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Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
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Herman and Ed, when you speak of leaf bags for winter protection do you mean trash bags with leaves in them? Leaves still in the bags?


Subject: I'm under attack Replies: 53
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I think that it is against the law to kill a song bird in this country, but baby birds mature really fast and will probably be gone within 2 weeks if you can wait it out.


Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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Thanks, Dave. I think the same thing and repotted everything that I had left except for a few that are older and seem to be doing really well. I think that leaving them in the compost mix was just about sure death - at least this way they may have a chance.


Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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The compost was just a very bad idea. I mixed it about 1 part compost to 8 parts perlite. Many of my cuttings did really great at first. Some have been up potted a month ago but are wilting now.


Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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Thanks everybody for the encouragement. And Rafed, you are right, we will try again next year. I learned a hard lesson this year but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Jason, maybe you will be able to spare a Sal C. cutting sometime in the future... I was so excited when I won mine on Ebay. Still have one left so I will cross my fingers - it looks great today but could die tomorrow.


Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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I will look for the fertilome for next year. But for now, I wonder if I should try and repot what I have left - risk disturbing the roots vs carbon dioxide death ?


Subject: Rotten luck with cuttings Replies: 27
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I have had rotten luck with cuttings this year. Last year was the first year I tried to root fig cuttings and although I lost quite a few, mostly after  I up potted, I lost none to mold, and ended up with well over half of my cuttings growing into little trees. This year I used compost with perlite instead of the seed starting mix with perlite that I used last year and have lost most of my cuttings. They start out looking great and starting to root but then die at different points along the way. Some die before they root well, some die after they have rooted but before they are up potted, some die after they have been up potted. I am  down to my last Sal Corleone and my last Ronde de Bord. and this morning the RdB is starting to look wilted. It was up potted almost a month ago. The pot is pretty dry but not Bone dry - now I am afraid to do anything - afraid to water and afraid not to water. All of these cuttings have been in the house and otherwise cared for the same as last year except for soil and I used Myco Grow from FungiPerfecti. Also, other cuttings that I have rooted this year, rose, lilac, crab, wisteria, have loved the compost mix and rooted better than ever...Any suggestions?


Subject: Japanese Beetles Replies: 44
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I saw 2 a couple of days ago. Last year I had a lot of them on my apple, pear, and plum trees.


Subject: Rooting softwood fig cuttings Replies: 10
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I did the same thing last fall with several cuttings and they did very well. I left 2 or 3 leaves on, cut in half, and all my cuttings rooted.


Subject: Ripe Panevino Dark Replies: 53
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So, are Sicilian Red and Red Sicilian the same fig or different varieties?


Subject: New here, anyone up for trading for blackberries? Replies: 31
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Vito, my Angelo's Dark and Joe's Large Green have both done very well for me. Not as tall as Jason's but rooting and growing very well. It's so exciting to watch them root and grow! Thank you so much for sharing with me!

Subject: Today pixes of fig cultivars left without protection,last winter! Replies: 9
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Herman, some of your trees look like they have large rocks or bricks around them. Is that just for decoration or do you use them to help absorb heat?


Subject: Miracle Gro waterings vs Slow release fertilizer Replies: 24
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Noss,  mine do the same thing at the bottom between the peat pot and the plastic cup. Untill I read Dan's posts about condensation I thougt it was creating a nice humid environment for the roots. I lost a lot of cuttings last year but I think that almost all of the cuttings that died went bad after I moved them outside. This year I will keep them in the house longer. And not water right after up potting.


Subject: Miracle Gro waterings vs Slow release fertilizer Replies: 24
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Well, thanks for all the great info. That explains a lot for me. I'm going to try all these ideas  - Took my cutting box off of the floor and have much less condensation. I also cut much larger drainage holes in the bottom of the plastic cups thinking that it might help gas exchange. Thanks again!


Subject: Miracle Gro waterings vs Slow release fertilizer Replies: 24
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How long does it take for roots to harden? How much time? The plants that I had trouble with were no longer in covered bins but many were still in their plastic cups and peat pots. The potting medium was at least 3/4 perlite, and when I up potted still had a very high amount of perlite but less than 1/2.


Subject: Miracle Gro waterings vs Slow release fertilizer Replies: 24
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Dan, last year I had exactly the problem that you describe about condensation. My cuttings rooted well, grew well, then,  suddenly they would wilt and die. I was sure that I wasn't over watering but some of the roots were brown. Sometimes it happened when I didn't pot up the rooted cuttings into larger pots, and sometimes it happened when I did.They were all out side on my porch with cooler night time temps. My losses were greatly reduced when I began watering with a very weak solution of Hormex root stimulater, but by then, all the cuttings left were a little older.How do you harden off the roots? 
Thanks for all the great info!

Subject: moved all the trees out of the greenhouse today Replies: 6
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northeastnewbie, How did you like that greenhouse? I looked at it this winter but didn't buy it. Wasn't sure about the bottom of it or how to anchor it.


Subject: italian figs to trade Replies: 29
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Mario, I am very interested in cuttings from your plants. I can trade some thornless Chester blackberries, if you are interested. I think I also have some golden raspberries.


Subject: Chickens? Replies: 24
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Cathy, I also love your tortise. I have had turtles all my life and did box turtle rescue and rehab for a while. I have also had turtles lay eggs and I have raised the babies for a couple of years before releasing. They get hit by cars all the time around here. Hard to understand how people don't see them in time... I don't remember much about tortises - where does yours come from?


Subject: Biofungicide- Bacillus subtilis Replies: 18
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Thanks for the good info! I just ordered some Mycogrow from Fungi Perfecti.


Subject: What Scotts (makers of Roundup ) told me! Replies: 3
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Something else about Roundup, when the air is 90 degrees or above, Roundup and other herbicides can "drift" and cause damage to plants not even being sprayed. A neighbor taught me this after spraying his own yard. I called my extension agent to try and figure out what had happened to my plants then checked with the neighbor and he had indeed sprayed his yard on a hot day.


Subject: Has any one? Replies: 7
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I ordered apples and pears from them last year and I was very happy with the trees they sent. They were helpful and pleasant over the phone when I placed my order.


Subject: Tea tree oil for mold control? Replies: 22
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I use liquid sea kelp in water with a spray bottle to help combat fungus, and I have been reading about compost tea and I intend to try it this year. I think that the sea kelp helps a lot, and I have read that chamomile tea also has antifungal properities but I haven't tried it.

Susan

Subject: successful Italian fig growers in Pennsylvania Replies: 37
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The picture with the blue tarp looks a lot like a greenhouse that I used to have. I used 6ml plastic sheeting instead of the blue tarp. worked great but lost a lot of heat at night. Top was also plastic. But with the clear plastic my plants could stay in there when they started to leaf out and I didn't have to do the "fig shuffle".

Susan


Subject: Selling UC Davis Cuttings Replies: 33
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The picture looks familiar to me, too. Did VS have his cuttings on a box last year?

Susan

Subject: Bark falling off + scale + hole Replies: 19
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I have gotten rid of scale with rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs. It is very time consuming on a tree that is covered but it can be done. The thing is, you have go over it week after week for months. Scale drips honey dew which is clear at first but then ususally mildew starts to grow on the honey dew turning it dark. I would be sure to check any plants that have been around that plant since you got it. Also, sometimes you can destroy borer larvae with an opened up paper clip. Sometimes you can feel around the tree and feel the tunnel and either squash him or stab him with the paper clip if you find him. My guess is that the large diameter hole that you picture is the exit hole where he left. I would also drench the soil with soap and water (next time you water) to kill any borer larvae that might be pupating in the soil. The scale can also be slightly below the soil line so I would move some soil away from the trunk. Rubbing alcohol is toxic to the plant which is why I don't recommend just spraying the whole tree. I think that you can save it if you want to put in the time.

Susan

Subject: 2nd year curttings Replies: 5
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Jon, I'll be interested to know how these do. As I read your post I remembered reading that many cuttings do better with a "heel" of old wood taken. Don't really remember what plants I was reading about at the time and I forgot about it until reading your post...

Susan

Subject: Knobby trees Replies: 8
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There is a type of ginkgo tree called chichi ginkgo (these are very old trees not the chichi ginkgo found in catalogs today) that has long knobby growths. These knobs hang down with age and chichi means breast in japanese. Anyway, the point is that these knobby growths turn out to be air roots. When they reach the soil they root in and can even start another tree. The chichis on these old ginkgos look a lot like the knobs on those fig trees.

Susan

Subject: fig varieties from Spain Replies: 36
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What beautiful skin that fig has, Bass!


Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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hoosierbanana, I have a book on chickens that suggests feeding DE to chickens to kill intestinal worms.


Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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Noss, I don't really measure it, but probably a teaspoon to a gallon.

Susan

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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Noss, I sometimes use Safer Insecticidal soap but more often I just use liquid Dr Bronner's from the health food store. I used to keep a bottle of Dr Bronner's in the greenhouse so I could add it to my water when ever I saw them. It also works great on spider mites, mealybug, and scale. It will kill white fly larvae, too.

Susan

Subject: Tips for dealing with Fungus Gnats Replies: 41
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In my experience fungas gnats are no big deal. I just put a little liquid soap in the water that I use to water with ( not detergent - it should be soap.) The soap will kill the larvae and eggs on contact and the adults will die of old age. Works every time. However, with fig cuttings you are limited as to how often you can water them without over watering.

Susan

Subject: More cuttings help Replies: 37
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Last year when I tried to transplant cuttings that I grew in just cups (without peat pots) I had trouble with the root balls falling apart. I just couldn't keep them together. I had much better luck with the peat pots. So, how do you guys keep the root balls together? I didn't use the coarse perlite but I do think my mix was more like 75% perlite 25% seed starter. Maybe thats the problem?

Susan

Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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I would be interested in a roll if enough other people want them to get the discount - otherwise I'll stick to the aluminum tags. What can you use to write with that doesn't fade?


Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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Thanks Jon!


Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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Rafed, I have been looking for those tags, too. What do you call them? Do you know of anyone that sells them?

Susan

Subject: Metal Tags Replies: 24
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I also use the metal tags but I don't like the thin wire that comes with them. I have had that wire cut thin bark on trees causing the branch to die. I like the 12 gauge wire that you are using, Jon. I have been using strips of cloth but I think that I will look for the thicker wire.

Susan

Subject: Fig Bonsai Replies: 29
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With other types of trees people often start with an air layer that already has some size and shape to it. I also have a book that suggests starting with a tree in a 2 or 3 gallon pot and root prune over time to fit it into a bonsai pot. Ottawan's idea of starting with a good thick cutting is perfect.

Susan

Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
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When I listed my 6 I forgot Tacoma Violet. It would be on my most wished for 6.

Susan

Subject: Having Some Fun Replies: 38
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A few drops of soap in the water you use to water anything will kill the larvae and disrupt the cycle of fungus gnats. They don't have to be a problem if you water with soap water when you see them. I takes a few days because the adults have to die off but the larvae and eggs are destroyed.

I have also had great results with alcohol and Q-tip for scale as well as mealybug. I have never sprayed a whole plant with it, though. I also like soap for spider mites. The soap works better than anything else I have ever used for spider mites.

I use Dr. Bronner's castile soap from the health food store.

Susan

Subject: Need help ID Pest Replies: 20
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Paully, tell your brother that the soapy water kills the nymphs and destroys the eggs. The adults will fly off but the soap breaks the reproduction cycle. I use Dr. Bronner's liquid castile soap from the health food store.

Susan

Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
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My wish list changes every time I read a discription of someone else's favorite fig. But, just for fun:

Kathleen Black
Malta Black
Ronde de Bordeux
JH Adriatic
Maltese Falcon
Sal Corleone

Happy Holidays everyone!
Susan

Subject: Results of last Spring's heirloom tomato/fig cutting exchange... Replies: 17
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Thanks for the link, Martin! Great prices - I'll be ordering from them for the spring.

Susan

Subject: Does anybody use a hoop house? Replies: 33
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Dennis, what a nice greenhouse! I an curious about your black pots - what are they made of and are you making them your self? I have never seen anything like them before.

Susan

Subject: Does anybody use a hoop house? Replies: 33
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I used to have a 7'x8' greenhouse built out of scrap wood 1x2s and fence boards. I covered it with 6ml plastic from the hardware store each year. The plastic cost about 30 bucks a year plus staples and lots of duct tape. Anyway, I used a small ceramic heater in it and kept the thermostate set just above freezing. When the temps started to get down into the teens I would plug in a second heater set just above freezing. I used this greenhouse for 15 years then moved away from that house. I didn't grow figs then - it was full of japanese maples and roses, and lots of other fun stuff. I am sure that figs would have done very well in there. Things stayed dormant until Feb. and I covered it with shade cloth before March. I loved it and need another one!


Subject: Winter Protection for fig trees Replies: 5
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I have kept my potted trees in an unheated upstairs room and the temp never drops below freezing, probably stays around 50. My trees stay dormant until early spring and then they all struggle to get enough light. Your trees would get plenty of light in a sunroom. I have had some problems with spider mite before I get them back outside. Easy to fix with soap and water but a mess in the house...


Subject: Beware Fungus Gnats! Replies: 10
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Noss, I use either Dr. Bronner's castile soap from the health food store or an insecticidal soap. Which ever one is the most handy. I think that Dr. Bronner's is less expensive and it works just as well as an insecticidal soap for everything. It is the very best thing to use for spider mites, too. I also use it for scale.

Susan

Subject: Beware Fungus Gnats! Replies: 10
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I have found whole bottles of BT at my farm co-op for about $15. I think that is what I use to control cabbage worms. For fungus gnats I have always just used a few drops of soap in the water I am watering with. The soap kills the larvae. They get to be a problem in the greenhouse and the soap has always worked for me.

Susan

Subject: bananas Replies: 14
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Grant, I forgot to mention that Raintree Nursery has a couple of dwarf bananas.


 

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