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Subject: Some of the best White Figs Replies: 27
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 4,113
 
Mario,

It's good to hear from you. Be sure to post some new pics of your trees & fruit this season.

By the way, how did your trees fare this winter? I know you put up a bit of a greenhouse last fall. Just curios how it's working out for you.

Subject: Negretta and EL. Sals Replies: 4
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Thank you Martin.

Looking forward to it.

Subject: Mutant Figs Replies: 10
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 979
 
The passion flower blooms are very beautiful and unique. The fragrnace is pretty awesome too.

We have a native variety here in KY. Ours has purplish blooms but the fruit ripens yellow. Some folks call them Maypops. If you catch the fruit just right they are very sweet & tropical tasting. This is when they are shriveled & almost dried up lookig on the outside.

If you can find enough of them, a great tasting juice can be made from them:

> Remove the pulp into a large bowl.
> Add some water.
> Squeeze in some fresh lime juice.
> Add sugar to taste.
> Beats any lemon aid hands down!

Martin, I thought that was a really odd one the first time I saw it. That was your Martin's Unknown wasn't it?

Subject: Mutant Figs Replies: 10
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 979
 
I just don't know what to think of y'all - being able to grow such fancy figs ;) .

Check the similar thread that Martin started here: http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post?id=5407288

Subject: Negretta and EL. Sals Replies: 4
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 796
 
Must be nice. I'm still working on just producing regular style figs while some of you have already progressed to the point of making 'fancy figs'! It just ain't fair.

Martin, one of these days you're going to have to share some of your picture taking secrets with the rest of us. Very nice photos - as always.

Subject: Espalier Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,096
 
Well said JD. I resemble those remarks - LOL!

Good looking figs FMD! Your description makes them sound sooo good.

Subject: Summer and Winter Replies: 17
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,066
 
Yes it is hot lately Martin. But I sure don't want to rush that cold stuff either. I do however, sometimes wish I could just open a brief window to it on one of these 100 degree days.

It would be real nice to get off the mower, walk over to some special window, open it & stick my head into that cold winter air. I look forward to stepping outside & smelling the cold fresh air. I just don't look forward to it lasting so long :-/ .

Sounds like both you and Butch are having your fun at someone else's expense -LOL. I could just imagine that kid swearing under his breathe after that little wake up call Ha! 

Subject: Red Fig Growing in the ground in NY for at least 75 yrs Replies: 11
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Glad to hear what seems to be a solid ID on this fig Paul. I did some trading with you in the past as well.

I have one small tree that made it from cuttings I got from you. I marked it simply as "PM Unk". So I will have to wait until it fruits to see if it's the same as this one or not.

Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,143
 

LOL Caney! You missed your calling. Should've been a writer. Wait, are you a writer :-/ ?


Subject: Chainsaws at the ready for Newcastle figs Replies: 14
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,241
 
Well, after seeing the trees, it all makes perfect sense! Those are the rare ficus grabbicus trees. They are known to become animate every two years at which time they have an insatialable thirst for human flesh. For a few hours after midnight they are well known to reach down with their hideous branches and grab-bicus unsuspecting passersby! Oh the horror!!!!

Obviously, someone in power had an agenda they had deemed more important than these majestic trees.  

Subject: Kathleen Blk,and Maltese Falcon Breba! Replies: 23
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,964
 
Thanks V. I'll do a forum search to check out your pics from last season.

By the way. One of the MBVS cuttings I got from you in winter of 09/10 shot up to about 4' last summer. It's growth this season has been nearly zero but it does have three fruits on it. We'll see if any of them make it.

Subject: Armenian fig 2011 progress Replies: 7
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 886
 
Looks good tmc. This is one I failed on rooting but I gave a friend a couple of ctgs at the same time. I know he succeeded in getting one or two to root but I haven't checked on them in awhile.

It's nice to see a new original pic of this one. Please do let us know what the flavor is like. More pics of the fully ripe fruit will be nice also :) .



Subject: Kathleen Blk,and Maltese Falcon Breba! Replies: 23
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,964
 
H2,

It's nice to see the pics & hear your report on these two varieties.

These are still on my wish list. Maybe next season.

I look forward to seeing pictures of the cut ripe fruit.

Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,143
 

Thanks Sara. I think the nearest Costco to me is in Paducah (about an hour north).


Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,143
 

What store did you find them in Sara? I've never seen fresh figs sold anywhere down my way.


Subject: Smoking Thread. Replies: 22
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,374
 
Sara,
Sounds like you've got the right idea. Be sure to bring a basket of ripe figs while you're at it ;-) .

So in order to smoke figs, do you have to dry & roll them first? Oh wait! Maybe I'm just having a 70's flashback!   >Try to see the humor here<

Caneyscud,
After looking at your pics yesterday I had to have a pulled-pork fix. Bad Bobs was the best I could do but was still quite good :) . They seem to have improved over the last time I got something from there.

Along the same lines as JD's questions; How tough would it be to convert one of my old gas grills to a smoker? I have two & both were freebies from folks who were done with grillin'. So no big loss if I sacrifice one for a worthy cause.

If it aint moving, smoke it! 



Subject: GM #25 Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,439
 
celt,

Since this one was a generous gift to me, I feel obligated to keep close track of its health & progress. I will do my best to take pics & post them here as a pictoral record. Of course I will add whatever commentary that may be necassary with the pics as well.

I hope that one fruit starts turning dark, soft, & edible within the next few weeks :) . 

Subject: Smoking Thread. Replies: 22
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,374
 
DaaaaaaNG!! Now my mouth is watering! I think I'm gonna have to invest in a smoker. All that stuff looks reeeally tasty man!

Nashville is only a pleasant 2 1/2 hr drive for me. What'd you say your address was Caney?

Subject: GM #25 Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,439
 
Here's an update on this great little tree.

Shortly after I received this one it started putting on new leaf growth. Very healthy plant right from the start. Once the fruit(s) started developing, the new leaf growth has pretty much stopped (understandably since it's trying to produce fruit). I can see some obvious signs of FVM. I think this can be pretty clearly seen in the pics as well.

I was pleasantly suprised to see the second fruit starting to develope. Remains to be seen if this one will develope to the size of its big brother. The more mature fruit is beginning to darken a bit. I'm feeling like it just may go ahead & ripen (I hope!).

I'm starting to feel like this one may turn out to be a winner George ;) . I'm gonna stay positive anyway. I'll keep you posted.

Enjoy the pics:


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Subject: Unique Problem: Too Many Figs! Replies: 31
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,706
 

FMD,

Too many figs is a good problem to have :) !

Here's a couple of suggestions to help you "fix" your problem:

1).  You can "can" them whole if you have plenty of canning jars. Just use a simple syrup to fill the jars (sugar & water). Then boil the full jars in your boiling water bath canner for about 45 minutes for pints, 50 min for qts. You may need to add a little lemon juice to each jar to aid in the preserving effect. I got my info from the Ball Blue Book of Preserving. Alternately, I'm sure you could find all the info you need on canning figs/fruit via a simple Google search.

2). You can also make fig wine if you're into that sort of thing. Freezing them first has no ill effect on the final product when using them for wine. So you can pick all your freezer will hold, freeze them & then make the wine when you have the spare time.

Hope this was helpful.

Enjoy those figs ;) !

EDIT: Almost forgot this suggestion - You could also freeze up a bunch, pack them in dry ice & ship them to family members (if no family then you could just ship them all to me :-} ).


Subject: FMV Free Black Ischia (??) fig Discovered in Louisiana. Replies: 36
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 5,341
 
Sounds like you've made a really nice find Dan - whatever the variety. Those fruits look delicious!

I hope the owner will allow you to "help him" prune his tree this fall/winter :-) . If so, I hope you will be willing & able to make some of the cuttings available to us forum members.  I know I would happily pay for a couple cuttings & it would be a real treat to add this one to my growing collection.

It sounds like a great tree for all the right reasons. Please keep us updated with pics & info. I'm looking forward to hearing more about this one!

Thanks for posting!

Subject: fig problem Replies: 26
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,165
 
Bass, 

It looks like you got to the bottom of what was going on with your figs. It's interesting how similar your fruit looked to the ones pictured in that info.

I didn't read the entire file Bass but did you ever get find a reccommendation for a treatment? Is there one? I hope I never have to deal with this but it would be nice to know what to do just in case. 

Subject: Hardy Chicago? Replies: 27
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,985
 
Rafed, I hope the one from Lowes is doing great for you. Being from Lowes, are you certain it's HC? If it turns out to not be, I'm sure one of us will be glad to hook you up with one.

FYI, I will have more ctgs of HC this winter as well.

Subject: Hardy Chicago? Replies: 27
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 2,985
 
It's good to hear that this tree is doing well for some of you. 
Sorry about not so good for others.

I should be able to get some cuttings from the parent tree again this winter. Bear in mind that the parent tree is grown in a greenhouse. So it will probably be late Dec b4 cuttings are available. 

My tree has about a half dozen green figs on it right now. Hopefully I'll get a little better taste of them this season. This reminds me that I need to get in touch with my buddy who has the parent tree. His fruit may be ripening already. I'd like to get some pics of the ripe fruit from the mature/parent tree.

So, hopefully, new pics of this one will be coming soon! 

Subject: Yesterdays Wind Replies: 15
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,203
 
Jason, I haven't looked real close at the flowers yet but by first appearances, this doesn't seem to be an issue. I will have a closer look though now that you've mentioned it.

A few of my plants have just started wilting and then go Kaput! Not sure what's going on. Some still look quite healthy while others have just died. Not sure if it's the heat or what.

Mind you these are a large winter type squash. The vines grow like pumpkins and the variety is Marina Di Chioggia. They originate from somewhere in Italy. Not growing any summer squash right now.

Martin, sorry about us getting a bit off topic. 

Subject: Yesterdays Wind Replies: 15
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,203
 
Martin.

I almost wish that front did come through my area. We at least need a cool front in a bad way. The temps here have hovered around 100F for the past few days. My thermometer says 99F as I type.

Accuweather says our heat index is 118F right now. Phew! We need some rain! My winter squash plants, as well as some of my fig trees, need some relief!

Subject: a few of my trees Replies: 4
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 662
 
I'm in agreement with Martin. In fact, I think we all enjoy seeing pics of others fig trees (thumbs up).

I especially like the fourth pic with the small praying mantis on the leaf. Very cool.

Subject: Panachee! Where's My Stripes? Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,592
 

Great looking bowl of figs Sal! I would also like to hear a little on what you thought of  the flavor of some of those. I'm especially curious to hear your thoughts on the RdB.


Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 4,294
 
Ken & noss. I had no doubts that there'd be others who would be familiar with that beetle "flying" trick ;) .

@coldsprings - What is Rue? 

Subject: Mystery Variety? (Pics) Pinkish/Golden, Small, Strawberry Pulp Replies: 5
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 648
 
My first guess would be one of the celeste varieties. But I've only seen pictures of celeste for the most part so far.

I'm sure someone else will have a more solid guess for you.

Subject: Rond De Bourdeaux (in-ground) Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,380
 

Here we go with the vanishing pic thing again :-/ . Tried the usual remedy - hopefully all can see it now. Seems that most never have an issue with this while it seems to be a constant with some of us - ??? At least it seems to be a simple fix.........


Subject: Rond De Bourdeaux (in-ground) Replies: 20
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,380
 
Your RdB is looking great Dan. I look forward to seeing how well it fruits in your climate.

I did this one graft of RdB on 5-8-11. Grafting method used is cleft/wedge graft:

Looking pretty good so far. It's continuing to grow & I hope it hangs in there. I grafted onto a, locally sourced, in-ground tree. I plan to just protect it real well this winter & hope for the best.

This tree was really getting over-grown with weeds but I've since weeded it. So it looks much better now than it did in this pic ;) .


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Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 4,294
 
Yes Ken, those are the exact species I see here in KY ( We always called them "Junebugs"). They are also the same beetle my mother showed me a cool trick with when I was a kid.

You can actually tie a piece of thread to one of the rear legs of these guys. (This is usually a two person job since these dudes are amazingly strong for their size.) You can then let them go while holding the other end of the thread. It's kind of like flying a mini model plane on a tether. It was pretty fascinating to me as a kid and I'm sure it would entertain most any youngster today as well.

If you're gentle with the beetles they will live to fly another day once you're done "flying" them.

The things we did to ammuse ourselves when we were kids :-) ............

I know some of you guys are already thinking about showing this to your own kids or grandkids ;-) !

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 4,294
 
Dan, I'm very glad to hear that bit of good news about the honey bees. I haven't noticed much of an increase of them in my yard but at least I am still seeing some.

Ken, can you find a pic of those green beetles you have out there & maybe link it here for us? Is it the same beetle as the pics linked in my post above (#15) ? This may be some useful info for my buddy who is moving out there this fall.

Subject: GM #25 Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,439
 
George, I also wanted to thank you for making the clarifications on the "types" of figs. I was incorrectly thinking that Smirna and Capri fig was the same thing. Still learning as I go here.

By the way, the fig on my tree seems to still be developing.........

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 4,294
 
Thanks for the tip Bass. I assume you mean Seven Dust in liquid form as apposed to the powdered stuff - ? I imagine applying this to ripe fruit that I'd hoped to harvest is out of the question though huh?

Most of you guys in the east are dealing with those relatively new stink bugs aren't you? I'm very thankful they don't seem to have reached here yet.

Glad you don't have to worry about the JB's Rueben. I'm sure you have your own set of pests in TX though. If you like, I can send you a box of beetles. I beleive in 'sharin the love man'  :) .

H2, I usually see a few of the June bugs around my area also. They don't seem to cause much trouble though.
Folks seem to apply the name Junebug to a variety of the larger beetles but this is the one I think is most commonly called the June Bug -
http://www.carolinanature.com/insects/coleoptera/junebug9537.jpg

http://dragonflywoman.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/cotinus.jpg

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 4,294
 
I'm happy for you folks who aren't seeing many Japanese Beetles this season. But, by my assessment, they must have all moved to KY! I've got plenty to share! Any takers?

They are fully enjoying my peaches - by the 100's. Also seeing them eating my ripe blackberries. Also eating the leaves of my elderberries, grapes, & other stuff. Have seen a few on the figs but they don't seem to like fig leaves too much. No ripe friut on the figs yet either though. I imagine they would go for the ripe fruit. I'm hoping they will have moved on by the time my few figs have ripened.

I don't usually fight them much. Just bear with them until they move on. I will "harvest" a few hundred of them before they're gone though. I feed them to my Leopard Geckos.

I usually go out with a bucket or 1 gal jar with a lid. Tap the branches much like gorgi described above. When they fall in the container I just slap the lid over them & move on to the next branch. The geckos enjoy the treat :-) . 

Subject: GM #25 Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,439
 
George, sorry about the incorrect assumption I was making. Although it is kinda easy to see why I assumed that. At any rate, I made the necassary correction. Thanks for giving me the heads up.

Yes the fig may just drop due to the tree being immature (or any given other reason). In that case we'll have to wait another season or two more to find out. But if it does fully ripen, then we will be a leap ahead on it. So, I'll keep my hopes up until we have the final result :-) . 

Subject: GM #25 Replies: 11
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,439
 

Just wanted to share a couple pics of the "GM #25" I rec'd from gorgi earlier this spring. Thanks gorgi for sharing this one with me and allowing me the opportunity to grow it!

It's looking pretty good and has one nice little fig on it. I know there may be reccommendations on pinching that little figlet off but I'm going to let this one grow. The tree is quite healthy and doing well. I'm also anxious to sample the fruit. Hopefully it will hold on long enough to ripen.

George, I know you weren't sure if this one was going to be a capri or common fig. (Fig wasp is present on Gozo right?) Hopefully this little fruit will ripen and prove it to be a common fig :-) .

How are yours doing? Any Fruits?

 

  

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Subject: 2011 Growing Season in the Low Desert Replies: 7
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,721
 
Joe,
Thanks for posting this. Your trees look great!

A good friend of mine is moving to Wilcox this fall. I've promised a few fig trees to him to try out there. I'm guessing if you can do it in the Pheonix area, he ought to be able to make it work at a slightly higher elevation.

I appreciate the info on your watering schedule. I'm assuming the summers are pretty hot & dry in Wilcox in spite of being a bit higher in elevation.  

Subject: Check out this huge tree.... Replies: 30
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,904
 
Wow Jason! Your friend is doing a great job of clearing that area out. Good for him, I remember having energy like that. It's been a few years though!

Here's a tip for keeping the bamboo off his property. It's a bit labor intensive but is pretty effective once the initial work is done;

He can use sheets of sheet metal normally used in roofing. Dig trenches along the property line where the bamboo is. Insert the sheet metal in the ground on edge, burying it halfway in the ground while leaving half of it above ground. It can be joined together from one piece to the next using pop rivets. PVC pipes can be driven into the ground at the corners to attach it to using galvanized screws. This way a barrier is created below ground that stops the runners from spreading. A foot or so of material above ground will insure that no energetic runners hop over it as well. 

This method will prevent the bamboo from returning to his property once he's killed off all of it on his own property. It's very tough to get rid of it completely. To be 100% certain of being rid it completely, he would have to dig up every inch of rhizome hiding under the ground. Otherwise, using round-up, to keep the above-ground plant at bay, might be his best bet. Also, mowing it regularly will keep the individual culms small and easier to control.

If you know someone with a trencher it will make quick work of of the trenches needed to set the metal in.

Some type of strong brush killer may kill both the plant and the rhizomes but then he runs the risk of killing the old fig tree he's trying to save. Could throw a bucket full of it over the fence though. But that just might start a neighbor war :-}!

Hope this info is helpful.

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 8,116
 
Hey eb. What part of So Fl are you in? I lived in Naples for 10 years. I started dragon fruit in my yard there once but my industrious wife mowed it down with the mower - she didn't know what it was. I still get nervous when she mows. But I also learned to mark things very clearly. If she wants to mow I certainly don't want to stop her :-) .

One thing I have learned about dragon fruit is that you need two plants for pollination. A fella out in Cali sent me two pieces to try my hand at here in KY. I haven't killed them yet but they haven't grown any yet either. We'll see what they do in the summer heat & humidity before I write them off.

Here's a vid or three from youtube:






The first vid shows a fella doing hand pollination. Seems to be pretty easy since the blooms are so large. Just stick your hand inside the bloom, shake it around and do the same thing with the next bloom, & the next, & so on. Thereby transferring pollin with your hand.

The second one shows how bees will do it if you live in an area where you can grow them outdoors (I'll have to grow them in a greenhouse). Note that pitaya are night blooming so pollination takes place at night or in early morning before the blooms close up.

Third vid shows a good low cost method of how they can be supported.

Here's another important note: I'm pretty sure you need two different varieties in order to get vialble fruit. You can see this vid for a little more on that. Bear in mind this guy nearly bored me out of my mind but the info may be good:


If you'd like more vids just do a search on youtube on pitaya or dragon fruit and you'll get plenty!

  


Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 8,116
 
@eb3604; Dragon fruit is the same thing as pitaya right? I saw some pretty cool videos on youtube of some pitaya being hand pollinated. It was also very helpful to see how they grow it comercially. The method of propping the plants up is what caught my attention. When I get the chance to find those vids again, Ill try to post a link here. They were pretty informative.

Sara; Glad they arrived in good condition. Maybe later in the summer, after they've put on some growth, you can post some pics here so we can see how they're doing -? 

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 8,116
 
This is an actual photo I took with my cheap little, Kodak Easy Share, camera. It was a bright sunny day but the color of this Clematis really just glows even on a cloudy day. They are almost unbelievable in person.

The first time I saw these in this neghborhood I could hardly believe my eyes. I made the turn onto this road & just stopped my car & stared a bit. On my way back, I stopped to talk to the owner. Turns out she happens to be the mother of my neighbor who lives about 1/4 mile down the road from me! Small town :-) . 

My neighbor got me a small division back in the fall. I thought I had killed mine but it did manage to send up one very nice bloom this spring. I hope I can keep it alive long enough to get it established in my yard. I never really got too excited about clematis before this one because I thought the colors where too gaudy. I guess the brilliant purple on this particular one just won me over.

I've seen plenty other purple clematis but this one seems to be in a class of it's own.

Glad you enjoyed the photos. 

Subject: potting a cutting upside down ok? Replies: 5
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 690
 
This past winter I buried a bunch of trees as well as a few cuttings. With one of the local varieties I found, I had buried a rooted division and one cutting. The cutting had started to root a little so I potted it up along with the division.

Little did I know that roots on the cutting were growing from the 'top' end only. When it started sending out a bud, it grew downward in the direction of the pot. Once the new growth got a little length to it, it started turning upward. It's still doing fine. When I re-plant it I might just bury it up to the new growth. The new growth will eventually develope roots & I'll never be able to tell that the cutting had been started upside-down.

Just my experience but I really don't think planting your cuttings inversed will hurt anything - as long as you have some buds above (or close to it) the soil line. Eventually everything should work out just fine. 

Subject: mushroom ID? Replies: 24
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,624
 

Brent; Excellent additional info. Thanks very much for that. Looks like I have some homework to do before I can throw anything in the cooking pot :-) . 


Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 8,116
 
Jerry, Sorry, I can't offer anything on that but maybe some of our Canadian friends will chime in for you. If you find some that survive the cold in Calgary that would be one cold hardy Prickley Pear.

Ken, the color on the Cow's Tongue is pretty cool. It would be even nicer if they developed that color on there own - without being stress induced. Purple is a favorite color with most members of my family. That's the one reason I just had to get a division from this awesome purple Clematis. It's a bit off topic but I've just gotta share it. 
Check it out!


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Subject: mushroom ID? Replies: 24
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 1,624
 
There seems to be a few of you guys who know quite a bit about 'shrooms'. I've collected & cooked up a few Morels but I'd really like to know more about some of the others that are edible. Anyone have a good bead on where I could go to get some more quality info on hunting, finding, & identifying some of the more tastey (non-poisonous) ones?

I've heard the ones you find growing in cow pattys are edible but not reccommended - unless you're interested in taking a trip without leaving the farm! This is just all hear-say mind you. 

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 8,116
 
Thanks Ken for the clarification on the cotton-tail. Like you said he does look a bit lanky from being on his tippy-toes. Wonder if he got any spines in his feet? If so I guess he figured it was worth the sacrifice to go for those flowers.

Sounds like most Opuntia are pretty determined to grow. Great if you're trying to propogate them, not so great if you're trying to get rid of them!

I experimented with a couple of pieces from the local one I found (pic on left above) by laying a couple of pads in the top of a pot with soil in it. Both pieces did just what you described above - curled up into the shape of a taco & then proceeded to send up some new growth this spring.

All this has me considering closely my choice of planting location for these guys. Better make sure it's someplace where I don't mind having cacti for the next 100 years :-) !  

Subject: Cactus pears Replies: 108
Posted By: saxonfig Views: 8,116
 
Here's a bit more description of the above pictured prickley pears.

1.) The one in the far left pic is the one I found locally here in west KY. It seems to grow very vigorously in our local climate and it has pretty large purple fruit on it.

2.) Second pic from left; This is one that a friend gave me. He's been growing this one for some years. It is very cold hardy & has large purple fruit. It also has some really long, sharp spines.  My friend has been propagating many divisions of this one in pots for years as well. He leaves the pots exposed & above ground where they freeze solid in winter. They always come back just fine in spring.

3.) This is a "spineless" variety that I got from a local nursery. The owner says it's very cold hardy & does quite well in our area. I don't know anything about the fruit yet.

4.) The last pic one the right is the same variety the Ben from S. Fl has. His pics & description do a fine job of giving an idea of what this one is like. I started these by just sticking them in the pot shown in the pic & leaving them. As you can see they are just starting to put on some new growth. 

In my limited experience, Prickley Pears seem to be very easy to start from a pad cutting. 

 

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