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Subject: UPDATED Thibodeaux 9-9-13 Replies: 35
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,793
 
Paul,

I grow the LSU Black, but not the Thibodeaux. LSU Blk does not look similar to Mike's Thibodeaux. LSU Blk has a neck, it is also a bit elongated and has a smaller eye. There is no cavity inside the fruit of LSU Blk, but Mike's has a small cavity. I hope it helps.

Navid.

Subject: Got Nailed By Bee - Fig Tree Sap Works. Replies: 27
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John,

To attract the Honey bees to your property, just plant some Russian Sage and Salvia plants. Those flowering plants around my house, are crowded with Honey bees, Mason bees, bumble bees and some other smaller bees, everyday. Sometimes they even sleep on the Russian Sage's flowers till the next morning.

Navid.

Subject: Pre-RDB Replies: 27
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Rafed is correct. It was SC.

Navid.

Subject: Bordissot Blanca Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,681
 
Very nice looking fruit, Leon. Excellent description and photos. Thank you.

Best,
Navid.

Subject: Pic of Zagros / Iranian type Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,318
 
Has the identical leaf pattern to the Shirazi fig's leaves. There will never ripe their fruits here hence it is too cold for the fig wasp to survive.

Navid.

Subject: Soil mixture Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 918
 
Marius,

Almost two month ago, I took your advice about using the soil from the forest and using it in containers for figs. However I did not use the soil from forest in the figs containers, since I didn't had to up pot any of the figs or etc. Using that soil made a 5' mulch ring, 3 inches deep around a slow growing Peach tree. Well, we had some heavy down pours since then. That 4' tree is now over 12' tall and growing vigorously. So I know it was the rich, dark soil that I brought from the woods.

Next Jan or Feb when I root prune, I will pot few of my mature trees in that soil. Much better than paying $37-45 for a bag of Promix. And pallets of pine bark mulch, perlite and etc....


Navid.

Subject: My Black Madeira aka The Slowest Tree EVER! Replies: 23
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,065
 
James,

Got to applaud your patience. Three years and that much growth! Last season, I discarded my Black Ischia and Noire de Bellone. Both plants grew less than 12 inches for the whole summer. Could not wait a few years for them to pick up growing.

Navid.

Subject: Noire de Barbentane Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,837
 

Excellent looking figs, Leon. Those look very rich tasting.

Navid.


Subject: Figeater Beetles Replies: 37
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,191
 
Harvey,

Took these photos few days ago. After raining for two days, some of the figs that were close to being ripe, did split. Found this guy on one the figs.

Navid.

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Subject: ... a bad girl ... Replies: 20
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 949
 
Used to see lots them at the back of my property where it's wooded. Not anymore. But in July, saw several Brown Recluse in the firewood pile where it is also at the back of property. Did not kill any of them since they are no where close to the house.

Navid.


Subject: Gypsy Fig Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,558
 
Very nice looking fruit, Paul. Very tempted to find and grow this variety after seeing your photos and your report.

Thank you,
Navid.

Subject: Harvey's New Fig Orchard Replies: 114
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 5,243
 
It will be a nice orchard in just a few years. Now I wish, I had that much "flat" land, in a fig- friendly climate such as yours. Excellent work Harvey.

Navid.


Subject: Figeater Beetles Replies: 37
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,191
 
Had never seen those bugs till this year. Have killed at least two dozens of them. They are much larger than Japanese Bettles. They release a highly unpleasant odor, when you have them in your hands.

Navid.

Subject: Estahban Fig Orchards Paper ~30 quick pages Replies: 13
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,300
 
Excellent article. Enjoy reading it. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Navid.

Subject: anyone buy from ebay seller: bidbid73? Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,511
 
You can trust Peter. Last year, he bought some cuttings that I had on eBay. He is an honest person.

Navid.

Subject: The ultimate protector of the figs! Replies: 30
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,292
 
I wish there were few of those guys in back of my property, taking care of the Voles.

Subject: Mushrooms in pots ... what to do?? Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 767
 
Couple of issues:

1) your potting mix stays too moist. Let it dry completely before each watering.

2) Test the ph of the run off. Most likely your medium is on acidic side. Orgainc potting mixes and compost, usually have an acidic ph. And mushrooms thrive in acidic environments.

If you use rain water to water your plants, make sure to find out what is the ph of the rain water is. Usually the ph of the rain water is acidic.

You can spray fungicide on the the soil and the mushroms, it will kill them. But their spores will remain in the soil. To kill the spores in soil, water your plants with a 1:3 solution of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide:water. That solution will kill any remainingo mushrooms or their spores in soil, it also kill any fungus Gnat larvae that might be present in the container(s)and Pythium (root rot). The extra Oxygen molecule in H2O2 will provide the roots with some needed Oxygen.

Navid.

Subject: fmv everywhere, sigh. Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,024
 
Others have given goodd advices. If you like to have FMV Free plants, get cuttings from Southern Italy. Never seen any symptoms of FMV on plants that were propagated from cuttings that had came from that region of the World. Maybe it is due to their warm climate and long growing season, that those plants have developed immunity in being infected or etc.....

Navid.

Subject: What is this??? Replies: 7
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 556
 
Looks like, those are Lacewing eggs that have already hatched.

Subject: War on bird starts Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,007
 
We have several "trigger happy" members! How can you shoot a gun in City or within the City limits? Even if you lived in country and were allowed to shoot guns in your propery, you'll never going to stop the birds from flying into your orchard and taking some of your fruits (figs or etc...). Have a friend who has a large Apple orchard in counrty, never seen him taking shots at the birds or even mentioning shooting the birds. If you must protect your hard labor, make a tent similar to what Gene and Ken have made.

Having few mature trees that are 5+ yers old will help in forgetting about the birds. Since there will be plenty of figs will be left from those plants and the younger ones for you.

Please, forget about option five. As far as I know, anything toxic to mammals will be toxic to environment as well. By using toxic baits, one can poison a whole food chain. From birds of preys, Raccoms, cats and etc... And maybe the neighbor's pets that find the poisioned Sparrow or etc....

Netting would be the best option. Although, I never net any of my trees. Maybe I am lucky that birds around my property do not like the figs. And if they go for them, they only go after my Conadria.

Navid.



Subject: Better Protection. More Figs. Replies: 4
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 708
 
Very cleaver design. Seems like an easy and simple set up. I never net any of my plants. For some reason birds (especially the Sparrows), go only after the figs on my Conadria. They leave other plants alone, even when they are loaded with fruits. They do not even bother going after the dark variants. It is maybe, what I do right when the figs are about to ripen. I make sure the bird feeders are kept full at all time, and scatter lots and lots of sun flower seeds on ground around the feeders.

However, they will go after the Plums, Persimmons and the tiny flowers on my Pomegrante trees.


Navid.

Subject: Plz welcome the youngest future fig fanatic! Replies: 54
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,331
 
Congrats to your family and you. She is beautiful.

Navid.

Subject: To Rafed Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,391
 
Rafed,

In this fig growing hobby, I have learned a thing or two about true friends or the ones they call themselves, my friends. I have learned that, friendship is based on who you are, not what you have (rare variants) or you do.
Lost several dozens of my trees this Spring, never brought it up on the forum nor I even bothered to ask every friend that I had shared those lost variants with, for replacements. Only asked four friends to purchase rooted plants of those variants that I had lost. Two were Leon and Paul, both were eager to help me for nothing. Two other that I had shared cuttings or plants, were not intrested in helping by saying their plants were small or etc.... Didn't make sense when I had send them large, potted air layers and cuttings last Summer. Those were the ones were the ones being bubdy buddy when they wanted some rare plants that I had. I will not name them, but I tell you this- I have zero respect for those guys.

I have much respect for Leon and Paul for being true friends. And you Rafed. We got into it last Fall over a small misundrestanding, my question to you might not been clear or it might was represented wrongly by me. I appologize. We both end up exchanging some harsh words and ended oir friendship. Went by several months till just days ago where spoke on the phone. We both apologized to each other for our rather childish behavior during last Fall and etc.... Whitin seconds after you found out I had lost so many trees you offered to send me one plant. Two days passes by and I recieve a very large box from you. Was surprised seeing four large plants instead of one. I appericiate your kindness.

These are the variants that have not been introduced in our fig community. You could off made several hundreds of dollars from selling each on eBay. Rafed, you have the biggest heart. I appericiate it your help, even though I never asked. You said; this is what friend do, help each other when in need. Unfurtunatly not everyone is like you Rafed. I know many growers in US and other countries, but, you, Leon and Paul are what I call TRUE FRIENDS.

Best,
Navid.

Subject: All Trees/Shrubs Currently 50% Off @ HD Replies: 4
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 484
 
Our local HD, offers poor quality plants. Lowe's has the best quality plants. Was there two days ago at their JM section, no sale or reduced priced on their JMs. They have two rather large Shishigashira plants, that I been watching for a while to see if they go on sale. Not yet.


Navid.

Subject: Yet another update. Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 701
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by WillsC
Not to sound lazy as I know what you folks have to go through to protect your figs but 70 tarps........sounds like a lot of work.  


Will,

Not adding salt to the injury....but, us "Northern Growers", do not have to worry about wrapping 70 trees. We grow them figs in containers. OK, maybe some in ground, but not 70. Wish you the best of luck. :)


Navid.

PS. Seriously, I would only lightly wrap the hard-to-find variants, not all.

Subject: How fast a well establish tree grow? Replies: 11
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 815
 
Wills,

No arguing on my behalf either. Few of my Plums did flowered this year, but they got zapped by low 20s temp., during the last week of April. Same thing with happened with Nectrines. In Fall, I will puomelet some of the Nectrines and Plums. If I was in a warmer climate such as yours, all the figs would be planted in ground. For now almost all, will be kept in containers and few in ground.

Navid.

Subject: LSU 5 Replies: 20
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,449
 
Jimmie,

Yes. I had forgotten to mention it. After exchanging several emails between my source of cuttings and the person who had shared them with my friend, I was told, "exterior color is Brown to dark Brown and the interior color is, golden- to light ambered. Has a semi short neck and closed eye. Resist spoilage during rain".

Sounds like another winner from LSU.


Navid.

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux - first ever Replies: 16
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Very nice Mike. Did not know RdB does produce brebas too.

Subject: How fast a well establish tree grow? Replies: 11
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 815
 
Willis,

You are right. Peaches, Plums, Nectrines and other Stone Fruits can give a fig, run for its money. But they all susspectible to numerous fungal and bacterial diseases. I grow several types of the stone fruits, and know how fast they can grow, but they will succumb to diseses. This is not the case with figs. Maybe I should of been more clear, and mentioned the disease resistance of the figs, as well in my earlier post. Also, no other types of fruit trees will produce when they are young (less than 1-2 years old), figs do. Several of my Plums have not produced at all. I had grafted them on 'Standard' rootstock 4 and 5 years ago. They have produced no flowers or no fruits during those years. Each season, they grow 10 feet or so, but no fruits. And now all of them (Plums, Nectrines and Cherries) have the shot- hole fungus and defoliating. Nothing like that happening with figs.

Navid.

Subject: LSU 5 Replies: 20
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,449
 
Hi Eden,

The white residues on the leaves are due, to the application of fungicide. I never folliar feed any of my trees. I also had a bad rooting year. Were too busy with work and other priorities than figs and cuttings.

Jimmie, soon will have a gift for you.

Navid.

Subject: How fast a well establish tree grow? Replies: 11
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 815
 
Planted in the right spot (full sun) and in good soil, figs can grow very large, fast. IMO, No other fruit trees can grow fast as figs do, in a single season.

Navid.

Subject: LSU 5 Replies: 20
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,449
 
Just an update;

Was able to root only one of the cuttings (three), succefully. The young plant was up-potted last week. To insure better rooting, it was up potted deep, with only two nodes out the soil.

Also, have attached the photos of the main crop on LSU Red. It has put on a good number of main crop, but the tree (other trees as well) is/are growing rather slow at this point. Cool Spring and early Summer wehather has slowed the growth of the figs. Summer for my trees stated only few days ago, when the continues rains stopped and the temps has sarted to rise.

Last two photos taken from a friendly, tired young American Robin, taking rest on one of my figs. Or maybe it was trying to find the ripe one.


Navid.

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Subject: more photos from LSU fig day 2013 Replies: 7
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 738
 
Excellent photos, Steve. Thank you. Hopefully next year, I will attend the meeting.


Subject: LSU FIG FIELD DAY!!!!!!! Replies: 53
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 5,655
 
Very nice photos of the orchard and the shared information. Thank you Danny, Charles, Vivian, Steve, Gene and others who attended the meeting and shared photos and information with us. Much appericiated.

Navid.

Subject: Durio's nursery in La ??'s Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 792
 
You are welcome. I think you would enjoy visiting the nursery and Dalton in person, definitely stop by is possible. Two years ago, I drove 9 hrs or so (one way) to visit Dalton's nursery and JR in LA. Beside figs, he has other types of fruit trees. He has some large Persian Mulberry trees, that are priced very reasonably. Wanted to buy a couple, but could not put the 10-12' trees in my car.

Good luck,
Navid.

Subject: Durio's nursery in La ??'s Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 792
 
I have been pleased with their plants. To place an order you need to call them. When you call, Mike or Dalton's mother may answere, just ask for Dalton.

Navid.

Subject: Early Main Crop This Year Replies: 24
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,251
 
Joe, now you had to post these pics? Lol My trees are at least a month late this year in ripening their main crop (all bread were removed). We had a very cool Spring this year.

Navid.

Subject: leaf spraying questions Replies: 2
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 436
 
Spraying the underside (side facing the soil) of the leaves would be better, Stomata are located there. Also, there are a low percentage of Stomato are on top of the leaves as well. So, spray both side.

One thing I would recommend you, is not to spray at night. 1) Due to lower night temps water molecules will not evaporate fast vs. during the day. When the water stays on the leaves for more than two hours when the temps are between 60-75 degrees, that will causes lots of fungal diseases. It would be better to spay them early morning before sunrise or early afternoon like 5-6pm. That way leaves will dry before the night or before it gets hot during the day. 2) Most plants (except a few that grow in desert), have their Stomata open during the day for gas exchange and closed during the nights (however they do keep a very low percentage of their Stomata open during the night). So we come back to number one issue- water will just stay there for the rest of the night, best environment for fungal disease to colonies.

If they are kept in shade during the day, you can mist them couple of times, but they have to be in shade meaning no direct sun that hit the leaves.

Spraying fungicide or insecticides at night would be just fine.


Good luck,
Navid.

Subject: LSU White Honey Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,782
 
Brian and Gene, nice photos and thank you for posting them. I have been always partial to LSU variants. They have proven to be better producers, growers and much better tasting than some other exotic variants from Europe. In concur with Paul's statement- excellent job by LSU and Dr. O' Rourke.

Navid.

Subject: Round up around figs? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,552
 
I have used Round Up around the figs, just 3-4 times. Never lost a plant. You need to spray on a clam night (no-to-little wind), and use a piece of cardboard box as a shield, so it does not get on the leaves.

Navid.

Subject: Conadria Replies: 31
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,472
 
Hands down, my Conadria is the most productive tree that I have. very pleased with it.

Navid.

Subject: What's This? UPDATE Replies: 15
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,194
 
Respectfully, I have to disagree with others. It is not Fig Rust, it is- Anthroacnose (Collectotrichum). Symptoms of fig rust usually start from the edges of the leaves, not in the middle. Plus, fig rust's spots (visible fungal colonies) are much smaller and closer together. On the other hand, with Anthroacnose, the dark colored spots are spaced widely and unevenly in the middle of the leaves.

With both disease, I remove the leaves, especially with Anthroacnose, it is much serious than rust. After years of using the Copper sprays, I have came into the conclusion, it doen't work 100% of the time and sometimes it will burn the very young leaves with in 2-3 days of its application. Chlorothalonil (barnd name- Daconil), has worked best for me.

Good luck,
Navid.

Subject: what do you think about this soil mix? Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 580
 
Why just not to use the same soil that you dug out? I would not use more than 5-10% of compost when back filling the hole. You can broadcast some limestone and Osmocote on top and mulch. That is all. Other stuff is not needed. Many times trees (not just figs) die, because they were either planted wrong or lots of composte was added to the hole during the planting, making the bath tub effect. Rotting the roots or root strangling (esp with shade trees).

Navid.


Subject: 117 degrees Replies: 10
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 735
 
I wish our temperatures were in 100s. It rather has been, unusually cool for this time of the year. Days are in 70s and nights are in low 60s. Last year this time, all the trees had main crops forming, not this year.

Navid.

Subject: Harbor freight greenhouse Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,401
 
Thank you Scott for the detail and thorough information.. Sounds like a excellent buy. I just need a temporary GH to help out few plants that were killed to the soil level and are, now sending shots from under the soil. Temps has been rather cool these days, with high winds during the days. Not the ideal condition for these plants.

Thanks,
Navid.


Subject: when to plant in ground Replies: 4
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 406
 
Richard,

If they are root bound in 1gallon container, I would up pot them in a 3 -5 gallon container for now. Then plant them in ground sometimes in late Aug. you have to make sure to protect them well during the winters, especially the first winter.

If the plants that you want to plant are hard-to-find, wait to plant them next year. Put them in a larger container (watch your watering- don't over water), so they establish a good rooting system.


Good luck,
Navid.

Subject: Harbor freight greenhouse Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,401
 
Hi Scott,

Any updates on your greenhouse? Are you happy with it?
Just yesterday almost bought the same (6x8) greenhouse as yours from HF. But, I thought the panels were a bit thin. I can get it for $150.00. Any inputs appreciated.

Navid.

Subject: when to plant in ground Replies: 4
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 406
 
I usually plant them when they have out- grown a 5 gallon container. Not saying this the rule that must be followed, but it helps in Northern climates. However, i have planted air layers in ground during July and Aug and those air layers made it just fine through the Winter with heavy protection.

Navid.

Subject: Figs with red tips Replies: 58
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,022
 
Morettina
Ngannamele
My UDG
MF
Italian Blk
An unknown from Bloemfontein, South Africa

Navid.

Subject: My fig venture since Sept 2012 Replies: 28
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,461
 
Excellent work Peter. I see that you are also doing a semi-horizontal training, one thing I would recommend you, is to lower the stakes closer to the soil line. Making the branches semi--parallel to the soil. Also, do remove the apical buds on that tree, if your goal is to train it horizontally. Let the plant to have only 2-4 trunks.

Good luck.

 

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