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Subject: Free fig trees Replies: 21
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,897
 
Due to limited space in my shed (for winterizing my fig trees), I need to get rid of the following trees,

LSU Yellow (4 feet tall, branched)
LSU Scott's Blk (6 feet tall, branched)
San Piero (2 feet tall, bush)
Unknown/ Possibly a Celeste (3 1/2 tall, branched)


All are in 5 gallon pots except LSU S. Blk. I will ship them out in fall/dormant, bare rooted but you need to pay for shipping and handling.



Navid.



Subject: Mission Breba Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 925
 
I know, those big boys come out of the pot easily but root pruning them is another story. Out of the 14 trees that I have to root prone 5 are pomegranate trees. IMO, Pom. trees have much faster growing roots than figs.

Yesterday when I pulled out one of my pom. trees (2 yrs old) out of its pot, I could not believe it how root bound it was. Pulled out the next one, it was the same story. One of these days I have to get rid of them since they take too much space in the shed and they are not that productive at all (3-4 poms/tree, each season).


Navid


Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,529
 
Olga,

I was just kidding :))

You know, few years ago I lived in Shanghai for a year, there turtle was on the menu of the most restaurants. On the other part of the town there was a market that used to sell them alive, plus some other types of animals that I do not want to name.
I have never tried turtles and really do not want to.



Subject: Blue Giant? Replies: 27
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,529
 
Olga,

You said; Cathy, this is so bad you can't taste it..

Did you meant the turtle??? ;))

Subject: Is anyone allergic? Replies: 25
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,320
 

For some reason fig sap, touching the leaves and... will not irritate my skin. I only get minor itching from touching the poison Ivy.



Subject: Mission Breba Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 925
 
Martin, I might take my chances with planting one Blk Mission in ground next season. Most likely it will die here even if I protect it very good.

I like what you said;

"I dont mind if the large one dies its just 1 less to root prune for a while".

Since I have to root prune 14 of my fig and pomegranates trees early next year. And those are in 20 and 25 gallon pots. I wish I could pay someone to do that for me, but on the other hand they might just kill them all. We'll see.

Thanks


Navid

Subject: Zone & Air Layering Replies: 27
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,459
 
loquat1,

Welcome to the forum. Thanks for the tips on air layering.
Agree with you on the better success rate with making wound/taking the bark off. I have 100% success rate in air-layering where I had peeled off the bark. I also do the same with large cuttings upon propagating.

Navid


P.S. I like Guiness too. Had a coach few years back that used to tell us how great it is to drink it after the training. So, I'll end up trying it and eventually liked it so much that it's the only type of the beer I drink now.



Subject: What happens with current growth from new cuttings as the season ends? Replies: 23
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Cecil,

Very good advise that you gave. Whenever that I am sending cuttings to someone I mark the bottom side of the scion with either black marker or a orange colored tape so, the other party know which side is which.



Subject: My First Figs!!!! Replies: 21
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 969
 
Very nice pictures. Your Ischia Black looks really nice. Please post a pic of its fruit when ripped.

Thanks for posting the pics.



Subject: Fig Cakes with Orange Blossom Water Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 724
 
Sara & Jon,

When preparing any dishes using RW you don't have to add lots of it, as it will change the flavor of whatever that you are preparing. If you have a recipe that tells you how much of RW to be added, follow that, otherwise, two or three Tbs is usually enough.
Also, Whole foods do carry it sometimes.


Subject: Mission Breba Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 925
 
Martin,

Totally agree with you about the long season and Blk Mission. Some of my Mission's main crop never fully ripens here, but the ones that do get ripe are excellent.

Most of the time I remove all the brebas from my trees so the main crop figs get to rip on time. Next season I will leave few of the brebas on the tree to see how they taste.

You know, I have 3 of them right now, 2 small ones and one big one. Was thinking putting the big one in the ground next year and have the smaller ones as back up plants just in case (in zone 6 with winter protection). What do you think?

Navid.




Subject: Rooting With Summer Branches Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,301
 
Thanks Martin. Both scions are green all the way down. Right now my main concern is, mold as I had to change the medium and wash them (w/ Clorox and water) twice, due to mold.


Navid

Subject: Rooting With Summer Branches Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,301
 
Martin,

Doing the same thing as you have done with two cuttings of the Col de dame Noir that my friend sent me last week. But, these are both greenwoods and upon arrival both were covered with mold. A forum member told me this variety can be difficult to root, do you find it to be correct?



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Subject: Fig Cakes with Orange Blossom Water Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 724
 
Our family uses Rose water in making cakes and deserts. Also it is used in preparation of rice and lamb. As Rafad said, you can find it in most of the Middle Eastern and some of the Greek stores.

Subject: Mission Breba Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 925
 
Martin,

Nice pictures as usual. Have a question for you, how would you compare the taste of the Blk M's breba to the main crop's flavor? I always take off the brebas. Are they worth of keeping?

Navid

Subject: Hot and humid.. Replies: 29
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,447
 
figsontheporch,

Earlier today those puppies were brought to me by a breeder to see. Both are 3 months old, most likely I'll get the Black one.

My previous German Shepherd did not like figs and never ate one. From your picture it seems like that poor guy wants some figs to eat :)


Navid.

Subject: Hot and humid.. Replies: 29
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,447
 
Hi Olga,

You got some big babies :) How old are they?

I hope you don't mind me posting these pics.


Navid.

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Subject: Fig Color and birds Replies: 9
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 850
 
figsontheporch,

Yes, it's a message to you to get a .22 air rifle and take care of his sorry @##.


Subject: Why Aeilee? Replies: 43
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,791
 
Bass,

I did not want to bring this up but I will now.

Few weeks ago I sent out some rooted and potted fig trees that I had extra to some of the new and old members of the forum. All of them thanked me except one. I though it was not delivered, checked the delivery conformation and it showed that it was delivered and when I contacted that specific member, I did no get any response.

Even that he got a free tree and did pay nothing for the shipping, he could not at least say, Thank you.





Subject: Snails, are they a problem Replies: 20
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,054
 
Sluggo Plus works like magic with killing these pests. I use it every season.

Subject: Hello from MA -- And a Question Replies: 16
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,506
 
Ben,

It's not over watering. Don't worry about them. If all the leaves were like that well, there would be a reason to be worry. Today I picked 5-6 leaves just like the one in your pic off my Blk Italian tree. You can pull them off if you want to.

They will ripe depending on few factors, two most important ones are, type of the tree that you have (some ripe early, some ripe later in season) and the climate that your trees are in. In my climate (z6) most will start to ripe by end of Aug. early Sep.

Good luck

Subject: Why Aeilee? Replies: 43
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,791
 
Aeilee,


Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past can not be changed. The future is yet in YOUR power. Hugh L. White


I did get your PMs and emails that you sent me today about cuttings. Also, received your emails few months ago requesting cuttings as I told you then, I would be able to send them at the end of the year. I will send them ONLY if you pay the cost of shipping and handling. Otherwise, I can not be any help to you.


Navid.



Subject: Santa Cruz Dark Breba Replies: 7
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 932
 
Martin,

Thanks for posting those pics. It would be very nice if it did taste as good as it looks. With some figs taste will improve as they age, maybe SCD is one of them. I think I'll wait another season to get this variety ONLY if you see improvements in its taste so, please keep us posted.


Thank you





Subject: Santa Cruz Dark Breba Replies: 7
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 932
 
Martin,

Was thinking to get this variety for a while, but your posts about its taste might refrained me from doing so.
Does the figs get any darker than the ones that you posted?



Subject: White Greek Replies: 31
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,579
 
Congrats Olga. It looks very delicious.

It would be interesting to compare it with Lemon's VS when ripped.

Thanks for posting the pics.





Subject: 2 story high fig tree transplant ? Replies: 25
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,536
 
Wait till it goes dormant. To make your job easier, just rent a Backhoe with long forks or one with a EMG tilting buckets (40+ inches size).

After you removed the tree (with the roots and soil), use the backhoe to lift it and place it on top of a wooden pallet then load it onto your truck.

Doing it this way will decrease lots of labor and time waste on your behalf.

Navid


P.S. You could also rent a Uhaul for its transportation if you think it would be too big for your truck to handle. After all, you don't want to pay several hundreds of dollars for some new struts.

Subject: 2 story high fig tree transplant ? Replies: 25
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,536
 
If those wires are the electric lines, usually the electric company come and take the lines down till tree is removed or trimmed, then they will re-install the lines. They do it for free but you have to call them.

If the tree is BETWEEN 2 utility poles they will cut it down/trim it for free. But if the line comes from the utility pole to your house (not pole to pole), it's the owner's responsibility to trim or cut the tree, not the electric company.

Had to call them last year to come and take the lines down when a professional company was going to cut down two 70+ feet tall Oak trees at my property.



Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,143
 
Caneyscud,

Dreamland is only few blocks from my apartment in Birmingham. They have some great foods. Two weeks ago whole foods had the fresh Blk Mission and LSU Purple for sale. You can also check the Publix on Greenspring HW for some fresh figs, usually Calimyrna and California Brown Turkey.

Also, if you live in Bhm and willing to drive 45 minutes from the city, I can recommend you a place that sells them way cheaper/pound. They have over 10 varieties of fresh figs to chose from.

Alan,

Yes, I have tried them before. You can also buy the dried Blk. M and Calimyrna figs on Amazon.com.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001E5E0HY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER


Navid.




Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,143
 
Alan,
 
At this time of the year the Whole Foods Market at Birmingham has the fresh Blk. Mission, LSU Purple, Celeste and few others  for sale. They also have the dried Calimyrna and Blk Mission for sale, all year long.


Navid.

Subject: Just talked to Mr James A Robin... Replies: 11
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,086
 
Maybe I should be more specific.
I have the Gilbeau French and it's not a dark purple fig. It has green skin which it'll turn slightly tan when fully ripened.

Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,143
 
Alan,

Never cooked them before (they don't make it to the kitchen). They taste great when fully ripped.

Navid.

Subject: Just talked to Mr James A Robin... Replies: 11
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,086
 
He's very friendly and knowledgeable person. There are two varieties with very similar names (but different tastes), one is, Gulbun and the other is, Guilbeau. Both light colored figs. IMO, Gulbun tastes better.

Other good choices that he might have are, Scott's blk., Hollier and LSU Yellow.




Navid.

Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,143
 
No problem. You should add a Blk Mission to your collection if you don't have any. It's a very good tasting fig.

Subject: Today's shopping bounty...California fig..but which one? Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,143
 
It's California Brown Turkey. Blk Mission is smaller, pulp is strawberry/red colored and much sweeter.

Subject: My fig collection so far... Replies: 7
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 978
 
Nice collection James. I see you have some Pomegranates too, are you going to plan them in ground?

Subject: Best Way to Beat Shipping Shock? Replies: 3
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 742
 
Keep it in a shaded and humid area for few days. Do water it when needed and repot later after it has been stabilized. In past had plants shipped to me that were in the box for 2-5 days, did the same thing and they all survived.


Subject: Help Confirm Fig Type Replies: 5
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 771
 
To identify the variety of your trees you need to take a picture or two from the following steps,

1) Fruit (Uncut) placed beside a quarter, for size comparison.

2) Then cut it evenly in half.

3) Pics of the mature leaves.

Then you can post them here and other experts can identify them.


Good luck

Subject: A productive Conadria (with pics.) Replies: 25
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,243
 
Sal,

I don't mind at all, you can post more pics of your trees in any of my threads.

This tree is a vigorous growing tree that IMO planting it in ground would increase its production. Next season I'll either plant this tree in ground or I'll put it in a 40-45 gallon pot.


Navid.

Subject: 3 yrs old Brunswick (with Pics.) Replies: 7
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,295
 
Started from two pieces of cutting placed beside each other forming a X. The result is a V shaped bush. Kept in a 20 gallon pot for two yrs and planted in ground back in March.

Thanks for watching.

Navid.


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Subject: Question about VDB (with pics) Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,138
 
Jon,

Yes, it has fruited for past two seasons and it's a VDB. Those leaves do resemble the leaves on my Brunswick only they are a little larger. Also, as of right now, the figs (all unripped) on the VDB are getting dark red and those on the Brunswick are still green.


Some pics of my Brunswick.


Navid.

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Subject: Question about VDB (with pics) Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,138
 
Pete,

This year is the only year that leaves are so huge on this particular tree. I keep it in a 25 gallon pot and it's over 8 feet tall, had to clime my retaining wall to take those pics. from the top leaves. Other than the Osmocote, it gets fertilized every 4-6 weeks or whenever I come back to my house.

Subject: A productive Conadria (with pics.) Replies: 25
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,243
 
Barry, Those are pine bark mulch. Since I am on vacation now, I have some extra time to mess around with my fig trees like, counting them figs and......

Herman, It's very interesting that you said that as I was outside for the last couple of hours working on the fig trees and taking off many figs off my Conadria, VDB and the I.H. I never let this tree to keep all of its figs as they would taste bland. This afternoon I took off over 100 figs from it and left 94 on the tree to rip.

Subject: A productive Conadria (with pics.) Replies: 25
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,243
 

As of right now, there are 220 figs on it. They'll be rip by end of Aug. and most will be eaten by the birds.

Thanks for watching.

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Subject: Question about VDB (with pics) Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,138
 
No George. Gave it a little Osmocote back in April along with some limestone. Also, since April this tree (along with my other trees) have been only liquid fertilized every 4-6 weeks.

Subject: Question about VDB (with pics) Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,138
 
This is the first season that my VDB's leaves are so long and wide. They are 12-17 inches long and 6-9 inches wide. The longest leaves (15+ inches) are the one on top of the tree.

Is this something common with VDB having such a long leaves?



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Subject: Unwanted figs trees Replies: 13
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,368
 
James,

You got a PM.

Subject: How my favorite winery uses figs. Replies: 1
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 699
 
Thanks Sue. I really enjoyed it. He reminded me of my grandfather and how he used to love working in his orchard.


Navid.

Subject: Fig Orchard (with pics) Replies: 18
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,726
 
Note,

The black tubs that you see in the hoop houses right above the pots, is the irrigation system. This is a new system since last year those 1/2 inch Poly. tubes were placed directly on the ground. It's a very clever design for few reasons.

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Subject: Unwanted figs trees Replies: 13
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,368
 
No problem James. You got any LSU Purples? Got some extra ones in 5-7 gallon pots, they need to go too.


Navid

Subject: Today's eats - pics Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,280
 
Deniss,

By LA, I meant Louisiana not Los Angeles.

You also have a PM.

 

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