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Subject: looking for Wuhan fig cutting(s) Replies: 24
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Marius ,
Check your Private Messages.

Subject: Another downpour Replies: 2
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Andrew ,
It has been heavy rain all night over here in NH as well , so had to harvest the few figs that looked a day short of full ripeness  before they got waterlogged.
Rain appears set in for the day.
Like your quick rain cover and the artistic rain drops on the lens effect of the photo.

Subject: Fig varieties of UCDavis video Replies: 11
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Fantastic , Bass


Subject: Fig video Replies: 13
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Very enjoyable video , Bass.
Thanks ,
Kerry

Subject: My Video Replies: 24
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Nice video Martin.
Thanks a lot for the tour.
Plants look great

Subject: Today's trip to Laconia NH to get some trees. Replies: 6
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Udaman ,
Andrew it was great to see you again , sorry the visit was somewhat short.
Glad you were able to make it over to get the Ronde de Bordeaux and Malta Black. The extra varieties you left with, well I hope it made the long trip more worthwhile.
I thought it was surprising that there were some local folks who stopped by to purchase fig plants while you were there. We took the" figs trees for sale" sign down probably a month ago. Your visit must have drawn them in.
theman7676 , we leave one parking space in the driveway on that side of the house and park one under the the maple trees in front of the house. Luckily there is another driveway and small 4 car parking lot on the other side of the house that is only partially taken up with younger fig plants. I have intentions of freeing up one more parking space in that lot next season.
I believe udaman has a large fig greenhouse in his future over there in Vermont.
Ruben and Dominick , thanks for the generous comments
Kerry

Subject: Question Replies: 6
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For me by far the strongest smelling plant is Atreano.
The least or most pleasant smelling, faint coconut smell , is Ronde de Bordeaux.
Kerry

Subject: Black Bethlehem Replies: 8
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Incorrigible , that's like getting called 3, four letter words all rolled up into one. You must have made him mad beyond just one , four letter word.
Pictures are great , but would you please get those little figs off of there so you can get those others to ripen before Halloween.
Maybe that 12 letter word applies. 
Won't that be something to get a nice Black Madeira in zone 5.
Best,
Kerry

Subject: Black Bethlehem Replies: 8
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Thanks Martin . It is good to get an updated idea of figs that do very well in your area of zone 5.
Kerry

Subject: Black Bethlehem Replies: 8
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Martin ,
Which fig varieties of yours will you always keep and how would you rank them according to your own taste preference as of now ?
Hard question I know , but try.
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: Advice for preparing containers for winter storage?? Replies: 20
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Andrew ,
Once you moved the plants into the tunnel in early April and they budded out after a week  or two , did you have some back up heat source in case the night temps got too cold for them ? Or did you ever have to shuffle them back inside a garage or other building ?
Sounds like you got a great early start.
Kerry

Subject: Fig Orchard -Updated Replies: 48
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Great looking place , Jose. Soil looks good , if it was used for alfalfa it must be good ground.
What is the long term plan ? A u-pick fig orchard or a fig CSA ?
Nice to see the early and later pictures.

Subject: Need an ID Replies: 16
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Jason ,
I think you are remembering Olympian fig variety.
Search on this forum .

Subject: Trade for Longue D'Aout Replies: 2
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Jose ,
I just sent you an email.
Thanks,
Kerry

Subject: Trade for Longue D'Aout Replies: 2
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I have a nice Ronde de Bordeaux air layer ready now that I would like to trade for an air layer or small plant of Longue D'Aout.
If interested please respond by private message.
Thanks,
Kerry

Subject: Some Figs = Purple Finger Tips Replies: 7
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Martin ,
Now you are just showing off , again !
Seriously , they look fantastic. What's for breakfast tomorrow ?
What time should I show up ?
Very jealous in NH ,
Kerry

Subject: Fig Tea Replies: 18
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Dave ,
Hadn't thought about this for a while but,
I had a test 2 years ago that caused my doctor to actually call me at home before I left for a trip. . Cholesterol approaching 300 , triglycerides-yikes !
Blood pressure not good at all. He wanted to put me on medication right away.
Knew I wasn't in good shape , but the call scared me into action. 
My brother who is always in good shape told me to follow what a book called Eat to Live recommended as far as diet. The doctors name is Joel Fuhrman.
My brother gave me his old copy of the book and with that and some exercise I lost 60 lbs from 245 to 185 in probably 6 months , cholesterol is down to 190 maybe less by now , blood pressure better than perfect.
The doctor called me again to tell me the numbers because he didn't believe it was possible that I could do it with no medication.
Have since regained 10 lbs , but sitting at 195 is a whole lot better than where I was. Grateful my brother told me about this book.   

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux Figs Replies: 6
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udaman ,
I'll email you about the RdB and Atreano you want.
Have some other  figs that may interest you.
 Martin ,
I need to pay more attention to what you are doing to get these figs to ripen this early in zone 5.  My RdB are not quite ripe yet , maybe my trees are too young.
Kerry

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux Figs Replies: 6
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Martin ,
They look great.
Does the stem bend more than that when they are fully ripe ?

Subject: My trip to Cajun country Replies: 14
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Good to hear you had a great trip and thanks for the info that New Brandy and LSU Scott's Yellow are the same. I got the New Brandy from JR for my parents in Florida and took a cutting to trial up in NH.


Subject: tacoma viollet pics Replies: 2
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I have a small plant of this and it is loaded with figs, had to thin it quite a bit.
Herman mentioned recently that it fruits young.
I hope mine will look like yours next year.
What is the cut off date you use to keep only fruit that has time to ripen ?

Subject: My trees in Vermont Replies: 12
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Caneyscud,
The Mother Earth News property for demos was half way between Hendersonville and Brevard , NC near Etowah, NC.
Magazine offices were in Hendersonville.
Pisgah National Forest has some great waterfalls and if you were lucky you found Sliding Rock and had a cool dunk in the river.
Love that area of NC.


Subject: My trees in Vermont Replies: 12
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Andrew ,
The pots he uses and that I use are from F&M Tool and Plastic in Leominster ,MA.  Only sell by the pallet from there , I believe.
Bill uses both the Better BarrelZ they sell and what they call their 24" Eco Planter  I use the 24" Planter.
I don't use the top black plastic cover because I like the rainwater getting to the roots and I top water as well as fill the resevoir . The top cover keeps you from washing the fairly heavy top dressing of fertilizer into the rootzone too fast. I'm fertilze mine organically , so it is not a problem .
Bill's system is great and he makes and sells a pot mover that makes it easy to move the big pots around and over bumpy ground.
If I had my choice and had a sunny area besides my driveway I would use a smaller pot planted slightly or placed on the ground where its roots could escape into the garden soil. That is what you are doing already , I think.
Should be another thread started by a member named Duane about sub irrigated pots that I thought was interesting. 

Subject: My trees in Vermont Replies: 12
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Herman2 ,
That is good to know about Atreano. The fruit that is on there is looking nice and big , so I should get to try it. I am not worried about it producing well in the future and this was a cold Spring and early Summer here in NH , not the best for high fig production.
I am really glad udaman's Atreano is setting figs well.

Subject: My trees in Vermont Replies: 12
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Hey Andrew ,
Good to see you posting again.
If I could make a correction , though I wouldn't mind being a garden magazine editor I never have been. My work has always been organic and bio-dynamic vegetable and fruit production. My wife and I worked for Mother Earth News magazine doing a demonstration garden,but left there back in the early 80's. We only helped with articles about that demo garden.
Good to hear about the Atreano doing well. It is interesting about the fruit set , for me the MVSB is loaded with fruit and the Atreanos are very big plants but only a few fruit. Both treated the same and both in" Bill's Figs" type 25 gallon pots.
Saw Ronde de Bordeaux on your cuttings wish list , if your fishing activities ever bring you over to the Laconia,NH area I have a bunch of RdB plants(and others) for sale in 2 gallon pots . Don't want to ship , but I remember your fishing gets you into NH sometimes. If you just want cuttings of RDB, I am happy to send you those in December , just let me know.
Great website .
Best ,
Kerry

Subject: what's the reason for waiting for root initial before moving.. Replies: 41
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Thank you for the offer Jim , but I've located a few nozzles in some old irrigation supplies I have.
I think this will be a Winter project in preparation for next season as it is probably too late to do any mist propagation of cuttings up here in NH.
Very glad to have the info though.
Thanks,
Kerry

Subject: what's the reason for waiting for root initial before moving.. Replies: 41
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Jim ,
Thanks for the info.
I'll see what Rain-Flo irrigation in PA has for mist nozzles or
check with local irrigation supply up here in NH.
I've had very poor luck with summer cuttings so far that is why I want to
look into this possibility.
Kerry

Subject: what's the reason for waiting for root initial before moving.. Replies: 41
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Daygrower ,
I don't recognize that particular mist nozzle. What brand ?
Spacing between nozzles ?
Looks like a great system.
Thanks for posting pics.

Subject: what's the reason for waiting for root initial before moving.. Replies: 41
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Daygrower ,
If you get a chance, it would be great to see pictures of your mist propagation set up as well.

Subject: Free cuttings for the fall Replies: 18
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Marius ,
Are there any varieties you are looking for yourself ?

Subject: coming to Louisiana Replies: 13
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Mario ,
A member of this forum , Jeff LeCompte runs a business called Swampland Reptiles in or near Thibodaux.

Kerry

Subject: my new greenhouse Replies: 30
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Mario ,
Looks like ideal fig habitat. I'm really jealous.

How do you deal with the big temperature swings on sunny days in the Winter ?  Do you heat it for the winter and not let them go dormant ?

Subject: subirrigation containers and figs Replies: 68
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Here is my version (25 gallon pot) of what duane talked about in post # 5 of this thread.
The perforated pipe is 4"
The scaps of burlap may not be necessary.
Drain holes are drilled 3" up on the sides just like my normal Bills Figs containers. (Some pictures of those in use included, if these pics post for me this time)
I built another one a week ago and it seems to function well.

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Subject: For Fla.-LSU Purple and ? Replies: 9
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John , one reason I want to send some others besides the LSU Purple is because of just what you mention , that he will need to be patient as LSU P develops some age and flavor improves.

Barry , Latarolla is sounding like a good choice to send. For me both it and Atreano are very strong growers, hoping the fruit turns out great.

Jim , it is good to hear Hardy Chicago could be a good choice for the weather in Fla. , I wasn't sure how good a producer it might be. Sounds like it is good for you. 

Subject: For Fla.-LSU Purple and ? Replies: 9
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So BLB ,
Latarolla does well in the Philly area ?
I used to live near Valley Forge and the Summers were pretty hot and humid.
Latarolla probably would be a good choice for Florida. I would send all of these to him,but don't want to overwhelm him.

Subject: For Fla.-LSU Purple and ? Replies: 9
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Joe ,
My fig trees are young so this year I expect to be able to taste some of these maybe in September.

Subject: For Fla.-LSU Purple and ? Replies: 9
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Want to send my brother in central Fla. an extra, small plant of LSU Purple that I have and would like to send two others that I have from this list :

Marseilles Black vs
Latarolla (ejp)
Atreano
Sal's gene strain
Hardy Chicago
Large Negronne

Which of these would be best in Florida ?

Thanks for any help .
Kerry

Subject: What happens with current growth from new cuttings as the season ends? Replies: 23
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fignut , just found the thread on Pro-Tekt ph on the GW container gardening forum.
I was using Pro-tekt last year at half the recommended strength. Think I started using it occasionally around mid August last year.

Subject: What happens with current growth from new cuttings as the season ends? Replies: 23
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fignut ,
I remember seeing some info on the GW fig forum last Dec. about adding a little vinegar to the water you mix the Pro-Tekt in. The Pro -tekt is apparently very alkaline. I didn't do this last year when i used it, have you ?
Thanks for telling me about this last year, I think it really helped get my one year old fig plants thru Winter storage with no damage.
Best,
Kerry

Subject: Is anyone allergic? Replies: 25
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saramc ,
Would you have any idea what to do if a bit of fig latex were to get in someone's eye from latex on fingers or some other way ?
Hasn't happened , but I thought you might be someone who would know the medically appropriate reaction to such a situation. I am guessing flushing with lots of water, but what else, if anything ? I am supposing a small amount of latex and someone who isn't highly allergic to latex.
Thanks for any info ,
Kerry

Subject: FMV Free Black Ischia (??) fig Discovered in Louisiana. Replies: 36
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Dan ,
Going back to post #1 , perhaps you should work GPS into the name Black Beauty 10.
It could stand for Goddess of Profound Serendipity.
Congratulations on your find.
Hope you have many more such finds in the future unless you're done looking now.

Subject: Repelling Fungus Gnats With Dryer Sheets Replies: 19
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Looks like they used 2" squares of Bounce dryer sheets.
For the lab experiment I think only the moist planting medium was one of the offerings, not planted yet.
With the article in Greenhouse Product News magazine there is a picture of round pot with a dryer sheet tucked in it , half in and half out of the pot.
Conclusion of article reads :
"Based on the results obtained from our study , it is evident that Bounce original brand fabric softener dryer sheets repel fungus gnats. However, there are still important issues that need to be resolved including the residual effects(based on age of dryer sheets) and distance of effective repellancy, response in a no choice situation, impact on fungus gnat larval populations and ultimately plant damage. As such ,the use of dryer sheets may be an alternative strategy to deal with fungus gnat populations in greenhouses. This may involve placing individual dryer sheets into a designated number of containers with plants which would repel adults and prevent egg laying by females thus reducing larval populations."

Subject: Repelling Fungus Gnats With Dryer Sheets Replies: 19
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Not sure if this has been already mentioned, but I ran across this article with the above title today in a Greenhouse magazine.
Study was done by Cloyd , Marley ,Larson and Arieli at Kansas State U .  and U. of Illinois.
Conclusion was that Bounce dryer sheets did repel them , didn't eliminate , but lowered populations.
Couldn't find a link to the whole study , but a few mentions if you search the title of post or similar

Subject: Yesterdays Wind Replies: 15
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Martin ,
 That's it , now is the time for you to move to Florida.

Subject: Rond De Bourdeaux (in-ground) Replies: 20
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Boy Howdy ,
My RDB in a Bills Fig type subirrigated pot grows like crazy.

Subject: Florea fig,has ripe Breba inground in New Jersey Replies: 27
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Great pictures fignut. Glad to hear of your continued satisfaction with this cultivar.
A nearby friend got a rooted cutting from me last year , stored it above freezing for the Winter,woke it up early in their sunroom and ate breba weeks ago.
Planted outside in 5 gallon pot with side holes ,it now has a maincrop fig at every node with no pinching and they are about the size of  half dollar coins already.
 Makes me jealous everytime I visit. Actually makes me glad that it seems to like it here.
Fignut ,What kind of protection are you planning to give it this Winter ?

Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
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Noss ,
Wetting it is just to keep the dust down for me.
I started sifting thru window screen to get the fines out at first,but it was too much bother.
The Super coarse grade of perlite I get has quite a lot of fines in it. The last 4 large bags I got thru a Greenhouse supply company had more fines than I like to see, but sifting wasn't worth it with the dust exposure involved.

Subject: New Jersey area:Desert King ,close to ripe! Replies: 21
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Herman ,
When you root prune your 5 year old DK next year in late Winter/earlySpring, do you expect to have no breba crop that season ?

Subject: The Man Who Planted Hope... Replies: 1
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The general helpful spirit of this forum reminds me of this story we used to read with our garden apprentices , The Man Who Planted Hope and Grew Happiness by Jean Giono.
I think you can find it through this site :  http://abob.libs.uga.edu/bobk/trees.html

It is worth a read if you haven't seen it before or even if you have.

Thanks to all for each contribution to this forum's far flung fig forest.


Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
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Don't know if anyone has already mentioned this but when using perlite I find there is no dust if you wet it down while still in the bag.
I use a watering can or hose wand with a fine spray and open the perlite bag and spray away. Spray again when you get past the depth that has been moistened.

 

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