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Subject: bananas Replies: 14
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 1,333
 
I used to work with a woman that lives here in southern Indiana, zone 6. She grew dwarf bananas for years. She planted them in her garden in the spring after last frost and they would produce bananas each year. She said that they tasted great. In the fall she would dig them up and store them like cannas in her cellar. I guess they multiply each year and she said she gave them away to people all over her county. I think they were likely Cavendish but she didn't know.

Susan

Subject: collecting cuttings from trees that are not dormant Replies: 12
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I started several cuttings around the end of August. I cut 4 node cuttings, removed bottom leaf, trimed remaining leaves by 2/3, stuck in pots with rooting mixture and covered with a wide mouth canning jar. They are all rooted and 3 are sending out new growth.

Susan

Subject: Master gardeners meeting Replies: 5
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Bass, I took the Master Gardener course here in Indiana years ago. I think that you will be great! Many of the people taking the course with me were pretty much beginner gardeners and a lot of the info that we were given was pretty basic. We had a well know "fruit guy" talking about fruit but still only the common stuff. I would love to come and listen to you talk if I wasn't so far away! Best of luck! (But you won't need it...)
Susan

Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
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I wonder if multiple varieties could be grafted to one tree like Bass' jujubes. It would be nice for someone with limited space.


Subject: Pawpaw Replies: 115
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I have several large pawpaw patches in the woods behind my house. They bloom well each spring but there is never a single fruit. I wonder if each patch is made of suckers from an original plant and can't pollinate itself? Don't know. But I bought 2 trees this spring for may yard and I bought some pawpaw seeds on line last winter and have about 2 dozen seedlings. I plan to plant a few of the seedlings near the patches in the woods and maybe in a few years I'll have some wild fruit up there.
Susan

Subject: LSU Purple Power! Replies: 54
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John, I also went to IU and I live in Unionville, just 15 minutes north east of Bloomington. Small world...
Susan

Subject: Raspberry Latte Replies: 9
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John, my RL have all done well, but not nearly as well as yours! Mine are still pretty small. The other cuttings that did really well for me are Hardy Chicago. At least I think that they are HC - I got the parent tree from Lowes. 100% of the cuttings survived and they are about 2 ft tall. My trees spend the winter in an unheated room in my drafty old house and do great until early spring when enough light for every one becomes an issue. I hope to put up a little green house this year and move them into it in the spring when they start to leaf out but it is still to cold to go outside...
Susan

Subject: Raspberry Latte Replies: 9
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 1,575
 
Noss, the rooting method that I used was the peat pot inside a clear plastic cup, it was "Dan's baggie method" ( then put inside large plastic totes) except I really didn't pay much attention to whether or not the scions had roots or not when I stuck them. This was the first year that I have tried to root figs and they did pretty well, but I lost a few later, around the time of repoting, and never really figured out why. Some of the cuttings that were very slow to start were put in gallon pots and seemed to benifit from the depth. Maybe 90% of my cuttings rooted but after the losses at repoting I think I ended up with about 60% success. Good enough for the first time. My loses decreased when I started using compost, 1\4 strengh hormex, and not letting them get quite as dry. I think Raspberry Latte just did really well for me. 
Susan 

Subject: Raspberry Latte Replies: 9
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Ottawan, Jon reports that the original tree, the parent tree, was a seedling that he found under a coffee tree in his nursery, I believe. I didn't mean that my plants are seedlings.
Thanks.



Subject: Raspberry Latte Replies: 9
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 1,575
 
Thanks Jon. All 3 cuttings of RL rooted for me. I am already looking forward to starting cuttings again this winter!
Susan

Subject: Tastes Like Italian Honey is it Replies: 14
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Mario, I am interested in cuttings when you get ready to sell some...
Thanks.
Susan

Subject: Figs not growing. What can I do? Replies: 8
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 1,217
 

I am still pretty new to figs but I have been using Hormex at quarter strength along with a couple of drops of superthrive and liquid seaweed. Also, when I potted up my cuttings, I had the best luck when I used some of my homemade compost (rabbit bedding, chicken bedding, hay, newspaper, and kitchen scraps) along with perlite and potting mix. The ones in compost are growing like weeds, some are ready for 2 gallon pots!


Subject: Raspberry Latte Replies: 9
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 1,575
 
I have rooted 3 cuttings of Jon's Raspberry Latte and they are doing very well. I Have been looking forward to having figs from these little trees some day. But, this morning I was thinking about the fact that these trees are seedlings and wonder if they will require the fig wasp to produce fruit. Can anyone tell me?
Thanks.
Susan

Subject: Is it really Petit Negri? Replies: 7
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Well, each leaf looks a little different on my little tree. Some of the leaves look just like the leaf that you posted, Jon. But on some of the leaves the lobes are longer and narrower. And although I don't see any of the discoloration that I would expect with mosaic virus, some of the leaves have that funny kind of distortion that you often see with virus or with varigation on plants.
Susan

Subject: Is it really Petit Negri? Replies: 7
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Sorry - I don't have any way to post photos right now, but the leaves have very long finger like lobes. My tree is 4 ft tall, 2nd year, in a pot.


Subject: Is it really Petit Negri? Replies: 7
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I bought a Petit Negri from Raintree Nursery last year and although it has not produced any figs yet it is growing very well and looks like I will see figs next year. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this tree from Raintree and if it is really Petit Negri.
Thanks.
Susan

Subject: calling me a liar? Replies: 23
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 1,915
 
Maggie, I have only been growing figs for a little while and this is the first year that I have rooted cuttings, in fact I had never even tasted a fresh fig until last year. But someone mentioned your website on one of these fig forums and I quickly looked it up. I have enjoyed your website very much, I love all the info that you provide on your figs, and I hope to order a few fig trees from you before too long. Maybe, as you have more available, you will sell me a Mongibello.

Susan

Subject: losing cuttings Replies: 5
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 704
 
This is the first year that I have tried to root fig cuttings and they have done very well for me, I think. Out of about 50 cuttings I think that about 35 rooted and put out leaves. A few cuttings are still just waiting to root but seem to be alive and well. But after potting up my first batch, a few days later, the leaves wilt and then the cutting dies. Thinking that the problem was with my repotting I have left the rest in their peat pots in 80% perlite. I was concerned about over watering so I wait until the leaves start to get soft before watering, but the cuttings in the peat pots are doing the same thing. I am not losing all of them but enough to be upset about. These cuttings are well leafed out and plenty of roots can be seen betwen the peat pots and the plastic cups they are in. My cuttings are on my porch and get early morning sun. This evening I came home to find a celeste and a negronne wilted. I have noticed that some of my cuttings are kind of soft (slightly wilted) in the morning when the sun is on them but then firm up in the afternoon. Any ideas?
Thanks
Susan

Subject: Finally some heat Replies: 7
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Great pictures. Very inspiring. I would love to see pictures of your pomegranates sometime...I used to work with an older woman here in Southern Indiana, zone 6, and she told me that she had grown bananas for years, planting them in the ground each spring, then digging them up in the fall and storing them in her basement over the winter just in a box like you would store cannas. She told me that the fruit was wonderful and the plants reproduced each year.
Susan

Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
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pigs will clear your property of snakes...


Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
Posted By: possum_trot Views: 3,948
 
I thought that I might do something like that - with wire fence on the bottom to keep my dogs in and maybe deer fencing above. Haven't done it yet - might use electric wire...The bandage scissors are a great idea and I will pass it on!
Susan


Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
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Here in Indiana people have had black snakes getting caught in deer fencing. The snakes try to crawl through it and get stuck, they crawl through openings that are too small and as they struggle they swell and become hopelessly trapped and die. (just FYI...)
Susan

Subject: Finding What Media & Methods Work...For Me Replies: 53
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Although I  am new to figs I have been growing plants for a long time. I always use liquid sea weed to water and mist cuttings and seeds to prevent fungus problems. It seems to prevent dampening off of seeds. When I stuck my fig cuttings I used a liquid sea weed solution to water in the cuttings. So far I have not had any problems with mold on these cuttings and many are rooted at this point. I should also mention that there is mosture on the sides and bottom of my boxes. (knock on wood...)

I also purchased some cuttings and later read posts suggesting that I may not have gotten the cuttings I requested from this guy. Kind of lost interest in these cuttings and really ignored them. A couple of weeks ago I took them out of their plastic bags, a few tiny roots and lots of mold. 4 or 5 out of 40 were so rotted that I threw them away. The rest were stuck in 1 gallon pots with plant mix with extra perlite. The cuttings are stuck almost to the upper tip. They all seem to be rooting with no mold. I don't have a way to post pictures right now but will let you all know how it goes...

Subject: how often to water when in 1 gallon pots? Replies: 7
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I also use the weight of the pot but for many years I have also used a little water meter. It is a little meter on a probe, costs less than $10 at a hardware store or plant supply place. For me it is quicker and easier with large pots and I think it is great for someone trying to get a feel for the weight of the pot. It takes all of the guess work out for you.
Susan

 

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