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Subject: Kudos to Giuseppe Morle/standards for vendors Replies: 4
Posted By: JoeF Views: 841
 
thanks for the suggestion, Fred. Duiro has several varieties that I'd like to try, so I'll give them a shot. I assume that you've found they're plants to be pretty well established in their gallon pots?

If anyone has any suggestions as to varieties on their list that would (or might) do particularly well here in NM, let me know.

Joe


Subject: Kudos to Giuseppe Morle/standards for vendors Replies: 4
Posted By: JoeF Views: 841
 
For the past couple of months I've been collecting fig varieties for trial at our nascent urban agroforestry project here in Albuquerque. I hope that reports of positive experiences with vendors don't violate the rules of the forum, but I just wanted to say that after a miserable set of experiences with vendors who sell barely rooted cuttings in gallon pots or plants in poor condition, careless handling and packing, etc. it was an absolute revelation to receive some plants from Giuseppe at figtrees.net. it would be great if he could give an online tutorial here on packing and shipping plants - they do the best job I've ever seen, and the figs, which were large and extremely healthy, were in near perfect condition despite their long hot journey from Boston.  Giuseppe will also spend lots of time on the phone talking about a subject he is clearly dedicated to - the cultivation of figs and particularly varieties from Italy.

We're still looking for cuttings of by the way, if anybody wold like to help us now or in the fall once trees are dormant. Thanks very much to the folks who've already sent us some - they've been very helpful. Please email me to find out what we have and don't have...

Joe







Subject: Fig container design Replies: 12
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,588
 
Gorgi, let me know what your ideas are up to this point.

Joe


Subject: Fig container design Replies: 12
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,588
 
Anybody use any sort of an automatic watering system, drip, etc.? It's so dry here in Albuquerque and there are times when I'm working out of town...

Joe

Subject: Fig container design Replies: 12
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,588
 
Thanks James, very interesting ideas. Also intrigued by your soil mix. Do you think that it would work well for the Southwest?

Joe


Subject: Wanted: Negrette/Petit Negra figs Replies: 10
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,812
 
I'm looking for Negretta. I've heard they're really tough and sound great for our conditions here, particularly on stony ground unsuitable for other varieties.

Subject: Wanted: Negrette/Petit Negra figs Replies: 10
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,812
 
I saw those but as are you I'm not sure if they're the same thing. Anybody tried these?

Fig nomenclature is about as screwed up as any group of plants I've come across...guess that's what comes with such an old species in cultivation. I'm sure that this has been an abundant source of conversation on this board.

Joe


Subject: Wanted: Negrette/Petit Negra figs Replies: 10
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,812
 
Trying to find some cuttings or preferably of Negrette (might also be synonymous with Petit Negra) - which of course I can't find anywhere. Figs of Joy had some but they're sold out. as far as durability, this one sounds very promising for the Albuquerque area.

Joe

Subject: Fig container design Replies: 12
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,588
 
Sorry, probably wasn't being clear - I'm actually going to build some containers in which the soil will go. I'm thinking this way I can build them somewhat larger than the standard (and rather expensive) larger pots. One option is to use recycled plastic lumber, which is now sold at Home Depot and is comparable in price with standard hi grade 2 X4s, can be routed, etc. My idea is to be able to roll them out into the concrete- covered "yard" and then right back into the garage should it become sufficiently cold to cause injury to the plants.

What volumes should I shoot for for the varieties that you people have been growing in containers?
Joe


Subject: Fig container design Replies: 12
Posted By: JoeF Views: 1,588
 
the person who renovated the house before we bought it went a bit nuts with the construction of the driveway, and left me with a huge expanse of bright white concrete. I intend to make use of this by putting some figs and other plants in containers heeled into soil on top of the concrete, and in containers large enough so that they need to be rolled around. My questions is this - for the larger containers, which will be on casters, what are some design considerations that I should keep in mind when building them? All suggestions welcome, and I'll post photos of what I come up with for further comment, derisive hoots, etc. 

i figure rolling them into the greenhouses and garage will be a heck of load off my back, rather than dragging them.

Joe


Subject: Introduction from new member from Albuquerque Replies: 4
Posted By: JoeF Views: 753
 
Thanks, Gene.

Jose, could you please send me a message? Glad to hear there's at least a few forum members in the Duke City.

Joe

 


Subject: Introduction from new member from Albuquerque Replies: 4
Posted By: JoeF Views: 753
 

Dear Fig Enthusiasts,

 

I just wanted to introduce myself as a new member of the forum. I'm a conservation biologist and ecological restoration consultant here in Albuquerque, NM. This year I was badly bitten by the fig bug (as differentiated from fig wasps, of which we unfortunately have none) and have been doing my best to collect local varieties and to source others that might be suited to our rather trying conditions. We're 6b. I'd like to hear from other people in the region who have some experience in working with figs. I would also very much like to receive cuttings of any varieties that people think would do well here, and I'd be happy to send cuttings of interesting local types as they come available. I've got a couple that are promising, but whether or not they are actually local varieties as their names suggest (after a single family or location) or actually old plantings of known types is difficult for a neophyte like me to discern. However, like many parts of the country, figs were brought a long time ago by the original settlers, in our case from Spain and Greece - and certainly the people and plants arrived here from S. Europe in distant enough times to make things interesting, fig-wise.

 

In addition to my own garden, another of my interests is in encouraging the planting of perennial and tree crops locally in order to increase food security for low-income people, and figs fit in nicely to such schemes. However, this means that I have a lot of work to do in evaluating varieties for the requisite traits necessary to survive a certain amount of neophyte mishandling.  This is one of the reasons that I'm so interested in really tough varieties such as Negrette - which of course I can't find anywhere. Figs of Joy had some but they're sold out.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this, and I'll look forward to future discussions of all things fig.

 

Joe Franke



 

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