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Subject: Angelique/Madeleine de Saisons fig? Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,461
 
I am waiting on an Angelique myself... Have a connection just waiting for the phone call to go get it.

Subject: moved all the trees out of the greenhouse today Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 804
 
Gorgi  I only hardened them a little moving them around for a few days I will keep an eye out for sunburn. The big trees have been out for two weeks now with no problem I just moved all the 1 gal trees out friday.  I just today put a shade cloth on the greenhouse for some of my other plants that I start in there. It was getting to hot 110 degrees and the fan was not doing anything, need a bigger fan I guess.

Subject: moved all the trees out of the greenhouse today Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 804
 
The green house was a snap to set up each pole has a stamped identifying number instructions were well written. took two men half a day to set up.  It is anchored with six 36 inch auger anchors and 6 24 inch auger anchors. For a floor I used tar paper right over the grass. It worked real well threw in a propane heater the kind that mounts on top of a tank and it kept the freeze off the plants. for the price it is well worth it. got it on sale at northern tool it is built by shelter logic.

Subject: moved all the trees out of the greenhouse today Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 804
 

This is the first year for breba on my kadotta Last year it dropped them before they were even marble size. I will see and post results. My trees are in pots and stored inside for the winter then jumpstarted in the greenhouse. My trees in ground are just starting to leaf out.


Subject: moved all the trees out of the greenhouse today Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 804
 

Okay all the trees are officially out of the greenhouse. Most have breba I have one kadotta that was just overloaded with breba so I removed all but two per branch.  The large trees are on the left with a row of 1 gal pots healed in and a group of 1 gal pots that I have awaiting new homes. The drip irrigation will go in next week and then they are off and running.  The storage of the trees in the garage and started in the greenhouse has given me a 6 week head start. I am already pinching several trees.  Cant wait for august..

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Subject: "Dead" King Replies: 10
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,779
 
John if the tree was not given to me I would not have it. I prefer main crop figs to breba only trees. The fig wasp is not here to pollinate the main crop. It is strickly a west coast tree in my mind.

Subject: "Dead" King Replies: 10
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,779
 
I have a nice size king in a 20 gal pot.over 6 ft high. herman told me it should remain in the pot forever in our area.

Subject: last of the spring trees for sale in south jersey Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 964
 
okay vito I will put them up for you.

Margo nice talking with you today good luck with the new place plenty of room for more trees..HAHAHA...


Subject: Novice Repotting Question Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 551
 

Those pots should be fine do a search on pinching and you should be set.


Subject: last of the spring trees for sale in south jersey Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 964
 
Okay just posted the last of the spring run of trees on craigslist and I wanted to offer a discount to forum members. Just mention the forum when you order your tree and you will receive a 30% discount from the craigslist price. I will be attending the fig meeting at basses home and will be giving a short talk on pinching. I can bring the trees there or you can pick them up. I have never shipped live trees but would be willing to try.  Some of the trees would be difficult to ship as they are quite tall.  These are last years cuttings that were potted into 1 gal trade pots last summer and have good root structure. ready to pot up to larger pot. They were stored in my fig room and given a jump start in the green house. They have been given the annual dose of fertilizer lime and fresh pine bark to top off the pots.
My Craigslist add can be viewed at http://southjersey.craigslist.org/grd/2354829285.html.


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Subject: new to forum Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 804
 
EL = edible landscaping a nursery can be found online
HC = Hardy Chicago


Subject: new to forum Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 804
 
Hi Sara welcome to the forum check your private message box I have some trees and cuttings still available.

Subject: brebas Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 584
 
Yes bass the trees from the cold storage room have breba all over. I even removed alot trying to get 2 to ripen on each branch.  These trees are now in the greenhouse to give them a jump on the season. the ones in the ground that were covered are showing no signs of breba at this point.

Subject: Concerns about new member Replies: 56
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,434
 
Ailee you can crop the picture down a little and save it this reduces the image size.

Subject: need help Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,339
 
I would lay the container on its side as recommended and roll it until the cuttings drop out where you can pick them up without pulling them from the media. I would cut the cuttings in half so you are working with a 6-8 inch cutting. Remove all fig embreyos from the cuttings and replant in a media of 60% straight perlite and 40 % turface (clay used to make oil dry) you can use oil dry if it is the clay based material not the synthetic stuff.  The perlite allows air in and the clay holds moisture. you can easily monitor the moisture in the clay as it changes color when damp from when dry. Remember even though the top is dry there is still moisture down in the cup. I would then put them into styrofoam cups 20-24 oz. You can buy them at wal-mart. I would fill the cups around the cuttings with the media leaving 1.5 to 2 inches of space on top to add a light compost/perlite mixture later when there are roots to feed the newly rooted tree. I would put 5 drain holes in the bottom and six to 8 air holes around the sides at various locations and heights. Then I would put the cups back into the 5 gal buckets place them in a dark warm place to root. Cover the top of the bucket with a plastic bag to hold the humidity in you can hang a damp paper towel down inside the bucket from the top this will tell you when the humidity is low as the paper towel will be dry. As the plants grow and get true leaves start to introduce them to light and back off on the humidity simply remove the bag  keep using the paper towel though. as the trees start to grow you will see roots coming out the holes in the cups and possibly growing by the hole. Leave the tree in the cup as long as possible they need to develop a large amount of roots before potting up in the late summer. Watering through the compost will push micro nutrients down into the cup to sustain the new tree for a few months.

Subject: need help Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,339
 
the media looks way to wet and miracle grow soil is almost always a disaster on cuttings. rooted trees is a different story. Even though the tops are turning green and leafing out does not mean the cutting is viable. or even has roots. Sorry just my opinion not being mean we have all been there and made alot of mistakes but we learn fast from them.

Subject: need help Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,339
 
Sterling I am willing to bet all those cuttings die.  sorry but it is the hard truth do some reading gather the right supplies and try again with new cuttings. It can be trial and error sometimes but that is how we learn. Do a search on the forum do some reading and start over it is not to late.



Subject: New rooting experiment going well Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,094
 
The physon 20 can be found on ebay relatively cheap. buy a small bottle as the mixture ratios are very small.  Also the physon 20  has a mixed shelf life of 5-7 days then it starts to become ineffective.  I mix mine as I need it in a quart spray bottle. You should also use it to moisten your media to kill mold spores in the mixes...

physon 20 staff has answered many emails from me with my concerns about its usage they are prompt and very informative.

Subject: Pinching buds Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 675
 
Yes you can. I pinch all my trees after the tree has six leaves on a branch it gets pinches out.



Subject: irrigation Replies: 19
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,178
 
I just place my emitters in a circle around the tree. small trees get emitters placed at 4-8-12 o clock. medium and large trees get emitters placed at 3-6-9-12 o clock . during the heat of the summer my watering schedule is twice a day for 15 minutes giving each large tree  1 gal of water at each watering. The important part of installing a irrigation system is to run a test after you have finished the installation to assure you know how much water is being put down. Take a 1 gal jug and drop an emitter into it and run the system for a preset amount of time. then you know how much water that emitter will put out. Even though the emitters are rated there are to many variables, such as number of emitters, water pressure, gravity, that can change the rating.

Subject: successful Italian fig growers in Pennsylvania Replies: 37
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Nice I love the family stories that come with finding new fig trees.

Subject: 2nd Fig growers meeting Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,874
 
I will be giving a short lecture on pruning and pinching at this meeting. I am going to schedule a fall meeting for fall pruning and putting our figs to bed for the winter. This meeting will be held in the South Jersey area and we should have ripe fruits to enjoy at this gathering. These are free lectures with priceless information can't wait to see everyone again.
Al Richer


Subject: how long do i have to wait to see fig? Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 464
 
Pete if you pinch the leaders after every 6-7 leaves this helps force the embryos to produce figs. Dont forget where you pinch you will also force branching. You should be able to get a few figs off each tree this year if you pinch pinch pinch..
do a search on pinching and see the results.


Subject: When do I water my fig cuttings? Replies: 18
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,874
 
I would be watering only when needed this time of year. take a wooden dowel and push it down into the media. you can pull it out and see if it is damp sort of like checking a cake.. Also in a few weeks you can start feeding the tree 1/2 strength miracle grow once a week. You can lift the pot and eventually you will be able to tell by the weight of the pot when it needs water.

Subject: Have you uncovered your trees Replies: 13
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,011
 
The severe wind storm did damage to a few of my trees and unwrapped a couple so last week they all were unwrapped. Just keeping an eye on the new growth and the frost warnings now. I have all my tarps and blankets at the ready.

Subject: What color is this Fig? Replies: 11
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I like the violet blush

Subject: Soil Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 523
 
I just use my pig poo compost with lime and perlite. My older trees just get less perlite.

Subject: mold-help! Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,535
 
I have saved many a cutting from the gray death. If they are not rooted just wash them and start over with new baggie and paper. If potted with no leaf growth just rooted cutting I just wipe off the exposed wood and increase air a little just prop the lid open with a pencil. If your new leaves are molding and falling off probably not going to make it..

Subject: my early start project Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 876
 
Yes noss I have saved a box fan from the scrap pile I have to build a frame that will hold it up at the rear window to exhaust the hot air. My son saved seeds from several chrysanthemum plants and we will plant them around the perimeter. In front of the small hoop house is the area I will heal in the 1 gal potted trees I have a drip system that I need to retrofit to the new layout so I can go to the shore for a weekend of relaxation. Oh yeah there is currently 36 tulip bulbs and 24 hyacinths under the hoop house in pots for mothers day gifts.

Subject: my early start project Replies: 12
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Ed the flooring is tar paper that I had to wrap my in ground trees with. and the foundation is held down with 36 inch auger anchors 6 on each side. I then took cinder blocks and placed them around the outside to prevent the kids from weed wacking the side walls of the greenhouse. I filled the holes in the cinder  with compost and plan on planting flowers around the perimeter that we grow inside the greenhouse.

Subject: my early start project Replies: 12
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They are from my trees and or trees that I have contracted to maintain in the south jersey area.

Subject: my early start project Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 876
 
The mix in the small pots is what I call dirty perlite. It is mainly perlite with a splash of compost to hold a little moisture. The cuttings will be placed directly into this mix and left to root then transplanted into larger pots probably end of june.

Subject: my early start project Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 876
 

Okay the last few weeks have been busy with work and spring project but had to get this one done. This is my 10x20 greenhouse from shelterlogic. relatively easy set up all pieces were marked well for fast set up. threw up the small hoop house for starting vegetable and flower seeds. Moved my larger potted trees into the greenhouse today the smaller 1 gal trees will go in this weekend. I have 90 cuttings rooted in the back and the front trays are warming up to plant 400 additional cuttings in the next few weeks. The temperature inside was 77 while outside temp was 39. I just have to install the fan over the heater and prepare to keep the heat down as the temps rise. All my larger trees were inspected today and look very good, looks like the insulated fig room with the small electric heater did its job. Also uncovered my trees that I planted in the ground they look well but the container trees far exceed the in ground trees.

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Subject: 2nd Fig growers meeting Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,874
 

Dom Spirit airlines 109 round trip boston to atlantic city has to be cheaper than gas fly in friday and fly back sunday. I can book you a room in a nice hotel or stay at the casinos. I can pick you up at the airport if you want email me... Also your 5 hr road trip is only 1 hr in the air....


Subject: 2nd Fig growers meeting Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,874
 
Christy either location is about 1 hour from pottstown  South Jersey location will be  Ella Harris Park Mullica Hill nj. Pavilion so rain or shine it is a go. BBQ area, Rest Room facilities, and childrens park so bring the kids and family and meet some fig growers.

Subject: 2nd Fig growers meeting Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,874
 
Those are good dates for me I will be doing a presentation on pruning. there will be scion, rooted cuttings, and trees for sale, trade and a chinese auction.  Last years event was a good time. You actually get to put a face to the avatar names on the forum and make friends. Should be a good outing with good people and great information.

Subject: Just had a visit by the FBI Replies: 32
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,020
 
That is why I use Pig Poo compost there is no tracking of the fertilizer at the pig farm....

Wonder if home depot cashiers are federal agents in disquise.


Subject: Identify this fig, and win Replies: 49
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,108
 
Bissiri black
maltese falcon
negretta

Subject: subirrigation containers and figs Replies: 68
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 9,267
 
I did my own version of a self watering pot after looking at several different construction videos on you tube and such. I did a trial with six fig trees two of each variety. One in the self watering pot and one in a regular pot. All were planted in same media at same time placed next to each other and watered the same with a controlled drip irrigation system. The trees in the self watering pot grew three times the size of the ones in the regular pot. I was totally amazed at the size difference of these trees. I now will put all my one of a kind trees into a self watering pots.

Subject: Selling UC Davis Cuttings Replies: 33
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,547
 

Most of Hermans photos are from his back yard of accual plants and fruits.


Subject: horizontal rooting ? Replies: 16
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,040
 
NYPD be careful you can overwater and kill the roots by misting the top as it dries out. Remember the top will dry out and underneath will still hold water. I measure my pots water retention by weight now but in the beginning i would use a water meter or just stick my finger down into the media. if media stuck to my finger it was wet enough.
Those Sicilian reds are a sure winner for a beginner now dont get upset with other varients if they are slow rooters or bad rooters. I have had some take two months to pop roots.


Subject: horizontal rooting ? Replies: 16
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,040
 

I would bury the entire cutting vertical with the top just at the surface of the pot. I like to use two liter soda bottles or milk jug for such a cutting. just make sure to cover the outside of the plastic bottle to keep sun off the delicate roots. I wrap mine in foil.


Subject: Fig Trees Starting to AWAKE Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,525
 

looks good sal just need a few more weeks hopefully I can start a few in the greenhouse in the next 2-3 weeks. Come on march 15th......


Subject: Moving up from cups to pots Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 824
 
Dominick I would not pot up anything at this point.  I just took some rooted cuttings and put them into styrofoam cups 16 oz. These cuttings will stay in the cups untill around mid june. I will have roots coming out the holes in the cups and being air pruned off by the time I take them out.
Now about the humidifier. It would work in a small area possibly enclosed with 3-6 mil plastic tarp. Get yourself a  plastic rack and seal it up with the plastic then put the humidifier on the bottom shelf. place infront of the window. remember at one point someone came up with the baggie method for the first time. Figs are about trial and error we learn alot more from our failures then our successes.

Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,147
 
here is the responce directly from the manufacturer of physan 20 to the question.

:Gentlemen your product states not to be used on edible plants. I propegate fig trees and was wondering if this product will do harm to humans by treating fig tree cuttings prior to fruiting.  Is Physan 20 safe to use on trees and cuttings before reaching fruiting age? or should it just be avoided on the fruit?? 

Dear mr Richer

 Physan 20 can be safely used up to 5 days before harvest of an edible plant. So it can be used as you describe.

 Regards,

 Tom Whitehair

Maril Products, Inc.

800-546-7711

http://www.physan.com


Subject: 2nd Fig growers meeting Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,874
 

Celt I will take you up on that let me know when the restaurant opens I want to take the wifey out for being so patient with my obsession.


Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,147
 

physan 20 is used by many orchid growers do a google search for a distributor near you or ebay has it for around 12-13 dollars including shipping.


Subject: Powdered sulpher Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,147
 

Grant I use a product called Physon 20 it is in liquid form and I use it to wash cuttings in, moisten newspaper for rooting, and to stop mold when it occurs. The nice part is that it is used sparingly 1.5 ml to a quart of water. I have had mold issues stopped in their tracks by using this spray.  I also pretreat my media before putting rooted cuttings into pots or cups.


Subject: 2nd Fig growers meeting Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,874
 
Thanks Bass all the feedback I received from last years meeting was positive and I wanted to continue, hoping to get more this year.  The park idea covers alot of issues we ran into the first meeting. Parking is not a problem, food can be brought and cooked in the park the families can have a picnic style lunch. There are pavilions to protect us from the weather should it turn nasty.  We also wanted to have a chinese auction style scion swap everyone that brings scion would be eligible for the auction. We were looking at several parks in the south / central jersey area allowing other members an opportuninty to attend that could not make last years event and meet fellow members and exchange information.

 Bring your rooted cuttings, scion, trees, set up trades, swaps, or sales. Most of all come out for our lectures and free information. We wanted to do two lectures one on rooting techniques and one on spring pruning. Let us know what you want to see, hear, or do and we will try to make it work. Remember this is the plannig stages so shoot your ideas.
Al Richer

Subject: Need Help with my fig cuttings Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 744
 

I agree looks like they need light not direct light just allow them to see some sunlight. What do you have them potted in could be a media problem also. No fertilizer not even mircale grow potting soil/mix.


 

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