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Subject: I think I messed up again. Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,090
 

wal mart or kmart is cheapest that I have found


Subject: Are you hungry for a fresh figs? Replies: 29
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,478
 

 i found a zip lock bag in the freezer it is not like fresh but I hope it will hold me through the next few months.. Oh I long for the summer days and waiting another day for a fig to fully ripen.


Subject: I think I messed up again. Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,090
 

71gto alot if information can get lost in translation or typing and thinking to slowly. Yes they need to start to get light once they have leaves but a regular room provides sunlight. (ie time to remove them from the large plastic tubs where they were started rooting) SOme people use plastic cups or bottles I like styrofoam cups 20 oz or bigger easier to write on and punch holes in. I also like styrofoam for protecting roots and removing root mass is easy with razor knife. you are on the right track you just need slight modification and you will be an experienced fig coniseur.


Subject: I think I messed up again. Replies: 30
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,090
 

as the trees grow they need more water they are losing water through the leaves. increase the water and see what happens. also wrap paper or foil around your bottles as sunlight can kill your delicate roots. roots like it dark....


Subject: New member cuttings selection!(Advice greatly appreciated) Replies: 18
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 840
 
thanks Ed i was under the impression it would not ripen main crop figs because of the heat units never even thought it was a polination issue. We all are constantly learning.  Sorry if there was any confusion. I just rescued a desert king tree late last year from VA. and I am experimenting with this tree in new jersey so I am still learning about this cultivar.


Subject: Roots growing the wrong direction. Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 734
 

roots head for two things moisture (proper amount) and oxygen. Are there air holes along the sides of the cups? Is there standing water in the bottom area of the cups? I have had cuttings send roots out the air holes along the sides of the cups they will air prune off. Also I have had roots shoot out the top of the cups and air prune off. Air pruning makes roots stronger it is like pinching the top growth.


Subject: New member cuttings selection!(Advice greatly appreciated) Replies: 18
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 840
 

Also a word about the desert king it will only produce a breba crop in our climate we do not have enough heat units in the northeast to ripen the main crop. It stillis a nice fig just wanted to let you know about that cultivar.


Subject: All Points Bulletin - Looking for growers in Nashville, TN or surrounding area. Replies: 16
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,152
 
cody welcome to the forum you can find most anything you want to know by doing a search of the forum.  Again welcome and watch out for the fig bug it bites and next thing you know you have 50 trees....not always a bad thing...


Subject: New member cuttings selection!(Advice greatly appreciated) Replies: 18
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 840
 

welcome to the forum we have a few members from the area that will offer great advice.


Subject: New member Replies: 13
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,096
 

welcome to the forum and the world of figs.


Subject: Today ,I checked my protected trees,for life! Replies: 20
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,542
 
Ed to answer your question no.
I have a fig shed that I put my figs in I insulated it with fiberglass on the walls and a thin ceiling aluminum type material. I have a remote thermometer in there and it is always 9 degrees warmer inside than outside. Now with the real cold of winter here I have put an electric heater inside on a thermostat and the room maintains 34-38 degrees no matter how cold it is outside. I think alot of freeze damage done to young unprotected plants is more from dehydration than actual freeze damage. They can take the freeze but the wind and cold combinded with lack of water due to dormancy = freeze damaged young tips.

Subject: Fig Root Propagation? Replies: 14
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,685
 

I have removed a few fig trees for people and in doing so we cut out large diameter root stock with trailing feeder roots and the root stock sent out shoots and produced a tree. I believe you need mature rootstock not delicate feeder roots to atchieve this but it does work.  Mature rootstock in my opinion is a root over 1/2 inch in diameter with healthy feeder roots. if the root is as big or bigger than your pinky it has a good chance to produce a tree for you.


Subject: growing media help needed Replies: 37
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,355
 
as long as it is composted down it will be fine I use pig manure for my compost. I have seen horse manure supposedly composted down but it still contains straw and in my opinion that should be broken down before it is considered compost.  My composted pig manure has been cooking for over a year and has absolutely no odor or resemblance of manure. 
Also remember manure compost is full of nutrients and natural occuring fertilizers so go easy on new trees.
More is not always better unless you are talking about money.haha


Subject: fig cuttings questions... Replies: 47
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,903
 
persianninja
 I start giving my new trees half strength miracle grow just after I pot them up into 1 gal. pots. They go from cups to pots then to filtered light for about two weeks then full sun and once a week a drink of miracle grow fertilizer.

Subject: growing media help needed Replies: 37
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,355
 

Grant when you first pot up new cuttings you want it very airy and no lime or fertilizer.  just use perlite 60 % and 40 % compost.  These are new cuttings with healthy root mass going into one gal pots for the first time. Then place pots in the shade (filtered sunlight like under a tree)for two weeks to adjust to the new pots.  Once they start growing again i give my plants a shot of half strength miracle grow once a week and move them into full sun this helps to jump start the new trees. This can be done all summer long for new trees  from cuttings. year two I move my trees from one gal pots to 2 gal or 2.5 gal pots these trees get the mixture of perlite 40%, compost 60%, powdered lime (not pelitized you want powdered like for ball fields) one-two lb and 1/4 cup osmocote indoor outdoor fetilizer. The lime discussion is probably saved for another thread. but you can see the final container soil is a long way off for newly rooted cuttings.


Subject: growing media help needed Replies: 37
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,355
 

no problem grant I thought it was a winner......


Subject: Need Help with cuttings Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 600
 
If the leaves touch the plastic covering they will start to rot. What is the temperature in the area could be to cold. what is the media in the cups?? Could also be to much direct sunlight. Over watering or underwatering there is alot of possibilities. I had issues with clear plastic cups and the sunlight killing the roots through the plastic had to wrap the cups with paper or foil.

Subject: growing media help needed Replies: 37
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,355
 
Grant do a search on greenhouse suppliers , horticulture supplier see if there are any in your area.
I found this one that will ship to your house http://www.greenhousemegastore.com
Even with the shipping on a 4 cu ft bag of perlite it would be cheaper than buying the same cubic ft from home depot in those smaller bags.
I found  griffin greenhouse suppliers by me and I make the trip about once a month buying everything  from pots to perlite and shade cloth. just take your time and search the web you will find something. My potting mix is 60% perlite, lime, osmocote,and 40% pig poo compost from the pig farm in the next county.  My trees love it and believe it or not it does not smell at all as it is properly composted.

Forgot to mention you want the coarsest you can find the bigger the chunks the better.


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 

AL has hit the nail on the head you need to change your media to hold your water in the hot days of summer. This is where the timer and knowing your emmitters water output is crucial. you adjust the timer to put adequate water to your plant for current conditions. (example) spring when plant is coming out of dormancy you might only water 10 minutes every three days. during the heat of the summer you might water 15 minutes every day. Remember our dormant plants get 1/8 to 1/4 cup to a gallon pot once a month. It is all about evaporation from soil and through leaves.


Subject: cuttings Replies: 35
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,710
 
Send me an messagel I can send you some.

Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 

Dennis alot of our knowledge comes from trial and error give it a try and see what happens.. The important part is to run a test at various points in the final system and see exactly how much water you are putting on your trees to set your timer.. Good luck and have fun..


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 

Jim my problem is the hose bibs on my house are before the filters for the house. The original owner must of decided no need to filter the outside water so all the fine sand and minerals clogg up eveything. Drip tape is a great invention and i can see its advantages if the area will support it unfortunatly for me my area will not allow me to use it.


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 

here is a few pictures this is all run from a vigoro battery operated timer hooked to my hose bib. then piped 100 ft to the trees.

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 this is one line that i drape ontop of my one gal pots and anchor it over the trees with landscape fabric staples.

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 this is another method same priciple just using the smaller hose and emmiters. more flexable and easier to move pots around.
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this is another view of the smaller hose with emmitters.
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this is a larger tree and pot showing two emmitters in the pot.

remember emmitters have different flow rates and always recheck your flow with a container and timer to make sure you are getting the right amount of water to your trees. A few of my larger inground trees have three emmitters at the base of each tree.

okay I can get water to a tree but cannot get a picture in a post??? sorry


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 

Daygrower i have seen drip tape and in my opinion it has the same principles as a soaker hose. If you use it with city water you should do alright but with well water the mineral will clog the pores and render it useless in a few months.  All of my emmitters can be changed out or replaced if they clogg and at 12-14 cents apeace they are disposable. I have hard well water with a high iron content and the soaker hoses have all hit the trash from experience. i am going to post a few pictures of my set up


Subject: Record low Replies: 15
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 942
 

my fig room hit a low of 34f last few nights and I know it was in the teens outside. A little insulation and small electric heater has kept it between 34 and 38 so far this winter. come on spring hurry up ran out of fig jam last week and the dehydrated ones in the freezer did not last long once the kids found them....


Subject: New member Replies: 4
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 612
 

welcome to the site if you have questions fire away or do a search most topics have been discussed at length in our archives.


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 

snag I have looked at the sprayers but I dont think I would have enough pressure and volume to run them with my emmitters. I am not an expert but I just used drip emmitters at various drip amounts on larger trees. My largest tree had three 1 gal drip emmitters circling the tree base. Now with the smaller pots have one 1/4 gal drip emmiter in the pot. now at 15 minutes twice a day I put a daily total of 1.5 gal of water on my large trees and 1/8 gal on my small 1 gal pots. this is during August when the area is the hottest. I back it down in the spring and fall. It is trial and error just run your emmitters into a gal jug for 15 minutes and see exactly how much your system puts out and adjust accordingly.  I would post pictures but my system is packed up for the winter.  One tip if you have well water do not use the soaker hose the mineral deposits in the well water will clogg the soaker hose in no time then you have to replace it. 


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 

NAvid my drip system is run from a battery operated timer hooked to my garden hose. The other end goes to the 1/2 inch feeder tube then the smaller tubes to the emmitters where needed. It is all above ground and the emmitters go into the pots or around the base of the inground trees. I then tested the time it took the emmiters to fill a gallon milk jug to make sure my timer was set properly. I have little sprinkler experience but this was simple and done in one saturday afternoon.


Subject: time to start some cuttings Replies: 5
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 734
 

Yes jon I know but it is still difficult..We seem to have become a society of instant gratification. I tease my wife that she warms her coffee in the microwave for 30 seconds only to take it out at 25 seconds saying it is hot enough..Immagine heating it up on the stove top HUMMMMM


Subject: time to start some cuttings Replies: 5
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 734
 
Okay got a few started last week to try an experiment. I am using rockwool with a 7 inch dome top that has air vents built into the top. So far had a slight issue with mold but after adjusting the vents and treating the scion with physon 20  I think i have it beat. This tray has about 50 sicilian red cuttings and 28 celeste cuttings almost all poping green buds. I want to pull a stick and check for roots as with rock wool you cannot see the bottom of the scion. I have another tray started using straight perlite with 75 unidentified fig cuttings. Time to set up the green house as the living room is getting crowded already.. I will try and keep weekly photos of progress.

Sorry for the picture quality cant find the good camera

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Subject: info wanted on fig trees that bear good fruit at a young age Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 644
 

Grant DId you get some of the Sorbello red cuttings???  This tree was a vigorous grower for me last season. I had two year old trees producing nice fruits but I did alot of pinching on these tress as they lined my front door. I kept three of them in a five gal pot and each tree produced at least 8-10 figs. They were real sweet red italian fig.


Subject: irrigation systems Replies: 36
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,847
 
I use a drip system and swear by it Hooked it up to a timer and did not have to worry about vacation and my trees rewarded me with healthy fruits. I have trees in pots, in the ground, in the green house, in the living room.Sorry got carried away.
But the drip system is awesome and relatively cheap.

Subject: Tecknical dificaultys Replies: 9
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 687
 

Celt I send the photos to my email address from my phone in a picture message form.


Subject: Placement and watering of fig cuttings? Replies: 9
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 870
 

Some have used gallon bags and props to hold the bags up. You need to keep the humidity to the leaves while not allowing them to touch the plastic. If the plant is really growing well, start to wean it out of the tent to normal air. ( i am talking about 4-6 inches of new growth)  Take the tent off and on, increasing the time with the tent off slowly introduce sunlight non-direct at first.  Good luck


Subject: Could those be Panache cuttings? Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 804
 
I am going with Panache also.
Make sure you have a lot of heat as Panache needs a lot of heat units to ripen fruits. Depending on your location you might have to extend your seasons with a greenhouse.

Subject: Can I save this potted cutting. Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 978
 

if it is just a small bud leave it for now and use it as a visual aid as to what is going on with your scion.


Subject: Can I save this potted cutting. Replies: 17
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 978
 

You have nothing to lose I would put alot of holes around the cup almost to the point that it looks like a collinder. Allowing air into any sustainable roots and allowing the moisture out. Then I would remove the green stems and leaves back at the hardwood to shift the energy from growing leaves and new growth back into producing roots.  Open the top up a bit to allow condensation to leave the cup but just for a few days then replace. Nothing ventured nothing gained. If the plant is a gonner it will die no matter what but there is always a chance.. Another thing I have done is to remove the cutting cut off the lower section and reroot it in a bag start again rememebr you only need one node to get roots. Look up "one node wonders" ..


Subject: rooting large cuttings Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,864
 

I have a lot of fig log cuttings that I am burrying in the yard I will photograph the procedure.   I have one the size of Jose's that I am going to try and get going.. Who knows I might even go for the record....They were all cut with a chain saw.......after christmas they will be started stand by for photos....


Subject: Rooted cutting,fruitting the same year? Wich Cultivar,was able to do it? Replies: 19
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,894
 

Had a sals gene give me ripe fruit two I believe on first year cutting. Thanks to pinching I believe.


Subject: Is this enough root growth to Plant? Replies: 23
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,660
 
I would put it in a pot or cup give it a few air holes up each side of the cup. Then I would tent the top with a sandwich bag or plastic bag to hold in the humidity. You are creating a small greenhouse once it pops leaves watch that they do not touch the plastic as they will rot off.  I am in gloucester county don't know if that is close but you can stop by or call for information..I even have perlite if you cant find any..


Subject: New to the forum an introduction and quick cuttings questions Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 908
 

I have never done the water method I dont think you need to cover the container.. The cover is to keep the moisture in when using a low moisture high humidity environment.


Subject: Wireless thermometer with high / low records daily Replies: 5
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,936
 

Ottawan i beleive they are 18 dollars at home depot or lowes..


Subject: New to the forum an introduction and quick cuttings questions Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 908
 

Welcome to the site. and first off good luck with the cuttings sounds like most of us you are experimenting trying to find a method that works for both you and the cuttings... I have heard of success with the water method mainly rain water though... The tented cuttings will be fine does not have to be air tight just enough to trap moisture from completly evaporating. Now the rooting hormone..I don't think rootone will do anything but rot the cutting. The only rooting hormone I have tried was natural Willow Water made from willow leaves and had mixed results from that.. I just prefer the baggie method and you do need to maintain the heat as close to 70 as possible to help start roots.Again Good luck and welcome to the adicting world of figs.


Subject: Request for Cuttings for Non-Profit Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 732
 

Matt I have a few unidentified varieites would you be interested in cuttings from them...


Subject: Does anybody use a hoop house? Replies: 33
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,525
 
Jenia you can run the rebar inside of the pvc that was a recommended method from one site..(cant remember location) but it reinforces the pvc and has less of a chance of the rebar punchering the film. you can use all the same connections just scale down the rebar it should not be a tight fit remember you have to bend it for a hoop house. Just take 12' sections of pvc and 10 ft section of rebar drive another piece of rebar into the ground say 4ft leave 1 ft sticking out of the ground this is your anchor point slide the pvc over the anchor and bend back to oposite side anchor set up takes minutes in my area as the rebar goes right into the sandy soil.

Subject: Does anybody use a hoop house? Replies: 33
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,525
 
I have looked into the same thing and just ordered a 10x20 greenhouse from northern tool. 245.00 complete kit with vents, door, and rip stop covering.  I have looked into the build it yourself method and found that the fabric to cover the greenhouse or hoophouse is the expensive part. Make sure it is a rip stop fabric has nylon sewn into the fabric.. Also greenhouse fabric comes in one year and three year life span there is a big difference in price. Look into a shade cloth to keep the hot summer sun under control 60 -80 % is what I am looking at right now. I expect to have my cuttings started end of february early March. I have enough space for over 800 starts and double it with two shelves... also I have room to give a few varieties the early start they need in my zone to produce good fruit. Here is the one I am getting.                                                                                                        

Shelterlogic Grow-It Greenhouse — 20ft.L x 10ft.W x 8ft.H, Model# 70608


Subject: propagate sukers. Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,679
 
I feel we are talking about the same principal methods I would not recommend either method in my area at this time zone6/7 as all but a few of our trees are going dormant. My air layer method works great for me on either potted or in ground trees but most of my trees are in pots.  I use a peat pot cut up the side and slid around the branch then fill with moist sphagnum moss wrap with plastic secure both ends and in 4-6 weeks new tree in 1 gal pot.. placed in shade for 10 days and then moved out into the sunlight. I have also air layered right at the soil level same method but only secured the plastic on the top covering the base with mulch keeps enough moisture in to start roots. I have a few trees that I will be doing this with in the spring I will take pictures then and post..But again in my area I do not recommend this while trees are dormant.

Subject: propagate sukers. Replies: 25
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,679
 
Air layer them is the best way to do it. Just air layer them where they come out of the ground of off the trunk if higher up...

Subject: Bringing my fig indoors? Replies: 4
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 780
 
It might not produce fruits if not allowed to go dormant. The embreyos need chilling time..

Subject: Moving a larger in-ground fig tree Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,278
 
Persianninja I have moved several trees of this size with success. I am close to you in south jersey if you need help or have questions email me and I can give you step by step how to do it. But step one should be done asap as time is running out to move it without possible damage......rheyco@comcast.net
Cutting the roots ahead of time is the key allowing new feeder roots to form in the area of the root ball. Then aggressive pruning will give you a healthy tree next year.


 

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