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Subject: Preference For Total Sweetness or Good Flavour ? Replies: 15
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I like a rich, complex flavor with moderate sweetness. I can a lot of my figs so some sweetness is important to me. I like to can my Green Ischia in particular. Fresh off the tree it is rich, with a typical 'fig' flavor but something else too that I can't quite identify---my husband brought home several kinds of dates from Dateland, AZ a few years ago and to me, the Green Ischia has a hint of date flavor to it. Or at least that's the nearest thing I can liken it to.  Canned, the Green Ischia doesn't seem to lose any of that complex flavor, and if anything it is slightly enhanced by the tsp. of lemon juice I put in each pint jar. They don't taste exactly like fresh ones, but they have a wonderful flavor anyway. Also, the figs don't disintegrate in the jars and I can open a jar during the winter and enjoy something I've preserved. Besides, the cost of canned figs at the grocery store is insane.

So far, the most flavorless fig I have in my little collection has been Kadota.  

Subject: chicken proof and fade proof tags Replies: 21
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Those are some seriously good looking birds. I'd never heard of copper Marans, just the plain old Marans or Coo Coo Marans. They're just beautiful.

I keep a mixed flock and some bantam Silkies. I've found that I don't have plum curculio in my stone fruit anymore, I am guessing because the birds have the run of the yard all fall and winter and up until I plant seedlings in the spring. All the scratching and bug-eating has ostensibly eliminated the curculio.

I have some of the plain copper tags hanging on my roses and a couple of fig trees, and I really need to get more to tag the rest of my trees. Right now I either have the variety names written on the inside and outside of the rim of the pots with a black china marker or grease pencil, and then I made long tags out of old vinyl window blind slats and wrote the varieties on them and poked them down in the pots. Not too smart, I know. I already have two good sized potted trees that are now 'unknown'....

My birds have never bothered my figs, I don't think they know they're edible??

Subject: What did you Order or will Order Replies: 38
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Gorgi, thank you so much for the link, I am just amazed!  I spent most of the afternoon and evening going over the list and researching what I could. I didn't get my chores done I had intended to (:^(  but I did submit a list of cuttings I'd like to try--- Hollier, Red Italian, Violette de Bordeaux, and Fico Preta. I have so many of the lighter skinned figs I really wanted some red or dark skinned varieties. So many figs, so little time or space....

Thanks again for the link, and thanks, Jon, for putting so much work into it. It's a wonderful resource.



Subject: What did you Order or will Order Replies: 38
Posted By: GoodDaughter Views: 1,961
 

I don't know what list y'all are talking about, but I ordered two new ones for my little collection from Almost Eden in Louisiana--- "Champange', 'LSU Tiger', and another 'Banana' to go in the ground. It will be interesting to see how these LSU releases do for me. Supposed to ship this coming Monday, and I'm excited to have something new.


Subject: The future of our figs collections Replies: 15
Posted By: GoodDaughter Views: 1,559
 
This is a very thoughtful topic. I'd like to add a bit to it, if I may.

My collection of figs is not vast like some of y'all have, but for many years I have been collecting unusual varieties when I come across them and can afford them. I have some trees that are huge. My Green Ischia is probably 15' tall and at least 20' wide, for example. If something happened to me, I know that my husband wouldn't want to care for all my figs (the ones in the ground and potted) and I wouldn't want him to feel like he had to. I would want him to enjoy his own hobbies. At the same time, I'd like to think someone, somewhere, would want some of my trees and would properly care for them. 

Something else I have thought about many times is the fact that there are some very large, old fig trees around, and when I see one on an abandoned property I think that someone, probably decades ago, planted it and enjoyed it's fruit. Makes me hope that when I'm gone, maybe whoever ends up with this property will get a lot of pleasure from my trees.

Subject: Really enjoying this forum Replies: 2
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I've only made a few posts but I come here every evening and have really enjoyed reading all the posts, discussions, seeing all the neat photos of figs, orchards, everyone's rooted cuttings and techniques. This is a wonderful resource. I can't think of anything to ask or to add, just observing.


Subject: Variety name--has anyone heard of this? Replies: 4
Posted By: GoodDaughter Views: 615
 
I got this at a nursery in the north Houston/Spring TX area called "The Arbor Gate".  I tried asking where they bought the figs from and they were not able to help me, which is why I thought I might ask here.

I guess time will tell.

Subject: Variety name--has anyone heard of this? Replies: 4
Posted By: GoodDaughter Views: 615
 
Last year I bought a small fig tree in a 1 gal. pot and it had "Fig, Purple Passion" on the label.  I have no idea what the ripe fruit looks like as it hasn't matured any fruit yet, but it had two hard, green figs about the size of golf balls still hanging on it when we had a hard freeze about a month ago, at which time they fell off.

Just a long shot--anyone ever hear of this name as a synonym for another variety?  I didn't spend much on it so if I already have it, it's no big loss.

I'm afraid right now I wouldn't be much help because I can't even recall what the leaves were shaped like. I stuck it in the fig ghetto and promptly forgot about it until the other day.

Like I said, just a long shot question.... Thanks!

Subject: New member, question please about freezing temps/cuttings Replies: 5
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Temps that cold are normally not an issue here either; at least they haven'et been for several years now. The heat lamp and tarp/tent weren't enough, I think. I checked on them and looked more closely, and I can already tell some are ruined. The bud at the top of the dormant cuttings are already that frozen brown color common after hard freezes, and the cuttings themselves have a slightly ridged, shriveled look to them.  Sigh. At least I can try again. I have several large trees.

I think I will just go ahead and take more to be on the safe side. The cups are already filled with soil so all I will have to do is take cuttings, trim, put hormone on and stick them in the soil. I guess if it gets that cold again, I'll just pack them all into the house and sit them around everywhere, ugh.

We have had really good luck selling them at swap meets and other 'junk' venues and I wanted to have more to sell.

My mother trees, as I call them, are Green Ischia, Black Misison, Kadota, Celeste, Magnolia, Marseille, Hardy Chicago, Fanick's Blue Giant, Red Gold, Banana, and several other varieties in large and medium pots. I'm a fig addict....


Subject: New member, question please about freezing temps/cuttings Replies: 5
Posted By: GoodDaughter Views: 683
 
Hello to everyone. I am so glad I found this forum! I used to post on the fig forum at GardenWeb, but my old computer/dial-up made going there so tedious and time consuming that I gave it up. Very happy I found this forum.

I have been collecting and propagating figs for nearly 20 years, but I just came across a problem I've never had before. We live in east Texas and I had just taken my dormant season cuttings mid-December as I always do. MANY flats of them.  They are outside on shelves against the side of my detatched garage. The past few nights temperatures have been as low as 18 degrees, and did not break freezing during the day for two days. I put a large tarp over the side of the garage to make a sort of tent and placed a heat lamp underneath (but not close to any plants--didn't want to cook them).  Cuttings are in 20 oz. styrofoam cups, in flats of about 15.

Never had temps this low and had cuttings left outdoors. No space in the greenhouse due to a large potted citrus collection inhabiting that space, and no spare heat lamps due to the poultry collection which required all I had. 

I figured that if nothing else, I still have time to take more dormant wood cuttings from the mother trees.

Now my question-- anyone know what the chances are that my cuttings are ruined, frozen? How can I tell? So far they still look ok... firm, green bud at top still seems ok. Anyone have experience with this problem? Should I take no chances and go ahead and pull them all up and start over regardless?

Thanks in advance for any and all help. I appreciate it very much.

 

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