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Subject: Negretta Plant Replies: 13
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 2,089

It is well-known that too heavy crop/low sunshine/too much water will all lead to "watery" taste in fruit; There is just not enough factory area on the plnat to make enough sugar (and flavour - your tertiary metabolites) to make the fruit taste good. That would be why your figs ripening without rain, in high temperature and just a few to a branch, will always be better than heavy crops. I know that for peahces there is a ratio of so many leaves per fruit that should be left to have good fruit (size & taste) - I assume it is the same with figs. 

Subject: Fig "milk" affecting skin/mouth Replies: 14
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 9,294

I've come accross several references to this on the threads. The latex (especially when fresh) contains a proteolytic enzyme Ficin, that dissolves protein (like your skin and inside of your mouth), leaving it raw. By peeling the fig, the enzyme, located mostly in the skin, is largely removed. Leaving the fig overnight will also reduce the activity of the enzymes. Similar enzymes are found in Papaya latex (papain), and Pineapples (Bromelin). That is why fresh pineapple will also prevent jelly (with gelatin, an animal protein as gelling agent)  from setting, not only because it could be sour. I trust this will help some folks to enjoy more figs without feeling sore afterwards! I'm still a recent "a-fig-cionado", and have not had the pleasure yet of over-indulging in figs, but as a kid regularly did on pineapple, lychee and other fruits we grew 

Subject: Figs for Africa Replies: 0
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 584
Dear All,
I'm looking for cuttings of what you'd consider to be your 'top' varieties: A friend in USA sent me 8 varieties in March, and 5 are producing fruit at various stages, but from the forum I gather there are a lot more out there to try: I'd love to see what we can do in our climate (Dry & Hot for about 8 months, then progressively more rain, with about 60% of the 1000mm ( 40 inches) or so, falling in February - I'll just try and prune to get through that period(?)

I also collect orchids, breed & collect Saturnid moths & butterflies, and would be willing to look out for whatever you might like to exchange: I will carry costs through PayPal, but for instance, the parcel sent from USA with about 56 (8 x 7) smallish cuttings, came to about $30.  Please contact me on private email, if you do not wish to discuss this on forum?

Subject: White Genoa Replies: 3
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 1,029
Hi Herman,
Thanks, as a newby I will no doubt refer to your accumulated knowledge often - so nice to know there are guys like you round that don't mind sharing knowledge, it's really nice - thanks. Would like to know what you would recommend: Our annual rainfall is like 1000mm, with 60% in February, and the lowest temps around 54F (12C). Can be quite dry, but we need to ripen our fruit in the cooler season,no doubt

Subject: White Genoa Replies: 3
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 1,029
Dear fig lovers,
I have got a few figs off my plant that was given to me by a soul growing these plants in a subtropical, high-rainfall area. The "eye" was supposed to be closed, and I thought it to be a White Genoa - but from what I've seen, these look anything but White Genoa: Is it possible for the fig to vary that much by just being planted in different soil, humidity & temperatures? We are in Malawi, on the Lake. Minimum temperature this winter (We are now in winter!) was 17C (About 62F), and I water frequently in the clay we are in , so the plant probably got a lot more water than needed, although the surrounding air is pretty dry - we make the equivalent to beef jerky in about 3 days. The plant originates from South Africa, so only ablout a handfull of varieties need to be considered: Cape White, White Genoa, and I'll try and narrow it down, if you can venture a few guesses?

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Subject: Central East Africa Fig Growing? Replies: 4
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 800
Hi C.H., Thanks - I'll add a photo of the cuttings now, and a bit later today hoefully how they look now! I'm very pleased with how they've grown. First photo is  the cuttings in their breadbags ( with the Lakei the background), and then two f the Sycamore on my property

Yes, I've had 6 of the 9 figs off the "Calimyrna" in November 2009 - not sure if that is the correct name; The other I believe to be a White Genoa, as these are commonly sold in South Africa in the Summer Ranfall areas. There's 5 figs on the way there, and I hope they will ripen soon: Seems I should be able to produce something most months of the year, if I can get hold of the right varieties!

 I cut some Ficus sycamorus cuttings ths morning; The tree is in active growth, and full of figs that should ripen in about 2 months. I also girdled a few branchelets to set airlayers on in a few weeks.

If you'd like monfo on the Africa figs, a good website is

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Subject: Central East Africa Fig Growing? Replies: 4
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 800

I've received a nice lot of cuttings, 8 cv's in total, from a friend in USA; They travelled for a month to get here - and developed nice roots and shoots in the mail! Looks like I'll have at least 1 of each var. surviving. I also got some cuttings from South Africa, and hope to have a lot of fun seeing how they develop this next season (My winter starts now and ends in 6 wks time;-) The plan is also to grow a lot of Ficus sur/Ficus sycamorus and try them as rootstock - anyone tried that?

Subject: Central East Africa Fig Growing? Replies: 4
Posted By: nyasagold Views: 800

Hi, I'm new to this forum, and have recently (2008) started by growing a few fig trees (White Genoa(?) & Calimyrna(?)) from cuttings; I'm based in Malawi,on the lake. It is 480m above sea level, at 14 degrees South of the equator. We get about 1000mm rain, concentrated in 4 months, with about 50% falling in February (So VERY wet then!) Soil on my property is either pure (almost) sand, or clay, with little in between to choose from. Minimum - absolute - reached about 6-8 nights a year, is 15C, with average minimum around 22C; Maximum around 37C, with average max around 34C.
Question: What type of varieties would you think could do well? I'm thinking something with a breba crop that ripens fast (August is about our 'Spring" time, with temperatures peaking in October, before the rains start in November - so before Mid-Dec or 110 days from first flush; Otherwise, second crop that will develop after March?
Anyone else on the forum that have tried anything but Ficus sur & Ficus sycamorus in this environment?

I've attached two shots of the figs I have in their first season in the ground

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