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Subject: Cutting wilting Replies: 12
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Something else, although you may already be doing this, I take my cuttings out of the bin very slowly. I start by putting the lid on at a slant so that the corners are open for several days, then a little more open, then I put the lid on sideways so that both ends are open. The whole thing takes more than a week for me. I probably stretch it out longer than I need to but I just hate it when they die!


Subject: Cutting wilting Replies: 12
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Well, last year I used compost in my rooting mix and lost a lot of cuttings, so I can't count those. But I have lost cuttings that seem to be doing well and have been out of my bin for several weeks. I have made the mistake of putting them outside to early and the change in temp may have been the cause, the tips of the roots turn brown and then they wilt. It has nothing to do with overwatering. On the other hand, if I keep the cuttings in the fridg longer and just start the cutting in a pot outside in the spring I don't seem to have that problem. People can tell you how to root fig cuttings but I think that a lot of it just comes from experience. My first attempt at rooting cuttings was with the instructions for Dan's baggie method and I did pretty well - maybe 80% grew into little trees. But I have learned other tricks on this forum that are good, too.


Subject: Cutting wilting Replies: 12
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My cuttings won't get any direct sun for quite a while, yet. I think that it might be a little to soon for a sunny window. But, I think that we all have lost cuttings that seem to be doing well and then suddenly die for no reason. Dan La talks about damage from co2 - I don't understand it well enough to explain it but you might do a search on this forum for more info. He does say that changing temps can be a problem and if your cuttings are near a window the temp may drop at night.

Subject: Actinovate - microorganism fungicide - anyone have any experience with it? Replies: 9
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I learned a lot about  co2 last year from Dan with my failed cuttings. I think my problems were from the combination of  compost, soluble mycorrhizae, and liquid seaweed. With other cuttings and plants, as well as seedlings, the liquid seaweed has done a great job of preventing fungus and dampening off. I have always watered seedlings with water and Maxicrop liquid seaweed, and I also mist seedlings with the seaweed solution. Never have a problem with dampening off. But it doesn't work very well on fig cuttings, however, when I was misting cuttings with seaweed solution I had no mold at all. Did have problems with co2.


Subject: Help. What to do. Big dog loves figs. Replies: 20
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I used to have a Doberman Pinscher that loved beef steak tomatoes. I didn't get a beef steak tomatoe from my garden the whole time I had him. He would pick them and eat them just as they started to get ripe. He also used to eat the rose hips off of rose bushes in the fall. I miss that dog - I'm sure that he would love figs, too.


Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux and others available in Canada Replies: 9
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Amazing pictures, Martin!


Subject: Long Brown Honey fig. Replies: 34
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I think that the BT stands for Brown Turkey and the TE stands for Texas Everbearing. I read that somewhere but don't remember where. Maybe Jon's varities pages.


Subject: Long Brown Honey fig. Replies: 34
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Thanks, Gorgi. I put them both on my order/wish list from Jon. If I get some this year they will be grown in pots because I have pretty much the same weather as Herman. But they will be fun to try...


Subject: Long Brown Honey fig. Replies: 34
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Thanks, Gorgi. I put them both on my order/wish list from Jon. If I get some this year they will be grown in pots because I have pretty much the same weather as Herman. But they will be fun to try...


Subject: Long Brown Honey fig. Replies: 34
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I got a couple of these cuttings from Jon last year but lost them both. I would like to try some more if Jon has them available but I can't remember what he has them listed as. Gorgi, I think that you posted info that pointed me to this post last year. Anyone remember? Thanks.


Subject: Roasted figs with walnuts Replies: 30
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A couple of years ago I bought a book on Amazon.com called FIG HEAVEN. It is a cook book on figs. I haven't tried any of the recipes, yet, and forgot all about the book until seeing this recipe. It has some interesting stuff in it.

Subject: mario's Salce Fig Replies: 51
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Bill, do you know if this tree is cold hardy at all?


Subject: mario's Salce Fig Replies: 51
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Thanks, Bill. I'm glad for this info and the pix. I wil be starting some of these cuttings and it is fun to know a little more about them.


Subject: New Member Replies: 17
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I should also mention that most people find this the best time to start cuttings. Fig cuttings are easy to ship when they are dorment and also easy to root.

Subject: New Member Replies: 17
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Joann, I think that when you prune depends on what kind of climate you live in and why you are pruning. A lot of people prune in the fall so that they can protect the trees. My trees are still pretty small and it isn't an issue for me yet. But I think that cuttings are often taken in the fall in cold areas before the wood has a chance to freeze back. It has been such a mild winter so far that it is probably still OK to take cuttings now. A tree that has survived the cold for so many years hasn't frozen back yet in this weather.


Subject: Anyone use this for fungus gnat control? Replies: 7
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A little liquid soap in the water you are using to water with kills the larvae in the soil. My family has used this method for many years and it works.


Subject: Make your own Fig Jacket Replies: 59
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Yes, Dennis, your yard does look very pretty, indeed!


Subject: New Member Replies: 17
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Even if the legend is not exactly correct I think that it would still be fun to have the tree that you grew up with. ( my family has passed down japanese maples and madona lilies among other things.) I love heirloom plants! And with a fig, sometimes it has a poor year but next year might be great! You just need half a dozen pieces 6 to 10 inches long. Easy to send in the mail with a small piece of damp paper towel, wrap in a plastic bag, slip into an envelop and mail.


Subject: New Member Replies: 17
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Joann, I am thinking along the same lines as Martin: It would be great if you could get cuttings from the tree you grew up with. Maybe the owners would send you some cuttings in the mail. You can learn how to root them on this forum and maybe even trade some cuttings. Lots of people are interested in trees that do well in cold climates...as well as trees brought over from Italy!


Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
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I would love to trade fig cuttings for a pair of the turtle doves! That's really cute, JD!


Subject: Dealing with cuttings - my way Replies: 30
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I make my compost myself and it is very good and very mature. Penandpike, you might want to look at the post "bad luck with cuttings" for information on compost and co2.


Subject: Dealing with cuttings - my way Replies: 30
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It's not clear to me when you use the composted cow manure but I tried using compost in my rooting medium last year. Many of the cuttings rooted very well but I lost most of them to carbon dioxide build up from the compost. I learned the hard way that compost can be very harmful to new roots.


Subject: Espalier, sort of Replies: 35
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That is really nice, Dave! I want to try a few trees like that here. It is a little colder where I live but I think I will try to bend the long shoots down and cover them in the winter.


Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
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My wish list has changed a little since last year, but I'm afraid I haven't really been all that good this year. Never the less, here it is, Santa.

Malta Black
Maltese Falcon
Tacoma Violette
Sicilian Black
JH Adriatic
Ronde de Bordeux

I had a couple of cuttings of RDB and JH Ariatic last year and they rooted well but I killed them with a poor choice of rooting medium (thus, "not very good this year".) But Santa, I promise to do better this year!!!

Subject: How may one promote lateral growth? Replies: 18
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I just saw this method mentioned for the first time in the post by drivewayfarmer recently. I love it and am sure going to try it. Thanks for the great links Ingevald!


Subject: Grow light recommendation Replies: 42
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I use shop lights with 40 watt bulbs - either plant light bulbs or one cool white with one warm white bulbs. It is cheap and works fine. I use a timer set for 10 hours.


Subject: Caring for Rooted suckers over winter Replies: 14
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A shop light with 48 inch bulbs, either grow light bulbs or one cool white and one warm light, should be enough light for as many as you can get under it. You can buy a timer at any hardware store. I think that the cooler temps of your basement would be great. Pans of water around the plants will increase humidity.


Subject: November 15th Harvest Replies: 12
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They look delicious!


Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 1,876
 

I almost forgot - I also have 1 Angelo's Dark, and 1 Joe's Large Green out of the 16 that survived.


Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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Well, after it was all done I ended up with 16 cuttings (out of 80) surviving. They all look small compared to their age but I am pleased that they lived considering the poor start they had. I wound up with 1 Sal C., 1 Stella, 1 Red Sicilian, several Brooklyn Dark, a couple Brooklyn White,  and the rest are Mars. vs Blk. I am the saddest about the RdB. If anyone has any cuttings of RdB that they are willing to sell I would be very grateful. I learned a lot this season and expect to do well this winter.


Subject: New unknowns around the corner in 6b Replies: 39
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I love that kind of story and I think that those are the best plants!


Subject: What else do you grow? Replies: 106
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Sara, I have just begun trying some fermented foods. I make kombucha and saurkraut and have started making kefir a month ago. I have been very happy with the saurkraut but the kefir doesn't seem to turn out quiet right. But I am keeping it going untill I figure out what I'm doing wrong. In the mean time my dog loves it! (hope your surgery goes well!)


Subject: Winter of 2012 Replies: 22
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I haven't seen any wooly worms this year which is very unusual. Not looking forward to winter - they always make me want to move. But, hopefully, I'll have a greenhouse this year. That always makes winter much more pleasant.


Subject: olive tree question Replies: 13
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Bass, have your olive trees fruited for you?


Subject: Joe's Jersey Replies: 37
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I love the dense growth and short internodes of this tree. It reminds me of some of the dwarf japanese maples. Please add me to the list of people that would like to have cuttings of this tree if they become available!


Subject: OT: Raw olives available for curing Replies: 2
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I have been thinking about trying an olive tree. Thought I could bring it into the house or greenhouse for the winter. I have been looking at one in catalogs that sets fruit with out a second tree. Has anyone else had success in a cold climate with olives?


Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
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I will want some, Bass. They really did well for me this spring!


Subject: Valle Negra superior to Violette de Bordeaux Replies: 22
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Maggie, I have read the info on your web site and have been interested in several of your figs but have wondered if they would ripen in time for my zone 6 climate. Maybe next year you will have cuttings available - when is the best time to inquire?
Thanks.

Subject: Wasp Trap Replies: 13
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I have had 6 yellow jacket nests in my yard this year! Ran into one when I was cutting the grass last month and was stung 6 times, one followed me all the way into my house. I have tried 2 differnt kinds of sprays ( have not had good luck with gas in the past) and last night tried a powder recommended by my farm co-op. They are still everywhere when I go outside...


Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
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I have had great luck starting pawpaw seeds after being kept in the refridg in a little moist seed starter mix - 100% germinate. The only problems that I have had with seedlings have been mice going after the seed as it begins to push up through the soil. I did lose some larger grafted trees that I kept in pots outside last winter but I think that they stayed to wet  and rotted.


Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
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I have had great luck starting pawpaw seeds after being kept in the refridg in a little moist seed starter mix - 100% germinate. The only problems that I have had with seedlings have been mice going after the seed as it begins to push up through the soil. I did lose some larger grafted trees that I kept in pots outside last winter but I think that they stayed to wet  and rotted.


Subject: Grise Olivette Replies: 10
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I also have this tree but it has not fruited for me yet.


Subject: Petit Negri Not So Petit Replies: 21
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Frank, my tree does not look like yours but my tree is much smaller and less mature. The leaves of my tree have longer lobes, more "finger' like than yours. But, of course, mine might not be a Petite Negri either, although it came from Raintree.


Subject: Petit Negri Not So Petit Replies: 21
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Those figs do look mighty tasty! I have a Petite Negri from Raintree but it hasn't fruited for me yet. Is that duck tape around the base of the trunk? What is it for? Also, if you have a spare cutting of that tree I would love to buy one ( or a couple) from you...
Thanks.

Subject: Negretta Ripe Figs Pictures Replies: 7
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Wonderful pictures, Martin!


Subject: Free cuttings for the fall Replies: 18
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Marius, I know that you have many people interested in your cuttings but I would love to have a petite aubique and tacoma violet. Of course, I will be happy to pay for them as well as shipping!

Hope I'm not to late...


Subject: Rooting With Summer Branches Replies: 14
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Thanks Martin! I will give this a try.


Subject: Rooting With Summer Branches Replies: 14
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Martin, In your first picture I notice that some of your cuttings have only small, new leaves. Are you removing large leaves when you put them in the pot?


Subject: Red Fig Growing in the ground in NY for at least 75 yrs Replies: 11
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I bought cuttings on ebay this past winter named Scilian Red. Is this the same variety? I seem to remember seeing something somewhere about someone naming a found fig Scilian Red even though there was already a fig by that name...


Subject: Ronde De Bordeaux Replies: 8
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That is really a beautiful plant, Martin!


 

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