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Subject: Tree is not producing fruit. Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,645
 
No FMV is not a contact virus it is located in the trees DNA. The tree will grow and produce fruit it just has mottled/misshapen leaves and some grow slower.  I have an infected tree that did not grow in two years just as I was about to send it to the landfill it started to grow.. Sometimes you have to threaten them i guess...LOL
Nemotodes on the other hand can and will go from tree to tree..


Subject: Tree is not producing fruit. Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,645
 
In ground trees become stunted for various reasons the number one reason is FMV. The small trees might not be showing alot of sign of the virus but could be a factor.I would use a good compost mix to mulch around the tree allowing the compost to naturally fertilize the tree.  Pictures would help alot. look for misshapen or discolored leaves a sure sign of FMV. Also could be Root Nemotodes affecting the plant only way to tell is to dig it up and look..

Subject: Tree is not producing fruit. Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,645
 
Could be a number of reasons. My first guess is root bound in the pot.. (Bonsai fig tree) Second is it allowed to go dormant each winter and rest in a cool dark place?
I would repot it into a bigger pot work the roots loose alittle but do not leave air pockets. If it is really root bound take a razor knife and make 3 or 4 slices down the sides of the root ball. or take pruning shears and cut out the large cable roots. Repot it in a good media for mature tree's (not starter media) and allow it to do its thing..




Subject: figs on ebay Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,466
 
Mommagoose what variety did you receive from me that was DOA I would be willing to replace that cutting for you.. I pride myself on having satisfied customers and if I still have cuttings of that cultivar I will replace it. I direct alot of people to this site for information and do not hide who I am on ebay or this site. If there is a problem I will make it right. Sounds like you are having a good success rate with the other cuttings you got we all know that 100% success is almost impossible. If anyone has questions or concerns please contact me via email, or pm so I will get back to you quicker as I only visit here once a week or so.

Subject: Help id this Replies: 49
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,798
 
I know where it is planted.. I am going to sneak over and read the tag then come back and post my guess give me a day or two

Subject: California Brown Turkey?????? Replies: 5
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,445
 
Yes it has an open cavity if picked at the right time and weather permitting it is not bad. It is great however when stuffed with cheese..It grows well...
 last year It froze back to the ground and then put on 3ft of new growth along with 1/2 dozen fruits. I better protected it this year and we will see..

Subject: Would You Eat This Fig? Replies: 15
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,572
 
Herman have you noticed a thicker skin on some of the first fruits this year?? the first few ripe figs had thick hard skins i this from the heat we got in our are this year?? I have been picking main crop for about a week now I do start my trees earlier in a green house them move them outside. Let me know your findings this year from the heat waves.. Thanks

Subject: Smoking Thread. Replies: 22
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,374
 
don't think fig wood would give off a good smoke as it is pithy and we all know how the leaves smell.......

Subject: brunswick or something else?? Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 600
 
Found a tree while on vacation the owner allowed me to pick a few breba and take a few leaves to try and identify the tree. I seem to think it is along the lines of a brunswick while others I have shown the leaves to have disagreed. You be the judge and give me your opinions. Very large breba fruit with closed eye, honey colored interior with a touch of pink on the tips of the flowers. could not weigh the fruit but it is very large...

by the way the tree was unprotected last winter and was still loaded with breba and very small amount of freeze damage. Cant wait for the main crop as I was invited back to pick some for identification purposes.


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Subject: Suckers Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,193
 
Dan just pull them down to the ground remove the leaves and cover with soil and place a brick on top to hold it down. Only allow the tip of the sucker to be exposed. this will allow it to grow roots under the soil then in about 6-8 weeks cut the sucker from the main plant only allowing the new roots to feed the tree until it goes dormant then dig and pot presto new tree.

Subject: Pianta Di Fico, Venuta Da Viterbo Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 478
 
if i translated it correctly they are PLANT OF FIG and the rest is the region or town from which the tree is located..

Subject: breba 2011 nj zone 7 Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 609
 
Barry this is my first year with this cultivar. My tree is young also three years old. only allowed one breba to remain and will probably only allow 6-10 main fruits. I do not have a VDB so I cannot make comparison. I will post updates on main crop as they ripen.

Subject: breba 2011 nj zone 7 Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 609
 
went away on vacation locally to the shore so I could run home and check on the babies.. Well they rewarded my efforts here are the photos if you click on the picture you should get the tag identifying what tree they came from. 

Rating:
Vista = 1 bland no flavor just edible.
Kadota = 4 slightly sweet standard kadota taste worth keeping for early fig consumption
Sals Corleone = 5 sweet juicy nice breba nothing like main crop though.
Desert King = 6 sweet flavorful fig only have the breba crop here in NJ. worth keeping for early fig consumption.
Quantico = 9 large fig super sweet if left to ripen fully almost candy like interior. three bite fig.. I want more....


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Subject: Save A Tree Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 737
 
if you dig them up and pot them keep them in the shade all summer.  I would remove alot of leaves and fruit If it was me. I would prune them in half keeping the sticks for rooting and trying to reduce the impact on the root system to sustain the top growth. They will look bad for this year but will come back next...

Subject: Happy Fathers Day Replies: 7
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 650
 
Maggie thanks good to hear from you I sent you an email about olive trees pm me or send me an email..

Subject: Help, My fig trees are lime green! Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,656
 
Are they outside in unfiltered sunlight?
Filtered light can cause this symptom through glass or plastic like in a greenhouse. If they are still indoors harden them off under a tree for two weeks then half day of full sun for another week then full sun. If they are outside then it is definitely an iron issue.

Subject: Fertilizing potted figs question Replies: 5
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,372
 
A slow release fertilizer applied to the top worked into the soil is recommended. If you feel the need to apply additional I would give it  a 1/2 strength water soluble fertilizer once a week on top not through the fill tube.  Also dont forget to add lime to your trees to allow the tree to absorb the nutrients you need the right ph in the soils.

Subject: New subject for me - dwarf figs Replies: 7
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 748
 
I have a brown greek that has real tight nodes it is a rooted cutting right now and I am watching the growing characteristics but it might be what you are looking for..there has to be 6 -8 nodes per inch of wood.

Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,223
 
Yes they are local and have stores along the east coast Griffin Greenhouse supplies. I think they even truck ship right to your door.

Noss I found the same thing even though it is coarse the handling and packaging of the material breaks it down. I used to sift it then I just said the heck with it those little pieces work the same. If you are working on a small scale and have the time go ahead but large scale it is not worth the time and loss of product to separate.




Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,223
 
Could be possible in the box stores i guess.  I only use whitemore super coarse perlite from my horticulture supplier. I buy it in 6 cu ft. bags for $22.00 each.




Subject: Perlite on top of mix is bad news for figs Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,223
 
The perlite is acting like a surface layer of dirt and your tree is reacting normally sending out roots just below the surface.  Remember dark and damp promotes rooting...

Alan I do not know of any garden perlite that has fertilizer in it every brand I have dealt with is sterile.. Here is information on  perlite.

What is Perlite?

Perlite is a unique volcanic mineral which expands to about 13 times its original volume when it is heated to a temperature of approximately 1600 F (871C). During the heating process, the mineral particles pop like popcorn and form a granular, snow-white material that is so light in weight it weighs only about 5 to 8 pounds per cubic foot (80-128 kg/cubic meter).

Each particle of perlite is comprised of tiny closed air cells or bubbles. The surface of each particle is covered with tiny cavities which provide an extremely large surface area. These surface cavities trap moisture and make it available to plant roots. In addition, because of the physical shape of each particle or perlite, air passages are formed in the growing media thereby providing excellent aeration. Fertilizer appropriate to the plants being grown should be added. Horticultural perlite is available in several different grades. The coarse sand size has been used for many general gardening and horticultural applications, but the finer grades work best when used outdoors.

Advantages of Horticultural Perite

  • Improves aeration and drainage
  • Makes moisture and nutrients readily available to plants
  • Is inorganic and does not deteriorate.
  • Has an essentially neutral pH of 6.5 to 7.5.
  • Serves as an insulator to reduce extreme soil temperature fluctuations.
  • Is sterile and free of weeds and disease.
  • Is clean, odorless, lightweight, and safe to handle.



Subject: Ripening Figs faster Replies: 11
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 4,350
 
Aeilee I tried that last year on a few that I was to impatient to wait for. It was not worth it in my opinion. It gave me the wrong idea on flavor and texture and seed crunch. It made the fig completely different in my opinion. I will now wait and let nature do its thing it is so much more rewarding...Good luck with your experiment and continue to think outside the box. It might work for you in your zone and with your cultivar.

Subject: Need Tips on Rooting Directly Into Pot Replies: 20
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,833
 
Did not wax mine. just took a wooden dowel made a hole and pushed cutting into dirt. I would not fertilize any new tree until it had new growth approx. 12 inches then only 1/2 strength water soluble fertilizer 30 minutes after normal watering.
 Good luck and enjoy your time with your family

Subject: Need Tips on Rooting Directly Into Pot Replies: 20
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,833
 
I believe the tropics of Malaysia would have a very high humidity level and the cultivars if local varieties would thrive naturally. I have thought about using straw to cover the tops but they did fine without it seems most of the new growth emerged from under the ground. only a few broke leaves from above the soil line. Also the branches i buried whole about three feet long and two inches in circumference shot out new trees and they have large diameter shoots almost 1/2 inch in diameter. they look real healthy and almost indestructible. 

Subject: Need Tips on Rooting Directly Into Pot Replies: 20
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,833
 
I did several different varieties this way directly in the garden with only top 1/2 inch of cutting exposed. I have had a great result in rooting. They are in direct sunlight with no watering or covering of any kind. (except for natural weeds)Sort of the way nature would do it. The leaves that have popped out have withstood 100 degrees without supplemental water.  They are doing better than the rooted cuttings I started in baggies and have in 1 gal pots on a drip watering system.  Seems nature does it the right way. I also used plain old garden soil nothing added. I have now put different cultivars in pots with plain old soil to root and sunk the pots up to the rim back in the garden. If you are not going to be there to fuss over the cuttings just fill your pots bury them and plunge the cuttings into the pots. I would plant one and a spare in each pot just in case one does not make it.

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Subject: A Windy Day Replies: 18
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,383
 
yes I agree I almost lost a young black mission all the leaves were dried up I quickly hit the overhead water. I just got done healing in more pots as the trees that were healed in 4-6 inches were looking fine the ones just sitting on top of the ground were stressed and suffering.  My trees get watered twice a day with overhead on some drip system on others.

Subject: looking for olive tree cuttings Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 689
 
Jason if you could get the varieties that would be great. I figure i should at least try nothing ventured nothing gained.

Subject: looking for olive tree cuttings Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 689
 
They are growing orchards of them small scale in michigan I have done some research and it looks like it could work. The guy a few towns over had a tree in a large pot and he got his own olives just does not know what variety it was from his fathers house in italy that is all he knows.

Subject: looking for olive tree cuttings Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 689
 
I am looking for an italian olive tree that I can get some cuttings from. looking for table olive to process and serve. Main goal looking for a Nocellara del Belice olive. I met a gentlemen who has a family tree in a pot and stores it inside in the winter time. He was not willing to make any cuts on his tree very protective. Let me know your experiences.  how well should it work in my zone 6/7 New Jersey

Last post would not allow anyone to respond so I reposted.

Subject: rooting in fresh spagnum moss Replies: 0
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 532
 
Anyone ever try to root cuttings in fresh live spagnum moss let me know your results. Thanks.



Subject: Need ideas Replies: 11
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 882
 
I brought a 10 ft desert king 200 miles from virginia to New jersey in a pick up truck. Get some bailing twine and tie up the branches like you are going to winterize it. Then wrap the entire thing with the burlap and tie it again with the twine. Place the pot against the cab and tie or block in place to prevent rolling. the entire tree should look like it is going away for the winter wrapped up nice and tight. let the top lay flat out the tailgate do not allow it to bounce on the top of the tailgate. you can get it as far as you need this way and it will arrive with minimal damage

Subject: Cherry Time! Replies: 9
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 870
 
Thanks for reminding me to net my tree. I have a few but only one is mature enough to produce fruit. My others are just whips still.

Subject: Is my Fig tree dying? UPDATE! Replies: 39
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 5,128
 
Gia I would skip the hormone just leave the roots settle in their new environment keep them moist and be patient it could take a few days to recover. Up to two weeks in some situations.

Subject: Is my Fig tree dying? UPDATE! Replies: 39
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 5,128
 
Gia yes just cut them in half with scissors or take 1/3rd off each leaf. what ever you feel comfortable doing.  I am in Gloucester county....

Subject: Is my Fig tree dying? UPDATE! Replies: 39
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 5,128
 
Gia the tree is probably in transplant shock. The roots were used to getting X amount of water then you potted it and they now are getting Y amount. I would keep the soil damp NOT WET. just enough to sustain the tree. Move the tree to a shaded spot under a tree where it gets very little sun. Then I would cut each leaf in half reducing the moisture loss through evaporation. The roots need to be fed through the leaves so they need to stay to an extent. Wait until you see new leaf growth from the tips then slowly reintroduce back to direct sun. Good luck and welcome to the forum.

Subject: So many to pick from Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,034
 
Dom I was confused at work and all Dolomite lime is fine but I have never found it in pellet form.. I use the powder dolomite lime white show lime as we call it. The pellet form is a diluted powder lime that has already been broken down and formed into gray pellets for fast absorption of lime to the soils.  The powder is long acting even though you think it is washed out is is in the soil working for upwards of three years... Garden centers sell the powdered lime (white) to sweeten the soil.sorry for the confusion i even confused myself.....


Subject: Too much rain? Replies: 18
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,640
 
you need to pinch the leaders out every 6 leaves it will make the tree produce fruit instead of producing new growth. Just pinch out the main spade like tip. The embreyos will mature and the tree will branch out from the area you pinched at. This is considered active growth pruning for fruit production.

Subject: Figs on new growth Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 756
 
John pinch away take that leader out it will force the embreyos to start to form it will also force branching.

Subject: So many to pick from Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,034
 
One correction Dominick you should not use dolomite lime it is a fast acting lime that has already been broken down/diluted then formed into pellets works fast but is quickly depleated from the soils. You need limestone {white powder} it stays in the soil longer and works for up to three years. It goes against what you would think... powder dissolves and is gone but not with lime....

Subject: Sad day for me Replies: 37
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,418
 
Gene I feel your pain brother. My Condolences.

Subject: Saturdays fig gathering Replies: 34
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,860
 
Yes it was a great time learned that I need a jujube in my collection of edible landscape.  Thanks everyone

Subject: My First Breba Fig Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 937
 
Dom I got mine from northeastern tool look at the shelterlogic good price to start off with. I got the 10x20 easy set up and good instructions.
Just had to add a shade cloth as temps were up over 110 two weeks ago..

Subject: My First Breba Fig Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 937
 
Dom put your trees in pots and store them in an insulated fig room ie garage. Then put them in a greenhouse to get a jump start you will have plenty of breba I have been picking them off to allow only a few to ripen. If the embreyos do not freeze they will pop in the spring. and the greenhouse is cheaper than another house. plus you can start your vegetables also. You will need the greenhouse sooner or later so go ahead and get it so you can extend your season this fall... Good luck just remember when pruning your trees in the fall that the breba are set on the wood you will be cutting off so leave a little.

Subject: How Can You Tell if a Clipping is Viable? Replies: 7
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 862
 
First off welcome to the forum.
two weeks is not enough time keep them warm and in filtered light under a tree and wait. Brown turkey is one of the easiest to root. they just need time the dirt in the middle of those pots is still to cold to start rooting.

Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,684
 
I think ben hit it on the head when the tree is dormant just lie it on its side support the main trunk with a saw horse to prevent top damage and let it rest on its side., We dig our trees and knock them over cover them with dirt then dig them up and they are fine.. As long as the tree does not break any top branches let it sleep on its side.

Subject: Saturdays fig gathering Replies: 34
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,860
 
debbie i will trade some fig cuttings for the berries
 Ed I have no experience with sicilian black the mother tree is in ground and never covered about 25 ft high by 30 ft round more like a large bush. Great flavor one of my favorites..




Subject: Can I air layer main trunk ? Replies: 40
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,684
 
John I would just try and bring the top down by pruning it back to fit or build a bigger garage. HAHA the things we will do for our trees is amazing......

Subject: nice to meet everyone Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 487
 
Bob welcome aboard yes a top dressing of lime and some slow release fertilizer is fine this time of year.

Subject: Saturdays fig gathering Replies: 34
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,860
 
2nd annual fig growers meeting in the northeast region.

Ed  have a few small sicilian reds some stellas, italian honey, Dottato all in 1 gal pots. I also will be bringing some scion from a few varieties.. let me know if you want to trade for a lattarola.


Subject: New heriloom fig discovery and story. Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 675
 
Fig huntin stories are always the best. I love to stop and just talk to tree owners about their trees. 

 

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