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Subject: Fig Tree Update - 2013 Replies: 12
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Nice video and trees.

Subject: Foliage Pro Fertilizer Replies: 8
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Another plus, I read there's no urea in it so potentially no root burning. I have been fertilizing my rooted cuttings with a weak solution and the results are positive.
Dave- that's it
Others- thanks for your comments. It reconfirms what I have observed.

Subject: Good luck tonight, Figgies Replies: 16
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Boo. I have leaf wilt on half of my trees. So now in addition to the slow and cool start of the season my plants are set back. I am hoping for a hot autumn.

Subject: ok, never seen this before. Replies: 41
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If your fig was outside it could be the cold temperatures. Many plants' roots don't function well under 55 degrees. I had a couple 1 gallons outside last night and they were droopy and limp. I put them in the greenhouse which was 90 degrees and they perked up in a few hours.

Subject: Foliage Pro Fertilizer Replies: 8
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Just watering

Subject: Locals Sale Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,506
 
Ok Luke not too early

Subject: Foliage Pro Fertilizer Replies: 8
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,095
 
I have been using Foliage Pro on my citrus and loved the results. Just started using it on my figs this season. It is very popular on fruit tree forums. Is anyone using it on their figs too? I also apply osmocote in the beginning of the season.

Subject: Good luck tonight, Figgies Replies: 16
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I only moved my most valuable small plants. The big guys are on their own.

Subject: Good luck tonight, Figgies Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 978
 
My figs are staying outside tonight. There's no shot I am moving them again. This season is brutal! Good luck to everyone leaving them outside.

Subject: Cactus Fruit aka Prickly Pear Replies: 21
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Those look delicious. What do they taste like?

Subject: Locals Sale Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,506
 
Calm down guys! I was talking about somebody else's collection. I was at a peak of 200, currently at 100, and going to end at 50 plus 10 trial plants.

Subject: Which roots more consistent brown or green Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 591
 
From my experience hardened off brown wood roots better for me.

Subject: Locals Sale Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,506
 
600 hundred trees and that's just the side yard

Subject: Locals Sale Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,506
 
Celt- Actually I might have a few you might not have from Belleclare

Subject: Locals Sale Replies: 22
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Celt- 2 kids

Subject: Locals Sale Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,506
 
I am clearing out my greenhouse for summertime so it is time for my Locals sale. I have all sorts of rare and common figs in various sizes. I also have some carnivorous sarracenias and pings. I am in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ 08234. Please PM if you are looking for something particular. NO SHIPPING!

Subject: Dormant fig wont sprout? dying from the tip down.. Replies: 16
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Hi
You never said what zone you live in. The ground might be too cold still. Some of mine just started sprouting yesterday. Also if it was just planted it needs time to settle in.
Jason

Subject: Black Mission or Conadria? Replies: 4
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If you like negronne you will like Black mission they are in the same family. Conadria was sort of blah for me. I got rid of my tree last year. Your neri2 from Bill's figs is Marseilles white. There are better choices if you can wait such as a hardy Chicago variant for dark and JH Adriatic for light.

Subject: I have rotten pith and need some help please Replies: 1
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I wouldn't bother grafting. You'll have plenty of fresh new growth. Cut off the bad section and use the good part for cuttings.

Subject: E bay listing look at the pics Nematodes Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 792
 
That's sick! Somebody should email the seller.

Subject: Nasty wind/rain storms vs. potted figs. Replies: 13
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 585
 
As your collection grows, it becomes harder and harder to move them back and forth. Once mine are out they are out.

Subject: Drosera - happy guarding the fig moss cups Replies: 9
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Isn't that a Ping Moctazumae? Drosera have little droplets of sticky nectar on ther leaves. Either way they get those gnats!

Subject: Pine bark fines/ Soil conditioner in NJ? Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,203
 
2 votes for Agway. The Lowes by me just started carrying suitable pine bark fines but it isn't as nice as Agway's. Cocoa hulls aren't very good. I tried them last season.

Subject: Signs of life Replies: 11
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Update: It's a jungle in there!

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Subject: Carnivorous plant sale! *f4f foundation benefit* Replies: 44
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I am using a hydrofarm ballast. It works great!

Subject: Carnivorous plant sale! *f4f foundation benefit* Replies: 44
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,519
 
My sundews are sitting under t5's no domes and low humidity and they are doing as well as my spare sun dews in the greenhouse. I just keep their water tray full of rain water and they are happy. Pretty low maintenance for me.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 4,813
 
Looking good. At this point you should be home free. They look hardened off to sunlight already which is the last hard step.

Subject: OT Anyone growing lychee or starfruit in the Northeast Replies: 6
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Ever since I got my greenhouse I have been thinking of all the tropical fruit I can grow in it. I just ordered 2 lychees and a starfruit for fun. Anybody else growing these tropicals?

Subject: Got roots? My step 2 Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 983
 
James- I've had no issues moving them and I bought all 3 types to try. The cheapies are a little flimsy but I use a coarse mix that I settle in tight with the water hose. I think once the roots grow out you'll be fine. The bags just need a little structure inside. Are you using a loose mix?

In my larger cloth pots, anytime I move them I have to respray the edges of the mix to fill the gaps. I suspect when the pots are full of roots this wont be an issue.

If you put the pot in mulch they might not air prune till they get pulled from the 2nd pot.

So bottom line, so far they are winners for me.

Subject: Some thoughts/info on potting mixes Replies: 34
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,843
 
Yes. That mix is for youngsters. I use 2-3 pine bark fines, 2-3 Promix, and 0-1perlite for older trees depending on how big and thirsty they are.

Subject: Some thoughts/info on potting mixes Replies: 34
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,843
 
Regarding pine bark fines in mix for young plants- I found faster growth in my fast draining mix( 2 pbf,1 perlite, 1 promix bx) vs pure Promix BX. I think it is only because the roots are healthier from better aeration.

I get my Promix BX 3.8 bales for $27-28 and if I buy 10, $25 each at a co op.

Your perlite price is very good. My coarse perlite costs $18 for 3 cu ft.

I am also experimenting with cloth pots this season. I like what I see so far especially in my 1 gallon newly rooted cuttings. I bought 1gallon - 20 gallon pots. I think it will cut down on repotting and root pruning plus better root health.

Subject: ATREANO - TASTE? Replies: 33
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I liked it enough to grow in-ground. Like Scott says you have to let it shrivel on the tree. Fast grower as well. Mine died to the ground first year it was planted and grew to 6 ft in 1 season.

Subject: Sterilizing potting mix Replies: 8
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I don't sterilize the mix if the plant is healthy and if its not you shouldn't reuse it. You don't want to kill the good microorganisms In your mix. It's getting up potted so refresh it and reuse it with the same tree.

Subject: Got roots? My step 2 Replies: 11
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Greenfig- Never had that issue. I use pine bark fines in most of my container mixes including my 4 citrus trees.

Rewton- I believe you can go bigger if you can control moisture. It is easy to do with a cloth pot and fast draining mix.

Subject: Honing my shipping skills Replies: 9
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Cuttings are definitely easier. Your tree looks dormant, why not bare root it and save $$$$ on shipping and also time. I do most of my trades dormant. Also when bare rooting, you will be sure the roots are healthy and nematode free which is a must when trading with members from Florida and out west.

Subject: Got roots? My step 2 Replies: 11
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Kubota1- Currently they are a little harder to move but when the rootball develops I suspect they'll be comparable but cloth pots will be lighter because of less retained water. The big advantage will be root maintainence and less repotting. I really like the 1gallons for new trees.

Dan- greenhousemegastore.com they vary in lifespan and price but all are reasonably priced especially when you factor in plant health.






Subject: off topic - sick flytrap Replies: 6
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 532
 
Probably got some mineral heavy water or fertilizer on it. Sometimes they will blacken after a big meal. I keep some of mine near my cuttings and they were splashed a little and blackened.
They need full light and should be watered by the tray method. They also need to go dormant in the winter or they'll die.

There is a really nice CP forum called Terra Forums where you can get very good info. I already started collecting and propagating CP's in addition to figs.

Subject: Got roots? My step 2 Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 983
 
So after using my preferred rooting method and I have roots in the range of 1- 3 inches it is time to pot up. This is where lots of guys use styrofoam cups. I used to do all that hole punching and then the PITA up pot shortly after. The roots just love to stick to the styrofoam. No more!

Last season I used vented 1/2 gallon square pots and they worked good but the little trees still needed up potting too soon. Now I use 1 gallon cloth pots(Root Pouch) and my mix of 2 pine bark fines, 1 Promix, and 1 perlite plus a splash of lime. This combination makes moisture control very easy. No more death by soggy roots! I water until water comes out of the pot.

Hopefully, this will accomplish my goals of:
1. Less up potting and longer time in 1st pot
2. Better quality roots
3. Better moisture control when the roots are young and fragile
4. Easier up potting( less circling roots and more branching)
5. Faster growth from better growing environment

I will post future results when I up pot. I also am experimenting with larger Smart Pots and Root Pouches(2 gallon- 20 gallon). So far I am liking how the plants are responding.

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Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 4,813
 
Very nice! Now pot it up.

Subject: Signs of life Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,001
 
Thanks for the kind words.

Barry- those are my clones except the pitcher plants. The originals are in my office. Pings and many sundews are easy to clone and many times they do it on their own. Next time we trade I'll bring some spares with me.

Subject: Signs of life Replies: 11
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The figs were repotted and root pruned a couple weeks ago and I guess that stirred them up. They are starting to wake up in the greenhouse. I also included a picture of some carnivourous plants for those who started that hobby this year for fungus gnat control.

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Subject: A word of caution Replies: 50
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,626
 
Elin
They are trees and grow fast. Going smaller means root pruning more often.

Subject: A word of caution Replies: 50
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,626
 
My feeling on the plug method is that it will only delay the inevitable root pruning. If you've ever bare rooted a tree that went from cutting to 5-6 ft in one season you will see thick encircling roots from all directions that intertwine and branch inwards. It is impossible to get them all by coring.

I think the reciprocating saw did a fine job for 25 gallon pots. I was cutting less than a few minutes( I only cut 4 inches off the perimeter and off the bottom if needed). Chainsaw might be quicker but I was only cutting for minutes and recipro blades are cheaper.

I bare root while I am doing this to dig out and cut off the really thick roots at the core. Also to get fresher potting medium in there as well. It adds about 15 minutes to each tree. The medium I use shakes right off after all the tangled roots are cut off.

Subject: A word of caution Replies: 50
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,626
 
Chainsaw? I was thinking about that too... But to make firewood.

Subject: A word of caution Replies: 50
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,626
 
I am very guilty of not thinking ahead. A hundred trees is fine when they're 5 gallons but when they get bigger. What a pain! I doubt everyone here is root pruning every 3-4 years and then when their tree strangles itself they will wonder what happened.

The saw makes a huge difference. I cut 4 inches off around the perimeter and then bare root and cut off the large roots. I saw you write you cut wedges in yours. How's that working for you?

I am trying 25 gallon smart pots this year. Hopefully they air prune the roots like they're supposed too.

Subject: A word of caution Replies: 50
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FiggyFrank- about 1/2-3/4 hour if in gritty mix for 25 gallon. 1.5 hrs for soil. Saw times. Add 20-30 minutes no saw.
Suzi- I already applied for the appropriate permits ;)

Gina- Try planting the figs in a chicken wire frame. The gophers can root prune for you.

Subject: avoiding the “humidity hardening off” process with cuttings Replies: 17
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I have not used a humidity bin in 2 seasons. I find that the cutting wont leaf out until its ready. In nature there's no humidity bin.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 4,813
 
Those look nice. Keep us posted.

Subject: A word of caution Replies: 50
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,626
 
I spent the last 2 weeks bare rooting/ root pruning my 20-25 gallon fig trees about 40 pots total plus 20 repots. I am not looking forward to the next time. It was a lot of work. Over the course of my " fig experience" I have picked up tips to get through this torturous and necessary chore.

1. MG potting mix sucks. Trying to root prune a tree planted in this will make you want to airlayer the trunk and throw the root ball away..... Like a block of clay. Promix or gritty mix is way easier. I use a gritty mix and I refresh it and use over.

2. After 10 trees I decided it was time for power tools. I pulled out my reciprocating saw and sliced vertically every 5 inches and 4 inches deep. I then chopped the outer 3-4 inches off. I then trimmed with pruners and scissors. Make sure to cut off the fat roots.

3. Keep a smaller collection. I am definitely thinning the herd now. Way too much work for me. I am selling some of my collection. All trees were root pruned and are good for a few years. My goal is 20 large pots and 5 in ground trees.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 4,813
 
Nice job! Keep them in the dark. My guess is they are getting some light because the leaf buds are green. They are ready to pot up now but Saturday is fine too. Be gentle pulling the cuttings up, many times there will be tons of hidden roots. Use an airy potting mix, I se 3 pine bark fines, 2 Promix, and 1-2 perlite with some lime. Make sure to barely cover the top bud if it sprouted. Good luck

 

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