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Subject: Is that normal? Replies: 33
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,781
 
One of the tree I bought recently had yellow leaves like the JD's pics. Mixed some liquid Iron with water and watered that plant twice in one week and by the second week its leaves turned green. Also new and young leaves will be yellowish they will turn green as they mature. 


Navid. 

Subject: Black Tuscan??? Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 808
 
I've never propagated from green wood before, I know it takes more TLC trying root a green wood than a hard wood.
Do you fertilize your Persimmon trees? If so, stop the fertilization for a while that should correct the fruit dropping. My persimmon trees will drop flowers/fruits when it gets too dry and hot.

Subject: Black Tuscan??? Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 808
 
No problem. 

Subject: Black Tuscan??? Replies: 8
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 808
 
I do have one. It's not for sale.  I can send you some cuttings when it goes dormant. 

Navid.

Subject: Best mix for potting up started cuttings Replies: 14
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,623
 


I've used both the Fertilome and Pro-mix BX before. Pro-mix contains a lot of peat moss in it which will tend to hold more water if no pine bark mulch or perlite mixed in it. Also it cost more than Fertilome, it comes in a much bigger bags. I think Fertilome is the best choice, IMO. The mix that I buy now is very similar to fertilome its light weight, contains lots of perlite and less peat moss in it.



Subject: 我是一个来自中国的无花果爱好者。 Replies: 18
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,326
 
rafad,

He wrote it using traditional Chinese characters, not the new and modified one. Hope my message make sense to him, its been a long time since I am writing chinese.

Subject: 我是一个来自中国的无花果爱好者。 Replies: 18
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,326
 
George,

He said, he likes figs and is from China. 

Subject: 我是一个来自中国的无花果爱好者。 Replies: 18
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,326
 
歡 迎到論 壇。我建議

因為沒有太 多的論壇成員在這裡可以

無花果是什麼顏色你有你的收藏?

中國哪個城市的?


Navid.

Subject: Sad day for me Replies: 37
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,418
 
Gene, 

I am so sorry for your loss, I can not imagine what you are feeling right now. Please know this, we are here for you and if there is anything we can do please do not hesitate to ask.
 
Navid.


Subject: Are Latarolla breba worth leaving on ? Replies: 27
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,719
 
My Lattarula (aka Italian Honey) is four yrs old and kept in a large pot. From my experience its breba is not worth keeping. I took them off my tree cople of weeks ago, it had over 200 brebas. Since your tree is young you need to take them off so it can conserve energy in growing. 
For me its main crop's taste has the best flavor in my light colored figs.  

Subject: Is it Cajun Honey or Italian Honey?? Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,384
 
gorgi,

Mr. Robin is 74 yrs old but his memory is sharp enough to remember his C.H. didn't came from someone else's Italian Honey's cuttings when I asked him. He also mentioned many good things about you (George), Maggy, Jon and many other forum members.



Subject: Is it Cajun Honey or Italian Honey?? Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,384
 

"I am going to post pictures of both the fruit and of the mother tree for you".



Still waiting for the Cajun Honey pics.



Subject: My trip to Opelousas, LA and meeting the Fig man Mr. James Robin Replies: 10
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,031
 
Paully,

I did ask him that question and if I remember correctly he said, the LSU yellow (Brandy) was one of his favorites. I do have his 2011 inventory which I will post it sometimes on the fig forum, since I don't know if I am allowed to post it here. He does have the Brandy, Scott's yellow and black, Hollier, Blk Italian (plus many other varieties) in his greenhouse. 

Also, I did have the same problem this year with mold forming on tip of my cuttings each time I would place a 2 g ziplock bag over them to keep the humidity high. So I just removed the bags and set them about 4 feet from one of my windows and water them a little every two weeks, now they are growing crazy. Mold forms when there is too much moisture (high humidity) is present in the area. Eliminate the moisture then you have eliminated the mold.


Navid

Subject: How to make Potting Mixes by Dr. O'Rourke Replies: 21
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,533
 
You can view this the book for free on-line. Its called, "Gardening in the humid South".

On Amazon.com --> then click on the book cover on the left, which allows you to view the whole book for free.


Also on Google books:


Subject: Is it Cajun Honey or Italian Honey?? Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,384
 
He did gave me the permission to post any pictures that I took that day. I made sure of that by asking him multiple times if I it was OK, and each time he said yes. 

However we'll find out what it is in few months. 

Thank you.

Navid

Subject: My trip to Opelousas, LA and meeting the Fig man Mr. James Robin Replies: 10
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,031
 
Some pictures from my trip to LA.

Hope you all enjoy them. 


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Subject: Is it Cajun Honey or Italian Honey?? Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,384
 
You know Dan, I did ask JR about if his Cajun Honey and if the cuttings for it was from a Italian Honey? He said, NO. He told me that he got the cuttings from a lady who leaves in LA and has the mother tree in her position.
If you have/had the Cajun Honey in your collection, please post its pictures, we all love to see them, why wait till later in season?
 Couple of weeks ago I saw a thread (from 2009) on fig forum where someone had asked about the Cajun Honey which JR sales. In that thread you said the same thing that those cuttings are from you and they are Italian Honey. You also said that you would post pictures from your C.H. tree later in season. But, when I scrolled down the page I saw no pics from your tree. 
You know I don't really care what the tree is called, if its fruit ripens in my climate and taste good, I am fine with it. I do have a 4 yrs old Italian Honey which produces one of the sweetest figs. I do prefer dark figs but in my light colored ones that I.H. is my favorite. So, if its another I.H. and it taste good, I don't have any problems with it. As I posted yesterday, my tree already has little figs on it and the leaves shape is different than my I.H's leaves shape. In about 3 months I will find out what really it is. 
Please don't be offended by my post, its not my intention, I prefers to see something with my eyes to believe it.

Subject: Is it Cajun Honey or Italian Honey?? Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,384
 
I got a Cajun honey from Mr. Robin. It's about 3 feet tall and has few figlets on it. IMO its leaves shape/pattern dose not resemble the Italian Honey. 

Subject: My trip to Opelousas, LA and meeting the Fig man Mr. James Robin Replies: 10
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,031
 
Hello everyone,

Last weekend I took a road trip to Opelousas, La to see the famous fig man, Mr. Robin. Saturday morning I left Birmingham around 7:30 am and arrived at Mr. Robin's house at 3:15 pm. I was lost for few miles, my car's GPS started taking me to the wrong direction when I had only 2 miles left to his house (one way trip was 490 miles). Had to call him and ask him where his house was? 
Finally arrived there and knocked on his door, he came out and greeted and then his dog (Bob) came outside and started playing with me. We all then went towards back to his greenhouse and orchard, his friend and I walked there while Mr. Robin took off with his riding lawn mower towards back driving 80 miles/hr. 
There he showed me his fig trees. He also has many other types of fruit trees like, Lemon, Orange, Mulberry, grape, Pecan and pomegranate trees.  we walked around his Orchard and he showed me all his trees, meanwhile Bob was catching Snakes, lizards and barking at the Wasp's nest. We walked up front where he propagates his cuttings and taught me few good points in propagation. By then Miss Betty had came outside and I said hello and introduced myself to her. Mr. Robin was being very sweet to her, you could tell he loves her so dearly. 
We talked about his older fig trees that he got in ground and ate some mulberries, picked fresh from the tree. Then I looked at my watch and it was getting late so I told him I had to get on the road, he insisted to stay for dinner, but I told him that I was going back to Birmingham tonight. I felt his house around 6:30 pm.

Mr. Robin is so hospitable that it makes you feel like you know him for years. He takes care of his sick wife with no hesitation and sell trees on the side, when he is 74 years old. I don't think I've ever met someone with this caliber before. 

I took many pictures that I can't download here, it says, the size is too large. Even when I want to download only one. Does anyone know how can I post the pics.?

Thank you for reading this.

Navid




Subject: Is it Cajun Honey or Italian Honey?? Replies: 22
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 3,384
 
 In the link below, more towards the bottom Dan says the Cajun Honey which JR has for sale does come from cuttings taken from Italian Honey. 
My question is, have any one purchased this tree from JR and if so how similar is the fruit to the I.H.?


Navid.

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Already placed my order with Dalton and made a reservation for a car rental (with Hertz). Leaving Birmingham this coming Saturday around 7am. First time traveling to LA so it should be a fun trip. 

Dan,

I did exceed my limit which was five trees :) Now its seven.

Waiting to recieve the list of JR's tree.

Navid.

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
What is the difference between Sal's EL and Sal's Corleone? I know the EL stands for Edible landscaping. Would you recommend to buy all my trees from Durio or some from Mr. Robin's too? My only concern with Mr. Robin's trees is the Nematodes that has been mentioned before.

No more than five trees, it will be hard but I can do it :)

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Planning a road trip to LA in two weeks, will stop at Durio nursery to buy maybe 4-5 trees, then heading down to Mr. Robin's house. These are the trees that I plan to buy from either Durio nursery or Mr. Robin;

Smith, Hollier, Sal's, Genoa and Blk Spanish.

What do you all think about my selection? What other fig trees would you buy other than these five? Possibly dark colored ones.
This morning I spoke with Dalton at Durio nursery and he mentioned that he stocks 68 different varities of fig trees and some are not listed on his website yet. 

One more question, does Nematodes can be transmitted (I know its not a virus) to other trees grown in pots that are nearby the infecetd tree?

Durio:  1 gallon is between $15-$20 (depending on the variety)
             3 gallon $25-35 (depending on the variety)
Mr. Robin: Said he sells his trees in a 2 gallon pots for $18. 18-30 inches tall.


Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
By the way, Jason from petals of the past told me that LSU black is in fact the LSU Scott's blk. As Dan mentioned before.

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Thanks Dan,

I am planning to drive down to LA on the 23rd of this month. I'll go first to Durio nursery since they close at 5pm on Saturdays then will stop by Mr. Rubin's house. I'll call him in advance to make sure he will be there on that day.

navid

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Thanks Dan and Figluvah,

By any chance do you all have the list of plants that Mr. Rubin has for sale? Or do you all know which varieties that he carries or the prices?

Dan,

Is Mr. Rubin's nursery opens on Saturdays or do I have to call him and make an appointment with him?

Navid

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Dan,

I am really thinking about taking a road trip there because I will be in Birmingham for only three more weeks then heading north to Cambridge, MA for rest of the summer. I was afraid by going there I would end up buying too many trees from them, usually that happens when I go to petals from the past anyway, I go there to get two trees then walking out with 6 or more. Now you mentioned James Robin's nursery, I think I am in trouble (in a good way :))
 How much does Mr. Robin charges for his trees? Do you have his address? if so you can send it to me via a private message if you don't want to post it here. 

Thanks Dan.

Navid

Subject: Any thoughts on Smart Pots? Replies: 33
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 4,434
 
They will dry out fast in hot weather, so you need to water them more often. Other than that they would work great. Last season I took a 5 gallon pot and drilled lots of holes around its wall (kind of the Root-maker pots), and planted my young VDB in it to see how it would grow when the root system gets more oxygen. That tree grew so vigorously in 3 months that I end up re-potting it in a 15 gallon pot. 
When the root system gets more oxygen, the tree will grow faster and much better looking than the trees in other regular pots that have only drainage holes at the bottom.
I do remember I had to water that pot more often than my other pots. 
One more thing, don't place your Smarpot on directly on the concrete patio or in a empty pot. Dig a hole in the ground (6 inches or so) and place it in there, roots will be cooler in hot summer days and you don't have to water them so much, the pot's fabric will wick some moisture through the ground. 



Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Jason,

Totally agree with you about their shipping cost. I did call them this morning and the person on the other side of the line said, they will charge $20.00 for a small box that can contain 2 1 gallon pots or $40.00 for a large box that can contain 4 1 gallon pots or 1 3 gallon pot. They would charge the same price if they wanted to send it to AL or any other states, I would think the shipping coast would be cheaper to ship it to one of the neighboring states, but its not. 

Any other inputs will be greatly appreciated.

Navid


Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Dan,

Do you recommend the Durio nursery at Opelousas, LA for buying fig trees from? I was thinking about taking a road trip there next time that I am in Birmingham, AL. There are about 7hrs from my place at Birmingham.
I am sure some members have purchased fig trees from them, if so, would you recommend them to others? How tall or healthy are their 1 gallons trees?

Thank you all.

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Dan,

It sounds like a good fig to have, but I might get crazy and buy 2 more of it when I go there next week (right now I have only one). I plan to buy 4-5 fig trees and some Persimmon, lemon and other fruit trees when I go there. 

Navid
 

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Yes, the O'Rourke and the Improved Celeste are two different figs, one with longer neck than the other one and slightly different taste too, as O'Rourke being sweeter. However I lost my O'Rourke last winter due to freezing. Last week I bought a 3 gallon O'Rourke to replace my lost one. 
Since this year will be the first year that will have the LSU blk can't comment on its taste, but O'Rourke is my number one, followed by VDB and then Blk Italian.


Navid

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Dan,

Thank you for the clarification. I bought my blk Italians from Petals from the past last year. Unfortunately my aunts like those trees so much that I gave both of my blk Italians to them as a gift. I am going to buy couple more of them next week.
One more question, out of LSU blk, Blk Italian and O'Rourke which one is your best pick based on fruit's taste and growing rates in LA's weather?


Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Dan,

I have a question for you since you know more about the figs from LA. 
Is there a black Italian heirloom fig that is from somewhere in south, possibly Louisiana? Or was this tree originated from Italy? 
Last year I bought couple of them (1 yr. old) and they produced lots of figs which tasted very sweet, like honey, the fruit's color was dark purple to black with dark pink inside. 

Navid

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
JD,

I called them today but they were closed. I left a voicemail for Jason to call me. As soon he tells me which LSU blk it is I will let you all know.

Navid.

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Beyondista,

I know they don't have that on their website, but they do have it on their field
 You can just call them and ask for Jason or whoever works outside with fruit trees. 
They also have few more varieties that are not listed on their site but have them available outside. 
I usually go there whenever I am in Birmingham and buy my plants. 
They did not have the LSU black last year, or I didn't see it.....

Navid.



Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
JD and Dan,

Thank you for the links to the pics. I will call Jason this afternoon and will ask him which LSU blk. it is.

Beyondista,
You can buy it from Petals from the past nursery. They have the LSU blk in 1 gallon for $9.00 and 3 gallon. They charge only $10.00 for shipping (I think they only ship the 1 gallon ones since the one in 3 gallon are a little heavier). I usually go there and buy my trees. 

Navid.




Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Dan,

Thanks so much for the information. I did find some threads on-line about this fig and it seems like a keeper. I will call Jason at Petals from the past to ask  him which LSU black variety it is, just to make sure.

Thanks again.

Navid.

Subject: Easy Drip Irrigation Kit & Greenhouse Replies: 3
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 785
 
I also ordered my drip irrigation stuff from dripworks. But bought my timer form Amazon.com (it was cheaper). Have not had a chance to set up my system yet.

Dripworks,


Timer; 

Subject: Do you have the LSU BLACK ? Replies: 59
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 6,215
 
Yesterday evening I went down to the Petals from the past nursery and bought few figs, Lemons and Persimmons trees. They also had some LSU Black for sale, I had never heard of it but bought one in 3 gallon. The owner (Jason) told me, the tree came out of LSU Ag. program and the fruit resemble the Black Italian but a little smaller and very sweet.<div>My question for you all of you who has more knowledge about the figs came out of LSU program is,  do you have this tree in your collection, if so, how would you compare its sweetness to O'Rourke and VDB, is this a closed or open eye fig and do have any pics from your own LSU Blk that you can post?</div><div><br></div><div>Navid.</div><div><br></div><div><br><div><br></div></div>

Subject: new to forum Replies: 12
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 804
 
Sara,

Welcome to the forum. What types of figs are you interested in? Black ones or green ones? 

hoosierbanana,

EL does not have the Negronne available. They had it on their website two weeks ago as in stock, so I placed a order for it but when I got my order they had send me a LSU purple. I called them and they said they didn't have it in their stock so they went ahead and substituted it with LSU purple. What amazes me; 1) they advertise something that they don't have in stock, on-line, 2) they substituted my order for another tree without at least calling me. They told me they would send me a Negronne when it becomes available. 
That was my last order with EL after having so much problems with them for past two seasons.




Subject: i am looking to buy a few O'ROURKE IMPROVED CELESTE cuttings Replies: 4
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 633
 
Grant,

You have a message.

Navid

Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,020
 
I bet that was an experience, I have experienced it myself too. They called me two weeks ago at my office, at first he pronounced my last name correctly (which I was  very surprise), then introduced himself and said he was from Federal Bureau of Investigation. He didn't said it right away why he was calling me, so I was shocked, asked him why he was calling me and he said it was about the stolen mail report that I had filled earlier this month. I was relieved when he said that and told him its OK, just forget about it. But he insisted that he wanted to start an investigation and asked many questions. He also told me FBI will get involve if someone's mail get tampered with or opened up with a sharp object like a knife or scissor basically it is a federal offense. One thing that I learned was maybe think twice before filling a stolen mail report again. 

Subject: Choice of top 12 figs Replies: 45
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 34,571
 

I would add, Black Italian and Violette de Bordeaux. These two were the best last season. Both dark skined and very sweet.


Subject: Pruning branches to get 2 offsets Replies: 11
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 941
 
JCA,

No, they are not a big problem here up north and I never have seen them either. My friend lives in Florida and has to battle the fig bores.

Subject: Pruning branches to get 2 offsets Replies: 11
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 941
 
Beyondista,

You can cut above a node during the growing season, the tree would form branches at that point/node. That's what I did last season with some of my trees which were getting very tall.

JCA,

I know someone had the problem with fig borers before and they covered the whole tree with a steel mesh cage (one used for screen doors). He made a frame using 2 by 4s and nailed the steel mesh to the frame and placed his trees under the cage.
You can buy a role of 4 by 6 foot from Lowe's for around $9.00. Also you can kill them by hand or.. or you could buy a electric fly zapper and hang it somewhere away from the tree, you might be able to decrease their populations.

Navid.


 

Subject: I think I messed up again. Replies: 30
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 1,090
 
keep them somewhere humid and out of direct sun.

Subject: fig cuttings questions... Replies: 47
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,903
 

That part of the root may have turned black because of mold. Try to not to keep it too moist in the bag. And, yes, I am from Iran.


Subject: fig cuttings questions... Replies: 47
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,903
 
Ok, the root part's that is black, is dead. But if the new pic. is from the same cutting, I would not worry about it. The roots in that cup looks perfect. Wait maybe another month to move that cutting (the one in the cup) in a larger cup or pot, so it can develop more root mass. After transferring it into a bigger cup or... put it in shade for a while, then gradually introduce them to sunlight. Last season I was so eager to move some of my cuttings into semi-direct sun that I lost those cuttings. They had good root system and nice leaves, but could not survive the dramatic shock. With cuttings you just have to be patient.

Navid.

Subject: fig cuttings questions... Replies: 47
Posted By: nkesh099 Views: 2,903
 
persianninja,

Some fig varieties/cuttings will develop more roots than leaves. Like when I was propagating LSU purple from scion last year, I did observe this condition.
For your 2nd question, I don't think the browning of the root means its a goner. Again, many of my cutting's roots turned brown and they were all fine. So don't worry. When you do transfer them to the cup make sure NOT to over-water them.

Navid.

 

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