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Subject: The new recruits Replies: 12
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CTFIGS- The pots are Hydrofarm 5x5x7 square pots. They have several advantages:
1. They are vented so the roots get some air
2. They have feet and bottom vents. I water them by pouring water in the tray not individually which saves a ton of time and keeps splashing and debris scatter to a minimum. It also keep the gnats to a minimum because top of soil is dryer.
3. Square shape is more efficient for indoor trays vs round pots.

Pattee and FOREVERFIGS- Thanks! The setup is from Gardeners.com it was a little expensive but it sits in my office and didn't want something crappy looking in there. You can build one from parts from Home Depot for much less. They have T5 light fixtures there which work great.

lukeott- I am definitely reducing my inventory of large 20+ gallon fig trees to about 30-40 but I am still going to trial about 10-15 little guys. Same rooting technique plastic box etc and then into square pots.

Bullet- It is. Traded locally in NJ and PA area. There are some really nice collections in my area. I used to use cups but they are too much work watering, repotting, bins, etc.

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Subject: The new recruits Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 722
 
My new trial figs plus a couple overwintering citrus and small figs.

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Subject: potted figs Replies: 7
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Some guys plant the pot in the ground in the spring and then remove them in the fall. Just make sure to plug the bottom hole to make removal easier.

Subject: May have to rethink a lot of things about rooting Replies: 18
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I am also rooting cuttings in my greenhouse. I think the filtered light plus humidity is helping them grow faster and stronger.

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Subject: Thanksgiving Figs Replies: 3
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@Kerry I saw your Atreanos and they looked great. I might keep my late figs in the greenhouse year round.

Subject: Thanksgiving Figs Replies: 3
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Today I went out to the greenhouse and picked these gems, Malta black and Preto. I also noticed some Black Madeiras starting to blush. They were sweet and jammy. Pic with 3 uncut figs is Malta black and other is Preto.

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Subject: A great collection has been wiped out. Let's pitch in and restore what we can. Replies: 32
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Sorry to hear about your misfortune, Ed. After you straighten out the important stuff. I can help with the rare fig stuff. By the way I still have your Nero600m airlayer in my greenhouse.

Subject: New Jersey area fig guys trees for sale Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 965
 
I am going to come out and say it.....I TOLD YOU SO!

Subject: Up pot a larger tree now or wait? Replies: 6
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 533
 
Don't forget to untangle the root ball. Perfect time to do it.

Subject: Inventory reduction next season Replies: 17
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Having about 100 different figs was fun when they were little but now it is too much to handle. I am going to clean house next season to make room for unique varieties. I am keeping the best performer in each class of figs.
Mt Etna types:
Hardy Chicago
Sal el/ gene
Dark Portugese
Gino's Black
Marseilles Black VS
Etc....
I would probably keep Gino's, Marseilles Black, or a promising unknown that is like a HC on steroids.

VDB family:
VDB
Negronne
Aubique Petite
Mission
Vista
Petit negra
In this group, I would select VDB and possibly aubique petite(haven't tasted it yet but it went from cutting to 5ft in one season, super fast growth compared to others). Also, mission or vista would be saved because they are different enough and fruit quality is super.

Adriatic family:
Adriatic JH
Strawberry Verte
Battagia green
My figs are still too young to pick. Northeast growers please give me advice.

I am going to try and narrow it down to 30-40 keepers and 10 smaller trial plants. I am welcome to opinions of northeast growers. On a side note I want to grow 1 citrus tree in a greenhouse any suggestions?


Subject: My first ripe greenhouse fig Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 870
 
This is my favorite toy. I love going out there when it is 40 degrees outside and it is 100 inside the greenhouse.
The first Malta Black was just ok but today I had one that was close to summertime quality.

@Jon- I get full sun all day and the greenhouse heats up to 100 very fast. Is it the night temps you are referring too? I would be willing to crank the heat up to 65-70 to finish the harvest. I was more concerned with humidity. It gets wet in there due to the extreme temperature changes.

@rcantor- I have some grow lights in my house. I think if I bought another setup my wife would murder me!

Everyone else- thanks!


Subject: My first ripe greenhouse fig Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 870
 
Here's a Malta Black that ripened in my greenhouse. Hopefully, I ripen some Black Madeiras and Black Ischias. Their branches are loaded with figs and I haven't tasted them yet. Just not sure how the trees are going to handle the crazy temperature swings. Daytime 100 and night 55 with a heater.

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Subject: Welcome to the jungle Replies: 15
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My neighborhood got very lucky. No damage, power loss, or downed trees and we are 10 miles from AC.

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Subject: Welcome to the jungle Replies: 15
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 950
 
Thanks for the kind words.

Subject: Welcome to the jungle Replies: 15
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 950
 
I started digging out the base with Lukeott and then decided to hire someone to finish the base plus install electricity and water which took 2 days and 4 guys. I installed the actual greenhouse with my wife in one day. The tinkering and small things afterwards is still a work in progress but lots of fun.

Subject: Welcome to the jungle Replies: 15
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http://homeharvest.com/containergardenpotsplastic.htm
20 gallon
They had 25 in the summer which were even better. Shipping is a little pricey but I can't find them locally.

Subject: Welcome to the jungle Replies: 15
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 950
 
Maro more pics at photobucket link in 1st post

Subject: Welcome to the jungle Replies: 15
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 950
 
Hopefully sturdy enough to handle a hurricane. I will update this post afterwards. It is a Riga V and it does feel very solid.

Subject: Welcome to the jungle Replies: 15
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Just packed away most of my trees in preparation of Hurricane Sandy. Here's a pic. More at:

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

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Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
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Luke the difference with the exhaust fan is night and day. It is the best purchase I could make for the greenhouse. By the way your Kathleen Black airlayer is hanging out in there and is actively growing.

Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
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Some updated pics here:

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

Subject: Cuttings -- does size matter? Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,417
 
I just dip the ends in candle wax. It keeps the white pith from going bad.

Subject: Air layering main trunk Replies: 9
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I have done it. It worked out great for me and the owner of the airlayer. I documented the results in this post. http://figs4funforum.websitetoolbox.com/post/The-Great-Airlayer-Experiment-5377460

Subject: Cuttings -- does size matter? Replies: 21
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,417
 
I like to use cuttings 4-6 inches with a minimum circumference of a pencil and at least 4-5 nodes. You can root cuttings as big as you want the advantage being more stored energy. I also started sealing the ends with wax( a tip from another member) to prevent drying out on the top and rotting on the bottom.

Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
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I am going to grow out some figs till December and then put them to sleep till March. I will have to heat the greenhouse at night with an electric heater.

Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,024
 
Thanks for the kind words everybody.
Luke- Exhaust fan is on the way.

Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,024
 
Almost done!

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Subject: i didn't know wasps love figs!!! Replies: 3
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 622
 
They are the worst after a rain storm and the figs turn inside out.

Subject: Potting mix experiment- Semi-Gritty and Pro-mix combo Replies: 152
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I really like pine bark fines, perlite, and promix for rooted cuttings. It is much harder to overwater and kill the youngsters plus the growth was very strong. I will comment on the older trees when they go dormant and I can look at the root mass.

Subject: Another plus for soil less potting mixes like Pro-mix Replies: 31
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Not necessary just optimizing. I find with young trees the pro mix stays too wet but with mature trees it is just fine.

Subject: A Few Varieties Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 811
 
You will. They all grow like weeds. I don't think you'll miss not having a Sals Gene if you have a HC of some sort.

Subject: A Few Varieties Replies: 7
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Barry- it was my first year with all but Atreano which is a great white fig. Sal's Gene was like HC. Gino's also similiar but tasted slightly different to me also more productive. LDA was my favorite of this batch.
1 LDA
2 Atreano
3 Gino's
4 Sals

Subject: A Few Varieties Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 811
 
Rafed, it was very good for the amount of rain we had recently. A definite winner! I thought Atreanos were big but LDAs are HUGE.

Subject: A Few Varieties Replies: 7
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Here are a few figs picked before the rain Sal's Gene, Gino's, Longue D'Aout, and Atreano. All were delicious.

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Subject: Preto Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,192
 
Looks delicious! I am hoping to ripen some on my 2 yr old Preto.

Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
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Thanks for the tips! This is going to be the biggest project I ever attempted so any help is welcome. 

Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
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I don't really have the room but I am squeezing it in anyways. It is 10x 17 and it still probably won't fit everything for overwintering.

Subject: Finally caved in and ordered a greenhouse(now with pics) Replies: 34
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I have been procrastinating on buying a greenhouse to start my plants early, stop doing the fig shuffle, and for winter storage. My wife doesn't like me filling 1/2 of our 2 car garage with figs. I ordered a Riga V from bjs.com last night and will receiving it in 2 weeks.

Subject: SUCCESS RATES...AIR-LAYERING... VS... ROOTED CUTTINGS Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,717
 
Air layering is great but you must be patient. If you cut it off before the root ball is big enough to support the top growth that is when you run into problems. Air layering also uses more wood than cuttings. 

I like both methods but on slow growers and tough rooters airlayers are the way to go.

Subject: SUCCESS RATES...AIR-LAYERING... VS... ROOTED CUTTINGS Replies: 9
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,717
 
Air layering is great but you must be patient. If you cut it off before the root ball is big enough to support the top growth that is when you run into problems. Air layering also uses more wood than cuttings. 

I like both methods but on slow growers and tough rooters airlayers are the way to go.

Subject: How many? Replies: 44
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,817
 
What he said ^.

Subject: what's too young to plant in bround Replies: 12
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They will most likely die completely. 

Subject: Handy and Primo Replies: 16
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Sergio can correct me if I am wrong but I believe he told me both are Sicilian. 

Subject: Handy and Primo Replies: 16
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Sergio is my source for those trees. His trees are in ground and big. 

Subject: Tiger Stripe fig Replies: 15
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Good luck, Dave. I had a 5 year old panachee and couldn't get them ripe.  I think you need a greenhouse or start fig shuffling early. It is a very. Beautiful tree though. 

Subject: Free fig trees- Pick up only! Replies: 12
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ALL GONE!

Subject: Free fig trees- Pick up only! Replies: 12
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They are located in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey off exit 9 on AC expressway. Zip Code 08234.

Subject: Free fig trees- Pick up only! Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,028
 

I have some fig trees I am getting rid of. They are currently in large pots which I am keeping. You must bring your own container or tarp. They are free of charge. Pick up only! PM if interested.

Trees will be destroyed if not picked up 7/4.

1. Dark Portugese(TOJ)-This was inground last year and dug it up and potted it. It was top killed to 2 ft. It has nice root mass and will make a nice bush.

2. Kadota(Monrovia)- It got caught in frost in April but it is bouncing back nicely.

3. Brooklyn White(TOJ)- It was top killed to 2ft but has a nice 2ft sucker to replace it.

4. Col de Dame(UCD)- It is the white version. I started it from cuttings last Spring.

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Subject: Jolly Tiger Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,453
 
Nice first post

Subject: keep the 1 gal under the shade? Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 851
 
Did you check the root balls? About half of my cuttings from this year are already out of 1 gallon pots. The roots against the sides of the nursery pots really get baked in the summer heat. If there are lots of roots exposed to the inside of the pot consider an up pot. 

 

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