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Subject: Screen problems Replies: 3
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Why are posts so wide that I have to scroll back and forth horizontally to read them.  Is there a way I can change this?  I don't recall having this problem until recently.


Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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Thanks for teaching me a new word too.  Luddite.  I'm just learning all kinds of things here.


Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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Great job and very helpful too.  This helps me see how much moss is actually needed and that there can be airspace in the box.  I would have stuffed the box full.  Being a newby, I also would have thought that the exposed part would not grow roots but... live n learn. 

Looking forward those pix

Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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That's ok.  I think I can come up with something that approximates it.  I'll have plenty of cuttings to experiment with in March.  I suppose I could cut some off of my own trees also.

I have to be careful not to accumulate too many plants.  I would love to give some away but people around here have never tasted a fresh fig and are leery of them.  They are right up there with prunes in the minds of midwesterners.  They also think of Fig Newtons... I don't even like Fig Newtons.  Anyway, I get funny reactions when I offer plants.

Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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saxonfig - I'm right in the middle of IL.  Harsh long winters here compared to KY.  I'm ready for it to be over.  Was thumbing through seed/plant catalogs tonight.

drivewayfarmer - You wouldn't happen to have a picture would you?  I think I have the idea but want to see.

Cassandra

Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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Here is "First Attempt Chapter 2".  I have all three in the bag.

Hope this succeeds... I can't go crawling back to the guy for another cutting after having killed the first.

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Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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Hmmmm.  It's not too late to switch my strategy and use a baggie to contain the whole cutting.  I think I will do that today.  I wasn't sure about leaving some out or not.  Sounds like it's not a good idea.  Glad to have this board as a resource!  Thanks to all.

Cassandra

Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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When I have more cuttings I will be stingier with my moss.  Wasn't sure how much to use but judging by your comment I can get by with much less when my UC Davis cuttings arrive.

Thanks to both of you.

Cassandra

Subject: First attempt at rooting cuttings Replies: 22
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Here is a shot of my new cuttings.  I received these from someone in my town who has a tree from northern Italy.  He doesn't know what kind it is though.

Hopefully the cuttings will root like this.  I soaked the sphagnum moss for a day and then squeezed the excess water out. 

Question:  Should I open the clam shells and mist the moss after a spell?

I am expecting some cuttings from UC Davis but don't remember when they are supposed to arrive.  If someone could fill me in I would appreciate it.

Thanks.

Cassandra

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Subject: Free Fish tacos in San Diego Replies: 5
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I was just talking about fish tacos with a friend today.  I'll bet they are better in Cali than anywhere here in Illinois.


Subject: My Best Ripe figs are stollen by a band of little thives Replies: 24
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Herman and Nelson... I feel for you.  I dread the day I lose my dog.  I had no idea I'd get so attached to him.  He's a 106 lb hair factory but I love him.  He's my buddy.


Subject: Jon's favorite Figs! Replies: 15
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I may yet get to taste one since I think one of the first two trees I purchased (from Tyty) was a brown turkey.  That was last year.  I can't even remember since it didn't mean a whole lot to me then.  I remember one was labeled a mountain fig.

Any way, they are gorgeous trees now, but they only got that way later in the summer due to the feeding method I learned about on this forum.  They got figs too late in the season to have time to ripen but I'm certain they will bear next year now that I know what I'm doing a little better.  The poor things looked terrible the first half of the summer.

Maybe my brown turkey figs will be awesome... who knows!


Subject: Jon's favorite Figs! Replies: 15
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Jon has totally influenced me about Brown Turkey figs.  I'm fairly new to figging and I only had a small crop this year.  They aren't sold often around here but we recently got a Fresh Market store.  They actually sell them and they had brown turkey and black mission.  Well, guess which one I bought because of Jon.  The brown turkeys might as well have been hedge apples... I was afraid to waste money on them.


Subject: My Best Ripe figs are stollen by a band of little thives Replies: 24
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He looks like a little fatty.


Subject: My Lousy Short Fig Video Replies: 9
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Bravo!  You have some really exotic sounding figs.  Your voice doesn't sound like I thought it would.

Like the sandals.

Subject: Questions about UC Davis form Replies: 12
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Here you go.  It's the link under the "Products and Services" heading on this page.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/main/site_main.htm?modecode=53-06-20-00

Subject: My Mission Fig Tree Replies: 7
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How lucky you are to live somewhere that you can find great figs randomly at nurserys.  There is only one nursery here that ever carries them.  I should be thankful for that one I guess.



Subject: My Discarded Italian Unknown Replies: 8
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I would love one.


Subject: Winter storage issues Replies: 18
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I'll come up with something... whether that be to decrease the temp in the garage or put them somewhere else. 

Either way, I'm definitely keeping the little guys in the warm garage.  Hmmmm... I just remembered that there is a large closet in the garage under the steps.  It's very likely that it stays colder in that closet than in the main part of the garage.  If you open a closet in the winter that is on an outside wall, it is always colder than room temp.  That may be my solution.

Does total darkness matter?  


Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
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Looks like now is a good time for me to stop.  I hate that the season is almost over.


Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
Posted By: Cassandra Views: 1,313
 
I'm reviving this post to report that I've had huge success using the method that Jusalda uses.  I started fertilizing the same way after reading his post and my fig trees grew like crazy.  Wow.  It has been less than a month and you certainly wouldn't recognize most of them.

Thank you Jusalda!

Subject: Winter storage issues Replies: 18
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I only had two figs last winter and stored them in the garage.  My concern is that it is too warm.  They never dropped their leaves.  Does this impede fruit production?  But then I wonder about figs in warmer climates and think that maybe 50 degrees is ok.  I don't know. 

I know that upper 30's/low 40's would be ideal but would have to go to great lengths to arrange a winter living space for my figs.  Our cellar is too hot because of the huge old furnace.

Rafed - what was the average temp of your garage?  Did your leaves fall?  I'm glad you told me about the lost ones because I was considering putting them in a unheated outbuilding... guess I won't be doing that.

Subject: Winter storage issues Replies: 18
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I'm trying to figure out what to do with my figs for the winter and I'm a bit confused about winter storage and dormancy.  My garage is heated to about 50 degrees in winter.  Is it a bad idea to winter my figs there?  Somewhere, I got the message that this was not good but I don't remember where.


Subject: What do I do with a cutting? Replies: 6
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I would love to try airlayering with this but feel like it would be an imposition on the giver.  I'm going to have to take my chances on a cutting... possibly only one.  I don't know how big his tree is.

I'll do the best I can with the bag method.  I was worried that the method was different with non-dormant cuttings.  I don't know much!

Thanks for steering me in the right direction.

Subject: What do I do with a cutting? Replies: 6
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Anyone?


Subject: What do I do with a cutting? Replies: 6
Posted By: Cassandra Views: 629
 
I have been offered a cutting from an Italian fig tree.  What is the best way to root it?  Should I use this method?

http://figs4fun.com/Rooting_Bag.html

This will be my first time.

Subject: fig rust Replies: 7
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Here is a recipe for cornmeal tea you can spray on.  I don't know if it works but I saved this quote from a post on another forum a while back.

 Cornmeal has natural anti-fungal properties. I make up a spray by soaking 1 cup of cornmeal (from the bakery section of the market) in a 1/2 gallon of water for 24 hours. Stir it up a few times during the soaking. Let all the cornmeal settle to the bottom and pour the clear, yellowish liquid into a spray bottle. 



Subject: Questions about UC Davis form Replies: 12
Posted By: Cassandra Views: 1,031
 

Thanks all.  I'll send it in tonight.


Subject: Questions about UC Davis form Replies: 12
Posted By: Cassandra Views: 1,031
 
I'm not quite sure how to fill out this form.  What info goes in the Genus, Species and Cultivar blanks?  At least the Accession # is easy to figure out.  Do I have the rest of it right?

This being my first time, should I order dormant cuttings or scionwood?  What is the difference? (Feeling pretty ignorant here but we all have to start somewhere!)

Accession #

Genus

Species

Cultivar

Form

 DFIC 243

 Ficus carica

 L. MORACEAE

 Sals

 

 

 


Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
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Taking notes.


Subject: Bursa black figs (very large and very sweet) Replies: 18
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Those are quite impressive!  Wonder if they would grow well here?


Subject: my fig colection Replies: 22
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Terrible case of fig envy here.  What are you feeding those plants anyway?


Subject: 1 kg fig 3 dollars Replies: 7
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Actually I meant the ones in the post.  The avatar pix are too small to make out anything.  Let's see your avatar full size... you've got me curious now.  Maybe start a new topic so we don't hijack this post.


Subject: Timing is everthing! Replies: 5
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You are very generous!  I ate my first one myself, gave my husband a portion of the second one and gave my whole third one to my mother in law who had never tasted a fresh fig before.  Keep in mind that these were my very first figs ever. 

I'm waiting for #four... might be today.  For the most part, I'm the only one who gets excited about it though.  Even the birds around here aren't savvy.  Lucky me!

Subject: 1 kg fig 3 dollars Replies: 7
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Those are huge figs.  What varieties get that big here?  (And still taste good)


Subject: Not quite opaque container Replies: 7
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Glad I asked!  My husband wanted to hoard the green buckets but that's just not gonna happen.  Green will look better in the yard anyway.


Subject: Not quite opaque container Replies: 7
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Thanks to both of you.  I will probably try to scrounge up some of the  opaque ones just in case.


Subject: Not quite opaque container Replies: 7
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Is there any reason I should not use a container for a fig (or any other plant) that is not opaque? 

I want to try a few figs in Global Buckets/self watering containters and I have access to a lot of semi-translucent buckets.  The buckets are not quite see through but they are clear enough for me to see the water level through them.  Is this detrimental to the roots?

Subject: UC Davis, quick question Replies: 16
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How does the FedEx account thing work?  Do you open a FexEx account with a credit card on file and when UC Davis sends your cuttings they use your account number for shipping charges?


Subject: Figs On the BBQ PICS Replies: 18
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OMG... those look good.


Subject: Figs with loose skins Replies: 1
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The skin on the Black Jack fig that I just ate this morning (my first one) slid right off when I applied a bit of pressure while washing it.  After the first bit came off I was more gentle or the whole thing would have come off. 


Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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My lone fig was wonderful.  I picked it this morning since I noticed a few small bugs were on it.  It wasn't spongy or dry inside as I had feared.  It was delish.  If I had waited one more day, it might have been overripe.  I'm amazed at the transformation that occurs right before ripening... the swelling especially.  Mine at least doubled in size. 

Hopefully I will have many more soon!

Peg, I'm glad that wasn't your last fig... that would have been sad.

nhardy, my beetles are definitely japanese beetles.  My husband is a farmer and he knows his beetles.  I bought a japanese beetle trap yesterday.  Has anyone here ever used one?  It's the kind that works on pheremones (sp?).

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Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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Sorry about your last fig Peg.  I wonder if it's some kind of deficiency that causes them to be spongy.

The skin on mine is cracking now.  I might pick it tomorrow evening.

Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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I have to agree with you about the beetles last year.  I had no figs or peaches last year to worry about.

I'll take a picture of a peach I pulled off my little tree that was covered with beetles.  I put it in a jar to show my husband and still have it, complete with beetles... although the beetles might have expired by now.  I'm just sure that when my very first fig gets closer to ripe and starts exuding a sweet aroma the beetles will be there with their little forks and knives.

I thought about leaving the mosquito netting on my tree but I wonder if the drastic reduction in sunlight will make it hard for the figs to ripen.  Any opinions?

Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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Those links were very helpful... Thanks!  I guess my one big fig is fine.  The others will hopefully follow.   

I'm now worried about the other birds too.  I have some mosquito netting that I am going to use until I can get bird netting.  Must save the fig  :)

The japanese beetles are chomping away at my peaches but are not too interested in the figs.  Anyone else have Japanese beetles?  Do they just wait until your figs are almost ripe?  Last night I found about 25 on one peach.  They can eat a significant amount.  They are selective so maybe figs aren't their thing.



Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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My one fig is even softer and darker today.  I'm going to wait until it has a crack or sags I guess.  If one of the critters gets it before I do, there might be an untimely death around here... we have a peacock and some guineas.  So far they aren't bothering my figs.

I noticed tonight that the eye is wide open.

Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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Sacrifice my first born?  That's all there is... there is only one that is questionably ready. 


Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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Here is a photo.  The dark one is also significantly bigger than the rest.  That seems odd to me.

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Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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By airy, I mean that they don't feel like they have any heft to them.  I expected them to feel like a peach would feel but they feel sort of hollow or spongy weight wise.  This probably isn't good  :(

My first crop is probably a failure. 

Subject: Airy figs? Replies: 24
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I have a Black Jack fig that has a lot of fruit on it.  They all feel light and airy.  Is that how they are supposed to feel? 

One turned a darker color and is now soft but it is still airy feeling.  This is my first crop so I don't know if this is normal and this one is ripe or if I should wait.  Need advice please.

 

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