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Subject: avoiding the “humidity hardening off” process with cuttings Replies: 17
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I used to use humidity bins(2seasons) but I find them to be too much work. Plus you run into all sorts of issues with mold and hardening off. When you bury them horizontally and in the dark they tend not to leaf out. They might sprout a branch but it won't push leaves until exposed to open air.
This year I kept some rooted cuttings in my dry office and some in my humid greenhouse. I noticed that they leafed out a few days quicker in the greenhouse. In the office they go directly under t5 grow lamps.
I pot them in 1/2 - 1 gallon pots and use 3 pine bark fines, 2 Promix and 1-2 perlite plus a splash of dolomitic lime. The young roots get plenty of aeration and no standing water. Out of 80+ cuttings I lost 4. They were in greenhouse and I think they got too cold. Since then I keep the nighttime temps 55+ and have lost none.

On a side note I tried almost all rooting methods and I continually tinker with my own method. I am currently trying Rafed's root riot method. The thing I don't like are the small size of the cube. I might try 2 cubes on 1 cutting next.

Subject: Got a new GREENHOUSE!! Replies: 22
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Congrats! They are lots of fun.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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All of the Promix batch had many roots on all and the perlite batch had only one small root on one cutting.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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I potted up the cuttings. From the small sample I decided perlite wasn't as good as Promix for me.

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Subject: Thank you, Amazon! Replies: 6
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You won't regret it. It is a beautiful book!

Subject: What's the lowest temperature new cuttings can take? Replies: 13
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I had a big batch of cuttings that had many duplicates so I put 1/2 in my office(70deg) under grow lights and 1/2 in my greenhouse(day75-95, night 38-50). To make a long story short I think the greenhouse figs were stunted by the cooler temps. From what I have recently read is the roots don't work as well in cool soil. I have since added another heater so night temps are high 50-60's.

Subject: Thank you, Amazon! Replies: 6
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How about those pictures,Rafed? I think my new wish list might read like a short story.

Subject: Thank you, Amazon! Replies: 6
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I finally got.....
Now to brush up on my espanol. The pictures will have to do for now( which are excellent).

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Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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I mark my cutting with their names so when I have one or two I mix them. Try out your cups, I experiment all the time. There's always a different and better way. Good luck!

Subject: 3 year old UCD Pastiliere free pick up only Replies: 10
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Lol

Subject: 3 year old UCD Pastiliere free pick up only Replies: 10
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Sergio, let me know when so I can unpot it and bag it for you.

Martin, I have heard it does much better inground but climate isn't the same as here. I just don't have the room to experiment with it anymore. It definitely grows fast though.

Subject: 3 year old UCD Pastiliere free pick up only Replies: 10
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It is your, Sergio. Give me a call or email. It has to be picked up before March because tats when I start up potting.

Subject: 3 year old UCD Pastiliere free pick up only Replies: 10
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Free UCD Pastiliere. It is 3 years old and is going to be chopped up unless somebody wants it. Pick up only! Located in Southern NJ near Atlantic City.

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Thanks for playing. I PM'd the winners.

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Haha Paully, Chinese in spirit is good enough for the contest.

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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What is that mumbo jumbo

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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FiggyFrank- good luck figuring out the name of that fig to put on your list
Tony- It was ;)
Don't worry if you are light on posts, Dieseler is passing them out. Just ring his doorbell to collect.
Gina/ whispers- First post Satuday 11:59pm, First post Sunday 12:01am and Brent kicking in 12:00 am
John- No special dinner. I don't really celebrate. I was going to do this in January but forgot to post it.

I forgot to mention YOU MUST BE CHINESE TO QUALIFY!

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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Figs are easy. They almost root on their own. Lots of ways to root them.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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JoAnn, I never scored cuttings but when I scored and girdled airlayers I noticed some incredible roots. So next batch I am going to light score, heavy score, and no score the same cultivar. No hormones.

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Sure Brent, more fun. You were poking fun but I have a very promising one year old Mt Etna fig that produced some golf ball sized figs.

Guys I will kick it down to 50 posts but you owe 50 more.

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Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Haha. Where's your wishlist?

Subject: size of Mature trees Replies: 10
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3 of your selections are Mt Etna figs and are very similar. Maybe replace one with a VDB type fig.
You can prune to the size you want. I plant mine 10 ft apart.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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I haven't looked at them yet. I wait at least 2 weeks.

I have used perlite only before just not with the box method. I think it will work fine. The important thing is humidity. I do however think scarring/ scoring will make a big difference in rooting time and abundance.

Subject: Chinese New Year Wish List Giveaway Replies: 68
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Hi guys,
Apparently everyone likes a good contest so I am going to make 2 forum members' wish lists a little shorter. At 11:59 pm 2/9/13 eastern and 12:01 am 2/10/13 eastern the first person to post on this thread will get something off their wishlist fulfilled provided I have it. I will go by the time stamp and please have at least 5 figs on your wish list. The only qualifier is 100 posts.
Jason

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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I have been following some of the threads that talk about scoring and I think there is something to it. After my next batch roots I am going to try three small batches of cuttings off the same tree one with no scoring, one with light scoring until you can see green, and one with heavy scoring. I think we should all try it and compare results.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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Mmmmm roasted chicken! Looks good, Maro. Just make sure you tape the vent holes closed on the chicken containers so you don't lose moisture.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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Nice job and nice roots!

Subject: Smart Barrelz? Replies: 21
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I paid retail $45 each but free shipping. I know if you are buying lots of them you can get a deal from the company but you have to pick them up. They are in Mass. I think. Lukeott and I were talking about it last season. Maybe he will chime in or you can PM him, he had the pricing which is less than half I think.

Subject: Smart Barrelz? Replies: 21
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I ordered them online a few years ago. Over $300 usually gets free shipping.

Subject: Smart Barrelz? Replies: 21
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Here are your pictures.

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Subject: Anyone use rain barrels? Replies: 37
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Day2. I installed it yesterday and it is already full.

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Subject: Smart Barrelz? Replies: 21
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Sure, I'll take some pics tomorrow. Several are self watering and the rest just have drain holes. They are made of recycled milk jugs and are pretty heavy duty. My gripes are:
They are heavy
They will mark up your patio if you drag them

But I do like them. They haven't failed yet unlike some of my other large pots.

Subject: Anyone use rain barrels? Replies: 37
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I just installed a Fiskars Salsa2 58 gallon with diverter pro. It diverts water from the gutter into the barrel and then when full it moves the water back into the gutter. It took 2 hours to install including installing a level base which took the bulk of the two hours. Cost 160 shipped from Amazon.
Unless you are going to use a pump, I would pick a gutter near the plants you are watering.
I left it hooked up for tonight's storm I will let you know how it made out.

Subject: Smart Barrelz? Replies: 21
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Bill definitely uses those. He gets them without the metal straps. I have several from Bill and ordered another 20 from Home Depot. They are nice but are very heavy and $50 each.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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I use Promix BX with myco

Subject: Office window figs; fungus gnat control Replies: 16
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Grow lights definitely make a difference if you don't have a bright window. I tried growing my cuttings indoor without them and they grew very leggy reaching for some light. The next year I got my first grow light rig and there was a night and day difference in plant health. I just bought another rig for my taller plants last week because they work so well.

I love the sand and panty hose idea! Please update in a few weeks. I did something similar with perlite before but roots started hanging out on top of the soil in the perlite for some reason.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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I like it as long as it is dark down there and not too hot on the pipe. I keep mine in a dark box in my office that is about 70 degrees. Definitely update us on your progress.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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FiggyFrank- I normally use Promix which is peat, perlite, and some other additives but I am running low and I had a large bale of peat sitting in my garage from my Carnivorous plant mix. I used to use long fiber sphagnum moss in baggies but sometimes the roots get tangled in the moss and was a pain getting them out undamaged. Also that stuff is messy and it was another thing I had to buy. Please keep us informed. Alway like tinkering even with proven methods. Pics please!

Maro2Bear- I haven't had a moldy cutting using this method. The trick is to completely cover the cutting in media and don't let it touch the plastic where moisture can build up. Putting the cover on tight= no remoistening the media. That means no rotting cuttings from overwatering. I keep my house at 70 degrees and the cuttings root in about 2-5 weeks for me.

I also don't disturb the cuttings until there are roots popping out of the media. When that happens the roots are 1-4 inches long.

This was just pulled out today and potted up.

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Subject: Old toys, new toys, and the new guard Replies: 4
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Thanks guys.
Rcantor- it is an expansion much to the dismay of wifey. Some of my young figs and the new citrus were too tall for my old setup and they were in limbo inside my greenhouse.
Barry- had most of them for a month although a bunch came during that super cold stretch and were damaged slightly. They are like figs, very addictive. I have 15 pitcher bulbs that need to be potted up and 4 more plants on the way. I am just happier they are much cheaper than figs on average and smaller too. By far the sundews eat the most fungus gnats. I am going to get some for my greenhouse for summertime.
Newnandawg- I am sure you are building a nice CP and fig collection too. The pyrethrum spray works on contact when gnats get out of hand plus I keep a small vacuum handy and suck them righ up too. I usually only have 3-4 flying around these days.

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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This post is really for my records but I will share the results with the forum. Today I started my 6th batch of cuttings. I am trying some new rooting media one is 50/50 sphagnum peat moss/ perlite and the other is 100% perlite. There is a rookie advantage to perlite because you can't over wet it. I also sealed the cut ends with wood glue.
I will set this up like a step by step for my newbie friends.

1. Seal the ends of high value figs with glue or wax(optional) and write their names on them with a Sharpie
2. Loosely fill the plastic box half way with media
3. Put cuttings in and lightly cover in media and close cover. If cover or container is clear cover them up.
4. Come back in 2 weeks and check.

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Subject: Old toys, new toys, and the new guard Replies: 4
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Some pics of my old lighting rig, new rig, and my fungus gnat executioners.

The old rig is from Gardeners.com and is 2 tiered with 2 4ft T5's per tier.

The new rig is a Sun Stand 2 which is nice and sturdy. It is adjustable for height and is about 6ft wide. The light is a Hydrofarm 4ft 8 T5 light setup. I am very impressed by the build quality. The reflectors are like mirrors and the general construction is solid.

A picture of my carnivorous plants. The sundews are doing the most of the work right now. Some of the new guys arrived in 15 degree weather and were damaged but are recovering quickly.

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Subject: Root Grafting - LSU Replies: 42
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I am pretty sure LSU Purple is the RKN resistant fig.

Subject: Fungus Gnats Again Replies: 52
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My wife couldn't take the gnats anymore so I wiped them out, I think. Yesterday, I applied some Mosquito dunk tea to all the pots to get the larvae. Today, I was looking through the local garden center and found this stuff called Don't bug me by Foxfarm. I was going to go soap or oil route but last year it didn't do much. I sprayed all the pots and leaves this afternoon and...... Dead fungus gnats everywhere. Hopefully I got them all. Overall very happy.

I have some carnivourous sundews on order and a butterwort on the way to handle any survivors. If there are none they are off to the greenhouse where they'll find something to eat for sure.

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Subject: The best for last Replies: 46
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Jealous....

Subject: Jon- I have a thought Replies: 13
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Luke, I have a thought. Why don't you keep doing what you are doing because your plants are strong and healthy. You don't need lessons on rooting!

Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
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Update:

This is my permanent method! After a few seasons worth of trial and error, this works for me! I have lost only a few cuttings not through rot or mold but I just gave up after 2 months. They looked fine just didn't root.
A note on moisture level of mix. The mix should be moist and fluffy. It should still be crumbly, if it is mushy it's way too wet.
When filling the containers, don't pack the soil down. Keep it light and fluffy. That way the roots come out very easily.
The hydrofarm pots work great, you can bottom water them and they are space efficient.
Fungus gnat note: I wasn't thinking and brought a few pots inside that were outdoors. Make sure to bare root and repot any trees coming inside. I was gnat-free until I brought the outside pots in. So now I have get some mosquito dunks.

Subject: RdB cuttings for trade! Replies: 11
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Yes, change the title.

Subject: I am sorry to everyone I offended Replies: 60
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Glad you are back!

Subject: The new recruits Replies: 12
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Dan- Thanks buddy!

Subject: The new recruits Replies: 12
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Rcantor- I have grow lights directly on top of them but next season I plan on adding some arms to my current setup and putting some t5 fixtures from Home Depot on top of the frame.

 

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