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Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,221
 

And here are a couple more B4 & after pics.

Giant Amber & LSU Gold. If you hold your cursor over each thumbnail you will see the name of each variety as well as the date the pic was taken:



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Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,221
 
Here are some of what the Paradiso & skinny VdB look like now.

Watching these cuttings develope makes me feel like I'm rooting for the prey that's trying to escape from the lion. The lion being the whole process of overcoming the many things that could possibly go wrong at this stage :-} !!


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Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,221
 
Here are some follow-up/progression pics from post #1. This is a couple of shots of the Archipel found in the first pic on the left at top.

The very tip doesn't look so great. Looking a bit moldy even but it doesn't seem to be spreading. I'm hoping the tip will just dry up without effecting the rest of the ctg. At least there is some good root developement and a bit of top growth.

I cut out a notch in the side of the bag to see if that lower bud would develope. Looks like it may have been in contact for too long with the plastic already though. Doesn't look like it will make it:




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Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
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ha. Yeah Gene. It certainly ain't nothin fancy. But you know that old saying - "One mans trash is another mans treasure". It's wasn't considered entirely trash, but not far from it at only a buck & a half. Works great as long as I don't need anything larger than 8" X 8". 


Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
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Good one Bass :) . Could be Fig Breeders Initiative too. We may be onto something here.

As long as no one calls us Fig Breeding Idiots :-) !

Subject: Rooting in a bag, NEW Style Replies: 109
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 11,555
 
Gene: That's pretty much what I've been doing. I've just been recycling used zipper bags. As long as they aren't too badly "used".

I don't have a vacume sealer per say but I did pick up this old thing at a yard sale over a year ago. It just heat seals the edges. Not bad for $1.50. Especially considering it works just fine :-) :


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Subject: Is it too late to get cuttings? Replies: 5
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 869
 
Hi Linda. I wish I had some extra material of the ones you're looking for. I'd be happy to help.

I do however have a few extra pieces of Black Mission that Ben sent me from FL.  If you want 3-4 pcs of those, I'd be gald to send some just for shipping cost - about $3 for first class. Most stuff I've sent via 1st class travels just about as fast as priority.

Just shoot me an e-mail if you want some. 

Subject: Anyone answer a question about AU Rosa plums? Replies: 54
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Hey Jason. Have you watched any of this guys grafting videos? -


Bass has a link to this guys vids on his web site. I haven't done any real grafting yet myself but I learned alot just watching this fella.

Seems he uses cut up strips of old plastic freezer baggies to wrap some of his grafts. He has alot of vids on youtube. IMO they are all worth watching. 

Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,020
 
Bass. Sorry to hear about your little visit. Hopefully their concerns were put to rest when they saw what you were using it for.

I had a little visit from the BATFE myself a couple of years ago. Once they checked my place out, they realized I wasn't much of a threat. No citations of any sort. Just sniffed around & asked a few questions. Haven't heard from them since. Just sharing this because I know it can be a little nerve racking even though you've done nothing wrong.

I wouldn't sweat it. Even if you do ever get another visit, just make sure you have some ripe figs on hand to give them :-) . Wait a minute though, if you do that they might be back once every week!!

Subject: Identify this fig, and win Replies: 49
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Congrats Debbie!

Thanks for the little competition Bass. It was fun trying to figure out which one it was. It would be nice to see more of us do something similar to this.

Bass, I have a small start of your Salem Dark that I started last year. How does it compare to your Brooklyn Dark? Is there a comparison?

Subject: Plant Tags Replies: 28
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Ken. It's as Jon referred to in post #5. That's the great thing about this forum. There's so much we can learn from each other. Even on the seemingly obvious or mundane stuff.

Because of this thread, I now have a couple of solid ideas for permanent markers that I would hang on the actual tree itself. Wasn't so sure which way I was going to go on that. Now I have a direction to go - very cool stuff. 

Subject: Identify this fig, and win Replies: 49
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,108
 

Stab #1 - Bissiri Black.


Subject: 3014 X Black Ischia Replies: 18
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,883
 

Looking good Martin. I'm sure you will be posting pics of a nice little tree of that one by end of summer. Looking forward to that :) .


Subject: Any Reason Not to Go From Baggie To Ground? Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,040
 
I look forward to hearing your results James. I may even give it a try with a couple of cuttings that I have plenty of.

I'll do sphagnum moss to get the roots going and then set them directly into some well prepared soil. I'll just have to wait until about mid-April to do it though. 

Subject: F4F - Terms of Service Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,509
 
Jon, I echo gorgi & Johns words of appreciation about this forum. I have learned nearly everything I know about figs right here. I know of no other fig-based forum like it anywhere on the internet - nothing even close IMO.

I've also met a bunch of great folks who have showed extensive patience in helping me to learn as well as great generousity in sharing/trading plant material.

I also thank you for re-posting the 'tos' info above. I had forgotten about the links page - lots of cool stuff there :-) .

Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,221
 
You're welcome Martin. Glad you enjoyed them. I know I sure enjoy when others post pics of their "babies" progress.

Somthin' about growing things that just gets in your blood huh? I love walking into my propagation room to turn the lights on. Sometimes I just stand there and look at each plant individually in case I missed a 1/4" growth from the last time I looked at them :-) .

I have plenty more good pics to share once I get the chance to download & then upload them here. The pics above are just the appetizer.

Well, here's a couple to hold us over anyway. This is one of the unk Morely ctgs I got from Jason. I'm finding I like Jon's "New Baggie Method". Takes up alot less space and definately seems to be doing the trick:


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Subject: Any Reason Not to Go From Baggie To Ground? Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,040
 
Interesting thought James. I'm just wondering if we wouldn't have some kind of issues with too much water in the form of rain on those under-developed roots -?

I don't fully understand the problem there. But I do know that when I rushed putting some of my potted up cuttings out in the natural elements last season - I lost a few, to what appeared to be, excessive watering.

Conversely, others that were a little more developed, really took off once fully exposed to the sun & rain (naturally) . Especially once the roots grew out the bottom of the pots. Placing a good mulch up around the pots seemd to be of benefit as well.

But now if you went with your idea of mulching (or burying) the cutting all but the terminal bud, right from the start (no initials)......that should work. Just like they did 1000 years ago I assume - ?

Having said that. I know the % of success is much lower doing it the ancient way but it does work. I also know that we seem to have increased our chances to nearly 100% (in some cases) with some of the methods discussed on this & other forums.

Well, there's my rambling reply :-) . Anyone else have some thoughts on this topic? 

Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
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Ah well. At least it's a fairly easy fix once you know what to do. Note the instuctions above if you've had this prob before.

I'll get some more stuff on here tommorow.

Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,221
 

Yes Jason, I hit "edit" then click "Go Advanced" then hit "post message" and they tend to reappear. This is per the directions gorgi gave to help when I had an issue on a much earlier occaision. Don't ask me why that does the trick -?

EDIT: I had originally made a mistake in the steps (above) I was taking to correct the problem. I had said to hit "reply" and then the other steps. The correction is to hit "edit" first & then the other two steps. Fixed my original post now. 

You think this has something to do with the forum itself or with our own operating systems or something else?

Now they'll be gone again after this post ;) .


Subject: Anyone answer a question about AU Rosa plums? Replies: 54
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 4,833
 
Hey Bass. Shouldn't Jason be cutting off most of the scion above the rootstock - leaving only about 3-4 buds above the rootstock? 

If you still have some rootstock left, you can also pot them & grow them out for next year. You could then try some bud or even cleft grafting on the then larger rootstock. 

Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,221
 
Martin, thank you for your support and confidence in me. I can't agree more on the keyboard statement. I'm always hitting two or three keys at a time. My wife would just say 'I don't see what the problem is'? 

I started this thread earlier and then was gone for the rest of the day. Nice to see I was getting some positive input on something that wasn't there. HaHa!  

Thanks to you too for carrying me on this one Gene :-} . Very nice roots ya got there BTW ;) .

I don't know what the deal is with posting images on this forum. This is the same problem gorgi had mentioned a few times.

I posted the pics, checked & they weren't there. Did the whole thing gorgi had reccommended and they were there. Checked them twice more, stood on one foot, held my mouth just right, checked them again and they were still there. Now they're gone again.
It's the Gremlins I tell ya!!!

Gimme a sec & I'll try again. This time I'll stand on the other foot.

Subject: Roots & Stuff Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,221
 

Just thought I'd share a few pics of how some of my cuttings are doing so far this season.

The first pic on the left is an Archipel. It didn't have any roots showing yet. But since it seemed so eager to put on some top growth I potted it up anyway. Note the little brebas trying to form on it.

The next two pics are Blue Celeste. They seemed to be very happy to root in my sphagnum moss set-up.

4th pic is a Paradiso ctg doing what it's supposed to :) .

Last pic on right was a very thin ctg I took off of my own VdB tree. It was taken from very low on the tree. Part of it was just below the soil line. It didn't have any actual roots on it but it did have some of those little black bumps you might see on a division just above the roots. This is where the roots formed on this ctg.

Some of these, I just potted/cupped up today while others have been potted for awhile and are showing some good developement. I'll post additional pics on those later. 



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Subject: Fig tree Collections Replies: 36
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Arian; That's a good looking Yamahammer ya got there. All the bike a man needs really. With gas prices going like they are you may be inclined to drive it alot more this summer.

71GTO; Yeah the big blocks seem to get further out of reach with every passing year. Partucularly anything that had something special about it like High Output, Hemi, or the like.

The 429 in my old ford wasn't anything special but it was quite a hefty motor nonetheless. I damaged the radiator one day when I stomped on the gas. Didn't realize I had a broken motor mount. Found out real quick though :-} . Somehow the fan found it's way into the radiator - bummer.

If I ever dared to dream of having a hot rod car, I know just who I'd go to in my area. There's a fella I know who runs an auto repair shop has been a gearhead since the 50's. The guy is like a walking muscle car encyclopedia. He remembers everything too. Right down to the smallest detail of even some very obscure stuff. Wish I had a brain like that. He's in the process of finishing his own little dream car. Can recall which year but it's a Nova. Early 70 somethin'.

What was this thread about again ;) ? 


Subject: Fig tree Collections Replies: 36
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71GTO the pic you posted in post #21 is much more like the one I remember. I think the front end is identicle. Fast fast car!

If you're able to, hold onto your GTO. If you don't, you may look back with regret some day.

At one time, I had a 1970 Ford T-Bird with the 429 & suiicide doors. I ended up trading it off for something more practical :-[ . I've always wished I woulda been able to hang onto it until I had the $ to fix it up. Hopefully you'll get the opportunity to finish yours one day.

You guys talkin about these hot rods you have or have had, makes me want to look for a nice old fixer upper again. But nah. I'll be doing good if I get my 71 Honda Enduro 100cc running anytime soon. It goes pretty good as it is if you're going down a big enough hill :-] . 

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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That's the spirit Martin! 2" of snow isn't even worth a second look.

We got in excess of 5" of rain in W KY yesterday. The main entrance to my road was flooded with at least 4' of fast flowing water from the rising creek. I would have just swam accross like I usually do but I needed the car to get to town. That was just fine though since I really wanted drive the extra 5 miles to get out the back way - aka the scenic route!

Subject: Fig tree Collections Replies: 36
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,869
 
Thank you for that clarification 71GTO. You're likey right. I could just be recalling the exact year wrong.

Either way, I remember the mean 2nd gear and the smell of burning rubber very well ;-) .

Maggie, I love a sharp fast car as well. Just not a luxury I can fit into my life at this time. Maybe when I grow old and rich - yeah right!

Subject: Where do you store fig trees in Winter Replies: 20
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Kerry,
Sounds like you may have one of the best possible fig storage spots. That barn basement is probably like a winter resort for your figs. If it's soil-bermed on 3 sides & well insulated in the front, I'd say you've got quite the safe haven for fig storage - IMHO. Just be sure to leave room in there for a storm refuge ;) . Do you have any pics of it that you wouldn't mind sharing? 

I'm a little envious of that scenerio. I could store all my potted figs plus all my root veggies & winter squash in something like that without my wifey opening a closet & saying 'what the heck is this'!?

This is a little off-topic but  I want to point something out that has crossed my mind  a few times but haven't yet mentioned. You folks in the north, such as NH, the NW, CAN, etc may have one important advantage over us folks in the more mid-continent zones. Even though you have longer colder winters, you also have longer days in the summer time = more hours of sunlight for your figs to grow/ripen.

For comparison, my typical summer day here in z6 goes from about 6:30am to about 8:15pm (CT). Whereas a mid-summer day as far north as NH may run from just b4 6:am to about 10pm! Please correct me here if I'm wrong Kerry.

I don't have any scientific data to back this up but I'm just thinking that the figs have gotta love those couple extra hrs of sunlight. I do know this is one reason that folks in the NW coastal areas can grow monster size (prize winning) pumpkins. Apparently cucurbita species thrive on all that extra sunlight!

Anyone else have any comments on my "longer days effect" theory?

By the way, I forgot to mention the back bedroom that I, long ago, commandeered as my space. That's where all my fig rooting takes place. Some in 1 gal pots, some in Jon's new baggie method, some in bins of sp-moss.  Couple of large, re-purposed, aquariums serve as rooting/growing chambers.

My 6yr old calls this room "Dad's Lab" - I kinda like it :-) .

Only one forum member has ever seen this inner sanctum of fig propagation. You are sworn to secrecy wildforager aka Little John. You can neither confirm nor deny it's true existence. Remember my men are watching you L J :-0 ! 
  

Subject: Fig tree Collections Replies: 36
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Right Martin. I was always getting the 454 & 455 ci mixed up between chevy & pontiac. Pretty sure the car I remember had the high output 455 in it. Not sure if this was one of the engines that came in the '69 GTO "The Judge" or not but that's what was in this car though.

The car was yellow with the big "The Judge" sticker on the front fender. Had the rear spoiler on it. Pretty sure it also had the 455  metal numbers somewhere on the body too. I'm just not sure if that was factory or not. I remember the friend of ours who owned it saying that the car was stock and came with factory headers. He could get that car to pull the front wheels off the ground. If it was un-modified, that was some pretty serious stuff to be street legal :-) !

The car I'm talking about looked alot like this one only it was about the color of a school bus:

Gene's 1969 GTO Judge #2 

Sorry about getting so far off topic from figs but I like fast cars too! Unfortunatly with two kids I'm in more need of a new mini-van at the moment :-} !

Subject: Fig tree Collections Replies: 36
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Jon may be on to something! But you don't have to get more property. Just share your trees with friends. Offer to plant them in their yard (or grow in pots) & you do the care for them. Just be sure to "care" for them when the fruits are ripe and take a few with you when you go :-) .

You could have trees all over the neighborhood with other folks helping you to care for them. You could even make them feel as if you gave them a fig tree or two. Let them have a few fruits but be sure to stop by at the most strategic time (when the bulk of the fruit are ripe or when you need some cuttings).

Granted, this is mostly in jest but there may be a hidden idea in here somewhere :) .

By the way. A '69 GTO was one of the fastest cars I ever rode in when I was a kid. Had the 454 in it if I recall correctly. Scared the @*$&% out of me, but in a good way :-) . There may have been skid marks on the road but I think there were a few in my pants too!!  Woo Hoo!

Subject: Where do you store fig trees in Winter Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,949
 
Wait a minute Jon! Are you saying that the only greenhouse you have is 8' square?! If that's so -dude- you just got it too easy out there in paradise ;-) !
I'm in the process of building a 4'X8' cold frame with plans for a 16X32 GH - at least. Must be nice to plant everything in the ground & let 'em grow :-} . -Good for you man.

Paully;
I've got about 30-40 1gal pots in my attic. Gotta watch them though. They're starting to warm up & I don't want them to break dormancy in the dark. 

Also have about 12 varieties buried in the ground on the south side of my house. Some are in-gound trees, some are in their pots & buried. I'm sooo ready to dig 'em up & give 'em a proper planting. Soon, very soon. 

Subject: figs from WA, Australia Replies: 2
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Yeah George, I'm liking the looks of some of those figs. Can you tell us more about them? We're all a bit fact oriented here. We want the scoop on them man :) !

BTW what time is it where you are? You & I must be posting at the same hour but it's in the wee hours at my house right now. 12:50AM in fact. I'm a late nighter. I work second shift & have a hard time shutting my brain down until after 1:AM or so.

Anyway, feel free to overload us with more info on these figs you got. You obviously have some you're proud of so share on. More pics are always welcome too!

Subject: UcDavis Order Recieved Replies: 30
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Good news Martin. Looks like a decent sized cutting.

Glad you got the one you wanted. As Rafed said, may it grow into a prolific tree for you.

Please keep us posted.

gorgi; Great to hear you got yours too!

This should mean the rest of us will hear something soon as well. I love getting packages :-) . 

Subject: rooting box light bulb Replies: 7
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 637
 
Good point Jason. Thanks for chiming in. 

There has always been the old method of stick 'em in the ground & see what happens. But of course we are going for a little higher success rate. Especially when we might only have one ctg of a given variety.

ce, finding a method that you're confident with & sticking with it may be half the battle. There are many paths leading to the same (fig) tree ;) .   

Subject: rooting box light bulb Replies: 7
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 637
 
I started my cuttings last year in a large aquarium under a 4' shop light. The light itself didn't seem to be an issue for me. I also used bottom heat (about 70F). I mist daily. Doing the same this season and things are great so far.

My only concern with yor set up is it might be getting too warm. If your cuttings push top growth too fast without having the roots to support it, the cuttings could over-expend their energy and go kaput.

My first reccomendation would be to use a flourescent bulb instead of incandescent if you're not already. Maybe even go to a lower watt bulb - especially if your grow box is pretty small.

I could be wrong and I hope you get more input on this. Who knows, all may go just fine and you prove me wrong.......wouldn't be the first time and certainly wouldn't be the last :-) .

Anyone else?  

Subject: Mission fig cuttings available...for postage only Replies: 38
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,562
 
Good guess on my part - yay! I was primarily guessing based on the leaves since I've never actually seen them in fruit. I've bought the fruit before from one of the roadside stands down in Homestead. I've made those ice cream shakes you mention. High in calories but delicious ;) .

Do you grow any Annona varieties Ben?



Subject: Mission fig cuttings available...for postage only Replies: 38
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,562
 
Thank you for posting those pics Ben. Very nice to see some of that stuff again.

And you gotta be kidding on the Nam Doc Mai!! One of the best, most sought after mangos on the planet! Had the pleasure of eating only one or two of those. Delicious with no fiber right? Very unique shape for a mango too if I recall.

Mangos get me at least as excited as figs do. Sorry fig folks but if you haven't had many fully ripe, fresh-off-the-tree, mangos you might not be able to understand my saying that :-) .

Subject: Mission fig cuttings available...for postage only Replies: 38
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,562
 

Ben, I'm thinking pic #5 is Mamey - ?   But I may have an unfair advantage.


Subject: Just for fun! Replies: 16
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,183
 

I get a little like that too with the fruit appearance and colors Rob. After all, the fruits are, in a way, edible flowers. They look great hanging on the tree too! But they don't get away with hanging there for too long :-] . 


Subject: Mission fig cuttings available...for postage only Replies: 38
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,562
 
Thanks for the cuttings you sent me Ben. I've shared some. Some are in rooting media and some are still in the fridge.

BTW, Ben sent me a FULL box of ctgs folks! So for those who haven't rec'd yours yet, you're in for a treat! 

Hey Ben. Would you mind posting a couple pics of your Lychee trees in bloom? Some pics of them in full fruit would be nice too. I know there aren't too many people who've seen Lychee fruit or the trees fruiting. I'd say there are even fewer who've seen what the blooms look like.

A couple shots of some of your other non-fig fruit trees might be nice also, if you're up to it - ?

Hopefully Jon won't mind a few non-fig pics :-) .

I will try to get some pics posted here of the material you sent, along with some progress pics.

Thanks again Ben. 

Subject: Just posted a new fig video! Replies: 27
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Ah, I see. Thank you.


Subject: UC Davis orders updates Replies: 4
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 701
 
Thank you Bass.

It will be interesting to see if I receive anything at all since I placed my request just a day or so before the deadline.

Subject: Just posted a new fig video! Replies: 27
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,240
 
Hey Maggie. What kind of figs were your folks growing in Naples?

It's ironic that I was into growing fruit of all sorts when I lived there but never had the interest to try the figs. A couple of people actually mentioned growing figs to me too is the thing. Guess I just didn't know enough about them to peak my interest at the time :-/ .

Subject: Just posted a new fig video! Replies: 27
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L J. Thanks for the camera info. I'm definately still at the head scratching phase.

Italiangirl74; Naples is a beautiful place - to visit. I got very tired of living there. In my opinion, the more people that move to FL, the more space us country folks have - just the way I prefer it. I miss the many fruits and the fresh-caught saltwater fish. That's about it.

That's just me though. I knew many people who just love FL. That's why they are still there & I'm not  ;) .

As for those mokeys you mentioned. Those are the squirrel monkeys. Cute little things. There was a big controversy there for awhile about whether to irradicate them or not. Apparently they can carry diseases that can be easily comunicated to humans. With many folks hand-feeding them in their back yards, there was some legitimate concern. Fortunate for the monkeys the public outcry was great enough to keep them all from being trapped or poisoned. 

I was in direct contact with one of the individuals who had been granted permission (by the FL Wildlife Commission) to sedate and relocate as many of the monkey colony as possible but he was intercepted and completely stopped by some animal rights folks.

So, just a little inside info on the Naples Squirrel Monkey colony. They are, apparently, there to stay :-) .

Now back to figs :-] . John?

Subject: Just posted a new fig video! Replies: 27
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,240
 
Little John. I commented earlier but I neglected to actually compliment you on your video work. You did indeed do a good job. Can't be easy riding a bike, being the star, and camera man all at the same time!

You're welcome back to my place some day when I have some fig trees worth video-ing. You shouldn't have any trouble finding your way back to this neck of the woods.

What kind of video camera were you using? I've never even figured out how to download video myself yet. I've got an older Panasonic Mini-DV. Would be fun to post some stuff to youtube sometime.

I always wanted to do a spoof on Less Stroud (Survivorman).
Maybe you could do something like that.
You know;  "Here I am in the wilds of East LA. I'm at least a block from the nearest house. All I have is this ruck-sack, this pocket knife, and these fig trees to survive on.........."   It could work  ;) .

Subject: Fig in Phoenix?? Replies: 28
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Hi Ken. From what I can tell, Wilcox is in zone 7. So, in theory, the climate should be suitable for a variety of figs. I'm pretty sure it is hotter and dryer than the Z7 of the east. So maybe that will be conducive to some of the more heat loving types.

Those are some good leads that both you and Dan have provided. Sounds like more than enough to start with. My plan is to have a couple good starts ready for him to take with him in the fall. Should be able to have a Black Mission, LSU Purple, and maybe a LSU Gold ready for him buy then.

Dan, I look forward to your posts about the experiences your having with the varieties you are studying. I'm especially interested in hearing some details on some of the varieties I haven't hneard too much about such as Black Triana & St. Jerome.

Thanks to you both Ken & Dan for listing those specific varieties. This is good stuff to know when selecting varieties for each of our growing areas.   

Subject: UC Davis fig tasting Replies: 10
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Great pictures Bass. Thanks for posting.

Hey jon. Do you know the exact date this is usually held? Or should one just contact the CRFG?

Subject: Just posted a new fig video! Replies: 27
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Looks like you had fun looking for goodies in those back alleys John. If you're ever in Naples FL, you can do the same thing by bike in the just-off-the-beach comunities. Alot of very similar small roads that go in back of houses.

Lots of Mongoes, Lychees, Avacados, Carambola, & citrus hanging over the fences. Just be careful, those home-owners associations sometimes carry A-K's :-) . Dress like a beach bum or carry a fishing rod & they'll hardly give you a second look.

Subject: Fig in Phoenix?? Replies: 28
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 5,329
 
That's a good tip Cecil, thank you. Definately wil check that out. 

Ken, I'm also wondering, what has been your best defense against the fig beetles - ? I'm assuming I'll have to deal with that myself here in KY eventually.

By the way Ken, I was checking out your artwork on your web site. Wow! Very good stuff. Do you hang them on your fridge :-) ?

Subject: Fig in Phoenix?? Replies: 28
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 5,329
 
Hey Ken. I just wanted to bump this old thread.

I have a good friend who will be moving to Wilcox, AZ (just east of you) in the fall of this year. He is very interested in learning what kinds of fruit trees he will be able to grow out there, especially figs.  What kind of figs did you fianlly find that will do best for you in Tucson?

From what I understand, Wilcox gets quite a bit colder than alot of the surrounding desert areas. Maybe even cooler than Tucson - ?

Like to hear from you on this. Input from others would be great as well.

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Toronto, I like your idea about the HVAC AL tape. I know just what you're referring to. I may give that a try on my in-ground stuff.


 

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