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Subject: Does anyone own a RigaIV onion shaped greenhouse? Replies: 1
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I was looking at BJ's Warehouse's website and saw that they sell greenhouses. Does anyone own one of these Riga IV? I am looking for details regarding assembly, quality, and overall happiness level of the purchase.


Subject: bare rooting and replacing potting mix Replies: 26
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Make sure you call first because of the holiday weekend. I have to head there myself to get the mix. I have 15 root prunings and 25 up-pots to 20 gallon.


Subject: I have a sickness and my wife wants to commit me Replies: 28
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Glad to hear it Sergio.


Subject: bare rooting and replacing potting mix Replies: 26
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@James- Pro-mix is peat, perlite, and vermiculite. I repot every 3 seasons because that's when the roots need pruning anyways. The problem with the gritty mix is weight. I might break my back moving around 30-40 25 gallon pots with gritty mix. The pro-mix will be at least 1/3 weight. I do however like it for my small guys.


Subject: I have a sickness and my wife wants to commit me Replies: 28
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,726
 

She minds... but I am very careful. I do all the potting in the garage and transfer them into the office.


Subject: bare rooting and replacing potting mix Replies: 26
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,456
 

Yes Co-op Growers is cheapest but they only carry BX. Most of their prices are very good. I am getting BRK at butterhoffs, they are $1-2 more but much closer to my house. I think Co-op would be 35-45 minutes from you. http://coopgrowers.com/index.aspx


Subject: bare rooting and replacing potting mix Replies: 26
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I love Pro-Mix BX. It is so much lighter. For my older trees this year I am going to try Pro-Mix BRK. How much does your source charge? I found it at 3 places and the price ranges from $28-$40. I easily use 15 bales so it adds up.


Subject: bare rooting and replacing potting mix Replies: 26
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I bare-root almost all tree I get in trade or purchase to check for problems and lower the weight of the mix. For big trees I soak them in a big container and then use a hose and my fingers to work the dirt loose. If you plan on keeping the tree in a pot you'll thank yourself for doing this now. It will be way easier to root prune in the future and your tree won't be growing in a big chunk of dead weight.

 


Subject: I have a sickness and my wife wants to commit me Replies: 28
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,726
 

So jealous of Gene. What a great idea!


Subject: I have a sickness and my wife wants to commit me Replies: 28
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,726
 

@71GTO- Your CM4/7 all rooted so I had to redistribute some of them. Let's do some more trading in the spring!

@springlakenj- I love your area! I used hang out at the Parker House and eat mini burgers and drink beers on the porch. If pick the right tree and put it in the ground it will give you plenty of figs.


Subject: I have a sickness and my wife wants to commit me Replies: 28
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,726
 

And here's my garage.... Wifey love that too.

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Subject: I have a sickness and my wife wants to commit me Replies: 28
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,726
 

I turned my office into a mini greenhouse. My wife LOVES it... not really. I told her it's only 90 small figs plus another 20-30 that are currently rooting. No big deal, right?

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Subject: I need help with a Fig ID Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,079
 
Haha. True story.

Subject: I need help with a Fig ID Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,079
 

@Jason- Not trying to start a flaming war, but I looked at your pictures and they look nothing like premiumguide's fruit. If you take a look at alanmercieca's first link to 2007 giants' thread. You will see almost an exact match. The voids in the center of BT are usually a different texture than the pulp. Much bumpier and almost fuzzy looking inside. Sal C has a finer, more delicate texture.

Again not trying to start a fig war, especially with another Jason. These are just my observations and opinions. My source for Sal C was Herman2.


Subject: I need help with a Fig ID Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,079
 

My SC's were attracting yellow jackets last year because of the juicy open eyes. As fas as harvesting, I don't think it is uncommon. I think mine started a week later than yours but I had trees that were producing main crops in late July.


Subject: Whose got a Negretta or Genovese Nero? Replies: 0
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 801
 

I am looking for Negretta and Genovese Nero, if anybody can help I would appreciate it. I have premium trades available or cash.


Subject: I need help with a Fig ID Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,079
 

@Alanmercieca- My Sal Corleone(source Herman2) resembles last picture in original post and 1st picture of 2007 giants' post(1st link). The interior of yours looks nothing like mine. Yours has no cavity and is much darker in color. Mine also drips honey when very ripe and has a fairly open eye. BTW That fig looks delicious!

 

@premium guide- Look at alanmerieca's 1st link. I think you have a positive ID.


Subject: I need help with a Fig ID Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,079
 

Hi,

I am doing this off memory and it's not that good and last year's harvest was plagued by rain and poor weather....but. I remember the fruit being very juicy. The interior has a small cavity and is peachy possibly a little pink in color. The exterior was reddish- purplish with maybe a hint of green and little white freckles like on VDB. The eye rips open slightly on many and resembles a small star.


Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 4,813
 

I think I found my rooted cutting pot for next year. The 5x5x7 square pot by hydrofarm. They have vents and will fit in a priority mail box. They are a little pricey but they seem perfect for what I want.

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Subject: I need help with a Fig ID Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,079
 

Couldn't find pics of fruit but maybe you can compare leaves.

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Subject: I need help with a Fig ID Replies: 27
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,079
 

Off the top of my head it reminds me of my Sal Corleone. I will try to find some pictures.


Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 4,813
 

@Tim,

I use the same shoe boxes, but also like take out containers because the top is clear and I can just look real quick to see any root development. I also don't mix cultivars. Did you ever have to remoisten the soil? I have done 10 boxes with no rewetting so far.

When I was using spagnum moss sometimes the roots would tangle and it would be a pain to separate them. And then the roots stick to the styrofoam cups in the next step.

 

@Possum_trot,

Space is the issue for me too. Next year I am going to find something in the half gallon range and preferably deeper vs. wider. Possibly squarish shaped too.


Subject: My preferred rooting method Replies: 57
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 4,813
 

I have used various methods of rooting cuttings over the years each with their own pluses and negatives.  Last year most of my cuttings were rooted in spagnum moss in a baggie then into styrofoam cup poked full of holes and then those went into a covered bin. I had a high rate of success but it is too much work.

This year I rooted half of my cuttings using my new method which is a variation of other rooting methods.

1. I cut the cuttings to 4-6 inches with at least 3 nodes.

2. I add about 20% more perlite to Promix BX and dampen it until it is moist but still fairly fluffy.

3. I take an old takeout container or plastic shoe box(with lid) and lightly bury 5-6 cuttings horizontally. Then the containers get stored in a warm and dark location.

4. After a couple weeks, I start checking for roots. I am waiting for them to break through the mix about an inch. I don't disturb the soil until I see solid root formation.

5. Once there are nice roots, I take the cutting out and leave the others that aren't ready in the container. The rooted cutting goes into a 1/2-1 gallon pot containing same mix. I only leave one bud above(less than 20% of overall cutting) the soil line. If the bud already broke I bury the whole cutting to keep the baby leaves and branch from leeching moisture.

6. The pot goes under grow lights or window. No humidity box needed. I noticed that the buds break slower with no humidity box but the roots develop faster to support impending top growth.

 

My success rate is very high with this method and alot less work and root disturbance as the cutting comes out very easy from loose soil.

The benefits are:

1. Less work

2. Less wasted material(styrofoam cups, bags, spagnum moss) Last cutting in container reuses mix

3. No rewetting soil while rooting

4. No big humidity bins and airing them out

The negatives are:

1. Once rooted, the plants take up more space. Next year I am going to look for better pots.

 

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Subject: bud light pack of cuttings Replies: 3
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 682
 
Those are some nice looking figgies.

Subject: Jolly Tiger fig Replies: 16
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 3,170
 
If either of you guys would like to trade a variegated jolly tiger plant I have some premium stuff I can trade. Sorry for hijack.

Subject: Look at that itty bitty fig! Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 736
 

Yank it off.

I get my pots at http://www.novoselenterprises.com/default.asp They are very reasonable. Here's a coupon they sent me TAKE5OFF $5 off $50.


Subject: Anyone use this for fungus gnat control? Replies: 7
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http://www.gardeners.com/Gnat-Guard/GardenPests_Insects,34-299,default,cp.html


Subject: large containers? Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 927
 

Bill uses Smartware( http://smartwareproducts.com/recycled-garden-pots.html) half barrels. You can get them online at home depot for $50 each or you can get them from Bill with or without watering system. I also bought his little trolley which is great. I have about 30 of them and they are pretty durable. They will mark up light colored paver stones if you have a patio.


Subject: 6 Cuttings On Wish List Replies: 176
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 17,501
 

Hi guys,

My new most wanted list is:

1. Zingarella

2. Fracazzano

3. Corynth

4. Negretta

5. Col de Dame Gris

6.

 

 

I have many different varieties to trade by cutting, rooted cutting, or airlayer.

Happy Holidays,

Jason


Subject: 2011,best tasting ripe fig in my garden. Replies: 11
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,435
 

I really like the chicken wire and leaves idea. Does it work good for you?


Subject: Jh Adriatic Replies: 7
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,063
 

Dan,

That pulp looks amazing! I hope my UCD Adriatic looks that good.


Subject: Cuttings to trade Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,748
 

The cuttings went out today. They should arrive by Sat.


Subject: Cuttings to trade Replies: 12
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,748
 

I just pruned my trees early due to last week's storm and have some cuttting available for trade or for postage. Sorry guys, the cuttings are all gone.

 

If I responded to you please get your address to me. If we are trading my address will be on package. If I am shipping to you with no trade, please send me shipping fees when you get them. They'll be coming USPS flat rate.

Conadria EL GONE

VDB GONE

NegronneGONE

Dark Portugese GONE

Marseilles VS GONE

Sal Corleone GONE

Marseilles White GONE

Atreano GONE

Hardy Chicago GONE

Italian UNK(one of my favorites) GONE

LSU Purple GONE

 

Jason


Subject: The Great Airlayer Experiment Replies: 14
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,488
 

You are too funny Luke. Hope the small forest you got from me is doing well. Let me know if you need more help with the cuttings.

Jason

 


Subject: The Great Airlayer Experiment Replies: 14
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,488
 

FMD,

It worked out great. Here are some pics. First one is the base shooting out branches all over the place. Second is the airlayered top of tree. It was a little stressed when I cut it but in a couple weeks it bounced back. The container is full of roots and ready for up pot already.

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Subject: Common to drop ripe fruit ? Replies: 3
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 613
 

My Negronne holds its fruit till it is past wrinkly.


Subject: Hardy Chicago n Negretta Today Replies: 7
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Those Negretta look amazing!


Subject: Thanks Irene, my back is killing me! Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,102
 

Total disaster! 5 leaves and 1 fig total broke off all my trees. My basement didn't flood and nothing broke on my house. I am so unlucky. I hope everyone was as unlucky as me.


Subject: This season's growth Replies: 6
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Nice set up!


Subject: Thanks Irene, my back is killing me! Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,102
 

It's not good. I was just outside and walking on my lawn feels like a wet sponge. I am probably going to have severe tree damage on at least a dozen trees that I couldn't get in my garage. I am more concerned with flooding than wind. This sucks and the stupid hurricane isn't even here yet.


Subject: Thanks Irene, my back is killing me! Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,102
 
@James- They are currently being watered VERY thoroughly. I like your rebar idea. If I am unfortunate enough to experience this again I will try that.

I am hoping the power doesn't go out. My sump pump is saving my basement right now.

Subject: Thanks Irene, my back is killing me! Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,102
 

Stay safe, Ed.


Subject: Will my LSU Purple taste better with age? Replies: 14
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,237
 

Mine is 3 years old and taste like a cucumber, watery and tasteless. Hopefully next year our trees will both taste better.


Subject: Thanks Irene, my back is killing me! Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,102
 

Haha. I'm hoping to do a little fishing on my roof later.


Subject: Thanks Irene, my back is killing me! Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,102
 

This is going to be brutal. I was hoping to wake up and hear the news say Irene is going out to sea but no she's moving inland slightly. We are going to get hammered. I hope my trees survive this.

71GTO- I hope your plants don't fly away. I ran out of room in my garage.

Oldghost- Lay the trees down next to the ledge facing the wind. Hopefully the ledge will offer some wind protection. Definitely take the tree off the antenna. If they have no fruit maybe a quick prune or defoliation. Good Luck!

Stay Safe Everyone


Subject: Thanks Irene, my back is killing me! Replies: 22
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,102
 

I moved my exotic figs into the garage today and moved my big guys next to the house for a little wind protection. My 5 gallons and smaller are laying down for a nap. My inground tree are going to get hammered so I picked a little snack before the storm. If I have a trade pending with you I hope the hurricane doesn't get your tree.

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Subject: Fig related but not really Replies: 5
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Did she thin out the crop. With asian pears if you don't remove some fruit buds they will all grow smaller especially when the tree is younger.


Subject: Finally, my first home grown fig and I need an ID Replies: 36
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 2,024
 

Looks delicious


Subject: Celeste vs BT question Replies: 5
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 659
 

Solid in the middle or is there a cavity?


Subject: What is a Neri 1 ? Replies: 8
Posted By: 7deuce Views: 1,394
 

When we spoke I told you about Neri 1 and 2. One is dark and two is white. Both are are unknown and named after the original owner, Mike Neri. 2 is most likely Marseilles White. I have both in my yard and they are identical.


 

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