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Subject: Just got Cheaper!! Replies: 9
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Great looking cuttings - good thickness, lots of nodes and well packaged, and bonus cuttings to boot!

Thank you!

Subject: How Did You Loose Your Tree Tag? Replies: 38
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Lets see. Writing on plastic white plant tags stuck into pots failed on so many counts: chickens, toddler, UV enbrittlement ...   The black sharpie writing was the last to fail.

Subject: Hey Fig Cuttings offering from Canada Replies: 22
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I'm so excited to grow this fig!

Subject: Canadian Figger's Replies: 7
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Thanks!

Subject: Canadian Figger's Replies: 7
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Paully22, who do you recommend on Vancouver Island? My mother tried to buy Dessert King from, I think, Fruit Trees and More and got something quite different.

Subject: Which fig trees grow the tallest? Replies: 15
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While shade would be nice in a hot climate, the steady rain of over ripe figs onto the roof would really not be something I'd want. Or the roots that close to a foundation. Something with a large spreading canopy, like an oak? Or pecan?

Subject: Grass clippings as rooting medium? Replies: 1
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Grass clippings are great on potatoes because they create an acidic environment (prevents scab) and shut out light. But if you don't mix very thoroughly with soil and have a very healthy earthworm population, the clumps of grass clippings will get slimy & anaerobic which probably won't make the fig cuttings very happy.  A pile of old dry-ish maple leaves, however, might be just the thing - not too wet, heat from composting, excellent soil ... :)


Subject: chicken proof and fade proof tags Replies: 21
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Thanks Adam! Don't know if its a good thing I found a hatchery that sells Marans eggs ...  Will have to add to my list of cunning plans  :)

Actually, since chickens were originally forest birds and like overhead cover, an orchard would be the perfect place to keep them. As long as the figs and tags are sufficiently out of reach ...


Subject: fig orchard Replies: 32
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Mmm. Hubby and I just ate the last of the figs I dried to try out the new dehydrator this summer. Not as good as fresh but still nice in winter, especially the crunch of seeds and the very faint hint of licorice. It's a promise of next year's bounty (or in my case, however long it takes to go from cuttings to fruiting potted trees - sigh!)

Christine


Subject: chicken proof and fade proof tags Replies: 21
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I'd love to know what breed of chicken those are - they're gorgeous!

Subject: Wildlife attraction to Fig color Replies: 12
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Starlings wrecked havoc in the two green figs in our backyard, and wasps finished of the damaged fruit. One of the reasons I'm so interested in potted figs - they're small enough to net! The chickadees were more interested in stealing blueberries and they're so cute doing it, I don't mind :)

Subject: Cuttings to share in Burnaby BC before we move Replies: 9
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Paul - drop in whenever its convenient, and I'd love to take you up on the Laturulla & Osborne Prolific. Thank you for the info on taking cuttings - much appreciated. And you're right - the figs are dangerously addictive. It got so bad, I bought and carted home a 10' pruning ladder on my bike.

Cuddywhiffer - happy to share, I just hope it doesn't disappoint. I hadn't thought that anyone other than locals would be interested in an unnamed variety but I'm glad to be wrong :)

For what its worth, I've also started collecting highbush blueberries (don't ask), so could share cuttings from some of those too later in the year ...

Subject: Cuttings to share in Burnaby BC before we move Replies: 9
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Hi Paully,

The two trees are the same kind, but one seems to have a fungal infection with little orange/red spots on the bark of two branches so I wouldn't take cuttings from it unless someone can ID it as harmless ...? The healthy tree has some suckers on it from this summer.

Considering both trees were pruned back strongly a year ago, the trees seem very productive. Fruit size is about 1.5" in diameter, with an open eye when ripe that sometimes oozes nectar.

I've just gotten into figs (how could I resist after such an addictive crop?) and have much to learn :) What would be the best way to take cuttings? Short 8" pieces wrapped in damp paper & plastic and mailed in a envelope? Long suckers pulled off the trunk and picked up in person?

And yes, I'd love a Latarrula cutting :)

Cheers,
Chris




Subject: Cuttings to share in Burnaby BC before we move Replies: 9
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Hi,

The house we've been renting came with two fantastic fig trees. I don't know the variety, but the skin is green, sometimes with a faint red blush. The flesh is red, juicy and very sweet with excellent flavour. Only one crop per year, but it was enthusiastic and earlier than the other local figs. Possibly Desert King?

Would anyone in the area like a cutting? I'm taking a few for myself, but would love to spread this variety to other people before we have to move out in mid-Feb. And if you have a favorite to share I wouldn't say no ;-)

Location: North Burnaby (Hastings & Willingdon), BC

Cheers,
Chris


 

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