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Subject: Very clear video channel on air layer, bud and whip grafting Replies: 2
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Thanks for posting.  I am going to try some grafting next year.

Subject: Why not start a cutting in a 3-gallon pot? Replies: 33
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These are some dormant cuttings that were put directly into large pots at the same time as my inground trees were budding out in the Spring.  They were partially shaded with no cover over them.   The cuttings were 6-8 inches long.

Subject: User ID info Replies: 10
Posted By: Chapman Views: 814
 
I agree, it is helpful to know what area of the US or other countries people are growing their figs.

Subject: HURRICAN SANDY @ STATEN ISLAND, NY ZONE "A" Replies: 9
Posted By: Chapman Views: 737
 
I went through 2 hurricanes, Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008.  The worst damage was south of me where the storm surge hit.  These areas lost most of their trees.  The only trees that lived were mostly Live Oaks and a lot of them died also. 

Subject: HURRICAN SANDY @ STATEN ISLAND, NY ZONE "A" Replies: 9
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Your soil is not destroyed.  It will recover but it may take a while for the salt to leach out.  Hopefully your fig trees will be ok but that much salt water may have killed them.

Subject: storing cuttings in fridge till March Replies: 25
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,235
 
The point is to keep them dormant until you are ready to root them.  You don't want them to start forming roots until you are ready.  I don't think you need to add any extra moisture.

Subject: Growth of trees ??? Replies: 10
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My LSU fig pamphlet says 1 to 1 1/2 feet of shoot growth per year is a satisfactory amount of growth.

Subject: storing cuttings in fridge till March Replies: 25
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,235
 
I store my cuttings in a ziplock in the vegetable drawer.  I don't add any moss or paper towels.  The cuttings seem to stay pretty moist.  I tie them in bundles that will fill the bag and still close the bag.  When my inground trees start to bud out in the Spring, I start my cuttings.

Subject: Cardboard Tubes Replies: 6
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That looks like it would work good to protect young trees.

Subject: Propagating Fig Cuttings Like Grape Cuttings Replies: 7
Posted By: Chapman Views: 733
 
These a few cuttings that I started at the same time my inground trees started budding out.  The cuttings were taken while the trees were dormant and stored in a ziplok in the vegetable drawer until putting in the pots with about 1 inch left uncovered.  I used 6-8 inch tip cuttings.



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Subject: How do you root your cuttings. Replies: 17
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I've had pretty good luck taking cuttings in the winter and storing them in a ziplock in the vegetable drawer.  In the Spring ,when my in ground trees start to leaf out I put the cuttings outside in mix of potting soil,perlite and pine bark.  I use tip cuttings about 6 inches long and bury all but about 1 inch. 


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Subject: LSU FIG GENEOLOGY Replies: 6
Posted By: Chapman Views: 914
 
dkirtexas, that's all I have.  Someone else posted that link  awhile back, and I saved it.  I bought a Champagne fig tree after reading it.

Subject: LSU FIG GENEOLOGY Replies: 6
Posted By: Chapman Views: 914
 
This article tells about some of the LSU figs.
http://www.lsu.edu/departments/horticulture/new_figs.pdf

Subject: best figs for drying? Replies: 23
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,020
 
I dried some Celeste that turned out real good.

Subject: Louisianans Replies: 3
Posted By: Chapman Views: 683
 
I was on the  western edge of the storm so I only had some wind and about 1.5 inches of rain.   Glad it wasn't any worse after going through Rita in 2005 and Ike in 08.

Subject: Tastey Pawpaws Replies: 58
Posted By: Chapman Views: 3,403
 
Do you think the grafted trees produce better than the native trees?

Subject: Solution for Non/Slow Growing Trees Replies: 19
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,518
 
I put about a gallon of Cotton burr compost around the base of a young fig tree that had grown very slow for several years.  That year the tree really took off with new growth.  My Grandfather used to to spread cow manure under his trees and he had some good bearing trees.

Subject: Cajun Fig Fest Replies: 13
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,280
 
I would like to attend, but can't commit yet.  Sounds like a real good time.

Subject: Fruiting time Replies: 9
Posted By: Chapman Views: 864
 
My Celeste started ripening figs on June 20th this year in zone 9.  When do Celeste start ripening in the more colder zones?

Subject: Question about cuttings Replies: 10
Posted By: Chapman Views: 805
 
Thanks for the replies.

Subject: Question about cuttings Replies: 10
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These are some cuttings I started this spring.  They are kind of leggy and I wonder if I should prune the tops now or wait until they go dormant?

Subject: Is there such a thing as too much water for air layer Replies: 11
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,152
 
I would just open it up and squeeze out the water.

Subject: Celeste too big this year! Replies: 15
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,195
 
I agree with Noss, your figs could go one more day before picking to get a darker,riper fig.

Subject: A Fig producing Celeste Pix + count Replies: 45
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,012
 
That's a nice tree.  I wonder if it has ever been frozen down to the roots and resprouted.

Subject: Spacing on gallon pots? Replies: 18
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,299
 
 Gina, I don't really know about the spacing, but I don't think it hurts to keep them close together. I would think it would  help keep them growing straight.  My cuttings are about the size of yours. I went to buy gallon pots and the man a the grower supply talked me into buying trade gallon pots instead of full 1 gallon pots since they were so much cheaper.  Now I am thinking I need to repot them. I am probably going to buy some 2 gallon pots and repot them.

Subject: Could this be my cutting problem? Replies: 17
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,322
 
From my experience the Fertilome UPM holds too much moisture even when mixed with perlite for starting cuttings.  This year I used Hyponex potting soil, pine bark fines and perlite mixed to start cuttings.

Subject: Anybody growing Ischia Green? Replies: 93
Posted By: Chapman Views: 15,526
 
Ruben, thanks for the reply.  Gene, that's the same pot I bought with the pictures. My tree is looking pretty good. My pot also had a sticker saying Dewar Nurseries,Apopka FL.

Subject: Anybody growing Ischia Green? Replies: 93
Posted By: Chapman Views: 15,526
 
I got it at the Walmart in Oakdale La.  It was reduced to $3.75 so I  went ahead and got it.  I also bought a nice Ruby Red grapefruit for $15.

Subject: Anybody growing Ischia Green? Replies: 93
Posted By: Chapman Views: 15,526
 
I bought a fig tree on clearance that was only tagged Ischia.  Do you think it is probably an  Ischia Green?

Subject: Your experience -- Highest quality plants via mailorder Replies: 20
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,543
 
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This is my fig from Petals from the Past. It's the first fig I ever ordered. It looked OK, not real growthy  and not as good as the trees  I started  last year from cuttings. 

Subject: Cuttings - do you re-cut the ends? Replies: 7
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I don't rec-cut the ends, but am no expert.  Aren't the ends supposed to callous and that is supposed to aid in rooting?  I don't understand about callousing and maybe someone can explain it.

Subject: Celeste Fig Growth Habit Replies: 18
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,353
 
I made a cutting about 25 years ago from a old tree at my great-grandparents home in SW Louisiana. It was an old tree probably 60 plus years old.  The old tree later died .   From my original cutting I made about 10 more trees  and brought 2 to my new home about 10 years ago.  I have been rooting cuttings again the last 2 years using tips from this site.
 As far as I can tell the trees do not drop their fruit and produces a good crop every year.  I don't allow them to get too dry  and water it  during dry periods and fertilize once a year in late winter.

Subject: Celeste Fig Growth Habit Replies: 18
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This is my Celeste fig, about 10 years old.

Subject: Celeste Fig Growth Habit Replies: 18
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,353
 

This is a branch on my Celeste.

Subject: Cuttings: what would you do differently next time? Replies: 9
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,099
 
I learned that several methods of rooting work.  I had some in moss in plastic containers, some  straight to 16 oz cups of vermiculite and perlite, some I rooted in groups in 25 gallon tubs of potting soil and vermiculite.    I set the refrigerated cuttings in the tubs the same time as my fig trees were budding out.  I use 6 inch cuttings because that is recommended by most I've read.   The ones in the tubs are showing the most growth.  I guess it is because the roots have not been disturbed since  they were put in.  I also prefer a single trunk and have pruned off extra shoots that formed.

Subject: RKN? Replies: 12
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,176
 
Is purchased  potting soil ever infested with RKN ?

Subject: ID help please...this one is different Replies: 32
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,960
 
I vote for a Cottonmouth.  The picture with it's head tells you it's a poisonous snake. That's a good sized one, be very careful around them.

Subject: "Safe", Broad-Spectrum Herbicide Replies: 25
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,542
 
I don't see why you can't use Roundup.  Buy a 1 gallon pump up sprayer and spray when the wind is calm, sun shining and no rain expected.  You can cut a plastic water bottle  in half and tape it to the tip of your spray wand to direct the spray only where you want it to go.

Subject: Known LSU Variants, Less Known & ...more ?? Replies: 28
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Can someone explain about the LSU fig breeding program?  What years did it cover?  Did LSU just stop it's fig program?  It seems that LSU could publish the  names and descriptions of the figs they developed to clear up all the confusion.

Subject: How Do you Prune/Train/Shape your Fig Trees? Replies: 7
Posted By: Chapman Views: 9,573
 
  Thanks for the nice comments.  I am not an expert on figs, but I think you should prune back the main leader of your fig tree to encourage it to branch out. I think it would be good to stake your young fig trees to make them grow straight. I wish we could grow cherries down here, but it's too far south.  Good luck with your figs.

Subject: How Do you Prune/Train/Shape your Fig Trees? Replies: 7
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These are a couple of my trees.  I started them from cuttings about 10 years ago.


Subject: Need tips on planting fig tree e Replies: 1
Posted By: Chapman Views: 491
 
I have some cuttings that I rooted last year.  I have them in 2 gallon pots. They are about 2 feet tall.  I'm planning to give a few away for people to plant.  What kind of instructions do you recommend  that I give them?  Should they be planted a little deeper than they were in the pot?  How about pruning them back at planting time ?  Do you recommend some slow release fertilizer mixed in the hole?  I am in South Louisiana.

Subject: Is winter over???? Replies: 28
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,485
 
My trees are not as green as yours here in SW Louisiana, but the tips of the branches don't really look dormant.   We had a few freezes then  if has stayed warm..  I guess the trees think the winter is over. It seems they would be subject to freeze damage if we get some real cold weather.

Subject: Lesson Learned year so far Replies: 21
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,257
 
The Fruit Ranch on 420 Park Avenue in Abbeville La has the Smith fig. I was at his nursery last week and he sells 16 different fig varieties.

Subject: Lesson Learned year so far Replies: 21
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,257
 
Thanks for the information.  Do you have to refrigerate your dried figs after dehydrating them?  I did some but was afraid they would mold if I left them at room temperature.  Also, do you think it is best to let a fig tree get as big as that one on it's own, or keep it pruned back every year to keep it easier to pick from?

Subject: The meaning and significance of the FIG LEAF FLUSH?? Replies: 8
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,894
 
So if I have a fig tree I want to take dormant cuttings from,  I should wait  until the tree is about to bud out to take cuttings?  Would this be better than taking cuttings say in January and storing them in the refrigerator?

Subject: The meaning and significance of the FIG LEAF FLUSH?? Replies: 8
Posted By: Chapman Views: 2,894
 
Very interesting.  I took a few summer cuttings today to try rooting. It's my first attempt.

Subject: Snails, are they a problem Replies: 20
Posted By: Chapman Views: 1,054
 
I bought a 3 pound box of snail bait from Walmart.. I put some in sardine or vienna sausage cans and put around my container plants. I usually wet it a little and punch a drain hole to drain the rain water. I try not to get the poison on the soil. I find the dead snails in the cans These are the little tan colored snails..

Subject: White Triana Replies: 23
Posted By: Chapman Views: 3,606
 
I think it is Bridge City according to my brother. Maybe he was talking about the one in Nederland.  They also had the Channel Inn in Sabine Pass. After Sartins closed I went there a few times. They had good food too.

Subject: White Triana Replies: 23
Posted By: Chapman Views: 3,606
 
I ate at the Sartin's in Sabine Pass several times. It was a little expensive for the platter service but it was really good. They have a Sartin's in Bridge City Texas now. I haven't been, but my brother has been a couple times. I recently ate at D I's Restaurant  near Basile Louisiana and they had some real good barbeque crabs.

 

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