain ACTUALLY is, but there are several others who have what appear to be an exact clone of that variety.  It seems to circulate a lot.

Subject: Sal, Sudliche Cuttings Replies: 11
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 919
 
You're welcome, Ruben. I hope those Sudliches work out, if yes, please remember our arrangement ;)

Subject: Finally! UC Davis Confirmation Replies: 9
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 752
 
When posting the order to them, I always (always, always) include a note in the message both requesting a confirmation that the order was received and thanking them for their work.  I think I got confirmations the couple of times I've put in orders.

Subject: Prayers for those in the path of Isaac! Replies: 12
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 911
 
Thinking about all my figfriends in LA/AL/MS/TX in the next couple of days.  Be safe, and may this one be light and fast to pass through.

Subject: ID Help Please Replies: 2
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 518
 

In the vast majority of cases, it is not possible to ID a fig based on the leaves or young fruit.  You need to post pictures of the dominant leaf pattern, the mature fruit - fully ripe, the outside, then cut in half, preferably with a coin or similar nearby for size comparison.

Look forward to seeing the ripe fruit!


Subject: Beautiful stripes Replies: 11
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 931
 
Suzi:  If you search forum for the term "oiling", you should find a hunk of info on it, upsides, downsides, etc.  Highly recommended reading

Subject: BLBrunswick Replies: 24
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,300
 
People?  I find them more confusing than women. 

Subject: Black Yugoslavian Replies: 15
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,967
 
no problem, happy to help a local out.  i'd call 'sranje' on that picture just because it looks like a 4-year-old is holding it ;).  i have yet to find a huge fig that has a lot of flavor. 

there are a lot of good figs from eastern Europe.  i walked through many varieties with a Bosnian coworker over the years.  i had a list around here somewhere, but ... i'll need to search the forum to find it.

Subject: Pastiliere Replies: 12
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,563
 
Awesome.  I have both Pastiliere and Unknown Pastiliere, looking forward to both.

Subject: BLBrunswick Replies: 24
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,300
 
Not only that, but these differences in fruit shape, size, and characterstics can vary greatly from breba crop to main crop....  Leaves can also vary greatly depending on how rapid growth occurs, so it's not always a tell-tale indicator.

Subject: Black Yugoslavian Replies: 15
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,967
 
Looks like another Brown Turkey variant to me.

Eden, I have a tree I can happily give you in a couple of weeks.   I was able to root a cutting or two from a generous figfriend a year or two ago and it's doing well...  

Subject: Does this rooting box look up to snuff? Replies: 6
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 866
 
You will lose one.  I don't know anyone who can turn 100% of sticks into trees.  Best realistic rooting-to-tree success I've seen (and been able to actually confirm) is like 75%.  I'm lucky if I hit 50%, even though, through some hacking of cuttings, I hit higher my first year based on initial cuttings taken versus cuttings successful.

The key to a rooting bin is that you maintain a level of humidity and a level of temperature, you don't have standing water, and you can air out the box easily every other day. 

I normally like to maintain humidity around 70% and temp around 70-80º F.  That's just me, others may have their own thing.  After you root for a couple of years, you'll probably stop paying critical attention to those numbers and just 'go with what's worked' (i.e. common sense).

I think it's more important to not overwater your rooting medium/soil than it is to worry about the rooting bin, but that's just me.  Rooting bin is another critical component.... but overwatering your rooting medium is the big killer.

Subject: Newbie here Replies: 9
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 801
 
Welcome! Curious to see pics of the 'purple italian'

Subject: race between me and sparrows. Replies: 3
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 398
 
Sorry, someone has to do this:


Subject: Hardy Chicago? Replies: 27
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 2,985
 
So, my Owensboro is over 5' tall now and the trunk almost has a 2" caliper.

The growth, leaves, and fruiting habits So far (in my climate) are exactly in-line with my Sal EL/Gene (which may actually be Gino's black, the only two figs I may have ever switcherood at birth). Right down to the apparent FMV intolerance which scars the fruit.

Subject: Witch Finger grapes Replies: 19
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 5,209
 
Viv, did you miss oldghost's threads about his...... "unusual" figs?

Subject: Witch Finger grapes Replies: 19
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 5,209
 
I still want to find a source for these.

Subject: BLBrunswick Replies: 24
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,300
 
Doesn't look too far from Brunswick. Looks like an unhealthy Brunswick to me.

Subject: Few more on the tree Replies: 17
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,109
 
I'm impatiently awaiting the results of your Papa John.  I got one or two cuttings of this (one, I think?) last year and it rooted readily, it's about 3' tall now... anxious to see the fruit after seeing pics on Bass' TOJ site.

Subject: My first Brunswick Replies: 6
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 619
 
Too funny.  Classic lesson for newbies:  Don't trust nurseries in south/west GA.  TyTy and Willis Orchards are both rip-offs.  Buy from people who actually know what they're doing.  as a GA resident, it pains me to say that, but ... I've yet to find anything south of Macon that's legit, and almost everything north of GA (Ison's, Johnsons, etc.) have such a limited selection.

Subject: Please help me identify my unknown Replies: 12
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,148
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rewton
The nice thing about figs is that they grow and mature so quickly that I would only lose 1 or 2 years of productivity by switching out the tree.


this was my general logic behind cutting out my in-ground Brown Turkey recently and replacing with Sal's Black Unknown.  It's a good philsophy to have if you've got a typical fig.  with limited space, no point in holding on to one variety, you can always swap an underproductive fig in precious real estate to a pot.

i would re-emphasize, though... sticks from the same tree often have mutations, and you may have a strain of Brunswick on your hands that doesn't split and sour, some of us others certainly do, and people praise them.  if you don't have something you know is better in more ways than one, i'd reconsider before cutting the Brunswick out.  just my two cents...


Subject: Way to go Bass!! Replies: 24
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,418
 
not much more to say but:  A+

Subject: Newly found unknown Replies: 8
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 674
 
Eyes on Ruben's Verte slightly different.

Subject: My first Brunswick Replies: 6
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 619
 
Typical Willis Orchard crap. Just as bad as TyTy.

What was it labelled as?

Subject: Brooklyn figs Replies: 8
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,134
 

Add to the list, if you want:

Bill S has 'unknown haikel lebanese'.
I have 'unknown voiture 217'.

Neither of them seem to split in heavy rain, both have most (or all) dominant traits of Brunswick.

There is another great thread discussing other trees with the same leaf type and similar fruit.  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Varieties-with-Brunswick-type-leaves-5807054


Subject: Unknown Virginia fig help ID Replies: 18
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,278
 
Ripe is subjective. I think a fig is ripe when I can barely pinch it between my fingers and it just leaves a dent in the fruit. Everyone has their own schtick. I don't typically like light figs for a number of reasons, one being it is so hard to tell when dead ripe (they look rotten to me) and the mild flavors.

Subject: Brooklyn figs Replies: 8
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,134
 
Not all Brunswick split and sour. I have three figs nearly identical to Brunswick, and Paradiso is argued to be a variant of Brunswick or related as well, none of which may be affected by rain. I can link up a few variants if you want to compare.

Subject: Brooklyn figs Replies: 8
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,134
 

"Hand Grenade" looks like a Brunswick - pics of the leaves would confirm.  See (note: fruit not fully ripe):  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Please-help-me-identify-my-unknown-5983133

On the green one, see:  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Unknown-Virginia-fig-help-ID-5982818


Subject: Unknown Virginia fig help ID Replies: 18
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,278
 
(There are some other names you may want to consider yours to be there as well - Stella, Atreano)

Subject: Unknown Virginia fig help ID Replies: 18
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,278
 

I know you say it's extremely ripe, and I know I wasn't there to see, but ... I beg to differ. 

Here are some extremely ripe Conadria, compare the fruits and skin to what you have.  Most of these are "dead ripe", yours appear to be on the verge of "nicely ripe".

http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Can-anybody-identify-this-5481042

Not trying to pressure you into believing, just offering up some additional evidence ;)


Subject: Maltese Beauty Replies: 77
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 8,291
 
Looks like an awesome choice.

Subject: 2 unknown NJ figs Replies: 5
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 860
 
Note the fruit in the back of the plate on Marius' post here:  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/todays-harvest-823-5982865

That's Latarulla... and his are ripe now also, same shape/size as yours.  Looks like Gorgi may have it right.

Subject: Unknown Virginia fig help ID Replies: 18
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,278
 
Looks like a not-quite ripe Conadria or 143-36. 

http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_Conadria.html

http://figs4fun.com/Thumbnail_UCR_143-36.html

Don't judge by Jon's pics there - my Conadria and 143-36 both look more like yours on the inside versus his.  Blame it on west coast vs. east coast.

Subject: Please help me identify my unknown Replies: 12
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,148
 
Not all Brunswicks split, and there are (apparently) a few strains out there.

I agree, this is Brunswick.

Subject: Vista Replies: 46
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 2,725
 
Here's a cool FMV trick I learned from Martin.

If you inverse the colors in a picture (negative), FMV really stands out.  Note the dark spots in the leaves - that's FMV.

I've seen this reveal FMV in the most FMV-free looking trees.

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Subject: todays harvest 8-23 Replies: 11
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 738
 
What is that squat yellow fig in the back?

Subject: List of Common Figs that do not need Wasps Replies: 7
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,391
 

I'm all about looking at a problem from multiple angles.

In circulation domestically, I'd guess that upwards of 99.5% of trees are common type, not requiring pollination.  On the other hand, 30%-40%+ of all varieties are incapable of surviving in-ground in your climate, and at least 20% of all trees are worthless eating, unremarkable.

Seems like the bigger obstacle for you to tackle here is cold-hardiness, rather than no-wasp-required.

Some things I think will make or break you in PA:

- A variety's cold tolerance.
- Its resistance to splitting/spoiling during rain.
- Whether it's early or late to ripen.
- Whether it has a breba crop or only main crop.
- Whether the breba crop tastes better or main crop, or both.

My recommendation to you is to stop focusing on the most inconsequential thing (pollination requirements), since you're talking 1-in-50 trees that require pollination, at most.  Instead, focus on what qualities in a fig are most important to you, such as:

- Fruit size (small or large).
- Fruit exterior and interior color (red/brown/purple/black/green/yellow).
- Richness:  Really rich or not rich at all?
- Flavor:  More berry-flavored, more honey-flavored, or more fig-flavored?
- Sweetness: Cloyingly sweet, moderately sweet, or hardly sweet?
- Crunchiness:  Good seed crunch or not so much crunch?

Once you have a list of varieties that are appealing to you based on those traits, post it here at the forum so other members in PA can tell you what can and cannot work in your area for in-ground or pot culture.

If you need a variety reference, check the Variety database for Figs 4 Fun:  http://figs4fun.com/varieties.html

Believe me, I went through that entire database front to back to find which figs I thought looked like "must haves" and my entire collection is based on that info and subsequent questions and reading.


Pro tip:  Avoid anything that sayd "Caprifig" in the variety database.


Subject: 2 unknown NJ figs Replies: 5
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 860
 
The one on the left is classic Celeste.  The one on the right, I was thinking LSU Gold, but that should have 5 lobes instead of 3.  So, with 3 lobes, I thought Peter's honey, but the fruit is too squat. 

I suck with light figs (don't like em), someone else will need to help on that.


Subject: List of Common Figs that do not need Wasps Replies: 7
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,391
 
You're asking a loaded question.  There are over a thousand varieties.  You're asking someone to do a massive amount of legwork for you!

Subject: Aftermath of bird attack Replies: 8
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 824
 

That little Robin you were feeding told his buddies about your kindness and limitless supply of fig!


Subject: Fig Tree Identification Assistance Needed Replies: 11
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,362
 
Welcome to the forum.

Your fig looks like this one:  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/ID-Help-Please-5978964

That tree is in CT, just (virtually) around the corner from you and shares a lot of the same qualities.

Can you cut a fruit in half (top to bottom) to show the interior?

Subject: What have you learned from this Forum? Replies: 10
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 796
 
I learned there's a damned lot to learn out there.  ;)

We sure as hell learn it a lot faster when we work together.

Subject: ID Help Please Replies: 17
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,233
 
I've never seen my LSU Scott's Black fruit, so I don't know if it has pink eye on the young fruit.  My HC does have a pink eye.  The leaves in pic 3 and 4 of your last post are typical shape for HC.  The only thing I have beef with is the skin color.  It's just not typical of my HC or any other HC I've seen.  It's not far off, and maybe that fruit is just a bad picture, but ... that's the only thing that doesn't match for me.

Sorry I can't help more.  I definitely think this is some Mt Etna variety, though, based on leaf shape, fruit shape/size/exterior/interior.

Subject: ID Help Please Replies: 17
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,233
 
I don't think it's a Sal.  That green tip near the top of the fruit is baffling me, and I didn't notice that the fruit is so uniformly reddish-purple. 

Is that cracking around the eye? 

There are a a figs I have in my collection that have that leaf shape, fruit size and shape, interior, but not that exterior color. 

The cracking near the eye reminds me of what Hardy Chicago looks like, but HC is usually more reddish and the two middle lobes usually aren't that large.  Good example of leaf and fruit:  http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/Mountainman0826/HardyChicagoLeaf.jpg

If Im going by leaf and fruit, I'm going to say LSU Scott's Black (which is a Celeste hybrid), see the fruit in the first few posts and leaf shape in post #32:  http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5330984

Not a definitive ID, but my best first guess is LSU Scott's Black.

Maybe Herman or one of the other guys could chime in.

Got any pictures of other leaves?  Are there any 3-lobe leaves?  Any additional fruit pics?

Subject: ID Help Please Replies: 17
Posted By: satellitehead Views: 1,233
 
I need t look again on something other than my phone to be more exact.

 

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