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Subject: Some not so good pictures Replies: 65
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 3,030
 
Just beautiful trees !
Who makes the best pots you have found to use ?
I can't imagine the work of root pruning just one tree with a root ball that large.

Subject: smallest pot for fig bearing trees?? Replies: 7
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,050
 
Bob ,
I do use 5 gallon sub irrigated buckets like the global buckets that Dominick has posted about in the past.
At three seasons of growing figs in these I don't feel I really have enough experience to know how they will do long term , but space considerations force me to do the best I can with this size at least for the ones under trial.
Once a variety has proven to produce high quality figs in the 5 gallon buckets , I choose which ones to move up to the 25 gallon sub-irrigated versions I've made along the lines of Bills Figs information found in one of the links on this site. For instance Black Bethlehem produced around 2 dozen really especially excellent figs in the 5 gallon buckets at only 2 years old and has earned  its place in the larger pot probably displacing a duplicate of another variety.
Space wise where we live now I won't have room for more than 20 of the 25 gallon sub irrigated pots and the other 40 varieties will have to make do with the 5 gallon size getting root pruned every 2 years and with the expectation of about 3 or 4 dozen figs per plant once they are over 5 to 6 years old.
All of my gardening is done with a long time organic bent , but if someone uses more conventional approach I think the fig production could be somewhat higher.
The sub irrigated buckets work well since I mostly have sun where the driveway is , but given a choice of a sunny garden spot I would go more with the 5 to 10 gallon container with side holes that gets planted in the garden every season once the soil warms up , or with more in ground plants , protected for the Winter .
Others with more experience would have a better idea of eventual yield.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: I am sorry to everyone I offended Replies: 60
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,645
 
Very glad you are back Dominick.
It was a bummer to think you were gone for good.

Kerry

Subject: Tacoma Violet Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 959
 
I am with Dennis on this one .
It has done very well here in NH.
To me it is like you took an excellent rich Hardy Chicago and added more complex flavor notes that moved into greatness.

Subject: labeling your Figs Replies: 29
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,243
 
Great looking plants and labels Dan .
I like the black aluminium mini blinds idea.

Subject: For the winter growers, let's talk Spring for a moment... Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 772
 
Frank ,
I have found I need to protect them from the wind as well , especially for the first week or so of partial sun exposure.
Setting up or taking advantage of a natural wind break is important.

Subject: Pruning methods for figs with breba crops Replies: 11
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,325
 
Harvey ,
This was written by geofiz ,  hpi_figs.pdf  , and helps me remember how to prune my Desert King here in NH.
Short section on pruning for breba is on page 15 and 16. 

Subject: What's your favorite 2012 yellow skinned fig? Replies: 36
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,100
 
Only had a few this season on a young plant , but Hollier was excellent.

Subject: Moon mandating pruning time? Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 793
 
I have been using the Stella Natura calendar for many years. http://www.stellanatura.com/index.html
The most interesting and easiest to use of any I have seen.
Picture shows how it is set up.

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Subject: Back from the brink Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 740
 
Mike ,
Sorry to hear you were ill , but glad to know you are now on the mend.
Best wishes for a strong recovery,
Kerry

Subject: Wintering figs in rootceller Replies: 8
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 582
 
Rex ,
The barn basement where I store my figs is also very humid and it hasn't been a problem.
Maybe look into putting in a vent next year.

Subject: MARSEILLES VS BLACK question Replies: 4
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,263
 
It has been very good for me and I would choose it over Sal's EL in terms of overall flavor.

Subject: Lost my fig loving dad last night Replies: 67
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,257
 
Very sorry to hear this Ed.
When you first posted about you and your dad eating 80 figs while relaxing together watching the ships sail out , I thought it was the greatest picture of just hanging out with ones father.
Kerry

Subject: Danny's Delight Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,964
 
Bob ,
How would you compare it overall to your Hardy Hartford ?

Subject: Thanksgiving Figs Replies: 3
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 523
 
I really enjoyed my Malta Blacks this year.
Glad you were able to get your greenhouse built and enjoy these figs on Thanksgiving.

Subject: storing cuttings in fridge till March Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,235
 
Leon , 
What kind of wax do you use and how do you apply it ?
Thanks.

Subject: storing cuttings in fridge till March Replies: 25
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,235
 
I have had very good luck storing cuttings using Axier's approach in post #4 of this thread :
http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/Storing-Cuttings-3295179

Subject: Cheating the season- Atreano in NH Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 700
 
Got a chance to get a picture of the inside of these Atreano before they were gobbled up.

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Subject: Cheating the season- Atreano in NH Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 700
 
Jo-Ann ,
I brought this one from home, they did it as a favor to me and as a point of interest for customers who were not ready to let go of the Summer yet. They sold varieties that I propagated  and we offered Ronde de Bordeaux , Sal's GS ,
Marseilles Black vs , JH Adriatic and a couple of others I can't recall. We didn't sell too many , but are getting folks here used to the idea that they can grow well here with a bit of care. I let this one set too much fruit too late to ripen in the regular season, but it worked out well for a short term GH display and we got some fig tree customers once they tasted the fruit.
We're also training a JH Adriatic up one of the main GH supports and will pinch it well above table height and let it grow a couple of arms or more to follow the bracing in the GH. Again for ornamental display ,for something different, to boost fig sales and the fruit is light colored so not as many people will know when it is ripe and be tempted to pick without us offering it to them. I would have used RDB , but all those plants sold.
That one wasn't for sale and is due for a serious root pruning and haircut. I've got 2 of these Atreano this size , but a customer would have had to offer me $300. to pry this out of my hands, it is that good, and no one was going to do that.

Subject: Cheating the season- Atreano in NH Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 700
 
Jo-Ann,
I got the cutting that started this Atreano from Herman , so it is whatever he has.

Subject: Cheating the season- Atreano in NH Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 700
 
The folks at the garden center/farm supply where I work part time were kind enough to let me put this three year old Atreano bush in the greenhouse.
When it went in the greenhouse it had 50 to 60 figs just coming out of the stagnant stage and beginning to ripen. We are down to the last few now and they have been better than I could imagine. I thought I was eating JH Adriatic when we allowed them to fully ripen, that is skin showing cracks and wrinkles. No pictures of the insides because we couldn't keep them out of our mouths long enough.

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Subject: Some of my Babies Replies: 32
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,370
 
Mike ,
It looks great. You can see those cuttings are in good hands. Nice light set up , a similar thing has worked well for me to get a jump on the cuttings season.
Great find on the perlite , most of what I find now, even what is labeled as super coarse, needs sifting to get something close to what you have there right out of the bag.
For my cuttings , I've ended up using 80/20 - perlite/potting mix . If I had better quality perlite , I'm sure the 50/50 would work just as well.
You need a fig farm now for all those plants. Maybe: "Uga's fig fields"

Subject: Money Saving Idea (video) Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 819
 
Eden , thanks for posting this.
I have been using them for a few years and they work well.
For marking the figs I use long ones and write the name with a Sharpie or paint stick above and below the soil line on the marker.
If the above ground name fades the one below the soil remains readable on the tag .

Subject: A great collection has been wiped out. Let's pitch in and restore what we can. Replies: 32
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,629
 
I hadn't heard this about ejp's collection.
This is an ideal purpose for this forum, to me, to do what we can to restore in some way what was lost.
Whenever Ed is ready I'm in , to do what I can.
Thanks for bringing this up Bob.

Subject: Col de Dame cuttings -Blanc and Gris Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,021
 
Paully ,
The place in Florida where I got the cuttings for Grise and Blanc doesn't share these figs with me, just cuttings. So I haven't tried them.
I grow the CddN here in NH , but took off fruit so the plant could focus energy on growth.
It is only 2 years old,but about 5 foot tall upright bush and needs a root pruning this Winter.
The Maltese Falcon mother plant had the fruit knocked off when strong winds blew the neighboring plant blew into it.
I was looking forward to it because a member who has it described it as a 20 on a scale of 1-10 and she is not prone to exaggeration.
The Ronde de Bordeaux I love because it is not only early ripening and great tasting , but it is one of the nicest looking figs trees I have.
Landscapers I know are almost always drawn to it first when they look at the figs I have.
As an aside one of the best figs I tried this season that was new to me was  Bethlehem Black. 

Subject: Col de Dame cuttings -Blanc and Gris Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,021
 
Well I goofed up in filling in the shipping section for the cuttings listings. Meant to put in a flat rate ,but ended up with a variable charge depending on zip code. Thanks for the zip tip Peter.
Can't be changed now so I revised the listing with a note that the shipping charge for all cuttings is $6. The cost of a flat rate bubble mailer and delivery confirmation.
Not an ebay problem , a drivewayfarmer problem !
Hope to use the right form that can be edited next time.

Subject: Col de Dame cuttings -Blanc and Gris Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,021
 
Thanks for letting me know Gina.
There are hopefully 5 listings :
2 for CDD Gris cuttings
1 for CDD Blanc cuttings
1 for CDD Noir cuttings
1 for Maltese Falcon airlayer
All the cuttings were listed at $5.30 or $6.00 to ship
The Maltese Falcon airlayer was listed at $11 or $12 to ship.
Can't figure out where the $40.55 came from and
the weirdest thing to me is that it shows as $5.30 when I look up the listing.

Subject: Col de Dame cuttings -Blanc and Gris Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,021
 
Had a very odd thing happen to my listing today for the second couple of Col de Dame Gris cuttings.
I put down the shipping cost as $5.30 , but a buyer wrote to ask why the shipping was so high. They were seeing $40.55 shipping on their end.
I called ebay and they were seeing $36.06 shipping.
Every time I look at it it shows as $5.30 shipping.
Apparently happening on only one of my listings , but it is happening other places on ebay.
Anyway the real shipping price is $5.30 , hope that is the way it shows up soon.

Has this been an issue for others ?

Subject: Col de Dame cuttings -Blanc and Gris Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,021
 
Thanks very much for all the good wishes.

I just added the Maltese Falcon airlayer that I posted about earlier this season to my listings before I change my mind and keep it.

Subject: Col de Dame cuttings -Blanc and Gris Replies: 24
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,021
 
I'm making my first attempt at ebay selling to help defray some of the cost of my fig habit.
Started with listing cuttings of Col de Dame Blanc and Col de Dame Gris today , a few other things to follow once I get used to how it goes.
Just wanted to mention here that they are the real thing .
I gave away a large number of cuttings of these two varieties last year. Thought I would give ebay a try with this small batch.

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Subject: O'Rourke, Improved Celeste, WHATEVER! Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 2,937
 
Mazway ,
For me up in cool NH the O'Rouke has been much more productive and better tasting than Improved Celeste.
For me O'Rourke ranked 9 out of 10 in taste
Improved Celeste ranked 7.5 out of 10

Subject: Who's tried King or Desert King in the South? Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,453
 
Dennis ,
If it keeps more than 75 breba , I'll be down for a visit when they are ripe !

Subject: Who's tried King or Desert King in the South? Replies: 16
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,453
 
The article written by geofiz :Figs in the Pacific Northwest ,  has a few lines on pruning for breba crop which has helped me with pruning my Desert King. I think this will get you there :  hpi_figs.pdf
Dennis , my understanding was that you will have more breba survive if you keep it from going much below 35-37 F. I don't really know. Wonder if it would be worth protecting one of your DK trees to see if it makes any difference in next years fruit set ?
Don't you just love people who suggest you do more work moving plants !

Subject: Herman? Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,000
 
Glad to hear you came through ok Vasile.

Subject: Ways to Ship Cuttings Replies: 18
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 955
 
Best way I have found to ship dormant cuttings is simply wrapped in saran wrap and shipped in a flat rate small box or padded envelope for $5.90 , shipping plus delivery confirmation.
Axier was the first person I saw suggest the saran wrap method. No wet paper towel needed. Cutting hold in perfect condition.

Subject: Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,172
 
I can feel that football heading straight for my head !

Subject: Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,172
 
Suzi ,
No need to use such a big gun especially a systemic.
Trapping to see if you have them first then the lowest impact choice you can make ,otherwise we breed resistance faster and cause bigger problems.

Subject: Spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,172
 
It is already here on the East Coast. Has been identified in NH and I am pretty sure in all of New England.
The state entomologist told me figs are one of its favorites. Even so I've seen no evidence this season so far. Blueberry and peach growers reported problems.
Generally it is thought that earlier maturing crops will be less affected since the population takes time to build up. I think I will be emphasizing early maturing varieties even more in the future, like RDB ,Florea ,Malta Black,MBVS etc.. 

Subject: Winter Protection Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 789
 
Chivas ,
Consider what you will do if you get so much snow that it requires you to remove some from the sides so that the load on top of the plastic doesn't collapse the bows. The plastic won't fail ,the bows will with too much heavy wet snow.
If you can run a snowthrower or plow along the side of the tunnel it will allow the snow on top to have a place to slide off.
The top surface needs to be plastic or something slick so the snow will easily slide of or can be pulled off. 

Subject: Marking fig trees Replies: 12
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,332
 
Walmart here usually carries one version called Painters , made by Elmers of glue fame.
I find the fine line version more useful than the medium tip and white marks the best for me rahter than another color.

That is one marker that works , I am sure there are others.

Subject: Ronde de Bourdeaux Replies: 17
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,287
 
Ate some HC today as well and they were top notch even ripening in cool wet weather.
More zone 5 love for HC.

Subject: First Year Cutting Success Using Self Watering Containers (SWC) Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,080
 
Luke ,
Mine have been in these 5 gallon sips for 3 years with no root pruning.
I think they would have done better if root pruned every 2 years unless they are slow growers.  Almost nothing grows slow in a SIP.
I did root prune some at 2 years that were being moved from Sips to 5 gallon pots with side holes for sale. They were very easy to root prune at that size.
Never noticed salt build up in the sips , but I tend not to fertilize as much as I should and allow more overflow of the resevoir when I water probably because of slow reaction time in shutting off the hose.
Pasquale , production has varied . I have some 3 year olds that haven't fruited yet and some that produced 2 to 3 dozen figs this season and some in between.

Subject: First Year Cutting Success Using Self Watering Containers (SWC) Replies: 9
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,080
 
I didn't see this when you first posted it.
They look fantastic.
The main problem I've encountered this season is the trees in these 5 gallon sips have gotten so big that I have some problem with them blowing over.
When I root pune this Winter , I'll also prune the tops back very hard and make plans to stake them down somehow next season.

Great looking group of plants there.

Subject: Leaf Peeper fig herd thinning Replies: 10
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,061
 
I don't have time to ship right now , partly because work has picked up and partly because I am so slow at packing and shipping plants.
I may ship some small ones if I can find the time once they are dormant , but don't know if that will happen right now.
Got to give lots of credit to those who ship alot and are set up to do it well , like Jon , Vasile , Bass and others.
Just posted because Fall foliage season here draws so many people I thought there may be some fig types among them. Not in a rush to get rid of these , but it would be a few less to store for the winter.
Figfinatic , Some of these 5 gallon will be root pruned and moved to 25 gallon pots. The rest will be root pruned and returned to the same 5 gallon pots with new potting mix with the expectation that they will yield less , but well for their size. Root pruning a 5 gallon rootball is very easy compared to my 25 gallon pots.

Subject: Maltese Falcon airlayer Replies: 23
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,678
 
figs4me ,
Just to clarify ,the offer I made for paying shipping was for returning it now or when dormant, as I know the size and shipping cost of the plant I sent you.
I can't offer to pay shipping for the size of plant I expect it to be after a year of growth as it is a very fast grower.

Subject: Tacoma Violet Replies: 41
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 4,532
 
Takoma Violet is one of my favorites up here in NH.
There is something slightly addictive in its flavor and I find myself checking for ripe figs on this one more than most of my other varieties.
Good production too.

Subject: Maltese Falcon airlayer Replies: 23
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,678
 
Dennis ,
Sorry I forgot to answer your question.
I got the pot when I bought a couple of plants from Gene Hosey a few years ago.
I think this is the supplier ,
 
http://www.stuewe.com

Subject: Maltese Falcon airlayer Replies: 23
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,678
 
figs4me , yes it has FMV, but I've never gotten any fig plant that doesn't show some evidence of it in all of my 50 varieties .
To me it has never shown itself to effect the growth so much that I even think much about it now, even though when I started out 3 years ago I was concerned.
If you continue to worry about the Ronde de Bordeaux I sold you , I will be happy to refund your money if you send it back to me and I'll pay the shipping.
I believe you will be as happy with it as I am with mine if you keep it ,but if you are trying to have a FMV free collection , please feel free to send it back for a full refund. Don't want the RDB to be a worry for you.
I ate a few more that ripened today and even in our cool weather the taste is always fantastic. I'm guessing the M. Falcon will turn out to be even better.

Subject: Maltese Falcon airlayer Replies: 23
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,678
 
Chris ,
Mine is only 2 years old and I haven't had fruit yet.
The person who introduced it to the US has found it to be a large high quality dark fig that ripens well in the north.
From a forum member who has fruited it and many other varieties in the north and who is not prone to exageration , it was given on a scale of 1-10 a score of 20.
It is a good question Chris.
Perhaps others who have tasted it will chime in.
Mine did set fruit but it was knocked off when a storm blew another fig plant into the M. Falcon.

Subject: Maltese Falcon airlayer Replies: 23
Posted By: drivewayfarmer Views: 1,678
 
I recently took off this second airlayer from my Maltese Falcon.
First is reserved for a good fig friend , but maybe I should offer this one on ebay ?
Not sure what it might bring.
This was started somewhat late in the season , so it was nice to see the great roots that formed. M Falcon is a strong grower.

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