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Subject: How long to break dormancy? Replies: 7
Posted By: gm421 Views: 800
 
Hi Rich,

  After growing potted figs and storing close to 40 different fig trees in an unheated garage I have 6 that are still dormant in fact there are two that I have all but written off for dead. This is the first time
that this has happened to this many.Overall we had a mild winter compared to usual tough New England winters,though It was a prolonged winter with the early part of spring be pretty frosty.I don't have an explanation for this but,A fig trees seem to have a life of Its own, maybe these six don't like the neighborhood or there neighbors which include figs and other fruit trees like cherries, and persimmons.
Next season I'm going to wrap them up with old blankets for the winter.

Good Luck
Geo

Subject: local RI enthusiasts? Replies: 5
Posted By: gm421 Views: 527
 
Hey Rich,

 I"m right next door in the bucket, Ive been growing fig trees close to seven years now.I even have some trees to give away.


Welcome
George

Subject: mama nature Replies: 9
Posted By: gm421 Views: 809
 
Hello,

  Your right about the PN she did beautifully in the rain no splits or sour taste,
Do you think we might be lucky enough to get some figs into October here in the northeast,the weather has been so warm and muggy this year.

Subject: mama nature Replies: 9
Posted By: gm421 Views: 809
 
Hello all,

 Two days of heavy rain here in RI has ruined about 60 figs, they have split and soured or those that didn't tasted watery some even had there skin softened to mush.I picked them to control all the bugs that now are feasting on all the spoilage. Oh well I'm just venting, I know It comes with the territory, I didn't expect this mostly because we've been having the best summer ever.

Thanks,
Geo

Subject: Emerald Strawberry / UCR 143-36 Replies: 11
Posted By: gm421 Views: 2,907
 
Hello,

  I've been growing emerald strawberry for 3 years and so far I really enjoy
this fig,when they are dead ripe they are delicious. Its a fast growing tree 
with nice leaf shape. I'm here in RI and keep it in a pot, In my opinion she's
a keeper, she will only get better with age. No visible fmv, she survives winter
in an unattached garage with just a comforter over her.

Geo

Subject: Rhode Island figs Replies: 20
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,148
 
   Great to see other Rhode Islanders growing figs,As soon as I figure out how to up load pics I will show you my collection.If you ride around the Portuguese Greek and Italian neighborhoods you will see tons of beautiful potted and in-ground trees growing beautifully.

Figs: a year round sport
Geo

Subject: dry votatta Replies: 2
Posted By: gm421 Views: 502
 
Hi Martin,

 Your right I will try and get some pics up loaded.


Thanks
Geo

Subject: good size container. Replies: 36
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,030
 
That was awesome Frank all is numbers

Subject: dry votatta Replies: 2
Posted By: gm421 Views: 502
 
Hey Guys,

 I have a 5 year old potted Votatta who up until last year grew increasingly productive then pretty much put the brakes on, so this spring I felt a root pruning was in order along with some top cut. I now have a small t shaped tree with green growth at tips but 80 percent of the branches are lifeless,I did the scratch test and see green, the question then is could this be frost damage,growth habit,bad pruning or bad fertilization? I use the joe morle recipe and have not had problems with fertilization in the past.Do individual branches just loose vigor and need to be cut back periodically?


Thanks
George

Subject: early Replies: 4
Posted By: gm421 Views: 679
 
thanks guys I guess time will tell,Hey Dominic I been growing my potted trees in 5g swc like yours then they get moved to an 18g swc sort of like bills,I love this method but I find they need to be root pruned after 2 seasons or they come to a halt.But as far as growth is concerned is seems to work the best of all the methods i:e standard pot,air pot,partially buried pot and raised bed although my in grounds are to young to be judged,they still dont grow as good as my swc.At least that is the case for me here in RI and when your collection continues to grow It adds another element and soil types,and material costs and maintenance.Sorry about getting off topic Its just that when ever I see your pics It reminds me of my trees.

Thanks
George































Subject: early Replies: 4
Posted By: gm421 Views: 679
 
Hello,

 Unfortunately this season I had to put my potted fig trees away mid October because I was not going to be around for a three weeks and didn't want to risk them to the roller coaster ride that is New England weather.Half were already leafless and dormant I assume,the other half were mostly brown wood and green leafs with some newer green growth.I guess my question is has any of you container growers ever go thru this and survive with out damage to the tree.The trees are stored in a cold dark unattached garage and have fared well for me the last four years.It has been unusually warm this November with a couple 70 degree days,my trees must be confused, I noticed that the leaves are all drooping as if they are thirsty but soil is moist so I don't want to water them because I would like them to go dormant soon.I would love to hear from you guys and what you think.

Thanks
George


Subject: Fall Availability List posted Replies: 11
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,430
 
Hi Jon,

 Why are there three raspberry lattes listed are the different?

Regards
George


Subject: Getting Cool Replies: 12
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,164
 
Hey Nelson

 I just cracked up laughing after your comment,I feel the same way the more fig trees I require the less figs I eat.

Geo


Subject: The Delayed Effects Of Hurricane Irene. Replies: 4
Posted By: gm421 Views: 586
 
I got a lot of discolored leaves after the storm,I was told by an older gardener that there was a lot of saltwater in the storm,I'm guessing that could be the reason for discoloring.

Subject: Can anybody identify this ? Replies: 23
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,419
 
looks like a 143-36 uc davis fig aka emerald strawberry,just my opinion
Im no expert just a fig head.

Geo


Subject: irene Replies: 2
Posted By: gm421 Views: 452
 
Hello All,

 Hope everyone is safe If your on the east coast.I had to pull up some pots that i have partially buried with roots coming out from the side,the
trees were being whipped around like rope.My question is how much damage have I done to my poor figgies,I felt like the alternative of leaving them would be worse.

Stay Safe
George


Subject: subirrigation containers and figs Replies: 68
Posted By: gm421 Views: 9,267
 
Hello,

 Ive been using difference types of sip systems for a few years and the difference is incredible, the only draw back is that the roots grow so rapidly that any pot 10 gal. or smaller the roots become very root bound after 1 season,but other than that i love It and the figs really respond to this method,every fig tree in a sip has figs on it in my collection.

Geo


Subject: You are probably a "fignut" if........ Replies: 72
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,787
 
   You stare at your non fig trees and think about how you could replace them with a fig tree especially if there hogging up valuable sun space.

Geo


Subject: You are probably a "fignut" if........ Replies: 72
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,787
 
omg,I really am a fig nut!!!

Subject: fig problem Replies: 26
Posted By: gm421 Views: 2,165
 
Hi Bass,

 How did you make out with this issue?

Geo


Subject: brown spots Replies: 16
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,635
 
   Hey Will I did some research in the fig forum and noticed bass posted some picks of figs that match our current situation,so I think the only way we will find out is If he would share his experience with us Ive noticed this forum is a bit clicky at times so I think I'm going to have to just hope this abnormality doesn't effect the fruit and share my results at the end of the season.

good luck
Geo


Subject: brown spots Replies: 16
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,635
 
I guess i'm the only one with this problem

Subject: brown spots Replies: 16
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,635
 
Hello,

 My figs are still 50 days or so till maturity there green and unripe your figs are ripe


Subject: brown spots Replies: 16
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,635
 
Hello All,

  Today I noticed lots of the nickel size fruits on my hc and natalina have lots of brown spots and when i rub them a crystal like residue comes off.It has been warm and muggy here in rhode Island the last few weeks.Is this a disease or human error.There both in 18g sub irrigated pots and they are growing so good except for the fruit.If anyone else has gone thru this please share.

Regards
Geo


Subject: leaf picking Replies: 2
Posted By: gm421 Views: 578
 
Hello All,

 Lately I've been picking any sickly or dried,rusty looking leaves right off.My thinking is why have my trees expanding energy on a dying leaf and instead concentrate on more pressing issues like growth.Am I causing my tree harm by doing so or am I doing the opposite because my tree now has to heel herself.Any reply would be appreciated.

Regards
Geo


Subject: Breba's forming Replies: 17
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,457
 
Hi Nelson,

 How has your spring been?Mine has been lousy so far and almost no breba here in zone 6 ri,Whats the technique?

Geo


Subject: cold and wet Replies: 16
Posted By: gm421 Views: 881
 
Hello,

  Any fig growers experiencing a bad spring weather wise?Its been cold and wet here in RI ,6 straight days of rain.Ive noticed very little growth thus far,hoping things warm up.

Geo


Subject: mold Replies: 1
Posted By: gm421 Views: 528
 
Hello All,

 I unwrapped 3 in ground trees and they were covered with mold and soggy branches.Has this ever hapened to any other member and If so what can I expect,any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards
George


Subject: Raspberry Latte Climate Replies: 41
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,980
 
Thanks all for the input, I look foward to watching my 2 two year olds grow and hopefully eat this delicious looking fig,you guys are all great.

thank you


Subject: Raspberry Latte Climate Replies: 41
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,980
 
Hello,

 Can anyone on the eastern half of the us actually describe the taste and growth of fruit or is this just a new fig,because the pics make my mouth water

Geo


Subject: Best figs at your location Replies: 308
Posted By: gm421 Views: 76,645
 
 I have many that are young and just getting ready to fruit for me,but for the ones that ripen and taste good are:

hardy chicago
la goccia dora from joe morre
tarantella
paradiso also from joe

RI zone 6a


Subject: Many Thanks Replies: 1
Posted By: gm421 Views: 587
 
Hello,

 I want thank you John for this great forum,It has been so helpful and addicting,I usually visit your site daily to hear the latest and different techniques and varieties that make me want grow my young but ever growing collection.This forum keep's me going in the winter here in arr iigh(rhode Island)zone 6.Also the regulars like bass,diesler,and many more with great input.In time I hope contribute as much as you guys with my own experiences.

Regards


Subject: Does anybody use a hoop house? Replies: 33
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,525
 
do you keep your trees in all winter ,dont they need a good dormancy period

Subject: Does anybody use a hoop house? Replies: 33
Posted By: gm421 Views: 3,525
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by snaglpus
Thanks, John.  Here is my greenhouse.  I took this picture last year and there is another pic of the finished product with SOME of my trees inside.  I think adding the concrete pavers on the floor was a great idea.  It holds heat better.  You loose 2 or 3 inches inside when you do that.  I'm 6' 2" tall and I have to duck my head every time I go inside.  Also, I built some more sturdy shelves to hold more trees.  The 3 trier shelves in the photo work great for young cuttings that have been rooted but you only put them on the 2nd or 3rd shelf because you can't give them direct sunlight.

Moreover, I purchased a wireless temperture guage with a remote sensor.  It has an ice alert feature that flashes whenever the temp drop below 32.  I've ran out and plugged in my heater many nights when that temperture gauge told me the temps dropped.  I'll post more pics tonight.  I am happy with my greenhouse investment.  cheers,

Subject: bury me Replies: 6
Posted By: gm421 Views: 762
 
Ive read about people in cooler climates bending over and digging a trench to bury there fig trees ,does any one have a video showing this process?

regards
George


Subject: bury me Replies: 12
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Subject: stuck on slow mo Replies: 3
Posted By: gm421 Views: 568
 
thanks james

Subject: stuck on slow mo Replies: 3
Posted By: gm421 Views: 568
 
Hey All,

 In early spring I transplanted a 3 year potted celeste in the ground,I made sure that I dug up a nice wide hole and filled with good rich soil and compost, I pretty much just pulled the tree out of the container and plopped it in.I probably should have loosened and possibly bare rooted the tree.Reason Im asking is the tree put on good leaves and many quarter sized fruit but very little in the way of new growth,also Its september and we have had an unbelievable warm and sunny summer and the fruits are all still small,hard and green.Is it shock and adjustment or are the roots bound up and preventing real growth.any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
geo


Subject: A word on Pinching Replies: 20
Posted By: gm421 Views: 2,385
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by paully22
In my zone, I am not able to get ripe figs in 70 days. I think Herman once cited it takes more than 90 days. Perhaps Herman can refresh this
point.  Pinching has certainly helped in giving me lots of figs. I also used it as a form of hardening new wood. Certainly, I would be with-holding
the frequency & volume of watering starting mid August.


when you say hold back watering do you mean volume or frequency,does that not stress the fig tree?

Subject: Just picked this fig Replies: 4
Posted By: gm421 Views: 739
 
Hi Bass

 How on earth are you getting such ripe figs so early?are they in a green house Is It there age?Tell me please I beg you.Im in the same zone,very warm spring so far Ive got pretty good growth some brebas but there still not close to being ripe.

Regard
Geo


Subject: Some pics from This weekend Replies: 18
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,636
 
Hi Nelson.

 The trees you have seem to be pretty young maybe 2 years old,Do your trees produce a lot of edible fruit?I have a small harem of fig trees much like your pics along your dads garage Im hoping for better results this year,last years weather was cold and wet a good portion of summer.What time of the year do you harvest?Sorry bout all the questions but pics resemble my figs and It gives me hope.

Thanks
Geo


Subject: Pinching Why? Replies: 22
Posted By: gm421 Views: 1,998
 
Hey All,

 Can anyone post a diagram or pic of pinching a terminal bud just curious because I Havent been pinching,must be why I have alot of unripened figs.

Thanks
Geo


Subject: vista Replies: 8
Posted By: gm421 Views: 852
 
Thanks for the help guys much appreciated.

Geo


Subject: vista Replies: 8
Posted By: gm421 Views: 852
 
Hello,

  Has anyone in growing zone 6 RI or similar growing conditions have any luck with growing a vista or peters honey,and if so what have your experiences with them thus far.Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks all
George


Subject: The mice and the fig Replies: 15
Posted By: gm421 Views: 2,427
 
Hey Bass,

 Ive seen pics where people wrap the bottom third of your tree trunk  with aluminum foil before wraping up for winter.

Regards
Geo


Subject: Pics of my young rooted plants Replies: 11
Posted By: gm421 Views: 933
 
Hey Nelson,

 Got any pics of your mature plants?



Geo


Subject: swc Replies: 3
Posted By: gm421 Views: 534
 
Hello All.

 I've been wondering about self watering containers for figs,Im aware of Bill from new jersey and have seen his set up on this site,but when I see various pics posted and fig tree writings I dont seem to come across to many with swc.Im curious as to wether there are good or bad results regarding this pot method.If anyone else has tried this I would love to hear your experiences.

Thanks all
George


Subject: transplant Replies: 2
Posted By: gm421 Views: 496
 
Hi All,

  I'm thinking about putting a three year old potted fig in ground this year,would now be the the time while said fig is still dormant?Do I need to prepare the soil any differently than a normal planting and also will this delay fruit production because of the transplant?

Regards
George


Subject: moldy cuttings Replies: 5
Posted By: gm421 Views: 794
 
Hello all,

 I am a newer member and love this forum,Its very informative especially to a newbie like myself.I have not posted any questions because the majority of the time If I look around you guys usually answer my question,that being said Im having a problem with mold,I have some rooted cuttings in cups with bottles over them for a green house effect,Ive noticed mold on my cuttings.Im in zone6 RI and leave my cuttings in the front enclosed unheated porch,the temps fluctuate between 50 to 80 degrees on sunny days should I take the bottle off during warm day?Any reply would be greatly appreciated.

Regards
George


 

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