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Subject: green house recommendations Replies: 10
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 880
 
I bought a Riga V greenhouse and do what you're trying to do. I grow Meyer lemon, gold nugget, chandler pummelo, and Moro blood orange. In addition to my starfruit, some late/ rare figs, and carnivorous plants. I am on the same temperature schedule as you are doing too. I use 2 electric heaters in the winter( radiator and heat dish). I also installed a HAF and exhaust fan. I keep the door open all summer and the 4 vents are automatic. The fan thermostats are set to turn on at 95. I have a thermometer that sends me reports on the Internet and the highest temp this summer was 114 and average top temp was 105. I attached a link to some pics from early this season and in my other albums are installation pics. Best money I ever spent. Lots of fun.

http://photobucket.com/albums/s385/7deuceoff

Subject: Fertilizing Replies: 3
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Most members use 1/4-1/2 strength for young plants. But many members stop fertilizing around now to harden off the wood and stop green growth.

Subject: Fertilizing Replies: 3
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 497
 
Don't want to sound like a smart ass but why not follow the directions on the package. I use a combination of osmocote for the beginning of the season with regular shots of foliage pro or dynabloom with watering.

Subject: Longue D'Aout almost there! Replies: 27
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As long as August and September are hot and dry I can deal with it. That's when the bulk of my figs ripen anyways. I have some trees that feel like they're a month behind.

Subject: Longue D'Aout almost there! Replies: 27
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I don't like to comment on rain tolerance until 4-5 years old but I would say fairly tolerant. I haven't had one turn inside out like Sal Corleone.

Subject: Longue D'Aout almost there! Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,238
 
About a week left to go...
I love LDA's! They are massive, sweet, and have sort of a creamy texture.

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Subject: Green house wintering (not trying to rush the season) Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 558
 
You will need a heater if you store figs in there. More insulation on the walls with least sun penetration will keep your GH warmer. Mine is a Riga V and it has 8mm sides and 10mm front/ back double polycarbonate which is pretty thick for hobby gh's. It only gains 7-10 degrees at night with no heat. This year I installed 4 in thick wall blocks for the floor for addition heat gains. I stored about 80 gallons of water in there last winter but I think the effect was minimal. I am not doing that this winter and will use that space for more plants.

Subject: Maltese Falcon Replies: 23
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I have a three year old too. The figs started turning dark so I will post them in a week or two when they're ripe.

Subject: Green house wintering (not trying to rush the season) Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 558
 
Hi
Last winter was my first with my greenhouse(there's a post with pics if you search). In the winter, your greenhouse will be very warm on sunny days and at night depending on the r factor(insulating strength) it will be 0-15 degrees warmer than outside with no additional heating. My daytime range for winter was 75-100 and nights were about 7-8 above current temps. I used electric heat in the greenhouse to keep night temps at 38 for 2 months and the balance at over 50 to wake my trees up.

So you might need some supplemental heat if you are storing figs in the greenhouse. I am going to run mine year round this year to take away winter blues.

By the way, the greenhouse is lots of fun.

Subject: Malta Black Replies: 4
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 530
 
Got home today after being away for 5 days and discovered some swollen figs. I was squeezing this Malta Black and unfortunately picked it by accident a couple days early. It is a 3 year old tree and this is the first ripe fig this season off of it. Last year they were much smaller and were very sweet with nice berry flavor so I expect good things out of this tree in the future. 35 grams almost ripe with tight eye. Flavor was good but a touch watery due to early pick.

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Subject: How do I tell when my HC fig is ripe? Replies: 14
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 650
 
Glad you liked it. I hope it's the first of many.

Subject: Clam shell airlayer pots Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,558
 
I tried both. I like the rooter pots better. The round ones with zip ties need some tinkering to hold them in place securely.

Subject: Plz welcome the youngest future fig fanatic! Replies: 54
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,331
 
What a cutie!

Subject: LSU Purple Question Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 825
 
Not LSU Purple

Subject: To Rafed Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,391
 
Navid
We haven't traded or such but I know your reputation as a great and stand up guy. I have traded with Rafed, Paul, and Leon all outstanding and generous guys. It's nice to have such great people building this community and hobby/addiction.

Subject: Goklop, Sarizeybek, and Bardacik Replies: 24
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 3,311
 
I rooted sarizeybek and bardacik this year. Both are thriving and have small fruit buds whether they need the wasp is unknown. I will grow them through the winter to see if they drop their figs. I will try and post pictures for you in a few days.

Subject: How do I tell when my HC fig is ripe? Replies: 14
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 650
 
The longer you wait the better it will be. It doesn't look ready yet by the way.

Subject: Celeste dropping Replies: 5
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 544
 
I would keep a good Celeste for production but that is a prime spot. Something less hardy an go there. Celeste is a hardy tree and can go out in the open.

Subject: air layer help Replies: 13
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 764
 
Too much stress on new airlayer. Too much heat, being cut, sun ,etc. Keep them cool and shaded for a few days. It will probably shed some leaves. Usually if I have an airlayer that grew too many leaves in relation to the rootball. I clip some leaves off several day prior to cutting the layer off. This gives the remainder of the stem time to fall off and heal before stressing the new plant again. When you cut after the fact it loses lots of moisture though the new cuts in the stems. A good time to cut airlayers off is during a few days of rain or cloudy weather or cooler than normal temps.

By the way, they will survive. Sounds like you have nice rootballs. If you have a cool basement put them in there.

Subject: Finally....third times a charm Replies: 3
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 356
 
Lots of guys using those clear fruit containers with the snaps like blueberry pints.

Subject: what's the best Celeste? Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 889
 
Improved Celeste doesn't drop figs. I happen to like Celeste figs they are heavy producers and have a pleasant taste to me. In your area they do very well unprotected. There are several variants that are good I'm sure more people will chime in.

The bottom line is if you like eating hundreds and hundreds of delicious figs by year 5. It is for you.

Subject: What was a strong grower for you this year? Replies: 24
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,238
 
Strong growing and prolific
Lattarola
RDB was also a strong grower and heavy fruiter when young and continues to be.

Subject: What was a strong grower for you this year? Replies: 24
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,238
 
Alan, I bought MPR as a young 1ft plant and kept it 4 seasons with no fruit that ripened. My feeling is it needs a fig wasp or better growing conditions than zone 7 South Jersey. When it left it was in a 20 gallon pot. My feeling is there are too many really good figs that will grow here without the fuss.

Subject: What was a strong grower for you this year? Replies: 24
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,238
 
I unloaded Malta Purple Red last season without tasting a ripe fruit. It just kept dropping everything.

Subject: Anyone else think winter rooting isn't worth it? Replies: 23
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 925
 
You probably just over did it a little like we all do. I root many cuttings in the winter and I do enjoy it however doing a few rare or special cuttings would probably be way more enjoyable plus less work and less bugs.

Subject: What was a strong grower for you this year? Replies: 24
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,238
 
My most vigorous growers in terms of vegetation
Cddn
Cddg
Lattarola
GM202
Malta Black
Sierra
Brogiotto Nero

Subject: Atreano 2013 Replies: 5
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 449
 
Atreano is currently on my keep list unless something fantastic knocks it out. It also has a fairly productive breba crop that is tasty. Herman2 did a nice write up about it. His pics are similar to my tree as well.

Subject: Atreano 2013 Replies: 5
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 449
 
Mine looks different than yours especially the first pic. Next month when they ripen I will take some pics for you. They are definitely delicious if you can control the water during ripening or let them hang for a bit. Atreanos hold on pretty good.

Subject: My first harvest - Yellow Lebanese & Atreano Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,043
 
I like mine a little wrinkled but there shouldn't be any white sap when they are ripe.

Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
Luke,
Great seeing you again! So nice to get out in the yard and talk a little fig. You can have whatever you want like always.
Make sure you pick some nice paint colors tonight so you don't get in trouble!

Subject: my fig collection Replies: 9
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Nice collection! Wish I had the space you have.

Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
Thanks for the positivity and prayers

Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
I have about 10 more to do but I am tired. Check back or pm. I am located in Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234.

Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
This is a 4-5 season old Sals Corleone in a heavy plastic half barrel. $200 pot included.

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Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
This is a large Gino's fig. It is about the right age for inground planting. The trunk size is about 3-4 in in diameter. It is in a heavy duty plastic half barrel identical to what Bills figs uses. They retail for $50. $200 pot included.

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Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
This is a 3 season old Marseilles vs black in a 20 gallon pot. $100 pot included.

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Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
This is 5-6 season old LSU Purple. Every year it is heavily pruned because it grows like crazy. Trunk is fairly thick. It does get better which age as they say but needs a ton of heat. It is in a 25 gallon pot. $180 pot included.

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Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
This is a vista black mission that is 3-4 seasons old. It currently resides in a 25 gallon pot. $150 pot included

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Subject: Local Large Tree Sale- Pickup Only NJ Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,763
 
I recently got some bad health news and unfortunately have to shrink my collection again. I won't be able to care for tons of plants while I go to my treatments so I wanted the figs to stay in the collector community. These are some of what I have available. I am trying to hold on to my rarest and prized figs but if I can't they will have to go to new parents. They need to be picked up soon and I can't assist in lifting. The doctor said no lifting over 10 lbs.

I also have some carnivorous plants available too. Sarracenia, pings, etc.

Subject: To those who drown their young plants Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 630
 
You want fine pine bark mulch not nuggets. It should mostly be small flakes of bark and not lots of wood. Guys in the northeast there are tons of Agway's in the area especially near nj and pa.
Here's a pic of what you would get from Agway.

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Subject: Doesn't look like... Petit Negri... but is it? Replies: 105
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 7,229
 
My 4 year old petite negra came from Logees and has 1 lobe, 3 lobe, and 5 lobed leaves. The 3 lobes are the dominant leaf shape now. So what do I have?

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Subject: To those who drown their young plants Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 630
 
Agway is where I get mine. It is very consistent quality. Lowes pine bark mulch in orange bag will work too but there's more wood and inconsistency in the bag.

Subject: My first fig of the year- Col de Dame Grise Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,941
 
Definitely gives the plant a huge head start plus they rarely fail.

Subject: To those who drown their young plants Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 630
 
I am reposting this for newer members who overwater rooted cuttings and young plants.

Try a faster draining mix, I don't think extra holes will help too much. For young plants I use 3 parts pine bark fines, 2 parts perlite, and 1 part pro mix or spagnum peat based mix plus dolomitic lime in a cloth pot like root pouch. It is extremely hard to drown a plant in a mix and pot like that.

Don't water again till the pot feels light.

You will have to water more often when it is hot but better than a rotted plant.

Subject: Fig Tree - Egyptian Pharaoh Replies: 32
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Try a faster draining mix, I don't think extra holes will help too much. For young plants I use 3 parts pine bark fines, 2 parts perlite, and 1 part pro mix or spagnum peat based mix plus dolomitic lime in a cloth pot like root pouch. It is extremely hard to drown a plant in a mix and pot like that.

Subject: My first fig of the year- Col de Dame Grise Replies: 21
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Here's some pics of my Col de Dame Grise airlayer. It grew in my greenhouse all winter long and is about 9 months old. I strongly believe airlayers to be superior to rooted cuttings.

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Subject: RDB or Nero 600m in the ground? Replies: 18
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,707
 
I was wondering the same thing, Ed. But I would be so sad if they died to the ground after growing them for 3-5 years with no large backup.

Subject: Forcing dormancy? Replies: 6
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 509
 
If they are young grow them under the growlights this winter. I had fantastic results with my youngsters under growlights inside and also youngsters in my greenhouse. I just kept feeding them fertilizer and growing them out. I also gave them 12-14 hours of t5 light. Many fruited earlier the next season and then they went dormant naturally in late fall and early winter.

Subject: VdB Replies: 19
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,053
 
I happen to like vdb brebas. Not as good as main crop but still delicious. You can ripen two crops in a pot you just have to shuffle a bit in the spring. Both breba and main get bigger and better with age.

Subject: VdB Replies: 19
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,053
 
....and don't pick them early either. You'll only cheat yourself.

 

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