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Subject: Help for novice Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 637
 
welcome to the site and good luck with your new hobby may it consume you as it has many.. I started last year with 5 cuttings and now have over 100 cuttings started with 20 or so varieties (need to take accurate count again) . if you do a search on this site you will find everything you need to do to your young trees. keep us posted and if you can't find an answer just ask we will be more than glad to help.

Subject: sals varieties Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 578
 
I have been expanding my collection of plants and was wondering how many different varieties of sals trees there are??? I have a SALS GENE (fast growing in my zone) SALS CORLEONE, and a SALS EL.. How many more do I need to get to complete my SALS line of trees...

Subject: petite negi Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 712
 
thanks george the plants from the meeting are doing wonderful my son is really pampering the natalina it is growing strong.

Subject: petite negi Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 712
 
Okay while on vacation I stumbled upon a fig tree at a small nursery. It was tied to one of the support pillars and kind of hidden in the back.. It was waving at me (leaves in the wind) I walked back and found this seven foot petite negri tree. I immediately looked at the wife and said I have to have this. Well 20 minutes later I was loading it into the minivan.. I was told the figs favor black mission. The tree has several figs hoping to ripen in the next few weeks in my zone can't wait. Any experiences with this variety..

Subject: Disaster/ Apologies/ I.O.U.s Replies: 4
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 648
 
I am going away for two weeks and I have set up a watering system for my plants.. Drip irrigation on main plants and newly potted cuttings on overhead sprinkler. all set on daily timer. I have been running the system for flaws for three weeks and there has been some. Had two hoses blow apart and had to replace hose clamps. But I now feel safer going away after last week of no problems and The plants seem to enjoy being watered on a schedule in the morning when I am asleep.

Subject: Panache, NOT!! Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 652
 
Just had the same experience from lowes.. The brown turkey trees and kadota trees looked identical..Who knows what you get from these box stores..Talked to a local guy at a farm stand he put out a sign that he was selling fig trees..Well when I asked him about the fig trees he said they are white fig trees. I asked what Variety he said Italian white figs. From the Italian family up the street.. Alot of people are very generic about fig trees these same people only know of red apples....

Subject: 24 inch rooted cutting Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 812
 
anybody ever try and root a long cutting say 24 inches??? The gentleman up the street received long rooted cuttings and the lower 4-6 inches had roots and were in moist soil and the upper 18 inches was just a cutting with small buds emerging say 6-8 leaves and or branching buds... Wanted to know technique to get roots on lower cutting while preserving upper wood???

Subject: Super Hot Weather...having to repot Replies: 20
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,276
 
I water every day with a drip system and new pots get a drink from the hose. I have a light medium of compost pine bark and perlite fast draining. I would suggest digging your pots into the ground 1/3 to 1/2 way up the pot it allows the roots to search out their own water source and keeps the base roots cool. Our black pots can really heat up which is good in the spring but can be bad in summer heat and direct light. Continue to water daily and dig them in you can alos mulch up around the pots if need be it works but not as good. search out a post by bass on how to do this very effective meathod.

Subject: Celeste figs not ripening Replies: 15
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,942
 
Supermario welcome to the site.
what zone are you in??
are you sure it is a celeste fig??
How old is the tree and is in ground or a container??
There are others here that know more than I do and I am sure we can figure out the problem...


Subject: IS there such a thing as to much water????? Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 592
 
Okay I have been having a debate with myself over the thought of TO MUCH WATER?????  If my potting medium is well drained is it possible to over water my fig tree? I am installing a drip system to cover me when I am away and I am watering my large pots 5 gal with 1 gal. every morning. My smaller 1 gal are getting 1 quart every morning. Now these trees are in well drained soil and the excess water runs out the bottom of the pot.  Am I doing damage by over watering these trees I have mixed osmocote into the soil and every sunday they get a shot of liquid fertilizer 1/2 strength. So far they look good and healthy but I am new to this and don't have experience with long term damage.. Let me have your ideas and experiences so I can enjoy healthy trees..



Subject: Fig tree from the jersey shore Replies: 13
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,459
 
The owner does not recall 100% the interior color I was invited back when the fruit ripens for the harvest..Cuttings the owner said take what you want I got a few enough to make 20-25 cuttings. This fig hunting is fun and addicting.




Subject: Fig tree from the jersey shore Replies: 13
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,459
 
What a find at the jersey shore had to crop the picture down to fit but you get the idea..Produces Walnut sized green figs real sweet.. That is all the owner knew..Awaiting fruit to ripen as the owner is the only one that eats the figs and the tree produces over a thousand figs each season..Obviously no winter protection for this tree.

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Subject: main crop question and pinching pic. Replies: 11
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 917
 
Nelson twins I am assuming would be two embryos at the same stage of growth..This is one about three weeks ahead of the other..We will see and I will continue to photograph....

Subject: main crop question and pinching pic. Replies: 11
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 917
 
we will see, possible as the second embryo appeared after I pinched out the top to force branching.

Subject: main crop question and pinching pic. Replies: 11
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 917
 
Okay I have a unknown red variety of fig from local Italian family and it has main crop figs emerging. The main crop is about the size of a walnut and there appears to be another embryo at the base of the fig is this common???  This is my first tree with main crop figs and I am still learning. Also on the second tree you can get a good idea on pinching results I pinched this tree to form branches to keep it small and bush shape as it will remain a container fig. Also for reference I used a nickel as I spent all my quarters on figs...HAHA

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Subject: Fig meeting in the Northeast April 25th Replies: 35
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,907
 
I have two fortisi doing well (clear cups) one rocco black doing well (Black square pot) the best cutting for me was the salem white look at the growth already in 1 gal pot.. also a picture of some of my 1 gal cuttings started... Fortisi I can check and see if my father has a rooted egg harbor cutting to send you just email me your address.


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Subject: watering schedule Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 665
 
Okay I have 15 fig trees in 10 gal pots and about 20 1 gal pots of cuttings that are starting to grow.  My question is how often do you guys water your trees. My trees are still young 2 years old and under.. They are potted in light media and water drains out the bottom when i water them.  I want to set up a automatic watering system with drip emitters but want the schedule to be close as I am not around alot in the heat of summer.

Subject: Source for cuttings? Replies: 10
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,087
 
Ireiley I use the zip lock bag and wrap my cuttings in damp newspaper.. When they start to shoot roots I put them in 80% perlite and 20% potting mix in 20 oz styrofoam coffee cups and place sandwich bag overtop for humidity.. Real light media the potting mix just dirties up the perlite.  I will post a picture tomorrow..

Subject: Super Wet Soil Issues Replies: 20
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,273
 
I just this week repotted 7 figs in 15 gal pots because the medium was to wet and I was losing the trees... They were in straight compost with lime and osmocote the composte had a wood shavings from local farm and I thought it would work...Well I removed composte and added perlite and pine bark nuggets. Almost 30 % perlite 10% pine bark and 60% composte. repotted them and put them in the shade..They are thanking me today when i checked on them they are looking alot better.  Even your larger pots need adequite soil. The original soil would spike the moisture meter today I was getting a reading from 4-6 after watering yesterday...

Subject: Super Wet Soil Issues Replies: 20
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,273
 
I just this week repotted 7 figs in 15 gal pots because the medium was to wet and I was losing the trees... They were in straight compost with lime and osmocote the composte had a wood shavings from local farm and I thought it would work...Well I removed composte and added perlite and pine bark nuggets. Almost 30 % perlite 10% pine bark and 60% composte. repotted them and put them in the shade..They are thankin

Subject: Pinching Why? Replies: 22
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,998
 
nas I have two of the same age and species of trees healthy almost 24 inches tall..@ years old approx. I pinched them both to produce branches.. One is branching with no figs the other has figs and slowly starting to branch...

Here is a picture of the one with figs


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Subject: The in ground pot growing method Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,111
 
Cassandra check the pot for drain holes around the side bottom of the pot.. The roots of the plant will grow out the  holes and then down into the ground.. If your pot has holes in the bottom it will be difficult to remove the plant from the ground at the end of growing season.. Imagine sliding a shovel down along the side of the pot into the ground severing the roots that have grown out of the pot.. Then you just lift the pot out.. If there are roots growing out the holes in the bottom of the pot it is difficult to access those roots to sever them from the ground.

Subject: Source for cuttings? Replies: 10
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,087
 
I just got some cuttings from hermansur almost 100% rooting success his stuff is the best and a local cultivar that will ;produce in your area.... I highly recommend hermansur for cuttings of his marselious vs black...

Subject: Name that fig tree! Replies: 4
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 684
 
How about Reileys Italian Red sounds like a winner...

Subject: Source for cuttings? Replies: 10
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,087
 
we find alot of local trees and just ask the owner for cuttings you would be surprised how friendly people are.. Offer to prune the tree for free and you collect the cuttings...
I have almost a dozen trees locally and I know they will survive in my climate remember survival of a cultivar is most important.. Alot of figs that will grow in texas and fla will not grow here in north east.. What area and zone are you located in????



Subject: Is this ready to pot? Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 940
 
Keep I have cuttings on my deck that has a roof and they only get filtered sunlight and last hour of each day. I have used sandwich bags to cover my cups and they have also sweated up during the heat of the day.. Now every few days I take the bag off in the morning and allow fresh air to the leaves as constantly keeping them moist will cause rot. It is about aclimating the new growth to the environment. I have a few cuttings with tremendous root growth and no top growth but It will come in time. Patience is that hardest thing about cuttings I have learned the hard way and lost alot of rooted cuttings playing with them on a daily basis.

Subject: Main Crop Emerging Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 759
 
here is one I am excited about main crop on a local red fig..

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Subject: Limestone Screening vs. Limestone Chip Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 5,835
 
I still have issues with a stone dissolving as fast as powder or dust.. Just can't see it happening..I am not expert though my wife still has that job....HAHAHA

Subject: Ventilation Needed? Replies: 10
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,169
 
joe what variety of fig tree is it???

Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,948
 
Susan we have had a snake or two in the plastic fencing we have successfully rescued both of them. My children are snake friendly and my wife will even come watch them but the kids will handle them with care... We have a pair of sissors that are used for removing stitches and used them both times to free the snakes.. We now use wire down at ground level and the deer fence starts at about 18 inches from the ground...

Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,948
 
Lowes and Home Depot have deer fence in rolls of 7ft by 100ft. I use it on my garden then the trees get what is left. 1/2 in squares of black plastic netting. $13.00 a roll

Subject: Pinching Why? Replies: 22
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,998
 
Herman correct me if I am wrong but pinching should only be done on established trees two years old or older..New cuttings that can shoot upwards of 3ft tall should not be pinched until hardy roots system has been established. I remember reading this on another forum.

Subject: Fig container design Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,588
 
If using casters make sure your media is light, a heavy media a little water then The casters will break off standard pots. I have a grain bag hand truck with a large foot that slides under the pot base and then I just wheel them wherever.. Bought it at farm auction for fifteen dollars.Or plan b was to weld a larger base onto a standard handtruck.

Plan C was to purchase a plastic sled and slide the pots ontop of the sled then just pull into the garage.. I have one for hunting and it is a life saver for dragging deer off the mountain...

Subject: Nero or Brown Turkey in Philly? Replies: 4
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 909
 
Zoeart I have a brown turkey tree still in a pot that I got this year if you are set on a brown turkey fig I will trade you for the nero tree..Just and idea I have three brown turkey trees right now and I can afford to trade one out.. I am only 20 minutes from philly. Shoot me an email if you are interested

Subject: cuttings from the northeast meeting Replies: 8
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,009
 
Thanks again to all members who attended the meeting I had to post pictures of a set of cuttings I got from bass what do you think in ten days in baggie in my entertainment center...

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Subject: ROOT QUESTION Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 686
 
Okay I have rooted cuttings in plastic cups with small roots showing and leaves on top I have moved them outside to start hardening off so I can pot them up.. My question is I am concerned with the delicate white roots and the sunlight will the sunlight kill my roots???? Should I be protecting the roots from sunlight or not worry for the week I am waiting to pot them up???

Subject: Sal C Pics!!! Update Sal LIkes It HOT? Replies: 65
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 3,356
 
Just put my son's Natalina in 1 gal pot yesterday root ball was amazing. My 16 year old son has taken this tree as his personal tree will not let anyone near it (her as he refers to the tree) He comes home from school and checks the plant.. and again before he leaves for school checks the plant... He has the bug,, thanks to the northeast fig meeting and talking with everyone he is hooked...

Subject: Pinch me! Is it time? Replies: 4
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 717
 
I also have pinched out a few young trees after they reach 5 full leaves..working on tree growth and branching on young tree to produce healthy mature tree with strong limb system

Subject: Sphagnum Moss and Cuttings Replies: 2
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 596
 
Sounds like Christmas in April Love dem figs.



Subject: FIRST ANNUAL NORTHEAST FIG SUMMIT REPORT Replies: 12
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,158
 
Jenia here is one from 4-10-10 Bills Parent Plants.. these trees are 6 years old look what his system can do for a tree...Amazing

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Subject: Fig meeting in the Northeast April 25th Replies: 35
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,907
 
Yes just got home worth the 2 hr drive.. Thanks to Bass for the scheduling and Bill for hosting. Got alot of special cuttings, already started my rooting procedures...Nice to meet everyone and hope to attend another maybe in the fall???

Subject: Fig meeting in the Northeast April 25th Replies: 35
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,907
 
Bass I would love to have mystery tree I am just starting out and would love to add to the collection.....

Subject: Fig meeting in the Northeast April 25th Replies: 35
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,907
 
I am in also see you there...

Subject: Fig meeting in the Northeast April 25th Replies: 35
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 1,907
 
I Would like to trade a few of my rooted cuttings with others I have two different unidentified mission figs from main trees at the jersey shore.. One has a green fig (egg harbor) and the other (cape may) is yet to have the fig identified awaiting the main crop this year. I have four Egg Harbor's rooted and four Cape May's rooted in cups that I would be willing to trade. Send me a Pm or email and we can meet at Bills sunday morning and trade.. here are some pictures. I would like to have my trades set up ahead of time so I don't unnecessarily transport a box of cuttings possibly damaging them.

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Subject: wawa hot dog container works Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 555
 
Great I like hot dogs....

Subject: FROST WARNING Replies: 1
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 861
 
Pennsylvania, new york and new jersey frost warning from 4am to 8 am check your local weather and protect the babies....





Subject: Planning a fig growers meeting Replies: 51
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,427
 
Noon works



Subject: Planning a fig growers meeting Replies: 51
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 2,427
 
25th works for me count me in either place is good what time and how long of a presentation are you considering????

Subject: How Long To Form Roots? Replies: 3
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 665
 
Have to agree My brown turkey are slow rooting also I keep my cuttings in a zip lock bag with damp newspaper for humidity and placed them ontop of my entertainment center for heat from the electronics. They root rather well in this warm area. I add fresh air every three to four days and they do well. remember this is a slow process I find i only look at my cuttings every 3-4 days to look for new growth. 3-4 weeks for initial roots then 3-4 weeks for roots to sides of cups then small pots in back yard with sunlight for new growth. Next year I will have good size trees and fig production.

Subject: I think I have lost my cuttings Replies: 6
Posted By: northeastnewbie Views: 696
 
have to agree about time frame I have several different varieties that rooted in bags placed into spagnum moss and perlite in cups. One variety has rapid root growth 3 weeks time to sides of cups. and several others are at 5 weeks with small roots just appearing. You want your cuttings to make roots..... leaves and figs come later.. just be patient and wait I find it hard to give up on my cuttings even after 2 months of no roots as long as they don't dry out.

 

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