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Subject: Which version of Pro-Mix should I use? Replies: 6
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The smaller the tree the lighter the mix. Big trees use a heavier mix or you'll spend your life watering.

Subject: Fugus gnats Are they really such a big deal. Replies: 10
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 575
 
Personally I believe the gnats don't do much damage, I believe it's the overwatering that does the cutting in.

Subject: Smith Fig Replies: 12
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I have a set of smith on eBay right now. Last year I sold some smith cuttings for $150 but last week the same set went for $9. Good luck and I will ship to California.

Subject: (Newbie) best way to ship cuttings? Replies: 7
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When I sell cuttings I put the cuttings in a ziplock bag and that goes in a yellow padded envelope. I've never had a problem.

Subject: My first fig of the year- Col de Dame Grise Replies: 21
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CDDG is definitely in my top3 for best tasting.

Subject: Nero 600M question Replies: 39
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,561
 
My tree has both type of leaves. You got it from me I believe.

Subject: Now I'm a cancer survivor Replies: 68
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,632
 
Hi Friends,
I survived the torture of chemo and radiation and now I'm cancer free. During my treatment a good portion of my collection died which is fine because I am converting to a fig eater and no longer a fig collector. Thanks for the emails and if I owe you something I'll see what I can do. Please contact me again because lots of emails were lost when I was sick.
Jason

Subject: construction Riga XL Greenhouse Replies: 19
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Looks great, Bill!

Subject: Greenhouse heater Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 901
 
You mentioned this was attached to the house. I personally like electric oil filled radiator type heaters for you. There are no exposed heating elements with those.

Subject: My greenhouse project. Replies: 29
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I think you'll be much happier with a solid floor. I had gravel floors for a few months and hated it. It was noisy, dusty, and constantly needed leveling from moving pots. Digging a half ton of gravel out after the fact wasn't much fun either!

Subject: My greenhouse project. Replies: 29
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,468
 
Very nice, Art. RigaXL is the one I wanted but was limited in space. So jealous!

The pics look great. Super strong foundation! I might have posted this else where but for a nice greenhouse don't scrimp on the flooring. Walking on gravel is not fun. Moving things around on it is even worse. Plus there's the rock dust. I used big wall blocks which cost the same as pavers but have the advantage of being better heat sinks because they're twice as thick. They are sitting on a thin layer of the old rock flooring. If staring from new I would use a finer leveling gravel. I left the gravel where I wouldn't be walking like under the benches but I find it unnecessary. My preference would be all wall block or pavers. The negative being there will be cutting the blocks on the perimeter vs filling the gap with gravel which is much easier.

Anyways great job! And take more pics. I love them.


Subject: Best 100% Greenhouse grown fig Replies: 17
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I have both. The ones I have eaten are the longer finger variety.

My Vasilika is 2yrs old. For me everything grows better in the GH.

Subject: construction Riga XL Greenhouse Replies: 19
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Get a few helpers to hold everything in place. With too few people you get it in and then it pops back out. Give the guys a call too. They are extremely helpful. I cut some of the rubber wrong and they sent me some more free and also gave me some discounts on the hooks and other accessories.

I saw you mention concrete. Make sure you set it up to drain properly. I originally had an all rock floor but I didn't like the crunchiness and moving pots was a pain. I installed wall blocks as the floor vs pavers for a heat sink. I left some stone on the sides for drainage. Works great for me.

Take more pics! I love looking at different set ups.

The only negative with the greenhouse is I grow a lot more stuff now. You'll start looking at citrus plus exotic fruits.

Subject: Best 100% Greenhouse grown fig Replies: 17
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,209
 
Lol. I love my greenhouse and my wife loves that my man cave is outside the house where my messiness is out of sight. Plus my rooted cuttings and are outside now. Feel free to throw me under the bus. I know you'll love it.

I keep my greenhouse pretty warm between 45-50 using a plug in radiator heater and a infrared dish heater. The two coldest months I let it go to 40 to let the ones that need rest go dormant although if it's sunny during the day it won't happen. I keep citrus and other tropicals in there so I can't let it get too cold.

Where are the pics! I love seeing other set ups.


Subject: Best 100% Greenhouse grown fig Replies: 17
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I am very shocked how well everything grows in the greenhouse. The leaves are so lush and the fruit quality is excellent. It's so easy to control the moisture in there. Plus minimal pests and fig thieves.

In the greenhouse, I grew:
Vasilika Sika
Longue D'Aout
Valle negra
Various citrus and starfruit

Last fall I ripened black Madeira, preto, col de dame noir, and hardy Chicago.

Pete- it is hot and not as humid as outside in the greenhouse. I wish I had more room in there! I think the figs love the heat.

Bob- my cddn breba were excellent but my mains split like crazy and were very late. There are many green ones still on the tree even though I started its season in the greenhouse in February.

Rafed and Tam- I am in the radiation phase of treatment so I can no longer taste my figs. The chemo shrank my tumors quite a bit so I am optimistic about my recovery. I finish my treatments in November and will know around Chrismas if it worked.

Subject: Best figs for indoors Replies: 13
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You are missing something in the Violette de Bordeaux family and my new greenhouse favorite vasilika Sika.

Subject: Best 100% Greenhouse grown fig Replies: 17
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,209
 
I grew a few fig trees in my greenhouse this year to test fruit quality. The temps inside this year ranged up to 110 degrees with exhaust and circulation fan help. The figs were grown in cloth pots(smart pots and root pots) and performed excellent. The growth was better than my outside figs and healthier. All the figs were delicious but the winner was Vasilika Sika. I picked 3 to take pics of but unfortunately for you(not me) they never made it out of the greenhouse. They are large green figs with dark red pulp and they are my new favorite of the year. They were very sweet and rich with a nice creamy texture. The quality topped my Longue D'aout which was the previous favorite. I was very lucky to taste them during a rest week from chemotherapy. With the chemo I couldn't taste sweetness but it comes back off treatment.

Subject: construction Riga XL Greenhouse Replies: 19
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,257
 
I'm so jealous! That's the one I wanted but it's too big for my yard. I ended up with RigaV and I pack it real tight in the winter.

If you have problems with the installation call customer service as they are excellent. The more people you have to hold panels the easier the installation. Attaching the final wall is a Pita. I completed the V in one weekend but spent the next few weekends adding stuff. Plumbing, electricity, and fans a must!

Here are some pics I made during installation, last year, and this spring. http://photobucket.com/albums/s385/7deuceoff/greenhouse

Best money I ever spent.

Subject: My first fig of the year- Col de Dame Grise Replies: 21
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Very nice growth, Sas. Protect it well this winter! Personally I would transplant in late spring but I am in NJ not Texas.

Subject: Yay! Finally Won An Ebay Auction! Replies: 15
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VDB is a benchmark fig. A must for everybody.

Subject: Col de Dame Noir Replies: 8
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I had a few CDDN's a week ago that never made it inside. They were very sweet and with a deep red interior. They were very tough to ripen in NJ. It took a lot of greenhouse cheating in Feb, March, and April and most of them(40-50) won't ripen. Maybe in a couple years it will ripen faster.

Subject: Col de Dame Noir Replies: 8
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Picked on a rainy week so the skin color isn't as dark as normal. Can't comment on taste because I didn't at them.

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Subject: Adriatic fig tree Replies: 7
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JH Adriatic is a high quality and very delicious green fig. The outer skin is a tad tough but the pulp is excellent.

Subject: --- measuring the soil temp in the pots Replies: 75
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,877
 
Nice experiment! It was very educational.

Subject: Parasitic wasp Replies: 5
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 528
 
The wasps are beneficial insects. They will pray on the rest of the caterpillars.

Subject: 10 different figs Replies: 20
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,116
 
I will try Martin. It isn't pests it is the rain. My tree doesn't handle moisture well and the fruit has been turning inside out. This was one of the few this year that didn't split near the eye. I'd love to have a plate like the one you pictured.

Subject: Two Air layers Seperated Today Replies: 8
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Looking NICE!

Subject: 10 different figs Replies: 20
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,116
 
I added small descriptions to main post for my fig friends. Keep in mind taste is subjective and my taste buds aren't 100% right now.

Subject: 10 different figs Replies: 20
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,116
 
A few firsts for me in Genovese Nero, Noire de Caromb, Red Sicilian Bifara, and Corynth. Some were picked early ahead of rain. In the case of GN, it was before a fig explosion.

Petite Negra- tasted like a cross between VDB and Hardy Chicago.

Ronde De Bordeaux- this one was well ripened and sweet. It is a quality fig and it's good but there's a floral aftertaste that prevents it from being great to me.

Red Sicilian Bifara- a sweet little berry flavored fig

Fico Preto- very sweet with fruity aftertaste. Honey sealed the eye.

Gino's- like all Mt. Etna figs they are full of jammy goodness when the skin is cracked and a little wrinkled.

Noire de Caromb- very high quality fig with tight eye. It was sweet with slight figginess. My wife liked this Gino's and Longue d'aout the best.

Genovese Nero- I rescued this from exploding so it wasn't fully ripe. However, it was pretty sweet and the flesh was delicate. There are others swelling so I will update.

Longue d'aout- my favorite this year. Normally VDB and Mt. Etna figs are my favorite but this year LDA is the winner so far. Huge jammy goodness. It helps if you let it sit on the counter overnight.

Corynth- tastes like a soft skinned Kadota so far. It is prolific.

JH Adriatic- my favorite green fig. Very sweet with nice acid balance. If the skin wasn't as thick it would be my favorite.

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Subject: Question for the Pro-mix BX users Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 637
 
I pay between $25-28 depending on quantity I buy. I mix it with pine bark fines fron agway.

Subject: OT Carnivorous Collection Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 671
 
Your welcome, Barry. They are just as addictive to clone as figs.

Celt- You'll have your own in a few days. I'll pick some nice pitcher plants for you.

Terra forums is a good resource on CP care.

Subject: airlayer differences? Replies: 4
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You are right some trees just take off and others just do nothing forever.

Subject: Sals C or Smith Replies: 13
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Sal C

Subject: too late to start air layers in NJ? Replies: 1
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 340
 
A little late IMO unless we magically get hot in NJ. Airlayers work best when the tree is actively growing. I think our area is winding down. You could always make cuttings or wait till bud break next season. Spring to late spring is when I like to make airlayers although I put them on till the end of July in a normal summer.

Subject: OT Off to Surgery Replies: 63
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Speedy recovery, buddy!

Subject: Black Maderia vs Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 42
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,665
 
Pretty sure Herman2 had it in ground and he didn't like the result. I personally feel either one will be too hard to ripen in ground. I give them both a head start in my greenhouse. Here's the first FP almost ripe. It is already oozing honey.

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Subject: Black Maderia vs Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 42
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,665
 
I think Fico Preto's figs are similar to BM but FP grows faster and ripens earlier.

Subject: Black Maderia vs Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 42
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,665
 
BM takes some work to ripen in the northeast. You either have to start it early in a greenhouse or fig shuffle all spring. It will also take a few years to get some reasonable production.

RDB will ripen in a standard NE season and is good trade fodder.


Subject: Vasilika Sika is first main crop to ripen Replies: 18
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Beautiful!

I will pray for your speedy recovery.

Jason

Subject: --- measuring the soil temp in the pots Replies: 75
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,877
 
Good luck with your experiment.

I have my own theories on plastic pots and temperature. I believe in small black plastic pots( 1-5 gallon )the bulk of the roots push through the soil and congregate around the black plastic. If the pots aren't shaded then the black plastic cooks the roots touching the plastic severely stunting the growth of the plant.

As a side note, I use fabric pots on all small plants now.

Subject: Noire de Barbentane Replies: 8
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Very beautiful. It looks like there's lots of seeds in that one. Seed crunch!

Subject: Fig of the Day - Celeste 08-16-2013 Replies: 45
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A fine fig in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ as well.

Subject: has anyone done business with land of enfigment? Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,440
 
Aren't they fruiting right now? Maybe sample them before buying.

Subject: Noire de Barbentane (Baud) Replies: 12
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Amazing looking fig!

Subject: Favorite honey figs? Replies: 7
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I like Lattarola(spelled with an o) which is similar to Marseilles white but with a pink interior. It's very productive and produces large sweet figs.

Subject: JH Adriatic pic. Replies: 16
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One of my new favorites too

Subject: Yellow Serbian Replies: 11
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Celt- I got this variant from some guy with way too many figs ;)

Paully22- You just gave this tree a trial extension. I was very concerned with the open eye.

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Subject: Yellow Serbian Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 755
 
This is my first ripe Yellow Serbian. Eye is fairly open and probably prone to splitting. Taste was sweet with berry tones.

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Subject: another watering question Replies: 13
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 660
 
I reduce water when the figs are ripening by half. Just keep them from wilting. But like snaglpus said if your mix is compacted or root bound water slowly.

Subject: Maltese Beauty Replies: 77
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 8,291
 
Nothing wrong with recouping, this is an expensive hobby especially if you like the rare stuff. Plus you did fly out to Malta and find these great specimens. Without you we wouldn't have some of your great GM figs.

 

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