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Subject: First birds, now heat?? Replies: 9
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In previous years, the birds have gotten my figs, so I bought a big net.  Now we've had back to back days in the high 90''s, even 100's.  Also little water.  In years past, I never watered my tree and still got plenty of figs...for the birds.  Well I went to check on my fig and saw massive fruit drop.  I feel like if it's not one thing, it's another.  Is it the heat, water or both that most likely caused this recent occurence?


Subject: Commercial Home Fig Orchard Possible? Replies: 14
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,452
 
Frozen Joe,
You'd be living the dream, and I'd say with the current interest in eating local, now would be the time.  Agree with previous posters that you should hit up local chefs who do the farm to table thing that is all the rage and hit up farmer's markets.  I was just at one in DC and saw plums and peaches galore, but not a single fig.  I have heard that figs are very delicate to transport, but they do it in Paris and Italy, so why not here!
Go for it, and keep us all posted.  What kinds are you going to plant?

Subject: To pot or plant? Replies: 6
Posted By: lreiley Views: 604
 
Gene,
I'll take a pic, so everyone can see how big my one gallon girl is to tell whether it is big enough to plant in the ground.  I'm trying to remember how big my celeste/brown turkey was when I got it and planted it.

I'll have to watch some pruning videos as I never pruned aforementioned tree.  I should and maybe will so that I can still fit the net around it.  What is the optimum time for pruning? 
About bringing the tree inside in winter, do I put it in my junky dark garage and leave it alone or my living room by a window with my citrus trees?  If I bring it in the living room, do I water it?  You see this container thing is way out of my comfort zone. 
Thanks!

Subject: Best Variants In Growth From Cuttings Started 2010 Replies: 3
Posted By: lreiley Views: 604
 

Where did ya'll get these cuttings?


Subject: California here I come Replies: 8
Posted By: lreiley Views: 785
 
where I'll eat some figs yum, yum.
Seriously, our family vacay will consist of an LA to SF0 treks with stops to see literary and agricultural sights.  Of coure, I hope to visit Encanto.  Are there other fig orchards of note?  I'm new to this game so am most interested in trying varieties that I'll never find in Virginia.

Subject: This mornings harvest and other ramblings. Replies: 13
Posted By: lreiley Views: 918
 
Gene, let's play 20 questions.   Curious about your bird comment as birds get more figs every year than I do. Does harvesting in the morning get your more?  Are birds really not early birds?  Forgive my ignorance in ornithological matters.    I did buy a pricey net to use this year.  What's a 177.
Are grapes as maintenance free as figs? 
You mentioned your dad grew citrus.  I have two meyer lemon trees that had several lemons on the way.  Woke up one day and they were gone.  What kind of critter do you think ate my lemons?  DH thinks it was a rabbit. I was devastated.


Subject: To pot or plant? Replies: 6
Posted By: lreiley Views: 604
 

Between Jon's advice about repotting and other info I've read about container growing, I've concluded that I'm too lazy to repot and move pots in and out.  LSU's going in the dirt.  Thanks for the pros and cons!


Subject: To pot or plant? Replies: 6
Posted By: lreiley Views: 604
 

I ordered a one gallon LSU purple from Edible Landscaping some time back.  Live in zone 8 (Yorktown VA) where LSUs are known to thrive.  My tree is still in the pot it came in and has several figlets!  I'm wondering if I should plant it in the dirt or keep it in the pot?  What are the pros and cons?  I already have a thriving in ground celeste or BT (will get ya'll to ID next post) that I do absolutely nothing to, so I'm wondering if keeping the LSU in a pot will actually be more work for me.  I have plenty of sunny room in ground for LSU and the friends I'll eventually get for her.  It's just that I've read so much about pots here and on other forums.


Subject: Drying figs? Replies: 13
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,797
 

And I'm going to try the string drying idea!  I live in VA where it has been in the 90s now for a week.  Needless to say, I will be able to dry the heck out of fruits and veggies.


Subject: Drying figs? Replies: 13
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,797
 

If anyone has a picture of a homeade dryer, will you please post?  I'm going to need to do sundried tomatoes too.  I'm thinking just buy a screen window or something like that and cover the figs with cheese cloth? 


Subject: Sal's Corleone questions Replies: 63
Posted By: lreiley Views: 4,505
 
Why are these so hard to root from cuttings?
What do the figs taste like?
Where did you get yours?
What's the closest thing to one.


Subject: Drying figs? Replies: 13
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,797
 

I have a convection oven on my new oven.  I wonder if that will make drying easier? 


Subject: Drying figs? Replies: 13
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,797
 
Is there any other (and easier) way than what I'm reading on line (drying racks, cheese cloth etc) or a dehydrator?  I thought I could just put them in the oven on low heat, but apparently not.  
If I have to buy a dehydrator, what kind do you all recommend?

Subject: My recent figs order. Replies: 2
Posted By: lreiley Views: 793
 

That is very good to know as I am in Yorktown, VA!  Know of any fig meetups in our area?  I'm planning a trip to Edible landscaping sometime this summer.


Subject: Celeste or Brown Turkey? Replies: 1
Posted By: lreiley Views: 780
 

When will I be able to tell which my mature tree is?  It has a lot of green figs on it now, but from what I've ready, I'll have to wait until the figs are ripe to tell.  Do Brown Turkeys look very different from Celestes? 


Subject: White Fig for Zone 8 Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,414
 
TucsonKen,
I can never remember if I'm in 8A or B.  Edible Landscaping, our premier fig nursery in VA, recommends Conandria for around here.  It will probably be my next purchase when I make a pilgrimage to their nursery.

Winterville--are you in NC?  My sister-in-law lives in Winterville.

Subject: White Fig for Zone 8 Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,414
 

Still wondering.  I'm now out of school, and will have plenty of time to shop!


Subject: White Fig for Zone 8 Replies: 9
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,414
 

Those of you in Zone 8, what is your best tasting and most prolific white fig. 


Subject: What are best tasting white figs? Replies: 2
Posted By: lreiley Views: 785
 

And do they grow well in zone 8?


Subject: Do they have fig meeting in Virginia? Replies: 1
Posted By: lreiley Views: 600
 

I was envious of the one in the Northeast.


Subject: Source for cuttings? Replies: 10
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,087
 

Tom and Zone 7nj--what method did you use to root your cuttings?


Subject: If you could only have 5 varieties of figs... Replies: 5
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,212
 

I'm in Zone 8 Ottawan.  Keep forgetting to add that when I post.  I think I need something yellow.  What's a good yellow fig?  For zone 8?


Subject: If you could only have 5 varieties of figs... Replies: 5
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,212
 

what would they be and if you have a why (as opposed to just wanting them), tell us.  I've started my orchard with a planted in the wrong place Celeste, a brand new LSU purple, and I seem to want everything I see but know that is impractical, hence my question.


Subject: Name that fig tree! Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 684
 

Sage advice Montreal.  I'm getting obsessed and my eyes are bigger than what will be my will to tend.


Subject: Source for cuttings? Replies: 10
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,087
 
You all are the best!  I've been eyeing cuttings from Hermansur.  Should I check for Jon from Encanto on Ebay or send him an email now.  I like the idea of supporting members.
I live in Yorktown, VA, which is Zone 8.  Not sure if I am 8A or B.

Subject: Name that fig tree! Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 684
 

What kind of fig do ya'll suppose this is?  I don't want to order cuttings if it's just a plain old Celeste like I already have. 
See link for description.

http://cgi.ebay.com/Italian-Fig-Tree-Cuttings-/220610030528?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item335d61ebc0







Subject: Source for cuttings? Replies: 10
Posted By: lreiley Views: 1,087
 
I know UC Davis is a source though I could never figure out the price as I got bored reading through all the pages.  Have also read that cuttings from there are not worth the time--true or false?  I see also that Encanto Farms does cuttings--is June too late to order them from there?

Am wondering where most of you all get your cuttings?  I'm so new to this that I am not part of any local garden club that might do swaps.
Thanks!

Subject: How long from cutting to figs? Replies: 4
Posted By: lreiley Views: 842
 
I'm a newbie to fig growing--I only have one misplaced sideways growing Celeste and an LSU purple on the way, but I know I'm going to expand my orchard as long as I don't encounter any snakes. 
I'm wondering how long it takes to get from a cutting to figs.  Are there certain types of plants that make that transition faster?
Leonora
Zone 8/Yorktown, VA

Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
Posted By: lreiley Views: 3,948
 
Sorry Ken, I could only read about two thirds of your post before my eyes would hit the pix of the snakes, and even picutres scare me.  My husband put snakeaway all around our property.  Sometimes I worry that that stuff just keeps the snakes IN rather than away. 
What if I just put the net around the branches and don't put it all the way to the ground?  I can somehow fasten it at the bottom of the branch area. 

Subject: When can I take cuttings? Replies: 2
Posted By: lreiley Views: 574
 

I have a 1 gallon LSU purple on the way from a nursery.  When will I be able to take cuttings?


Subject: Bird Netting Replies: 16
Posted By: lreiley Views: 3,948
 

Is this netting found at Lowes better than or as good as the Bird X for which I just paid $40??  If a snake gets caught in my netting, I'm sad to say my career as a fig grower will be done because the birds get my figs every year.


 

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