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

From your description of the Smith's taste I can't wait to eat some from my tree. They'll probably be ready to pick by end of Aug.

One thing, when you travel to LA make sure NOT to drive a Black car there, as it will be crazy hot. Back in April temps were 90F, now I imagine it's much hotter.


Navid.



Subject: Fig Orchard (with pics) Replies: 18
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Cecil, I re-posted the pics again, you should be able to see them.

Subject: Fig Orchard (with pics) Replies: 18
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,726
 
Leaf pattern on my O'Rourke.

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Subject: Fig Orchard (with pics) Replies: 18
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Cecil,

I can see the pictures posted. But I'll try to repost them again if they don't show up.


Subject: Fig Orchard (with pics) Replies: 18
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,726
 
JD, Yes, the younger/new leaves on the O'Rourkes were five-lobed and the mature leaves were three-lobed.

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


Thank you. I think they have already removed those PVC hoop houses by now, since those pics were taken back in March and it was a little cold during some nights.


Navid.

Subject: Unwanted figs trees Replies: 13
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,368
 
You are welcome. Just give it lots of TLC and keep it in a shaded area for a while.

Subject: Fig Orchard (with pics) Replies: 18
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,726
 
It is part of the Petals from the Past at Jamison, AL. Located behind the nursery beside the Grape and Apple orchard. There are about 60-65 in ground trees/bushes. Most of those trees are 15-25 yrs old.

Trees are lined in rows, the first 3 rows are LSU Purple, 4th,5th Celeste and O'Rourke and.......

Next time I'll take more pics as the attached pics are only 1/3 of the total trees there.


Hope you enjoy them.


Navid.




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

For some reason can not send you any PMs. I shipped out your plant this morning you should receive it either tomorrow or Thursday.

Also, I did not sent it completely bare root, since I didn't want it to stress too much in this hot weather.


Subject: Unwanted figs trees Replies: 13
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,368
 
Have a Brooklyn Dark cutting that is going in the trash soon.

In May it put out four leaves and since then it has halted growing. My other cuttings have grown 2 feet since then except this one.

If you want it, it's yours. I'll send it bare root (it has tons of roots).


Navid.



Subject: Fooled Replies: 16
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,335
 
There are lots of these plants in Birmingham and on the side of I-65 South. First time I saw one was in the middle of Aug. I was perplexed by not seeing any figs on it. The smaller ones have white flowers.

I guess there are few verities of this plant around to first, get us (fig lovers) excited then confuse. It's a interesting plant that is not a fig tree but is nonetheless beautiful.


Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,505
 
Thanks guys.

I'll probably wrap it, just to make sure it'll survive. Temperatures here can drop to -5F (at nights) and stay around 20-30F for days.

Navid.



Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,505
 
Barry and Herman,

Thanks. In fall there is never a shortage of leaves at my property with having 6 White Oaks there. 

Would you treat a 3 yrs old Brunswick that were planted in the ground the same? Was planted back in April, in past it was kept in a 20 gallon pot.

Navid.



Subject: Unwanted figs trees Replies: 13
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,368
 
If only you had posted this back in April.........

I'll keep you in mind next time.


Navid.



Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,505
 
Herman,
 
Once again thanks for your elaboration on these two cultivators. It does corroborate with what I had read/heard about them in past.

The only reason that I think that JR identifies these two cultivators as the same is, that he does have a copy from the list of the fig trees that Belleclare nursery used to carry;

 31) Sicilian Blk (Sal’s) (Corelone) (Fico Nera) (Fico di Capo) Medium to large red center, 2 crops

39) Sicilian Blk (Sal’s) (fico Nera) Medium large, dark blk, red center, very juicy and sweet, 2 crops

 As you see, their descriptions resemble each other and MAY BE, JR thinks they are the same variety because of that.

I do believe that JR is an honest and sincere person, not a knave. Back in April when I was at his house (nursery) he could easily sold me some other varieties instead of the Sal’s Corlone and Sicilian blk that I was looking for. But instead he told me that he did not have them in-stock for sale. He had the Hardy Chicago for sale, he could easily sold me that one for Sal’s, again he didn’t.


Navid.


P.S. This post was intended to make a clarification (or a wild guess) in my behalf, nothing else. 




Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,505
 
Ed,

Thanks. Since you have grown these two in ground, would you say that Sal's C. would survive the zone 6's winters with little provided protection or not?
As others in past have mentioned S.C. is better suited for northern/cooler climates than in southern/hotter climates.

Navid.

Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,505
 
Ed,

Do you grow these in the ground or in container? 



Subject: Today's eats - pics Replies: 19
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,280
 
Very nice harvest, Dennis.

Figs on my trees will be rip by end of Aug. (zone 6). By that time I will be out of the town and the birds will enjoy them. Oh well......

Thank you for posting the pics.

Navid.



Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,505
 

Herman,

Thank you for describing the characters of these two cultivators. 

I speak to JR via the phone every couple of weeks, either he calls me or I call him. This afternoon we were talking about some dark Italian verities and Sicilian blk, Sal's and Blk Tuscan figs came up in our conversation. 

To make it short, he was not trying to sell any fig trees to me. As a matter of fact he said he does not have either one for sale now. 

I myself don't have either one of them in my collection but on the other hand I do have couple of hard to find varieties.


Navid.




Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,505
 
Jason,

This afternoon I was speaking with JR on the phone and the Sicilian Black came up in our conversation. This is what he said,  "Sal's and Sicilian Blk are the same fig". 

He also described the Sal's skin as shinier than Sicilian Blk's. So, I think you are correct.

Navid.


 

Subject: My Lazy Way to Root Cuttings Replies: 9
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,271
 
Exactly how I propagate my cuttings. But I use Fertilome UPM/Perlite instead of MG. So far had great results. 

As joe said, ignoring them is THE key. Only water when needed and leave them alone. As JR says, people lose their cuttings by giving them too much TLC. I concur with him based on my own past experiences.

Not a fan of using rooting hormones on figs. A good quality potting mix is the most important element.

I remember my grandfather used to just stick the cuttings in the ground and cover them with Hay. Next year there would be a small tree there. Talk about simplicity. 




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

No problem. 

You should be consistent with your watering. Avoid the over watering by making sure 1/2 -1 inch of the soil is dry between each watering. I myself, go by the weigh only for my cuttings or young trees. All the other trees are connected to drip irrigation.

Deep watering it would be perfect if the soil was less dense (less water containing). But since it’s not the case, deep water it twice a week, not everyday. And when you do that water it enough so 15-20% of given water drains out.

Deep watering does remove the accumulated salts from the roots.

Using two different soil mixtures each having a different density than the other will cause major problems. The important point is to make the new soil as similar to the existing soil.

If you are going to up-pot it in a larger container, yes, use a lighter soil and plant it in the pot with 1-1/5 inches of soil is higher than the rim of the pot. Since the soil will settle later. Do use a lighter mix from now on for any purchased plants or upon potting up. Again, make sure the new mix is similar to the weight and composition of the existing mix.

Don’t worry, we all learn as we go.

  

Navid.


Subject: 2 questions Replies: 21
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,190
 
I too use the green tapes. Works perfect without harming the tree.

Haven't used any underwear as ties but I might in future. 

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

A saucer is not needed; if there is one under the pot, remove it.

 Only water the plant when the pots feel light weighted. Just lift one side of the pot once it’s dry and do the same once you water the plant. You get the idea of when you need to water your pot. I would also cut two pieces of 2 by 4 (10 inches long) and place your pot on top of that. It allows for water to drain better and roots can receive some oxygen through the holes, instead of placing it directly on the ground.

Vascular veins in a leaf contains Xylem and Phloem, they transfer water and nutrients to the leaf cells. When over watered the cells in Xylem will burst and die. That is why leaves turn dark/black around the middle/edges of the leaves. Once the plant is over watered and cells have transferred all the water to the leaf you will notice that the center vein and around it will turn light green, after a day or two it will turn black or darken in color. That indicates the death of those water-carrying cells.

Also over watering any plant kept in a container (not just figs), will cause the roots to rot.

Pine bark mulch is mixed in the soil that you are preparing (with limestone and slow release fertilizer) to aid with better drainage. Since you have already up-potted your tree last month, I would not suggest taking the plant out of the pot and mixing in pine bark mulch. Just remember next time when you purchase a fig tree or any other tree that is going to be kept in a pot, add some pine bark mulch or coarse perlite to your medium.

As far as MG potting soil, either Organic or non-organic, I would hesitate to use them in future. Once the MG potting soil gets wet it becomes very dense, simply it containers too much peat moss and retain the water for a prolong time. It also contains Gnats and their larvae.

That’s why many forum members (including me) we all use other brands such as, Fertilome UPM, Farfad mix or other very light weighted mixes. They cost more but its worth it. If you can get Fertilome UPM or any professional brand of potting soil get them and use them in future. You can also use them for rooting cuttings.

And since your soil (MG) does absorb and retain water for longer periods, watered it or when the 1 inches of the soil (from top) dry out or the pots feels light weighted.

Those blackened leaves will eventually dry up and drop. Your plant will replace them again with new leaves.

 

 

Navid.


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


Ok. If not sprayed nor fertilized yet, the blacking of leaves would indicate overwatering.

Few questions, 

when you repotted it last month, did you mix in some pine bark mulch into the new soil? (helps with the drainage)

How fast does the water drains?

Does the pot sits in a saucer? (as the next plant to it in the picture is) 

Or did the pot came with an attached saucer at its bottom. Most of the pots sold at Walmart are like that.



Navid.


P.S. It is not Rust. For now hold off on spraying or fertilizing the tree.

Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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Coming back to my house after being out of town for over a month, the first thing I saw on my Persimmon trees was lots of Japanese Beetles. At night it was june bugs on the Okra plants and stink bugs on the tomatoes. Only small insects on figs. 

Interesting enough two years ago milky spore was applied to my, then this spring I sprayed the lawn with beneficial nematodes, twice. 

Friday evening I installed my electric fly zapper, since then each morning there are between 15-20 dead june bugs laying dead under it. It seems like Japanese beetles are too smart, haven't seem any of them dead under the zapper.

This morning I bought a bag of Scotts Grub EX that will be applied to my lawn this afternoon.




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

I don't think it's rust. 

Did you spray your tree with Neem oil or any type of pesticide night before?

Leaves on my fig trees turn black like yours whenever I spray them with neem oil night before and the next day gets too hot or too sunny. 

Subject: Tallahassee Fig Finds Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,442
 
Well, that is the definition of survivor. Figs are really thought plants. Even the root crown sticking at least one feet out of the soil, tree looks very healthy and loaded with figs. 

Thanks for amazing pictures.


Navid.

Subject: Tallahassee Fig Finds Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,442
 
Great find and even greater story and pics. 

Just being curious. In the 1st pic the tree on the right side of the pool, is that the root crown of the tree elevated above the soil?

Thank you.

Subject: 2 questions Replies: 21
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,190
 
71GTO,

It depends on you. I stake the fig trees that I grow as trees (not bush), till the main trunk is straight enough. After that I remove the stake. Whenever I am in town I check the plastic plant tie to make sure its not harming the trunk, even it stretches.

Eli,

Mix the limestone and slow release fertilizer together. You should also add pine bark mulch in there too, helps with drainage. Your new soil should be similar to your existing soil, or you will have problems with the drainage. 
After you added the soil to the bottom of the pot, broadcast some lime and slow release fertilizer on top. 
I use Osmocote for all my plants. By looking at the size of your pot (if you are going to keep the plant in the same pot), I would guess that you need to mix, 100-150 grams of limestone and 4 tbs of Osmocote SRF, into your new mix. Then on top broadcast about 100 grams of limestone and 2 tbs of Osmocote.
Before adding the lime you should determine the pH of your existing soil and your new mix. 
Also take it easy with liquid fertilizer for the fist month, since your tree has never been fertilized (liquid fertilization) before, it could harm the roots if too much fertilizer given too often. For the first couple of time I would use All purpose MG fertilizer at half strength, after that you can go full strength if you wish.
I've used MG fertilizer on my fig trees in past and I believe half strength of MG would work fine given every two weeks, instead of the full strength. 


Navid.



Subject: 2 questions Replies: 21
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,190
 
Eli,

You can make those self watering pots using the 5 gallon buckets. Or you can use a regular pot. For self watering pots, you water through the PVC pipe every 2-3 days, depending on the weather. 

Mix the lime and the slow release fertilizer into your soil. 

As for staking,
 
I prefer to have a tree with a straight trunk, not bended or.... and I use stakes with plastic plant ties to train my fig trees. It's important to use a plant tie that is expandable. You should not use Velcro.  

In past I've taken off many sun burned or rusted leaves of my trees, non was harmed. Just yesterday I took off over 90 leaves off my Conadri and VDB, they were either has bad case of rust  or burned badly. It's more of a cosmetic thing. They had not been sprayed in past 6 weeks since I was out of town. 

You seen the pic of my 8 feet tall VDB. I staked that tree since it was only 2 feet tall. It's has been growing fine and produces lots of figs each year. 




Subject: 2 questions Replies: 21
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,190
 
Eli,


It that was my tree, 

1) I would take off the worst looking sun burned leaves. 
2) Stake the main trunk.
3) Raise the soil level. Take the plant out of the pot then add some soil (should be same mix as the previous mix). DO NOT add from the top. Then add 2-3 inches pine park mulch on top of the soil.
4) Fertilize it 2-3 times a month with All Purpose MG fertilizer or Dyano Pro fertilizer (both works fine). Also don't forget the Limestone and some Slow release fertilizer, too.
5) Place it some place that it gets at least 6-8 hrs of sun.
6) I would wait till next season to air layer it. But you can do it now if you want to try.

Is that your only tree?


Navid.

Subject: Mad @ Black Madeira Replies: 38
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,772
 
JD,

Last year I propagated 3 Blk. Madeiras, all rooted easily for me. My brother managed to kill them when I was out of town (over-watered them). They were 5 months old.  


IMO, 1) Blk M. does not like direct sunlight for the first year.
          2) It's a slow grower (at least it mines were), even with half strength liquid fertilizer, given ONLY once a week.

So, Just be patient and give it some time.


Navid.

Subject: Trade? Replies: 20
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,638
 
theman7676,

Welcome to the forum. 

I can send you some cuttings from my trees next April (that's when I prone them). Or I can send you some green wood from my VDB and Blk Italian now.

You don't need to pay for them. 


Navid. 

Subject: Zingarella Replies: 35
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,421
 
Olga,

Wish I could send all my trees to you (FL) every summer, I am sure my trees would love it. At the moment I have no ripped figs yet since it's been cool here lately.



Subject: Black Bethlehem Picture Replies: 16
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What a beautiful trees that you got Martin.







Subject: Help, My fig trees are lime green! Replies: 17
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,656
 
As other forum members mentioned above, new young leaves will be pale green and as they mature they will change color to dark green. If that's the case do not add the Fe, just be patient. But if the leaves are mature and still pale green there might be some sort of deficiency usually Iron or Mg.

Chart below can be helpful. It was posted by James couple of weeks ago.

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Subject: Help, My fig trees are lime green! Replies: 17
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,656
 
Take one Tspoon of liquid Iron concentrated and dilute it into one g of water. Water the tree first, wait for 30 mints-1hr then add/pour the diluted Iron around your tree.
 If you buy/have the granulated Iron fertilizer take one Tspoon add to 1g water  let it stand for one night then next morning water your trees with it.

Iron fertilizer will decrease the pH of the soil so make sure not to add Fe too often.

After watering your plants 2-3 times with Fe leaves should turn green, but if they are still pale green then  your tree needs Mg. Mg deficiency can cause the fig leaves turn pale green. make sure the lime that you are using contains Ca and Mg (both of them).

I use the Bonide liquid Fe concentrated (below),

http://www.amazon.com/Liquid-Iron-Concentrate-1-Quart/dp/B0015I6ZW8/ref=sr_1_3?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1308362283&sr=1-3


P.S. Do not water your plant 2-3 days in a row with diluted Iron. For example,
 day 1) water with regular water, wait 30mins, then add the diluted Iron.
day2 and 3) Only water (no Fe).
day 4) same as day 1.
day 5 and 6) same as day 2 and 3 (no Fe).
You get the idea....







Subject: Fertilizing potted figs question Replies: 5
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,372
 
Friend of mine has all of his fig trees in those self watering pots (he purchased them from Bill). Last year I did asked him if he ever adds liquid fertilizer through the PVC pipe and he said, NO.

For those pots Osmocote is mixed into the soil which is a heavy soil and it acts as a wick.

If it was my tree in Bill's pot and I wanted to make sure, I would just call Bill and ask him. He is a very nice person to talk  to.

Bill's number, 908-806-4887.


Good luck


Navid.




Subject: Importing fig trees into the US from European countries Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,393
 
loslunasfarms,

 Thank you. I do have a question, would it be necessary to wrap each individual scion separately or wrap them all in one bundle?



Subject: Importing fig trees into the US from European countries Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,393
 
loslunasfarms and grant,


Great idea. Thank you guys.




Navid.

Subject: Violette de Bordeaux A+++++++++ Replies: 32
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,285
 
nana7b,

My VDB is kept in a large container. It can be planted in ground but needs to be protected for winter.  During June-Sept all my fig trees get 10-12 hrs of 

direct sunlight each day, VDB is the 1st one to show signs of heat stress. So I do not think it's a heat tolerant tree (at least my tree is not). 

Do what Herman said and you will be fine.



Navid.  





Subject: Is this Fertiler ok? Replies: 27
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,874
 
71GTO,

That would work just fine. I use it for the first two yrs. then I switch to the 14-14-14.



Subject: Violette de Bordeaux A+++++++++ Replies: 32
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,285
 
I agree with Maggie %100. VDB is the best tasting dark colored fig in my collection then followed by Black Tuscan. 

O'Rourke (not improved Celeste) is also one of the best light (Brownished) colored figs too. 


Sylvia,

I don't know what you mean by "a small tree". Mine is 3 yrs old, kept in 25 gallon pot and it's about 8 feet tall, I did prune it heavy back in March. I might be able to send you some cuttings when it goes dormant.



Navid.








Subject: Is this Fertiler ok? Replies: 27
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,874
 
Marcus,

 I mix in the Osmocote outdoor indoor along with pine bark, lime and etc. for my newly potted trees. Once they are 2+ yrs old I top dress the pots with the Osmocte fruit and veg (14-14-14). 

I've used Miracle grow all purpose fertilizer before, it works Ok but lack some of the Micro nutrients like Ca. Since last season I been fertilizing my trees with Dyna gro pro 9-3-6 twice a month during the growing season. 

You should be fine using what you have just don't over-fertilize your trees.


Navid.



Subject: Importing fig trees into the US from European countries Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,393
 
I have some family members in Spain and France that can send me fig plants from those two countries. Plants are in 1-3 gallon pots. 

My question is, has anyone here imported fig trees or any other types of plants/trees from outside of US into the US? 

If so, how the process goes? How long the US Customs keep the plants once they arrive into the US?

I have looked at the USDA Agr. site, I know I have to fill out some papers and probably get a license and trees will be inspected for diseases and.....

Any help appreciated.



Navid.

Subject: How many years? Replies: 9
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 984
 
Some of my first season's cuttings do produce 3 or 4 figs, as soon I see them they are taken off the tree.

2nd year, I'll let half of the figs to ripe and pick the other unriped half. 

After the 2nd season I'll let them keep their figs.

As your tree ages it will produce more. For example, I get about 120 figs off my 3 yrs old trees and anywhere between 200-250 from my 4 yrs old tree. 
All kept in 20-25 gallon pots. 


Good luck

Navid.







Subject: Broken Branch on a new cutting Replies: 10
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,090
 
Agree with what Ken said.

Navid.  





Subject: few pics of my figs Replies: 9
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,047
 
Olga,

Nice collection of trees you have.

Thank you for posting those pics.

Navid.



Subject: Is that normal? Replies: 33
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,781
 
satellitehead,

They might need some Iron. Have you tried giving them any Iron?


 

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