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Subject: Weather in your neck of the woods? Replies: 18
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Lots of rain the past few weeks. Temps are now nice and warm---around 80 the past few days and in the upper 60's overnight. No cool weather forecast so I'm planting veggies this week.  The mosquitos are swarming though.

Subject: I have a sickness and my wife wants to commit me Replies: 28
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Looks like it's time to build a habitorium.

Subject: Solar-assisted wireless thermometer for $9.99 Replies: 5
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I could tape one to my little dog and let her run around outside, then I'd know how cold it was.

Subject: ficus sycomorus cuttings? Replies: 25
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Wish I knew someone in California who lived near that park. I'd pay them to swipe a few ripe fruit for me. I'd love to try growing some from seed.

I have one in a pot, bought it from someone here, I thought it was Bass but it's been so very long ago I don't even remember who it was. It's a lovely plant about 5' tall. I know it won't ever fruit but I just had to have one.

Subject: Keeping fig records -what to keep? Replies: 25
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My collection isn't as large as some of y'alls. If it was I might use a spreadsheet.  As it is, I prefer an old fashioned ledger book, 15 column. I do take photos and have them in my computer and on disc. I've thought about cropping and labeling photos in Paintshop Pro and saving them on a disc and printing them at Wal Mart so I'd have photos. 

Keeping a database on a computer is fun, but there is something I like about the tangible feel of writing, using paper. Guess I'm old fashioned (outdated) about some things.

I also keep my household budget and accounts in a ledger book, too. Y'all can go ahead and laugh, I don't mind.

Subject: Fig 4 Fun fig cuttings Replies: 95
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I hope no one is *truly* unhappy? That wouldn't be very nice.

Subject: Action in the South, Spring is here. Replies: 15
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Some of my fig trees here are breaking bud, but not all.  Peaches have blooms that are big and fat and I wouldn't be surprised if they opened in the next week. The two bare root, low chill cherry trees I ordered and potted up have buds swelling and turning green, maybe open in the next week or so. Citrus are all loaded with blossoms about to open.

It was only 50 here today, supposed to be mid 30's tonight, I'm about 30 miles north of Houston. Don't know about more freezes, but we'll likely get another frost at least. I'll be festooning the porch and yard with blankets and sleeping bags and Christmas tree lights if we do.

Subject: Help. What to do. Big dog loves figs. Replies: 20
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I had a large retriever and he loved figs. He would eat the ones on the lower branches, he couldn't climb up in the trees so didn't eat the higher ones. He never chewed the leaves, just sniffed and licked the figs. He could tell which ones were ripe and which weren't.

I've had friends tell me their dogs climb up into the trees. I guess about the only thing would be to try to fence off the trees somehow so your dog can't get to them, unless he can climb or tear down the barrier. I have a chihuahua and a shihtzu, and they both love figs.

Subject: The VDB in winter Replies: 6
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WOW! That's amazing! So many figs on such a little plant! 

Subject: Why do you like figs? Replies: 26
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It's a bit funny to me about figs being 'ethnic'.  Some have spoken about their memories of figs from Europe or the middle east, but to me they are a Southern delicacy, and usually enjoyed by folks of the... how to phrase this... middle and lower socio-economic rungs of the ladder? You know, country folks. Even today, if you are out in what's left of the countryside in the south, you often see huge, old, gnarly fig trees where someone decades ago planted one for their home place. I know of a specimen in Palo Pinto county that's larger than the building it's next to. I've seen them growing in Louisiana and Mississippi that were next to abandoned, fallen-down houses covered in vines. And of course there was the orchard that once existed south of Houston decades ago that made chocolate covered Fignolias.

So for me, they're a part of Southern American history as well as being ethnic in other ways. But maybe rednecks are an ethnicity too?!! {;^P

Subject: Guess Who Is Waking Up Replies: 9
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Yeah, they're just what they are. I know they bother some people's figs, but here, they don't. No one believes me. I don't know of there is too much other stuff for them to eat in the woods around my property or what, but they don't bother my figs. I have a little dog that patrols the yard and maybe that helps, I don't know. He loves eating ripe figs.

Subject: Guess Who Is Waking Up Replies: 9
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We had wind here that was just crazy. Blew a squirrel out of the tree. The poor thing hit the ground and I thought it was dead, but it was just stunned. It lay there for a minute, then came to it's senses, jumped up, and ran back up the tree it had just fallen out of.

I was doing some stuff outside today and noticed that some of the Fig Residents in the pot ghetto were breaking bud. I didn't take time to see who, but that bright green was pretty noticable. If we get freezing temps I may have to blanket the ghetto with old quilts and sleeping bags, maybe throw some Christmas tree lights under there. I don't pass up an old sleeping bag at junk shops for this very reason.

Subject: Why do you like figs? Replies: 26
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My story isn't as interesting as yours, but here goes.... When I was little, we lived in a couple of old rent houses in old neighborhoods in and around Houston. These neighborhoods probably dated from the turn of the last century and a lot of the trees and other vegetation was quite mature. In so many of the old neighborhoods, fig trees were very common (not so much anymore though).  We briefly lived in one very creepy house that had a back yard that was mostly a swamp. It wasn't usable at all except for right around the porch. But there was a massive fig tree that took up most of the back yard, and I don't know how it survived in soil so waterlogged. I don't remember the color of the figs because I was probably 5 or 6 at the time, but I recall wading through the mud and water to climb the tree and eat figs. I don't even remember how I knew at the time they were edible, but I remember just stuffing myself with ripe figs and feeding them to our little dog. 

Several years later we lived in another house in a really old neighborhood, and between our house and the neighbors house was another massive fig tree. This one was growing right outside my bedroom window. I still remember having the window up at night when the weather was nice and smelling the characteristic cat pee smell of the fig leaves. That fig was a large green one with red pulp, probably something like Green Ischia, but as I was only about 10 at the time I have no way of knowing what variety it was. There was another large fig tree in the back yard and it was a different variety, probaby something like Celeste.

I thought it was so neat to be able to just pick fruit off a tree and eat it, no bugs, no problems, and that the trees put on so much fruit. Of course the taste was like you describe--something new and different and wonderful. When I moved to this place in the early 80s, the first things I planted were figs. Mislabeled of course. Later found to be Green Ischia, Magnolia, and Black Misison. I don't know why I became so interested in collecting different varieties. People collect all sorts of different things, and I guess figs are my thing.

Subject: Ordering from Encanto farms Replies: 1
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I think that with some varieties, there may only be 2 or 3 cuttings total available. Maybe that's why.

FWIW, I've not had good luck with UC Davis the past three years. I send in my request well before the deadline and either never receive an email from them or I do get an email but no cuttings. It's hard for folks like me to get a couple of new varieties here and there when you don't have big bucks for cuttings or to buy plants from nurseries. So it goes...

Subject: Hardy New York, can anyone tell me anything about it? Replies: 11
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The little trees are still too small to put on much fruit, and with last summer's drought not much of anything fruited so I don't know what the fruit was like. And to be honest I didn't think to pay attention to the leaf shape while they were growing.  Overall, they seem to be as healthy and grow as well as many other trees--not overly vigorous but not slow either.

Subject: Hardy New York, can anyone tell me anything about it? Replies: 11
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It's not a very good extension office. I once took my canner lid with pressure guage in to have it tested like we always read about doing, and I ended up having to do the test myself and educate the two ladie there on how to do it. Pretty pathetic.

Subject: Another question--Red Italian and Red Sicilian, the same or different? Replies: 1
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Tired of tearing my hair out to find information.

Are Red Italian/Italian Red and Red Sicilian/Sicilian Red the same fig or not?

I have Italian Red but if Red Sicilian is different, I'd like to get some from a member who's posting some on Ebay.


Subject: Hardy New York, can anyone tell me anything about it? Replies: 11
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I obtained several cuttings of a fig grown at the local Ag Extension trial gardens a couple of years ago and rooted them. The tree at the trial garden was quite large but dormant at the time, and no one could tell me what the fruit or leaves were like.  The tree has been in their trial garden for at least 15 years that I personally know of, and unfortunatly I never seem to go there when it's fruiting.

Does anyone know anything about Hardy New York or if it has synonyms. I can't find anything about it online.

Subject: Fig trees in my nieghbourhood!!!! Replies: 14
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I'm always too chicken to stop and knock on the door to ask people about their figs.

Subject: New USDA cold hardiness zones Replies: 42
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"These are based on Average extreme minimum temperature from 1976-2005"
I guess I don't like risking my figs and other tropicals on averages. One night of below average temps can mean the demise of valued plant material. My carob tree didn't survive just a couple degrees too cold. Pity, as it was a very nice tree. 

Subject: First class parcel mail Replies: 8
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I'm glad that some are getting their packages in just a few days.

I had to start using USPO overnight for business documents because FedEx was costing me between $26 and $30 to overnight a lb. or a little over of paperwork. USPO was $18 and change last time I used it. I was overnighting about twice a week.  I was lucky to have them actually arrive the next day by 3 p.m. about 60% of the time. They all went to the same factoring company in Las Vegas, and yet they kept getting delayed. Yep, they refunded me every time.

Subject: First class parcel mail Replies: 8
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I bought some cuttings from another F4F member several days ago. He shipped them via first class mail on the 17th. They just arrived, many days later. I asked the postmaster at our local post office about it today and was informed that 'first class' is no longer 2 to 3 days, but has been changed to 'first class parcel' and may take 3 to 5 days. I've asked a few other people I exchange things with around the country via the USPO and they all say the same thing--first class parcel is taking *more* than 5 days to reach it's destination.  I don't know if others have had this experience or not, but I thought I would bring it to everyone's attention just in case they, like me, assumed 'first class' mail was still 3 days, max.

I often use the USPO 'flat rate' boxes, which have always arrived in 2 to 3 days, and am now wondering if they too will start taking many more days to arrive at their destination. I'll ask the postmaster next time I go. 

Subject: New USDA cold hardiness zones Replies: 42
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It looks like my little town has changed from 8b to 9a, but I'm not buying it. We may not have temps below 20 very often, but it does happen. Last year we had a few nights of 15 to 17.  I don't know how they average it all out, but speaking for myself, I wouldn't go by that hardiness for my area.

Subject: New technique for growing figs Replies: 9
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There are just too many tempting jokes to be made with this thread.

Subject: Fig 4 Fun fig cuttings Replies: 95
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What a nice dilemma to have, figuring out which ones to request.

Subject: New technique for growing figs Replies: 9
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Oh yuck.

Subject: fig growers who smoke Replies: 8
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Oldvt, I have sent you a private message. I'm interested in a few seeds.

Subject: Fig 4 Fun fig cuttings Replies: 95
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I'm hoping to be able to add a few to my collection this year. I haven't been able to add anything new for the past few years, so maybe this year will be different.

Subject: To plant or not to plant - Replies: 3
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I am way south of you and I wouldn't plant a fig here until at the earliest mid March. There is still a lot of winter left for our state, so I would advise waiting.

Subject: Overall Best figs for Hot and Humid Coastal North West Florida Replies: 16
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Green Ischia here in hot, humid semi-coastal east Texas. This is my most vigorous, productive, bullet proof variety.

If you can find it, Red Gold/BA1 has done exceptionally well for me, also, but not quite as good as GI.

Just my humble figopinion.

Subject: Fused branches on Green Ischia Replies: 5
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It wasn't two separate branches that had fused together. It is one single branch.  Maybe I'll try to get a picture if I can figure out how. It's neat looking, regardless!

Subject: Fused branches on Green Ischia Replies: 5
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I wish I had a way to take a picture because it's hard to explain. I've never seen a fig branch do this before. I was out this morning with my cup of hot coffee walking around my yard looking at stuff. I have an old espaliered fig on my front fence and was looking at it and noticed there is a branch about the diameter of a pencil, maybe a little thicker, and it had what I can best explain as two (much smaller) branches fused to the side of it. The branch tips weren't of equal length. There was the longest one, then the next one was a half inch or so further down the stem and then the last one was a bit further down than that. And they were fused by what I can only call 'webbing'. Like when someon has webbed fingers or toes, KWIM?  I think I'm going to snip that branch off and try to root it. It would make a neat looking trunk. 

Any ideas what could cause something like this? I'd post a picture here but am not sure how. Do I need to use a photo hosting site like Photobucket, or can I upload directly from my computer?

Subject: Tree or Bush shape? Replies: 5
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I have two Magnolias that are multiple trunked but grow what I call 'short and wide'. Both are probably 20 years old or older, and neither are over 8' tall, and one is about 10' wide while the other I keep pruned to about 6' wide.

Subject: The Queen of Trees - Ficus Sycomorus, fig wasp, etc. Replies: 7
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I've seen that documentary before, it was wonderful.

I have a sycamore fig I bought from Bass (I believe it was him) many years ago. It is grown in a pot and is my favorite plant.

Subject: Make your own Fig Jacket Replies: 59
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That is some serious fig devotion, I'm impressed! Maybe you should figure a way to patent your design and make a little money selling them.

Subject: Hello again from an old member Replies: 4
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Someone stole your fig tree? Wow. Someone sure was brave.

Things in Houston (Houston-ish) were great today as the area got between 1.5" to 5" of rain. I got about 2" here, not as much rain as some places got, but I think it rained slowly enough that most of it soaked in as opposed to running off.

Yes, Texas had the worst drought on record, according to some reports, or the second worst according to others. The weather guy just said today was the most rain the area has received in the past 18 months.

I hope you find a house soon too.

Subject: Faking winter. Replies: 18
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I'm taking cuttings too. Our weather has been so up and down the past two months that I want to take cuttings now, before any buds decide to break.

Subject: How to root F. afghanistanica Replies: 2
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Layering it might be easier as it's a small plant and the branches are quite slender. Thanks!

Subject: How to root F. afghanistanica Replies: 2
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How would you root F. afghanistanica? I have a small one that I'd like to propagate. Baggie and moss method?

Subject: Have any of you seen these Replies: 5
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I bet they're yummy.

Subject: 30 Miles Replies: 8
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Is that fig out in the open, or on high ground? Any surrounding protection like a house or windbreak of some kind?  Even down here by Houston, my figs are now bare. 

Subject: Christmas Replies: 31
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...and a partridge in a fig tree....

Subject: Christmas Replies: 31
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You might get a visit from three ghosts if you keep talkin' like that.  {;^P

Subject: Christmas Replies: 31
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  Glucklich Weihnachten  and
Счастливое Кристмас  as well as
Merry Christmas!!!

Subject: Hello again from an old member Replies: 4
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Hi James.  I had heard that the drought was supposed to continue through next summer/fall, and with all the dead trees I am seeing in the woods and every conceivable place, I am afriad that forested east Texas may begin to resemble north Texas. 

My other fruit trees got through the drought ok, although I was told what fruit they formed were shed pretty quickly. But the trees themselves are ok and are now going dormant. They were on soaker hoses and I think that may have helped.  I have a Fuyu persimmon in the yard and there were about half a dozen fruit hanging on it, but they were only about the size of a large egg, no nearly as big as they normally get, and they had been pecked by birds. I guess they have to eat, too.  My citrus did fruit, but about half of it is so sour it's not edible. Year before last they were delicious, sweet and a bit tart but not sour, and so I was disappointed to return and find what looked like wonderful satsumas but when opened, they were far too sour to eat. I guess the drought did that.

I ordered two of the Zaiger low chill cherries and expect them to arrive in January or February. I got them on the extremely dwarfing rootstock and I am thinking I will keep them in containers for the first year until I see how the drought is going to work out.  They weren't cheap and I don't want to plant them and have them die and just waste all that money.  I am hoping they do well here. I don't think there is a lot of information on how they handle our hot humid weather yet, so I guess I am experimenting to some extent.

If you plant fruit trees, I'd suggest putting them on soaker hoses if you can. I bought the cheap black ones from Wal Mart and I think at the time they were about $7 each, 50' long.  But if it gets to the point where the lakes and aquifers are so low that watering is either rationed or forbidden, then all bets are off and I guess my trees will die too. 

Subject: Blue Ischia? Replies: 22
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Fanicks' Blue Giant, but not Blue Ischia.

Subject: Hello again from an old member Replies: 4
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I was a member here almost a couple of years ago. I didn't post a lot but I read most of the posts and checked in almost daily to read what others had posted.  After spending over a year working in another country I am home again and ready to get back into my fig hobby, which I missed greatly. Unfortunately I returned home to the worst drought on record in our state (Texas) and I discovered that some of my trees had died (disabled family member living here while I was gone tried to care for them to the best of his ability, but the drought and intense heat for months on end were just too much for some of the trees. 

Anyway, I will be reading posts here, maybe I will contribute a little from time to time. 

Subject: Ficus Rigor Mortis Replies: 1
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Dont know if rigor mortis is one word or two... Anyway, my dear husband gets to listen to me babble about my various ficuses, just like I get to listen to him babble about his various rifle calibers and hot rod engines.  Today he asked me what was wrong with my Ficus Rigor Mortis.... 

He meant my Ficus sycomorus, which I had allowed to dry out a bit too much and it lost a few leaves.

He *almost* had it right....

Subject: Danny's Delite beba Replies: 7
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I already snarfed down the few my potted Danny's Delight produced the other day.  The weather here has been plenty warm, but I also noticed that the flavor was somewhat bland (as compared to my personal standard Green Ischia) but still sweet and good. I guess I'd call it a 'light tasting' fig. Not a complex taste but still good.  It might make preserves that would not be a little lighter in flavor than most. Mine was also much lighter colored inside than your pic.

I really need to figure out how to connect my camera to the computer so I can post pictures too...

Subject: Panache, NOT!! Replies: 2
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Years and years ago, the very first two fig trees I bought from a now defunct nursery that at the time was quite prestigious, were labled as "Brown Turkey" and "Black Mission".  I knew nothing about figs at the time, other than that I wanted a couple.

They turned out to be Green Ischia and Magnolia.  The GI was a very happy discovery, the Magnolia, not.

Just as recently I discovered the pitfalls of buying from Houston Patio and Garden.  Wanted a dwarf nectarine to grow in a container and bought one a couple years ago and labled as a dwarf nectarine variety.  Oh, it's a dwarf alright... a dwarf PEACH. Nice, fuzzy little fruit.  Oh well, at least it's fruit, right?

There just seems to be more misinformation about figs, and the labeling at the big retailers seems to be more often than not incorrect.


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