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Subject: Possibly (Eastern Brown Turkey) Replies: 10
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Hey Mario is this the Magnus Fig?


Subject: Your Favorite Tasting Fig Replies: 82
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Hey Dan if you dont mind me asking whats your source for the Bourjosotte Gris? A few members that have grown this fig told me they had high fruit drop and read yours does not.


Subject: Your Favorite Tasting Fig Replies: 82
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I agree with Axier favorite tasting figs will vary from person to person as we all have different taste buds some like it very sweet others rich I like a nice blend of both. I was lucky enough to sample a coll de dama this summer and was lost for words 2 other figs that I absolutely love are Verte & Ventura yet nobody really mentions those 2.


Subject: Last visited within a week who is about Turkey? Replies: 1
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Michal did here are some videos he made while in turkey

http://figtrees.ca/videostr.html

Subject: Fig Root Propagation? Replies: 14
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Thank You Bass, I guess its a 50/50 chance my Pingo de Mel plant that I got from Portugal dried up to the soil like and It sent a sucker up from the roots in about 2 months. Would be nice if these Pied de Bouef roots would do the same but I wont expect much but did want to experiment.


Subject: Fig Root Propagation? Replies: 14
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Has anyone tried and been succesfull at getttin new plants from roots that were pruned off?

I was recently given pruned roots and put a few in cups and today noticed new roots forming. Is it possible they will eventually send up a new shoot?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Nelson

Subject: Seeking Turkish figs Replies: 28
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Thank You Aliok


Subject: Seeking Turkish figs Replies: 28
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Hi Aliok1, I know turkey has something like 270 fig varieties do you happen to know wich varieties don not require pollination?


Subject: Seeking Turkish figs Replies: 28
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Well guys if my cuttings root well I will hopefully share with some of you by this fall. This way I can still share with you guys and keep costs down.


Subject: Seeking Turkish figs Replies: 28
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Sue, patlican cuttings made it to canada no problem one of wich is already showing initials.

Subject: Seeking Turkish figs Replies: 28
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Dennis I do have a couple Unknown figs from Turkey but they are still small and I dont know yet if they are smyrna type figs or not.

I know Beyaz Orak & Siyah Orak dont require caprification. There is also a few San Pedro types that I cant remember the names right now.


Beyaz Orak


Siyah Orak



Subject: Video: Interview with Nelson in Toronto on fig cultivation Replies: 7
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hahahahaha that was funny Martin. Believe it or not I just recently took home my Petite Negri and St. Rita as I had no fig trees at home for a while. Will let you know how that works out lol.


Subject: Video: Interview with Nelson in Toronto on fig cultivation Replies: 7
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Thank you John, thats how it all started but I surely got hit with the fig bug very very quickly and absolutely love growing figs. Its such a fun hobby and to be able to share with other fig enthusiasts and hobbiest is allot of fun fig people are generally the nicest people I have met yet.


Subject: Video: Interview with Nelson in Toronto on fig cultivation Replies: 7
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Hey Nas I did think of it and mentioned to Michal you lived down the street but time was limited so next time I am sure we can get a few people together.

 Its funny though because as you can clearly see I was nervous specially in the biginning ment to say fertility and said fertilization hahahaha. But anyhow that is how I started into fig trees, my Fiance had a miscarriage in 2008 and was having a hard time to handle it so a client of ours told me to get a fig tree as in some cultures it represents fertility so thats exactly what I did in the summer of 2009 bought my first fig tree and 4 weeks later we found out she was 4 weeks pregnant and now we have a beautifull 10 month old baby girl.

Subject: Record low Replies: 15
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Bass when I win the lotto im moving somewhere hot zone 10+ a place were the word frost doesn't even exist.


Subject: Record low Replies: 15
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Bass its 30 farenheit here in toronto Today, but the last two days were bone chilling. Toronto has weird weather in the winter good thing we dont get too many of those -30 celcius days or else I dont think I would make it. Windchill here will bring the temps down 10 degrees or more wish we had mountains north of us lol.


Subject: Michal n Nelson Replies: 1
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Martin I posted the video on the other thread michal started yesterday.


Subject: Video: Interview with Nelson in Toronto on fig cultivation Replies: 7
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Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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hahaha Noss you are absolutely right it was -10 and felt like -27 farenheit with the windchill it was absolutely freezing there is no way of getting used to these temps even after living here for 20 years. You definately have to wear a few layers of clothes. I must say I am happy that I did all the extra work in insulating the garage temps inside garage were 20 farenheit.


Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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-27 farenheit in Toronto right now. Oh I hope those figs in the garage survive.


Subject: Doçe Fig Replies: 14
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Hey Martin lol I knew you were up to something when I seen you posted. Its all good I too am in the same boat as you I can honestly tell you dark types are by far superior in taste for me thus far. Now ofcourse there are quite a few very good white figs but the majority of the dark figs I have are superior.

Martin hope you got room for one more fig.

Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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George I agree with you 100% after the amount of work it was to store 100+ plants I can honestly tell you a 1/4 of them will be finding new homes this fall Quality is more important than quantity for me atleast.


Subject: Doçe Fig Replies: 14
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Paul my St. Anthony is from Edible Landscaping the white version. I hear the dark one is better anyhow so you should be happy that you got the dark version.

George definately similar, and could possibly be the same or a close cousin lol just need more time to confirm.

Subject: Doçe Fig Replies: 14
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Hey Paul, yup definately has crunchy seeds. Again plant is still young hopefully this season I can have a better report on it as I have a few white pulped variants now and will be comparing them.

Doçe, Ficazzana, Lattarula, St. Anthony Marseilles

Subject: Doçe Fig Replies: 14
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Hi Bass yes indeed similar my plant is still imature so in the next couple seasons It will be easier to determine if its a unique variety or just another marseilles type. It is very similar to my Ficazzana both in leaf and pulp colour but the Doçe was a bit sweeter and ripened a month later when temps were cool and had been hit by atleast 2 frosts.


Subject: Qila Saif Fig Replies: 0
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Another I forgot to post pics of, so here it goes not the best pics but atleast you get an Idea this fig ripened indoors inside my office and although it was not as ripe or redish as the first one that ripened outdoors it was still very very good very nice honey flavour and crunchy seeds. Definate Keeper cant wait for summer to get here






Subject: It is winter here Replies: 90
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It is freezing here in Toronto as well man I hate the cold. Ficus Afghanistanica from forestfarm was left outside until Jan.9th pot 3/4 buried brought it home that day and its as dry as a matchstick oh well there goes my Bonsai plan I had for it.


Subject: Doçe Fig Replies: 14
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Forgot to post picture of this one ealier so here it goes. I received cuttings from my cousin in Late february from Madeira Island and rooted very quick by mid april I trasfered from cup to a 6" pot and by late may it went into a 2G pot and brought it from my work to my parents backyard. Now pics of the life of the cutting in its first 6 months.


Here it is in late April


Here it is in August



Ripe Figs October 21st, 2 figs on the right were not fully ripe. Although they ripened late they were extremely sweet.







Subject: How's X'mas & New Yr Wishes Coming Along ? Replies: 5
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Hey Paul sorry to hear about your troubles with CDDN and hope 2011 is your year to root one succesfully.

 I have rooted allot of cuttings and even then I still screw up from time to time by overwatering them all it takes is one time and rott is almost certain.

I am extremely happy with my new additions for the 2011 season and cant wait for summer to start.


Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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71GTO , yes thats exactly it if you root them in late march lets say 4-6 weeks for rooting by mid may you should be able to put them outdoors in the shade well once the last frost has past and dont really have to worry about fungus gnats flying around inside your home.

Try the sticky strips first they will catch all the ones you got flying around only prob is that they more than likely got eggs in the soil so with time you will see them flying around again but sticky strips does keep them in check.


Subject: Jumbo fig Replies: 15
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Bass thats a great looking fig and sounds like its very tasty too good find, was this grown in your greenhouse?


Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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I recently put some sticky strips on three of my pots and could not believe the amount of fungus gnats that were stuck there after one day. Also have not notice any flying around the last couple days im sure there will be more from the eggs in the soil. This is exactly why I never want to root cuttings before late March again.


Subject: Can I save this potted cutting. Replies: 17
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I have rooted cuttings that were misted with a squirt bottle in mid december and have not watered them since. It really does take some trial and error to figure it out I go by weight & condensation on the cups or baggies depending on what is being used If I dont see any condensation on the cups and it feels light I will give it 2-3 squirts with the spray bottle just to be safe. Also if you have your cups in a plastic tub then you need to water it less as the soil will take much longer to dry out.

On another note I recently started using turface instead of perlite and really like the fact that I can tell when to water by the colour of the turface definately an advantage.

Subject: Can I save this potted cutting. Replies: 17
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I definately agree with Jason very rarely can you save a cutting once roots rott. If there is no top growth on the cutting you can usually cut above the rotted roots and sometimes still be able to save that cutting if top growth is visible, if its already had top growth its 99.9% chance its a gonner.


Subject: First cutting rooted and potted up Replies: 6
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Hey Grant that good news, I too do the same thing I use pop bottles the 1L at first as a mini greenhouse and used to have a 5L water bottle that someone here at work stole to use as a funnel to put oil in the trucks lol. Now I make a dome out of clear pastic garbage bags and eventually start poking holes on the bag to get the plant used to less humidity slowly though.


Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
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Hi Tim yes thats exactly it cut the two corners off on the bottom.


Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
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Thanks Grant.

Akram found the dimentions for these baggies. Its 3" x 8" wich is a  2 inch Diameter part # from Uline is S-1331 I have rooted cuttings that were 1" in diameter in these baggies with very good results.

Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
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Hi Martin, believe it or not last season I had more than double rooting around this time but I had to hold off a bit this year as space has reached its maximum capacity long time ago. I will post updates from time to time.


Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
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Hey Nas, Yup I wouldn't doubt it Pro-mix seems to be the best potting soil we can buy here in Canada I was going to get the BK the bark one to see how that worked but they dont carry the small bags at Plant Products in Brampton. Nas you can by anytime, you know where im at.

Akram I dont know the exact dimentions its the same size Jon uses I will check out the Uline catalog and see what the dimentions are. I put cuttings directly into those baggies with pre wet potting mix I dont try to root them in paper tower or spaghnum first and usually within 2-4 weeks you have roots like that ofcouse there are some that root quicker and others that take their sweet time. All of the ones in the pics were started beginning of december.

Dennis good job, I think the next time I buy more baggies I will try to get one size bigger in width and height, but they work really well and really easy to transfer just cut the button and then side then put it in the 1g pot add a little potting mix and pull the plastic out no roots damaged gotta love that.

Mike, I held back a little this year didnt want it to get too out of hand lol.

Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
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Akram so far I have noticed that the Composted Lamb Manure & Pro-mix HP Mixed with Turface has shown the thickest roots compared to the Miracle grow Professional potting soil and Scott's Professional. I first tried 4 cuttings in the 4 different mixes and thats what I have seen so far but all cuttings rooted in all of the mediums.

Hi Bass, I am very excited about the saidnaya figs and have been babying them ,also have the Beirut Haddad and its doing well its in the first picture I posted in the far back left in that greenish pot.

Subject: The Jungle Replies: 17
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Kadota Seedlings


Unknown Seedling


Various Rooted Plants

From Right to Left we have Unknown Seedling,Saidnaya CM-1, Coll de dames Gris, Genovese Nero, Adriatic,Saidnaya S6


Cuttings Rooting in plastic Tub













Plants Transfered in the last week





40+ plants Sleeping for winter


Subject: Fig Bonsai Replies: 29
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Thanks Jason, Next trip to homedepot will check it out.


Subject: Having Some Fun Replies: 38
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Hey Martin how often have you been watering that plant? I have had issues in the past where I have over watered newly rooted cuttings and killed them so now I always second guess myself and try to keep it a bit more on the dryier side but have also noticed that by doing this the cuttings takes longer to really take off. Do you use a moisture meter or anything like that?


Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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Thanks Jon.


Subject: Having Some Fun Replies: 38
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Thanks Martin, I agree the only reason I bought those two bags was because I had no soil and that was on sale really cheap for some bare root plants I had received. I have repotted all those plants since with new soil Pro-Mix but those darn buggers are still flying around  in the office. I will spray a whole can of raid tonight before I leave hopefully that does the trick and dosent kill my little baby plants. 2 Pests I hate is Fungus Gnats & Spyder mites boy are they a pain.


Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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hahaha You just sounded like those commercials. Thanks


Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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Hey Rafed I too seen that for sale on ebay recently seller is from Ontario. Do you buy the aluminum tags Seperatly? Thats very nice


Subject: Happy New Year Replies: 19
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Happy New Year Martin , and Happy New Year to everyone and may the 2011 fig season be a successfull one. Already got 20 new variants potted up for 2011 and the saga continues.


Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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Thanks Rafed really appreciate it.


Subject: Having Some Fun Replies: 38
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Martin looking good I see your up to your old tricks lol. I recently bought two bags of the Miracle grow Professional potting mix and its been a nightmare with the gnats. As soon as I opened the bag I noticed those darn things flying out of the bag. Is this common with miracle grow soil's? Good soil to root cuttings but the gnats is a big turn off.


 

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