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Subject: Stink bugs harmful to fig trees? Replies: 12
Posted By: Chapman Views: 539
 
Frank, I haven't seen any damage to my figs from stink bugs.  They can cause a lot of damage to other crops.  The leaves eaten on your squash would be from something besides stink bugs.  They do their damage from piercing and sucking  the fruit.

Subject: Grandparents BT 50 years old Replies: 14
Posted By: Chapman Views: 474
 
Welcome to the forum and that's a great looking tree.

Subject: First home grown fig, anyone know what variety this is? Replies: 5
Posted By: Chapman Views: 429
 
Nice looking fig and your tree looks healthy.  I can't help with the identity, but maybe another member can.

Subject: Cutting above a dormant bud to induce shoot growth. Replies: 11
Posted By: Chapman Views: 981
 
It sounds like your tree needs fertilizer to boost up its growth.  This is an example of a whip that was pruned to 18 inches while dormant.  The 3 branches sprouted after it was pruned.  I know this is not the same as notching, but it gives an example of what pruning will do.

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Subject: The Tennessee Mountain Fig Replies: 8
Posted By: Chapman Views: 598
 
That's a good story.

Subject: New to group Replies: 33
Posted By: Chapman Views: 708
 
Welcome and good luck with your figs.

Subject: New Fig fruitition Replies: 10
Posted By: Chapman Views: 512
 
Welcome to the forum.

Subject: OT: What a great nectarine looks like Replies: 15
Posted By: Chapman Views: 567
 
Looks really good.

Subject: 2 varieties in one 30 gal. pot? Replies: 9
Posted By: Chapman Views: 484
 
I think you will probably do ok with 2 in a 30 gallon pot.  I would put 2 varieties of similar size and growth rate.

Subject: O'Rourke (JR) 7-22-14 Replies: 40
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,363
 
Gene, thanks for the reply.  That is what  I was thinking also.

Subject: O'Rourke (JR) 7-22-14 Replies: 40
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,363
 
Would anyone care to comment on if an Improved Celeste can only be a hybrid from the LSU breeding program or can a regular Celeste be called an Improved Celeste.

Subject: A Discussion About LSU Improved Celeste Replies: 34
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,196
 
Also, I call my Celeste an Heirloom because my ancestors raised these same trees and put up fig preserves every year from them.  They also sold figs from them.  It was not a hobby to them.

Subject: A Discussion About LSU Improved Celeste Replies: 34
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,196
 
Danny, to me those are the kind of trees that are Heirloom.

Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
Rob, I've never tasted any peach flavor on my Celeste.  Are you letting them get good and ripe?

Subject: A Discussion About LSU Improved Celeste Replies: 34
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,196
 
The Improved Celeste from LSU is also a Celeste hybrid.  It is part of the LSU breeding program crossing a Celeste with a capri fig from California.  The Improved Celeste from LSU is a completely different fig from a Celeste.

Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
I only have 1 variety.  All my trees originate from a cutting I made from a Celeste tree planted in the 1920's on my Great-grandparents farm in SW Louisiana. 

Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
This is the same tree now.

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This is my other Heirloom Celeste, also 10 years old.

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Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
These are 2 Celeste trees I started from my original tree. These are at my brother's home and are 15 years old.  The 2 trees were planted 15 feet apart  and are pretty much grown together.  They haven't been pruned much except for the tip cuttings I have made. RC fig tree.jpg  RC fig tree.jpg  This is one of my 2- 10 year old Celeste after the ice last winter.  I will try to post more pics tomorrow.

Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
JD, I will get back with some pictures of my trees.

Subject: A Discussion About LSU Improved Celeste Replies: 34
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,196
 
I have a couple of O'Rourke trees started from the LSU field day also.  They are growing good, but they will have to be really good to beat my Heirloom Celeste.  I am not convinced that O'Rouke or Improved Celeste is better than my Celeste.

Subject: Bird damage? Replies: 13
Posted By: Chapman Views: 530
 
Ripe figs are like crack cocaine to mockingbirds.

Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
Looks good.

Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
Ruuting, I think you will appreciate the winters and the fig growing.

Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
Good luck with the canning.  These are off my 2- 10 year old Celeste trees.  I have been picking this much daily since July 4th.
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Subject: Bowl full of Celeste? Replies: 29
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,203
 
They look like Celeste to me.  The ones shaded by leaves are lighter colored when ripe.

Subject: deep watering fig trees Replies: 22
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,390
 
Bermuda grass is tough to deal with.  All I can suggest is putting a barrier around the tree and filling it with mulch and keep the bermuda out with a weedeater or roundup.  Good luck.

Subject: deep watering fig trees Replies: 22
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,390
 
I would remove the grass and weeds around the base of your trees and put down down mulch to conserve moisture and control the vegetation.  Even with your system the grass will still be getting a lot of the moisture and fertilizer.

Subject: LSU Champagne Replies: 24
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,804
 
Your tree looks real good.  This is my Champagne from Petals that I got a couple years ago.  It makes a pretty golden fig that is very tasty.

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Subject: Petals from the Past fig tour Replies: 2
Posted By: Chapman Views: 357
 
I received this email today.  Some may want to attend who live close.

Petals from the Past, LLC
16034 County Road 29
Jemison, Alabama 35085
Phone: 205-646-0069 Fax: 205-646-2626

Walking Tour of the Figs 10:30am, Dr. Arlie Powell

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Join Dr. Powell as he takes a walk through our fig orchard.  He will teach you how to grow the best figs and what varieties grow best in your area.

Stop by the retail shop before this seminar for refreshments.

Jason Powell


Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
Gene, I believe it is a Nesco FD-60 which shows 500 watts when I look it up on the internet.   Mine doesn't show the model or watts on it, but the FD-60 looks just like mine.

Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
Ken, do you think they need a certain dryness to preserve them or does it mater how dry you get them?  I store mine in the fridge and freezer to avoid mold problems.

Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
Arne, I have been eating them as snacks, in salads and I like to put 7 or 8 in a bowl of oatmeal before I microwave it.  I'm sure you could do a lot of things with them.

Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
These are the same figs after 12 hours at 135 degrees.
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Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
Gene, I was looking at buying another one.  It looks like some don't have adjustable temperatures which I think I need.  Mine is a Nesco American Harvest with temp settings.  It has 4 trays and I just ordered 2 more trays off Ebay to add on to it.  Hopefully it will still work good with 2 more trays added.

Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
Frank, I have been leaving them in for 16 hours at 135 degrees.  They come out pretty dry but still chewy.

Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
Charlie, they don't stick if you place them facing up.  I slice them in half and set the skin side on the tray

Subject: Making dried figs Replies: 27
Posted By: Chapman Views: 901
 
The are some of my Celeste figs I am dehydrating.  It is a lot less trouble than canning and I enjoy the dried figs more than the canned ones. [31Dv98y]

Subject: Bird deterrants Replies: 23
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,063
 
Hope it does good for you.  Around here the rice farmers use the propane cannons to scare the blackbirds from eating the seed rice in the Spring.  The crawfish farmers use them to scare the geese out of their ponds.  They are very loud and wouldn't work well with close neighbors.

Subject: A near-by fig orchard Replies: 17
Posted By: Chapman Views: 731
 
That should be a real interesting trip.

Subject: Bird deterrants Replies: 23
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,063
 
It will be fun to watch it, but it probably won't help much on the birds.  I put a radio in one of my trees yesterday thinking the music would scare off the birds.  I came back in 10 minutes and 3 mockingbirds flew out of the tree.

Subject: "Blue" Ischia my ass... Replies: 52
Posted By: Chapman Views: 3,079
 
The figs from my tree from Walmart labeled "Ischia" looks just like yours Frank.  I bought in 2012 and the pot was marked from Dewars Nursery in Florida.

Subject: This Afternoon's Picking Replies: 8
Posted By: Chapman Views: 364
 
Looks good.  Your Celeste looks like your top producer.  I'm not impressed with the flavor of my Black Mission.

Subject: need suggestions - 3rd year Smith - no figs Replies: 28
Posted By: Chapman Views: 869
 
I have a couple of Smith trees started from cuttings from the 2013 LSU fig day.  I had never tried rooting summer cuttings, but I got a couple to live.  They started slow but have really taken off this year.

Subject: My wish list? Replies: 13
Posted By: Chapman Views: 470
 
LSU Tiger is also known as Giant Celeste which I would think is the same as Mega Celeste on your wish list.

Subject: --- PIX: Alma main (pollinated?) Replies: 5
Posted By: Chapman Views: 322
 
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This is my Alma.

Subject: --- PIX: Alma main (pollinated?) Replies: 5
Posted By: Chapman Views: 322
 
Bob, I don't know if I would call them shiny or dull.   I will try to post a picture later.

Subject: --- PIX: Alma main (pollinated?) Replies: 5
Posted By: Chapman Views: 322
 
This is my first year to get Alma's and they have the specks like yours.  None have ripened yet.

Subject: Bass, What knife do you use for Z-graft? Replies: 12
Posted By: Chapman Views: 748
 
http://www.amazon.com/Victorinox-Budding-Grafting-Knife-Barklifter/dp/B000AYIYKO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404666220&sr=8-1&k

This is the type of knife he is using.  They make some cheaper ones and more expensive.

Subject: OT Heirloom Tomatoes Replies: 56
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,371
 
Those look really good.  I've grown Cherokee Purple the last 2 years and I really enjoy eating them.

Subject: Celeste Study Replies: 33
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,256
 
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These are leaves off one of my Celeste trees and some figs from last year.  These are from SW Louisiana.

 

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