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Subject: UDATE On Air Layers Replies: 30
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That is an obscene amount of rain, Mike.

If that doesn't work use a quick draining mix. I use half Promix and half pine bark fines but I imagine Promix and extra perlite would work too.

Bear in mind this is what works for me in NJ. You have to factor your Georgia heat into the equation.

Subject: UDATE On Air Layers Replies: 30
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,386
 
I wrap my rooter pots tightly in foil especially the lid and fairly snug against the branch. If you encounter a few days of rain too much water can get in there. The foil also will help hold the moisture in. An occasional squirt with a hose near where the foil and branch meet will supply enough water.

Subject: Jolly Tiger air layer Replies: 5
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Nice airlayer and rootball.

Subject: Maltese Beauty Replies: 77
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Pony up $200+++ and buy it from the source on eBay.

Subject: Figs Dropping In SE Michigan - Any Advice?? Replies: 9
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Stress will make a fig tree drop. Hard to say with no pics.

Subject: Jolly Tiger question Replies: 3
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Yea, what pawpawbill said. Cut off the green leaf BRANCHES.

Subject: air layer, when to divide? Replies: 4
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Yea. Let it get a little root bound so it comes out in 1 piece and doesn't break apart. The more roots it has the less stressed it will be when you cut it off.

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 15
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I agree with Tom, Violette de Bordeaux(negronne) type figs are my favorite when conditions are ideal. I also am a big fan of JH Adriatic that I tried this year.

Subject: Been a lurker, now joined Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 664
 
Hi

Subject: Nero600m Replies: 10
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,002
 
Sorry guys, I can't describe the taste because my sense of taste is a little off. I do know my wife liked it though and she's fairly picky when it comes to figs.

Lampo- I am not sure if it's breba or main. It was a little airlayer that I grew all winter in a greenhouse.

Dan- You're right it was in there. But my mama tree wasn't and it is getting close to ripening too. I'm glad I have a GH or I would still be fig less this season.

Kubota1- that is the rumor but I haven't seen it with my own eyes yet. Maybe next year my small Valle negra will give me some comparison fruit.

Subject: Ronde de Bordeaux Replies: 15
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To me, RDB is good but not the best. They are pretty productive though. My tree is in its 4th season.

Subject: Nero600m Replies: 10
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Here's my first Nero600m to ripen this season. It came off my small airlayering tree. Mama Nero600m is not too far behind with her figs.

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Subject: help identifying fig type! Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 618
 
Welcome. For a proper ID, you need a close up of the dominant leaf type, the outside of a ripe fig, the inside of the ripe fig, and a pic of the eye.

Subject: My 1st Airlayer - Success! Replies: 20
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 947
 
For a reference, the RDB airlayer took 34 days. I set 8 of them on various trees and RDB was first to finish. It usually takes about 45 days for me to cut them. I like them a little root bound when I cut them off because there is less root disturbance when taking them out and there will be tons of roots to sustain the young plant.

Greenfig- This is my 3rd season using rooter pots in both sizes and I really like them. I injure the wood with a knife, put on the pot, and fill with wet Promix. I then wrap with aluminum foil. Airlayers that are upright rarely need water but ones that are on their sides sometimes needed a shot on in the top hole.

Jd- just be patient it will work out. The longer you leave it on the stronger and less shocked your new tree will be.

Subject: My 1st Airlayer - Success! Replies: 20
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 947
 
Here's an RDB I just cut off a couple days ago.

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Subject: My 1st Airlayer - Success! Replies: 20
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 947
 
Woody will root faster but green will slightly harden off and root just fine. Just be sure to fully support both(especially green) so that the weight doesn't snap off the branch.

Subject: My 1st Airlayer - Success! Replies: 20
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 947
 
Good luck! I always found RDB to be an aggressive rooter with airlayers and cuttings.

Subject: Fabric Grow Bags...Do they really work? Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,619
 
Check out Root Pouch https://rootpouch.com/
I buy them at greenhousemegastore. The pouches come in different grades of material with different pricing. I usually buy the cheapest grade in 1 gallon for my cuttings and the highest grade for my very big pots. I bought some of the second highest grade too for my longevity testing and they seem sturdy too. They keep selling out of them but are a great value compared to other brands such as smart pot which I also use but are much pricier.

Subject: 32 years Replies: 35
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Oh and Happy Birthday!

Subject: 32 years Replies: 35
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,209
 
I think almost everybody not in a warm climate is late. Most of mine that weren't in the greenhouse over winter are about a month behind. My plan is to just extend the season by moving them into the GH before it gets too cool. I got to try black Madeira last year doing that. Figs need a certain amount of time to get ripe.

Subject: Fabric Grow Bags...Do they really work? Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,619
 
This is a recent up pot. The picture quality sucks but you can get the idea. The roots are well branched and bushy. No wrap around like in black plastic. It is a 2 gallon root pouch to a 10 gallon root pouch.

There are many advantages such as:
Less root wrap or bounding
Superior aeration
Inexpensive especially when you are buying 10 gallon and up
Less heat build up compared to plastic
Easier to store empties
Cuttings are hard to over water especially with a fast draining mix.

I am sold on these pots. My hope is that my 25 gallon figs will require less root maintenance with these pots but I won't know that for 2 years. But by looking at my up pots this year I am confident they can go an extra year or two vs plastic.

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Subject: My Best Producer/Taste So Far Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 726
 
Malta Black is a great fig for sure

Subject: Fabric Grow Bags...Do they really work? Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,619
 
I use Root Pouches and I think they're great. I pulled several trees out for up potting and the root structure was very healthy compared to plastic. I have been using them for a while now and have been changing all my trees out from plastic to cloth.

Subject: intoducing me Replies: 35
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Welcome pizzaman! Nice to have another member in NJ.

Subject: Todays Figs 8-4-13 Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 483
 
Nice snack!

Subject: Lattarola and JH Adriatic Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,424
 
Thanks for sharing your info. I am definitely going to put one in the ground next season. It is such a good fig.

Subject: Lattarola and JH Adriatic Replies: 21
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I have 2 JH Adriatics so I will experiment with one in ground no protection next year. I think I read that Vasile has one in ground but I'm not sure if he covers it or not.

Subject: BELMANDIL Replies: 16
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Now that is a beautiful fig.

Subject: Lattarola and JH Adriatic Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,424
 
Are you guys winter protecting your JH Adriatic or is it fine uncovered? I plan on putting one in ground next spring.

Subject: Lattarola and JH Adriatic Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,424
 
Herman2- I love this fig already. I plan on putting one in ground plus 1 in a pot in my greenhouse. For such a young tree it is very productive and tasty. It is a must have in my book.
All my stuff that wasn't in the greenhouse is way behind this year by at least a month. I too wish for 2010 weather or just a little global warming.

Subject: Lattarola and JH Adriatic Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,424
 
These are main crop figs. They had the benefit of sitting I'm my greenhouse last winter.

I am not familiar with ischia white. I got rid of all my ucd plants except for Black Madeira. All I know is Marseilles White and Lattarola are soft fleshed honey figs, early, and fairly large too.

Pete, I hope you get to try JH. The flavor even on a young fig is outstanding.

Subject: Lattarola and JH Adriatic Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,424
 
This is my first time eating Lattarola. They taste like and resemble Marseilles White in my opinion except the pulp has a pinkish to red hue. Marseilles white has a creamy to amber pulp. My Lattarola tree is very productive. It is in its second season and it will ripen at least 25 figs and they're very high quality for such a young fig.

JH Adriatic is a nice productive fig too. This also my first season eating them. I am still trying to figure out when to pick them because they hold on to the tree so well. They are very delicious but I don't like when the skin dries out too much and becomes tough. Pulp flavor is fantastic and this could end up being my favorite white fig.

In the pics
Lattarola 60grams
Lattarola 65 grams
JH Adriatic 35 grams

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Subject: Promix HP Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 773
 
Never heard that before. I have heard perlite dust isn't good to breathe in.

I use Promix and pine bark fines(pine bark mulch from Agway)

Subject: A few ripe fig pictures Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 775
 
From left to right
Col de Dame Grise 50gr
JH Adriatic Breba? 35gr
JH Adriatic 30gr
Malta Black Breba 50gr
Natalina 20gr

Cddg was the best of the bunch followed by JH Adriatic, Natalina, and MB. Malta Black breba has been just ok so far.

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Subject: anyone buy from ebay seller: bidbid73? Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,511
 
Pete has bought some trees from me and we have corresponded back and forth about figs and such. I am very confident you will get what you are bidding on.

Subject: tanglefoot. Replies: 4
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 451
 
The tanglefoot is a goo wiped on to the trunk of the tree. Birds won't have an issue with it. It's a little messy but I apply it right when the figs start swelling.

Subject: And this is why I can't own nice things... Replies: 8
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Don't worry it will bounce back and next year it will be tall enough to see in the rearview.

Subject: Hardy Chicago -- eat now or wait??? Replies: 9
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Depends how you like them. I like mine close to what yours are right now, others like them very wrinkled and slightly dried. A good compromise is pick and let it sit overnight. I find they dry out a little and concentrate the sugars.

Subject: Staten Island fig fest Replies: 60
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 3,148
 
Better find out whose going from the forum. I think last year only a few guys showed up.

Subject: fmv everywhere, sigh. Replies: 59
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,024
 
I guess you can stop eating tomatoes and peppers too because many of them carry similar viruses too. Just a fact of life.

Subject: fmv everywhere, sigh. Replies: 59
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,024
 
It really isn't a big deal. Most figs grow up big and strong and produce plenty of delicious figs. I can almost guarantee that if you took a cutting from your tree and rooted it. It will show fmv when young. I have many trees like that.

Subject: fmv everywhere, sigh. Replies: 59
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,024
 
It's a fact of life if you collect fig trees. There's no way to get around it that I know of. Most young trees will show some fmv but generally for me as the tree gets older most symptoms go away in the stronger growers.

Subject: Longue D'Aout almost there! Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,238
 
I picked 1 of the 2 yesterday and let it sit for a day and it softened quite a bit more. It weighed in at 90 grams which is my biggest main crop fig to date. It is also the sweetest one of the year so far. Nice sweet jammy flavor.

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Subject: My first Panache of 2013 Replies: 23
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,710
 
Wow, 100 grams is huge! I just weighed a longue d'aout at 90 grams and that's my biggest fig I grow. Looks delicious too.

Subject: green house recommendations Replies: 10
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 880
 
The greenhouse was $5200 plus tax. I think the extras(fans, heaters, etc.) and installation were about $2000-2500. I had the rock foundation with 6x6 wood border, electrical, and water installed. The greenhouse was assembled by me with some help from wifey. Later I installed the wall block floor by digging out some of the red rock and hand leveling it. Part of the fun for me is improving the greenhouse and making it my getaway.

Subject: green house recommendations Replies: 10
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 880
 
Yes. I am very glad I went with the RigaV. I did lots of research on the greenhouse forum on garden web. The members were very helpful especially karinmt. She had hers since 2008 and it is going strong. Everyone that bought it was very happy with it and they really sold me. The build quality is excellent compared to others in same range. The customer service was also top notch and very helpful during the installation. Prices and options vary wildly so if you go this route you must research. I bought mine from BJ's.com since I am a member and price was very good for all the included options.

I installed an exhaust fan into the rear window as well as a HAF fan for circulation above the door. They are attached to plug/ play thermostats. I was planning on buying shade cloth if necessary but I am happy with my temperature range far so this summer but August is still coming and it has been unseasonably cool for my area. We did have some near 100 degree days and that's when the greenhouse was about 114. The plants made it through fine. I just watered them and the floor and the evaporative cooling was enough.

I had electricity and a frost free water hydrant installed as well. Obviously a must if heating and cooling.

One thing I originally had was an all rock floor. It was ok but I didn't like the shifting under my feet, releveling it when I moved plants, and the rock dust. So I replaced most of the floor with 4 inch thick wall blocks( just placed no sealers) which should help with heat retention in the winter. Under the shelves and along the sides I left rocks for drainage and for watering(evaporative cooling). I am very happy with the new floor. It is more comfortable to walk on and move things around.

If you'd like some pictures of something specific let me know.

Subject: Small Root riot cube airlayers Replies: 2
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 345
 
Either way my extra cubes are gone.

Subject: Small Root riot cube airlayers Replies: 2
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 345
 
I had some left over root riot cubes so I decided to try making small airlayers today on semi soft wood that can't support the weight of a bigger airlayer setup.
I scraped the branches a bit
Sliced the cube and slid it on the branch and covered it with glad press and seal wrap
And then covered with foil.

Check back in a month for results

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Subject: Strange Giant Green Bug !! Replies: 11
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Praying mantis guarding my vista mission.

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Subject: green house recommendations Replies: 10
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 880
 
Guys, pictures! I love seeing other set ups.

 

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