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Subject: Fertilizers and Fertilizing Schedule - Your Insight, Please Replies: 8
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 960
 
Moderator, thank you.
Please excuse my ignorance, but what do the 16-16-16 numbers mean?
Thank you.
Vickie.


Subject: Fertilizers and Fertilizing Schedule - Your Insight, Please Replies: 8
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 960
 
Thanks everyone for your advice.
Moderator, I saw a photo of Vigoro Citrus and Avocado plant food in your introduction. Is this something you use for fertilizing figs?
Thanks.
Vickie.


Subject: The First TIme Ever I Saw... Replies: 13
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,108
 
JD,
Thanks for sharing. Beautiful roots.
Congrats on your success!


Subject: Cuttings Arrived. Thank you, Jon! Replies: 0
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 489
 
My cuttings arrived in great shape and well marked. They look happy and healthy.
I've cleaned them and ziplock-bagged them. They are resting comfortably, awaiting for the roots to emerge. :)

MANY THANKS, JON.

Vickie.


Subject: Im Curious About This Replies: 31
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,631
 
Martin,
Those roots look nice and strong. The bubbles are gone. I wonder where the gas causing bubbles was coming from.


Subject: Fertilizers and Fertilizing Schedule - Your Insight, Please Replies: 8
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 960
 
What fertilizers and fertilizing schedule do you recommend for the newborn fig trees in their first year and thereafter? Are there any organic alternatives?
Please share your insight.

Thank you.
Vickie.





Subject: Interesting article on N.Y. fig trees Replies: 7
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 799
 
Leon.
Thank you. I've learned something new today. :)



Subject: FIG LEAF Jokes for VALENTINE'S Replies: 3
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 664
 
Here's another one...

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Subject: FIG LEAF Jokes for VALENTINE'S Replies: 3
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 664
 
Happy Valentine's... LOL

Vickie

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Subject: fig trees in Montreal Replies: 9
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,013
 
Mont,
Thanks for the info. Is it really possible to chop half the root and bury whole tree for the winter without killing it? Amazing...


Subject: Look Who It Is Replies: 16
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 913
 
Nelson,
What a beautiful family!
Congrats on your baby and Happy Val!
Vickie.


Subject: fig trees in Montreal Replies: 9
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,013
 
What a gorgeous tree!
Can you find out what variety it is? Does the owner sell cuttings? Does he winterize the tree in Z5b?
Thank you.
Vickie.


Subject: Love looking at Pictures Replies: 44
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,515
 

Nas, your plants are gorgeous. They appreciate all your love and care and it shows.

This isn't my tree, but nice to look at. ...

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Subject: A hopeful Sign of Things To Come Replies: 3
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 712
 
Martin,
When I looked at all the snow dumping yesterday, I couldn't imagine there was going to be an end to it.
And today, the weather is gorgeous, sun is bright, temperature in the upper 40's. Snow is melting, birds are singing, people dig their driveways and their cars from under the snow, kids snowboarding (schools are still closed)... It almost feels like spring.
Spring will be here before we know it...
Circle of life... :)
Vickie.

Subject: Im Curious About This Replies: 31
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,631
 
Here you go.
Stem cells emerging. Roots will follow, I'm sure...

Vickie.


Subject: Try This wih Your Fig Plant Replies: 4
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 614
 
... That's how you know you have an expert on board... :)

Subject: Try This wih Your Fig Plant Replies: 4
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 614
 
WOW! This is neat.
I wonder if you'd get the same effect if you didn't wrap the wire around the plant. Does it really have to do anything with the plant at all?


Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
Jenia,
This is really great, very efficient system, gorgeous fruit, ton of info.

Thanks so much.
Vickie.


Subject: My Figs Might Have Felt The Ground Shake Replies: 13
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 843
 
No, ALL the snow on the planet is dumping here, in NJ. We are buried right now with more snow coming. We are having 2' on top of 2' we still have on the ground from last weekend. Kids are so bored, they actually look forward to going to school tomorrow if they are allowed to, which I doubt.
I'm taking kids out snow shoveling...

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Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
Thank you for the links.

Hydroponic growing doesn't sound appealing to me at all.
We all consume chemicals by the shovel-fulls from eating store-bought hydroponic tomatoes, cucumbers, berries, etc, especially off-season.

If we spend our time and energy on gardening, don't we want 100% good and natural stuff for a change?

My vote is for organic growing, using natural nutrients coming from home-made compost and natural solar energy (passive sun warmth that is). :)

Vickie.


Subject: My Figs Might Have Felt The Ground Shake Replies: 13
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 843
 
Figs grow happily in California, so I'm sure they are accustomed to occasional ground shakes... LOL

Subject: Im Curious About This Replies: 31
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,631
 
Martin,
I wonder if this gel is reusable...


Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
Jenia,
Can you give me a link to the Japanese site or Ingevald's post, please?

I am also at the drawing board, but I'd like to plan ahead, so I can figure out which varieties to plant and how to grow them. "Efficiency" is a key word... :)


Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
Jenia,
From Nelson's pruning diagram you can see that all the fruiting branches grow vertically up and being pruned off after the fruiting season, when the tree goes dormant. Once tree's span size is established and the tree is trained to fit into a 5' space, it can be maintained like that forever.

I am not a big fan of large bushy trees as they take up ton of space. I'd rather have a few dozens of different varieties growing per Japanese system, so I can get the most efficient use of my average-sized backyard and get to try different figs throughout the season. :)


Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
Yes, Yes, Yes.
This is perfect. Thanks for the illustrations, photos and advice.
I'm definitely doing this. I'll just have to wait a bit longer, as my trees are still babies with a few green shoots. This will give me time to get materials and build espaliers.

Thanks again.
You, guys are great! :)



Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
Martin,
I would not be a problem to freeze the tree to death here in NJ... LOL. But it sets you back a year or two, doesn't it? I'd like to start early and indoors...
Thanks.
Vickie.


Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
I just went back and looked at all your photos of the Japanese system. They are gorgeous, but they all show the finished product (fully trained trees) only. The espalier itself looks like a horizontal bar, I assume.

But how early can you start?
Do you tie young or older branches?
What time of the year do you prune?
How forceful can you get with young branches before they get damaged?
How much of the tree can be removed at one time without killing it?

I'm serious about doing this (an reporting the results, of course). Any practical advice is greatly appreciated.


Subject: Heavy Pruning and Espaliering... Fig Experts, Please Explain... Replies: 22
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 1,719
 
I've been looking at Jon's photos of heavily pruned fig trees, and wondering...
How hard is it to train trees to this shape? My fig collection is still small and young, which makes me wonder... If I start fig tree pruning and training process early, will I get better shaped trained trees?

The reason this type of pruning looks appealing to me is because (please correct me if I'm wrong):
* Heavier trunks can survive colder winters.
* More trees can fit into smaller space.
* More "exotic" tree format
* Less pressure on the tree to feed unnecessary branches and more energy to grow fruit.

How early can you start? When would you prune? How would you train?
HOW WOULD YOU DO IT? Please share your insight.
Vickie.

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Subject: Satelitehead (Jason) Replies: 3
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 621
 
Jason,
Where do you buy good dry figs? The ones in my local farmers markets look like rocks and taste like sand.


Subject: If you had to pick one hardy fig tree... Replies: 21
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,026
 
Thank you, guys, for your advice.
I feel at home here... :)

Vickie.


Subject: If you had to pick one hardy fig tree... Replies: 21
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,026
 
Jason,
Thanks for the list. I think I would enjoy darker smaller figs over the white larger varieties. I'd like to experiment, thou...

Here's a photo of my new baby fig trees. They were branches of someone's grown up trees just 2 month ago. They are my new trees now... Amazing...



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Subject: If you had to pick one hardy fig tree... Replies: 21
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,026
 
With the "list" of cuttings finally posted, I'm really rolling up my sleeves... LOL
Bought ton of ziplock bags and additional clear storage containers...

Jon, ziplock bag and newspaper method works incredibly well. I wouldn't even consider any other method... (Two thumbs up!)


Subject: If you had to pick one hardy fig tree... Replies: 21
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,026
 
Paully,

Yes, I'm trying to "listen" to every advice Herman2 has to offer... And his Green Thumb appears to be contagious... LOL


Subject: If you had to pick one hardy fig tree... Replies: 21
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,026
 
Martin,
Thanks so much for sharing your insight. I already grow cuttings of both - HC and Violett De Bordeaux. I understand they are both dark figs, smaller in size...

I'm embarrassed to admit, but the only fresh figs I've tasted so far were store-bought figs, packed in containers. And I ate them the wrong way, getting tongue burns... And I still loved the taste of the fresh fig... which I crave right now :).

I also love dried fig, but can't find any good ones in the store. They are kinda whitish, crumbling, moldy, I'm afraid... I'm really looking forward to fresh and dried figs of my own.

Thank for your advice...
Vickie.


Subject: If you had to pick one hardy fig tree... Replies: 21
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,026
 
Hi, Jason,

I am new to fig growing, just started this winter, and I've been having incredible luck rooting cuttings. I've got some cuttings from "herman2" around Thanksgiving weekend and they are doing very well. They rooted at about 90% success rate. Most already have nice green branches and leaves, looking healthy and happy. (Thank you, Vasile!)

I really have room for about 15 in ground trees and countless pots, but just wanted to know which cultivars everyone prefers.

What fig is your absolute favorite and why?

Thanks.
Vickie.



Subject: If you had to pick one hardy fig tree... Replies: 21
Posted By: vray1000 Views: 2,026
 
If you lived in zone 6A-6B and only had room to grow one fig tree, which one would you chose?



 

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